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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.

Members

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

Board of Trustees

David Williams
Chair of TrusteesDavid Williams
Jonathan Parsons
Jonathan Parsons
Paul Stone
CEO and Accounting OfficerPaul Stone
Ed Green
Ed Green
Margaret Spence
Margaret Spence
Shane Bray
Shane Bray
Gary Sims
Gary Sims
Richard Bettsworth
Richard Bettsworth
Mihir Trivedi
Mihir Trivedi

Trustees

Trustees Appointing Body Term of Office Term Dates Role
David Williams Diocese of Leicester 3 Years March 2019 – February 2022 Chair of Trustees Chair of Education Standards
Margaret Spence Diocese of Leicester 3 Years July 2018 – July 2021 Trustee
Paul Stone Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Non-Voting Trustee
Ed Green Co-Opted 3 Years March 2019 – February 2022 Chair of Partnership & Governance
Gary Sims Members 3 Years March 2019 – February 2022 Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk
Jonathan Parsons Members 3 Years March 2019 – February 2022 Chair of Human Resources
Mihir Trivedi Members 3 Years August 2018 – August 2021 Trustee
Shane Bray Members 3 Years October 2017 – October 2020 Trustee
Richard Bettsworth Co-Opted 3 Years September 2017 – September 2020 Trustee

Members

Carolyn Lewis
Diocese of Leicester Educational TrustCarolyn Lewis
David Williams
Chair of the Board of DirectorsDavid Williams
Robert Woolston
Kibworth CE Primary School RepresentativeRobert Woolston
Celia Varley
Parkland Primary School Representative Celia Varley

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Discovery Schools Academies Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, number 8104111. An exempt charity.

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