Our Governance Model

Delivering educational excellence

About us

Trust Governance

Good governance is at the heart of delivering educational excellence. The Board of Trustees has defined what ‘governance’ means for the Trust in a Governance Strategy which outlines how governance is structured and organised as part of a whole-system approach to improving standards.

Governance Model

The Trust operates a three-tier governance model.


As a charitable company limited by guarantee the Trust has Members who have a similar role to the shareholders in a company limited by shares.  The Members are the ‘guardians of the governance’ of the Trust and ensure that the Trust acts within its charitable objects and values to achieve the vision.

Board of Trustees

The multi-academy structure means that Discovery School Board of Trustees (sometimes known as the board of directors or governing body) is ultimately responsible for governance of all the schools in the trust and is accountable for their performance.

To support effective governance, the Board delegates governance functions to be carried out through committees, local school Advisory Boards and through the Central Executive Team.

The governance functions delegated by the Board across the structure are set out in a Scheme of Delegation.

Advisory Board

Each school has an Advisory Board which has a key role in influencing the development of the school, providing a forum for discussion of strategy and policy matters to ensure the education delivered meets the needs of children locally. 

The Advisory Boards are small groups and have staff, parent and community representation; membership details are included on the individual school website.

The Advisory Board represent the interests of their community, reporting to the Trust Board on local issues to ensure the school the success of the school within the Trust.

About us

Meet our Trustees

DSAT has nine Trustees appointed for their expertise and experience gained in a diverse range of industries in both the private and public sectors.

David Williams
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the Diocese of Leicester Education TrustDavid Williams

Chair of Trustees

Gary Sims
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the MembersGary Sims
Margaret Spence
Appointed 9/7/2018, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the Diocese of LeicesterMargaret Spence
Paul Stone
Ex-Officio (no voting rights)Paul Stone

CEO & Accounting Officer

Mihir Trivedi
Appointed 8/8/2018, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the MembersMihir Trivedi

Ed Green
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the TrusteesEd Green
Jonathan Parsons
Appointed 1/3/2016, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the MembersJonathan Parsons
Richard Bettsworth
Appointed 6/8/2017, Term 3 Years, Co-opted by the TrusteesRichard Bettsworth

Shane Bray
Appointed 24/10/2017, Term 3 Years, Appointed by the MembersShane Bray


Name Role Appointed by Term
Kate Foster Meber Members September 2014 – December 2017
Michael McAllister Trustee Diocese of Leicester March 2016 – January 2018

Trust Members

Carolyn Lewis
Appointed February 2015Carolyn Lewis

Diocese of Leicester Educational Trust

Robert Woolston
Appointed January 2018Robert Woolston

Kibworth CE Primary School Representative

David Williams
Appointed March 2016David Williams

Chair of the Board of Directors

Celia Varley
Appointed September 2017Celia Varley

Parkland Primary School Representative

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