About Us


Our Board of Governors, which comprises 12 members including the Principal and CEO, has overall responsibility for the Academy, with strategic responsibilities that include:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • The educational performance of the Academy and its students’ progress;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy, ensuring excellent value for money; and
  • The safety and wellbeing of its staff and students.

A key strength of the Board is that it comprises a mix of educationalists, senior executives from industry and other professionals. These are non-executive roles and all Governors give their time voluntarily. 


Fashion Retail Academy is a Company Limited by Guarantee [Company number 05507547]. It is also a Registered Charity [Number 1119540]. The FRA’s Governors are also the Directors of the Company and charity trustees. The Company’s constitution and the powers of the Board are set out in the Articles of Association. Governors are also expected to uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life (The Nolan Principles).

Role of the Sub-Committees

The Board is assisted in fulfilling its responsibilities by three sub-committees comprising smaller groups of Governors, largely according to their areas of expertise and interest.

  • Provides guidance to the Board in relation to matters of quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Meets three times per year, to scrutinise and monitor progress against the Quality Improvement Plan and Quality KPIs – including retention, achievement and progress of students
  • Reviews the annual Self-Assessment Report

Quality Committee Terms of Reference

  • Meets prior to each Board meeting (four/five meetings per year)
  • Advises the Board on annual budget setting (revenue and capital) and scrutinises in-year financial performance against budget

Finance Committee Terms of Reference

  • Meets three times per year
  • Advises the Board on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Academy’s systems of internal control and its arrangements for risk management - regular review of Risk Register, and
  • Receives and scrutinises reports from the FRA’s Auditors (in-year assignments and year-end Reports & Accounts

Audit Committee Terms of Reference

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