Governance

The Role of Governor

Within England there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academies and Trust
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academies and Trust is making towards their set aims and objectives
  • Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principals i.e. a 'critical friend'

The Governors are committed to ensuring that children at the Academies achieve their potential and are well-equipped for life after school. We believe that every child can be successful, and as staff work hard to make sure this happens, we expect our students to do the same.

Venturers Trust is a multi-academy trust. Ultimate responsibility for the Academies within it rests with the Board of Trustees of the Trust but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local Governing Bodies (the Governors of the respective Academies) and details of the Local Governing Bodies can be found on the websites of each Academy. The details of the Governors of Venturers Trust are listed below and further biographical details can be found here

Accounting Officer

Name Term of Office Business and Pecuniary Interests
Samantha Williamson - Principal Merchants' Academy 07/03/2019 None

 

Members of the Multi Academy Trust Board
(Venturers Trust Board)

Name Date of Appointment Relevant Business and Pecuniary interests
Chris Curling 1 Sept 2017 Member Society of Merchant Venturers and Chair of the SMV Education Committee, Member Learning City Partnership Board
Judith Squires 1 Sept 2017 Chair Cultural Development Partnership, Partner Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Member Economic-Social Research Council
Alfred Morris 1 Sept 2019 TBC
Katharine Finn 1 Sept 2019 TBC
Mike Bothamley 1 Sept 2019 TBC

 

Composition of the Trust Board

Last updated September 2019

Name

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed as

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests (w.e.f. 01/09/2017)

Meetings attended 2018/19

Trevor Smallwood 1 Sept 2017  Resigned    14 Feb 2019 4 Years

Chair of Venturers Trust Board
Sponsor Governor (SMV)

Stage Electrics Partnership, UKRD Group, SLX Group Ltd 3/3
Colin Skellett 1 Sept 2017 4 Years

Deputy Chair of Venturers Trust Board Sponsor Governor (SMV)

Group Chief Exec Wessex Water Services 5/5

Steve Allpress

1 Sept 2017

Resigned

04 July 2019

4 Years

Sponsor Governor (SMV)

Trustee Bristol Old Vic, Director Folio Intelligence 5/5

Ross Ancell

1 Sept 2017

4 Years

Sponsor Governor (SMV)

Director Churngold Construction Ltd, Director Churngold Venturers Ltd, Director Churngold Remediation Holdings Ltd, SMV Standing Committee Member

4/5

Gail Bragg 14 Dec 2017  Appointed Chair as of 14 Feb 2019 4 Years

Chair of Venturers Trust Board Sponsor Governor (SMV)

Director Gail Bragg Consulting,

South Western Ambulance Service Trust,

Interactive Investment,

Allied Trust Savings.

Bishop Fleming consultant, KPMG by association

 

4/5

Gillian Camm 13 Dec 2018 4 Years Sponsor Governor (SMV) None 4/5

Jacqueline Cornish

1 Sept 2017 4 Years Sponsor Governor (SMV) NHS England Uni Hospital Bristol Foundation Trust 3/5

Caroline Duckworth

1 Sept 2017

4 Years

Co-opted Governor (employee of SMV)

Governor of Colston School

Governor of Wycliffe College

5/5

 

Kath Henry 1 Sept 2017  Resigned 14 Dec 2018 4 Years Co-opted Governor None

2/2

John Laycock

1 Sept 2017

Resigned 

04 July 2019

4 Years

Sponsor Governor (SMV)

Chairman of Stage Electrics Partnership 5/5

Lynn Robinson*

1 Sept 2017

4 Years

Sponsor Governor (UoB)

*named Trust Board level Safeguarding Governor

None

5/5

Ros Sutherland

1 Sept 2017  Resigned 14 Jan 2019

4 Years

Sponsor Governor (UoB)

Trustee of SS Great Britain

1/2

John
Watson

 

1 Sept 2017

 

4 Years

 

Sponsor Governor (SMV)

 

Gardiner (Holdings) Ltd, Gardiner, Sons & Co Ltd

 

5/5

 

David Sands 20 May 2019 4 Years Sponsor Governor (UoB) None 2/2
Doug Jennings

20 May 2019

Resigned 04 Sep 2019

4 Years Sponsor Governor (UoB) None 1/2
Lucy Collins 19 Aug 2019 4 years Sponsor Governor (UoB) None  
Richard Holmes 19 Aug 2019 4 years Sponsor Governor (SMV) TBC  
David Powell 19 Aug 2019 4 years Sponsor Governor (SMV) Trustee at The Park Centre, Knowle