UTC Oxfordshire provides an exciting new vocational education option for 14 to 19 year olds, specialising in Engineering and Life Science alongside traditional subjects. Activate Learning is the lead sponsor
for the UTC, which is run with the support of a number of industry and academic partners.

Read on to find out more about our Structure and Governance or view the UTC Oxfordshire Trust structure.


The Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The Charitable
Company’s memorandum and articles of association are the primary governing documents of the
Academy Trust.

The trustees of UTC Oxfordshire Trust are also the directors of the Charitable Company for the
purposes of company law.

The Role of the Governing Body

The Trustees shall exercise their powers and functions with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic role
in the running of the Academy and shall consider any advice given by the Principal.

The Principal is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy;
and for advising on and implementing the Academy Trust’s strategic framework. In particular, the
Principal will formulate aims and objectives, policies and targets for the Board to consider adopting.

The Governing Body of the Academy has three primary roles:

  • To set the school’s strategic direction: its mission, ethos, core values, overall aims and
  • To secure accountability for the school, for example, by reporting to key stakeholder groups and
    providing information for those groups; or by hearing appeals against decisions of the school
  • To monitor and evaluate the school’s performance, for example against past performance,
    against other ‘like’ schools and against its own improvement plan, budgets and policies

The Members are members of the Academy Trust for the purposes of the Companies Acts. In
simple terms, the Members ‘own’ the Academy Trust. They have a number of statutory rights
including the right to remove directors, the right to amend the articles and the right to receive the
annual accounts. They are also given the right to appoint some of the directors under the Articles of

The Members do not have any specific duties imposed on them. Typically, the Members will only meet once a year at the AGM or as is required.

Our Governors

 Lee Nicholls  Chair
 Philip Waddup  Vice Chair
 Billy McNeil  RM Education

Professor Paul Hogg


David Martin


Steve Houseman


Grace Thompson


Mark Bodeker

Amanda Callaghan  Director
Owain Johns  Principal/ Accounting Officer
Heledd Walker  Clerk

To contact our Chair of Governors, please write to us at :

Lee Nicholls
c/o Activate Learning
Oxpens Road

2015-16 declaration of interest and attendance

2016-17 declaration of interest and attendance

 Minutes and other documents

UTC Oxfordshire minutes 8 March 2017

UTC Oxfordshire signed board minutes – 7 December 2016

UTC Oxfordshire signed board minutes – 19 October 2016

UTC Oxfordshire signed board minutes – 6 July 2016

UTC Oxfordshire signed board minutes – 2 March 2016

UTC Oxfordshire finance and resources minutes -March 2016

UTC Oxfordshire Financial Statements 2015-16