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
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 September 2020

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


Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed as

Meetings Attended 2019/20

Current Trustees:
Colin Skellett 1 Sept 2017 4 Years

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of the Educational Standards Commitee

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

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of the Trust Board


Gillian Camm 13 Dec 2018 4 Years Sponsor Trustee (SMV) 6/6

Jacqueline Cornish

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

Caroline Duckworth

1 Sept 2017

4 Years

Co-opted Trustee




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

Richard Holmes 19 Aug 2019 4 years

Co-opted Trustee

Chair of Audit Committee

David Powell 19 Aug 2019 4 years

Sponsor Trustee (SMV)

Chair of Property & Estates Committee


Sarah Purdy 13 July 2020 4 years

Sponsor Trustee UoB)

Co-Vice Chair

Named Trust Board Safeguarding Trustee

Ruth Bailey 13 July 2020 4 years Sponsor Trustee (UoB) 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) Nil 5/6         2019/20