An analysis by Tes of the Greenwood Academies Trust’s accounts shows it employed “close family members or similar” of former chief executive Sir Barry Day, deputy chief executive Graham Feek and education director Emma Hadley.
The Nottingham trust did not specify how many such people worked there or name the individuals, but it described the arrangements as related-party transactions in its 2015-16 annual report.
It stated that none of the three senior trust figures “were involved with the recruitment” of their relatives and that neither the chief executive nor his deputy were involved in performance reviews or setting the salaries of people close to them.
However, the accounts said Hadley “contributed to the process for appraising performance and making salary recommendations for a close family member”.
Her recommendations were “independently reviewed for ultimate decision by a more senior staff member”. But changes were made to the staffing structure the previous year that “enabled the separation of these individuals with respect to line management, performance appraisal and salary recommendation”.
The accounts also showed that Hadley’s son, a sixth-form student at one of the academies, was paid as a casual cleaner. They added that Hadley “has no direct involvement in this activity and is not involved in the recruitment or payment of the pupils”.
A spokesperson for the trust says: “Where there may be potential related-party transactions, we have clear policies to ensure these are conducted at arm’s length, in accordance with the trust’s financial regulations and normal procurement procedures. Our external auditors have verified this.”