The Role of Trustees & Governors

The roles of individual Trustees, and subsequently members of a Local Governing Body (LGB) is to 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 Trustees & Academy Governors is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principals i.e. a 'critical friend'

The Trustees and 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 LGBs (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 Trustees of Venturers Trust are listed below and further biographical details can be found here

To contact the Chair of Trustees please email or write to Chair of Trustees, Venturers Trust, Gatehouse Avenue, Bristol, BS13 9AJ.

Accounting Officer

Name Term of Office Summary of Business and Pecuniary Interests (detailed register available below)
David Watson, Chief Executive Officer 20/01/2020 Nil


Trustees of the Venturers Trust Board

Name Date of Appointment Summary of Business and Pecuniary interests (detailed register below)
Chris Curling 1 Sept 2017 Member Society of Merchant Venturers and Chair of the SMV Education Committee, Member Learning City Partnership Board; Trustee Folly Farm Centre Ltd; Trustee Avon Wildlife Trust
Judith Squires 1 Sept 2017 Chair Cultural Development Partnership, Partner Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Member Economic-Social Research Council
Alfred Morris 1 Sept 2019 Director - University of Law Ltd; Bath Business School Ltd; London School of Real Estate Management Ltd; Iuni Ltd; Russell College London Ltd; Russell College Ltd; London College of Real Estate Management Ltd; Higher Education Associates Ltd
Katharine Finn 1 Sept 2019 LLB Member PwC; Trustee - Avon Wildlife Trust
Mike Bothamley 1 Sept 2019 Member of the Society of Merchant Venturers; Trustee St Monica Trust


Composition of the Trust Board

Last updated September 2020

* SMV - Society of Merchant Venturers; UoB - University of Bristol


Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed as

Summary Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests (detailed register below)

Meetings Attended 2019/20

Current Trustees:
Colin Skellett 1 Sept 2017 4 Years

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of the Educational Standards Commitee

Group Chief Executive Wessex Water Services 6/6
Gail Bragg 14 Dec 2017  Appointed Chair as of 14 Feb 2019 4 Years

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of the Trust Board

Director - Gail Bragg Consulting

Director - South Western Ambulance Service Trust,

Director - Interactive Investment & Allied Trust Savings

Director SMV Trustee Company Ltd


Gillian Camm 13 Dec 2018 4 Years Sponsor Trustee (SMV) Director, Wessex Water, Wallscourt Foundation, Clerical Medical Investment, SMV Trustee Company Ltd, Trustee, Clifton Down Charitable Trust 6/6

Jacqueline Cornish

1 Sept 2017 4 Years Sponsor Trustee (SMV) Nil 6/6

Caroline Duckworth

1 Sept 2017

4 Years

Co-opted Trustee

Treasurer SMV; Trustee - Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, Wycliffe College & Governor & CGS

Employee @ SMV




1 Sept 2017

4 Years

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of Finance Committee



Lucy Collins 19 Aug 2019 4 years

Sponsor Trustee (UoB)

Co-Vice Chair & Chair of Pay/HR Committee

Nil 5/6
Richard Holmes 19 Aug 2019 4 years

Co-opted Trustee

Chair of Audit Committee

Trustee - University of the West of England 6/6
David Powell 19 Aug 2019 4 years

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of Property & Estates Committee


Trustee at The Park Centre, Knowle; Director Osborne Clarke LLP 5/6
Sarah Purdy 13 July 2020 4 years

Sponsor Trustee UoB)

Co-Vice Chair

Named Trust Board Safeguarding Trustee

Trustee Bristol Student Union, Member UOB Exec Board and management team, Talking Health Ltd, Sessional GP Bristol NHS 1/1
Ruth Bailey 13 July 2020 4 years Sponsor Trustee (UoB) Senior Teaching Fellow at UOB and partnership work with schools in Venturers Trust 1/1



Trustees that have resigned during the past 12 months
David Sands

20 May 2019 

Resigned 11 Mar 2020

4 Years

Sponsor Trustee (UoB)


1/2 2019/20

Ross Ancell

1 Sept 2017                              

Resigned 21 May 2020

4 Years Sponsor Trustee (SMV) Director Churngold Construction Ltd, Director Churngold Venturers Ltd, Director Churngold Remediation Holdings Ltd, SMV Standing Committee Member   3/3 2019/20
Lynn Robinson 1 Sept 2017                                 Resigned 13 July 2020 4 Years Sponsor Trustee (UoB) None 5/6         2019/20