Duns Scotus Trust

The Duns Scotus Trust Board is made up of Directors who monitor Multi-Academy Trusts which  are at the heart of education in the Catholic Diocese of Northampton.

The Board’s focus is the advancement of Catholicism in the Diocese by such means as the Bishop may think fit and proper by:

  • Establishing, monitoring, supporting and developing Multi Academy Trusts within the Diocese;
  • Supporting Catholic Academies in accordance with the principles and subject to the regulations and the discipline of the Catholic Church.

The Trust Board ensures that every academy shall deliver education in accordance with:

  • The teachings, practices and tenets of the Catholic Church;
  • Canon Law and the Trust Deed;
  • Any Diocesan directives for the time being in force.

The Trust Board is made up of Directors, registered at Companies House, who are appointed by the Diocesan Bishop, all of whom are practising Catholics and who are either education professionals or who have experience of supporting education at all levels in their field of expertise.

The Board meets regularly and also hosts a Chairs meeting every term to ensure that Chairs of Governing Bodies of Multi Academy Trusts in the Diocese can feedback as to progress and the Board can update Chairs in order that developments can be disseminated to governors and academies.

The Board is named after Blessed John Duns Scotus, originally known as John Duns (1266-1308) who was ordained in Northampton. He is generally considered to be one of the most important philosopher theologians of the High Middle Ages, who has had considerable influence on Catholic and secular thought. Duns Scotus was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1993.  You can find out more about John Duns Scotus here.

For any further information about the Board and its work, please do not hesitate to contact the Trust Board via the NORES office or


  • Mgr. Kevin McGinnell (Chair)
  • Melanie Kavanagh
  • Alan McLaughlin
  • John Rogers

Secretary: Debbie Main

Membership of the Schools' Committee, the equivalent body that monitor maintained schools can be found here.

VACANCY:  We have a vacancy for an experienced Director with financial expertise.  If you would like more details of the work of Duns Scotus, the scope of the role and the application process, please contact Debbie Main, Schools Officer via All applicants must be practicing Catholics, supported by their parish priest.


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