Governance

Governance

The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors.  They fulfil the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local Schools Board’s work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools.  Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.

The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.

Colchester LSB Board

Full NameCategory of MemberArea of responsibility / focusTerm of Office StartTerm of Office EndDeclaration of Interests
Karen JonesChair04/02/2403/02/28
Carol NealeMemberHealth & Safety20/05/202219/05/2026Finance Assistant @ St James’ C of E Primary School & Nursery
Brenda MorelliEducationalistQuality of Education01/07/202130/06/2025None
Fr James McCluskeyEx Officio (incumbent)Church Distinctiveness30/09/2022N/ASt James the Great & St Paul Church
Laura HicksParentSafeguarding03/02/202302/02/2027awaiting confirmation
Belynda FellowsEx Officio (headteacher)01/10/2016N/ANone
Lucy TurnerVine Head/Deputy18/10/202017/10/2024Deputy Headteacher, St James C of E Primary School & Nursery
Ana MarulandaAssociate Governor06/10/2305/10/27
Rachel LayFinance PartnerFinance PartnerFinance Partner @ St James’ CE Primary school; Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust
Victoria TamesAssociate GovernorSEND14/11/23 13/11/27None
Historic (Left within last 12 months)
Full NameCategory of MemberArea of responsibility / focusTerm of Office EndsDeclaration of Interests
Julie TaylorChairSafeguarding01/09/202205/02/24Chair of LGB, St Edwards C ofE Academy; Governance Lead, Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust
Toby FreemanMemberHealth & Safety03/02/202305/02/24awaiting confirmation
Libby Kirby TaylorParentSEND21/07/2023Child at St James C of E Primary School & Nursery
Edit DaviesFinance PartnerFinanceFinance Partner @ St James’ CE Primary school; Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust
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