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



Name Date of Appointment
Chris Curling 1 Sept 2017
Judith Squires 1 Sept 2017
Alfred Morris 1 Sept 2019
Katharine Finn 1 Sept 2019
Mike Bothamley 1 Sept 2019


Composition of the Trust Board

Last updated August 2021

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


Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Term End

Appointed as

Meetings Attended 2020/21

Current Trustees:
Colin Skellett 31/07/21 4 Years 30/07/25

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of the Educational Standards Committee

Gail Bragg


Appointed Chair 14/02/19

4 Years 13/02/23

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of the Trust Board


Gillian Camm

19/04/18 4 Years 18/04/22 Sponsor Trustee (SMV) 5/5

Jacqueline Cornish

31/07/21 4 Years 30/07/25 Sponsor Trustee (SMV) 5/5

Caroline Duckworth


4 Years


Co-opted Trustee





4 Years


Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of Finance Committee


Lucy Collins 01/09/19 4 years 31/08/23

Sponsor Trustee (UoB)

Co-Vice Chair & Chair of Pay/HR Committee

Richard Holmes 01/09/19 4 years 31/08/23

Co-opted Trustee

Chair of Audit Committee

David Powell 01/09/19 4 years 31/08/23

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of Property & Estates Committee


Sarah Purdy 13/07/20 4 years 12/07/24

Sponsor Trustee UoB)

Co-Vice Chair

Named Trust Board Safeguarding Trustee


Ruth Bailey


4 years


Sponsor Trustee (UoB)


Trustees that have resigned during the past 12 months
No resignations during 20/21