New chair elected to head leading multi-academy trust

Catherine McGuinness has been elected as chair of the City of London Academies Trust Board.

The trust runs 10 City of London Corporation-sponsored academies across Hackney, Islington, Newham, and Southwark.

The trust has a particular focus on ensuring that every child meets their full potential, whatever their background.

Ms McGuinness is a former Policy Chair of the City Corporation. A solicitor by training, she practised in financial services law for several years. She studied philosophy, politics, and economics at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Roy Blackwell has been elected as Deputy Chair.

Chair of the City of London Academies Trust Board, Catherine McGuinness, said:

“We are driven by the ambition to provide world-class experiences and deliver exceptional education for young Londoners.

“The Trust has a huge responsibility for shaping the future of our young citizens, enabling them to achieve their potential, and preparing them for the world of work, and I am honoured to be working with them.”

Ms McGuinness has previously served as chair of the City Academy, Hackney

The City Corporation is also the local education authority for one maintained primary school in the City of London, and the proprietor of three independent schools.

Notes to editors

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK –  www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

The City of London Corporation sponsors the following academies through the City of London Academies Trust:

City of London Academy, Islington 

The City Academy, Hackney 

City of London Academy (Southwark)

Redriff Primary, City of London Academy

Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy

City of London Primary Academy Islington

City of London Academy Highgate Hill

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy

The Board of Trustees of the City of London Academies Trust has ultimate legal accountability for the educational outcomes of the academies within the City of London Academies Trust. The Board sets the Trust’s strategy and is responsible for the Trust’s financial management and regulatory compliance.  The Trust also appoints governors to each school’s Local Governing Body.