Members of the Academy Trust
Members have a similar role to shareholders in a company limited by shares. They:
- are signatories to the articles of association which includes definition of the trust’s charitable object and governance structure (where they are Founding Members);
- may amend the articles of association, subject to any restrictions created by the trust’s funding agreement or charity law;
- may appoint new Members or remove existing Members other than, where there is one, the foundation/sponsor body and any Members it has appointed;
- have powers to appoint Trustees as set out in the trust’s articles of association, and have the power under the Companies Act to remove any or all serving Trustees;
- may issue direction to the Trustees to take specific action;
- appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s annual audited accounts.
The role is voluntary and the term of office does not expire. It is a requirement that all Academy Trusts must have a minimum of three Members. The current members of Bourn Church of England Primary Academy are Robin Mellors-Bourne, Inga Spouse and Sharon Peer.
My 2 children joined Bourn Primary from January 2010, in years 5 and 3 respectively, shortly after we moved into the village. During their time at the school I was a member and later, Chair of the BSA. I loved being part of the school community. After my children moved on to Secondary School I was asked if I would consider being a Community Governor. I agreed and joined in 2013. I took on the role of Chair of Governors in January 2017 until July 2020. During that time we appointed a new Headteacher and experienced the Covid 19 pandemic! Bourn Primary is a very special place and I look forward to seeing the school continue to thrive and offer the best possible education for everyone.
From 2006 to 2020 I was first a Parent Governor and then a Community Governor at Bourn Primary. My sons attended the school from Reception onwards and are now at A-level and beyond. It has been an honour to work with the dedicated staff at Bourn for all those years, both as governor and as a member of the BSA committee, and it continues to be so, serving as a Member.
Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne
I became a Governor in 2006, relatively soon after we moved into the village and my boys joined the school in years 5 and 3 respectively. I subsequently became Chair of the Finance Committee and was one of the Governors who worked on the transition to Academy status, hence becoming a ‘Member’. I started as a Parent Governor and then became a Community Governor when my younger son progressed to Comberton, before I stepped down in 2012. I had also become a Trustee of the newly formed Comberton Academy Trust and served in that capacity between 2011 and 2015, with a few years additionally as a Governor of Melbourn Village College after it became part of that Trust. In my day job I work as Research Director for a careers charity, designing and leading research projects about careers and education. I continue to live in Bourn.