Governance

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 info@venturerstrust.org 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

 

Members

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

Name

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

4/5
Gail Bragg

14/02/19

Appointed Chair 14/02/19

4 Years 13/02/23

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of the Trust Board

5/5

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

31/07/21

4 Years

30/07/25

Co-opted Trustee

5/5

 

John
Watson

31/07/21

4 Years

30/07/25

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of Finance Committee

4/5

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

Sponsor Trustee (UoB)

Co-Vice Chair & Chair of Pay/HR Committee

5/5
Richard Holmes 01/09/19 4 years 31/08/23

Co-opted Trustee

Chair of Audit Committee

5/5
David Powell 01/09/19 4 years 31/08/23

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of Property & Estates Committee

 

4/5
Sarah Purdy 13/07/20 4 years 12/07/24

Sponsor Trustee UoB)

Co-Vice Chair

Named Trust Board Safeguarding Trustee

5/5

Ruth Bailey

13/07/20

4 years

12/07/24

Sponsor Trustee (UoB)

4/5

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