Below you can find up-to-date details on our governance arrangements ( Clickable Document at end of page ).

  • The structure and remit of the members, board of trustees, its committees and local governing bodies, and the full names of the chair of each (where applicable)
  • For each member who has served at any point over the past 12 months, their full names, date of appointment, date they stepped down (where applicable), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions
  • For each trustee and local governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months, their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (if applicable), who appointed them (in accordance with the trust’s articles), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions
  • For each trustee their attenance records at board and committee meetings over the last academic year
  • For each local governor their attenance records at board and committee meetings over the last academic year

Statement of Action Committee (SOAC)

The SOAC, on behalf of UCAT Trustees, has the responsibility of improving the quality of provision so that the academy moves to ‘Good’ or better.

The SOAC meets regularly, monthly or fortnightly depending on the academy, and holds the Principal and senior leaders to account for student progress and achievement; ensures effective use of resources; ensures continuous improvement and maintains consistency of UCAT practice and procedures.

Community Development Group (CDG)

Members of the Community Development Group are currently being updated.

The CDG ensures that parental and community views are included in decision making and forms and maintains links with the wider school community.

The CDG meets termly to gather the views of the wider school community to provide the SOAC with a clear view of that community’s perspective; ensures that the academy meets the needs of the community; uses the expertise within the community to support the development of the academy; works closely with the SOAC to ensure that the community dimension is taken into consideration when planning for future improvements; reports progress on a regular basis to the SOAC ; and undertakes parent and wider community surveys to report back to the SOAC.




Current board of governors at UAK:

CHARLES NEVINCharles Nevin Chair

Appointed: 01/09/2014

Rev. Charles Nevin spent the first thirty years of his working life in IT mainly in the Banking sector where he was Head of Computer Operations and Support for the TSB.  In 1995 he took early retirement and was ordained as a Methodist minister.  As an ordained minister he was appointed to the Chaplaincy of Greater Manchester Police and is now senior chaplain to the Police. He also served in the Methodist church in Heald Green where he set up a community café which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Charles has been involved in governance for over thirty years, fifteen of which has been in the secondary sector. He is currently Chair of the Laurus Education Trust in Cheadle Hulme and Chair of the UCAT academy in Kidsgrove.  He is a  National Leader of Governance.

Andrew Bygrave – Principal

Appointed: 01/09/2014

Andy has over 20 years experience of working in education. He joined UAK in 2005 and has had several roles at UAK before becoming Principal in April 2016.
He has worked in two other schools before as a teacher and Head of Department.
NButlerNigel Butler

Appointed: 01/09/2014

Nigel has worked for Tarmac Ltd., part of Anglo American plc, for over 20 years.  He managed their industrial minerals site at Talke along with a sister factory in Lancashire.  During this time major interests were training and mentoring young people within the industry.  He is currently employed by Terrafix Ltd., a land navigation systems company based in Tunstall.

Nigel is dedicated to happy and healthy children, high-quality education provision including STEM aspects, continuous improvement and meeting with parents. He strongly supports the school Duke of Edinburgh activities.   He wishes to progress academy links with industry and inspirational members of the community.

A former school alumnus he went on to graduate through the Royal Society of Chemistry and holds chartered status.  His daughter and son were recently educated at UAK and progressed to the insurance industry and Newcastle-under-Lyme College respectively.

Having served as a governor at the predecessor school Nigel has successfully completed the UCAT/NCSL Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Programme at the University of Chester, June-November 2014.  He also feels privileged to be a member of the Statement of Action Committee at UPAK.

Andrew Rosser


Employment Background: For the first twelve years of my career I worked as an analytical chemist. After starting in the water industry I moved to the animal feed industry. The last six years of this I was the Quality Manager and the IT Manager for an animal feed mill.
Following this I moved into the computer programming, still working in process control management. I currently own and run two IT businesses. One serves the textile industry and the other small business IT systems. In addition to these I am the IT Manager for a personal protection equipment distribution company.My reasons for becoming a Governor: I first become a governor when my eldest daughter started primary school, which was about 26 years ago. When she started at Maryhill High School, soon after our moving to the area, I joined the governing body as a parent governor. That was 19 years ago.I believe passionately about the education of our young people. They deserve the best and being a governor ensures that I am able to assist in making this the case.Personal Interests: music, further education, virtual world building.
Doreen McNeil

Appointed: 19/11/2014

I became a member of the SOAC two and a half years ago, as I wanted to use my knowledge gained in my work to contribute towards the education of the children to give them the best opportunities in life.

I’m a retired senior manager in the Civil Service and have a wide competence in managing and delivering large organisational projects, in employee engagement and HR. I’m also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. I hope this experience enhances my role on the SOAC. In addition, I’ve also been a governor and PTA chair of another school 15 years ago.

In my personal life, I’m the mother of two sons, one an army officer, the other a paramedic and grandmother to a little girl and a baby boy, so my interest in education will be continuing for a long time. My extra-curricular activities, in addition to family, are working as a reading assistant to younger children, travel, working with horses and dog walking for the family.