Decision details

Cognus Business Plan 2019/20

Decision Maker: Sutton Shareholdings Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Kieran Holliday, Head of Pupil Based Commissioning, briefly introduced the report followed by Tracey Burley, Managing Director of Cognus and Bob Harrison (Director - Cognus).


A correction was noted to paragraph 4.2 of the report, that services would no longer be provided in respect of: english as an additional language, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and speech and language therapy.


Members discussed with the representatives: opportunities in the neighbouring boroughs, travel costs for the company and the existence of any ‘competitors’ in the field. The wide range of services was noted by the Board and examination was given to quality assurance aspects. Explanation was also provided by the company representatives as to organisational structure and line management.


Members again noted the reputational risk to the Council in its role as ‘A Shareholder’ to the company, particularly when strong public opinion may be expressed. The Managing Director offered to include this risk in their corporate register after speaking to the importance of a communications plan, which Members agreed.



1.    The Cognus Annual Business Plan 2019/20 be approved.

2.    The nominated officer be authorised to approve, on behalf of the Sutton Shareholdings Board any further non-material changes to the Annual Business Plan recommended by the B shareholders in consultation with the Chair of the Sutton Shareholdings Board.

Report author: Kieran Holliday

Publication date: 15/05/2019

Date of decision: 01/05/2019

Decided at meeting: 01/05/2019 - Sutton Shareholdings Board

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