Governance

We have been part of the NEAT Academy Trust family of schools since 1st April 2021.

The levels of governance within NEAT include:

  • Members
  • Non-executive directors/trustees
  • A local governing committee for each school

Our NEAT Board and Committee Role overview shows the relationship between the different levels of governance. 

    Constitution

    Our local governing committee has:

    • Two nominations made by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education (DDBE) in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of Holy Trinity, West View, Hartlepool
    • Two nominations made by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education (DDBE) in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of St. Hilda’s, Hartlepool
    • Two nominations made by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education (DDBE) for one of which the Hartlepool Deanery Synod will be invited to provide a nominee
    • The minister of Holy Trinity, West View or St. Hilda’s (ex-officio)
    • Two trust members appointed by the NEAT board of directors
    • Two parent members
    • One staff member
    • Headteacher member (ex-officio)

    The terms of office of all governors are four years, except:

    • Any co-opted governors where the term of office is one year
    • Ex-officio appointments which are based on the person holding a particular office and continue as long as the person remains in post.

    Local Governing Committee Members

    David Akers

    Trust (foundation) Member nominated by DDBE in consultation with PCC Holy Trinity, West View (Chair of the LGC)

    Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 23.07.22

    Term of office ends: 22.07.26

    Declared interests: Employee – Ward Jackson Primary School since 09.01.2014

    John Appleby

    Trust (foundation) Member nominated by DDBE in consultation with the Deanery Synod

    Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 21.06.23

    Term of office ends: 20.06.27

    Declared interests: Governor and Employee – Easington C of E Primary School since 01.01.18

    Carl Bellwood

    Trust Member

    Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 23.10.23

    Term of office ends: 22.10.27

    Declared interests: Employee – Amazon UK since 30.10.23

    Sarah Clasper

    Parent Member (Co-Vice Chair)

    Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 06.07.21 

    Term of office ends: 05.07.25

    Declared interests: Employee – Hartlepool Borough Council since September 2018

    Ashleigh Duxbury

    Trust Member

    Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 23.10.23

    Term of office ends: 22.10.27

    Declared interests: Director/partner – IPS NE Ltd since 02.05.23; Director/partner – Iris EOT Trusted Ltd since 31.03.23; Employee – Iris Engineering and Technology since September 2019

    Rev. Steve Edge

    Trust (foundation) Member nominated by DDBE in consultation with PCC St. Hilda’s

    Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 09.08.21

    Term of office ends: 08.08.25

    Declared interests: Employee – Diocese of Newcastle since November 2020

    Tracey Gibson

    Headteacher

    Ex-officio position based on role as Headteacher from 01.04.21

    Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust since April 2021

    Rev. Roz Hall

    Trust (foundation) Member

     

    Ex-officio position based on role as Principal Officiating Minister of Holy Trinity, West View from 09.08.21

    Declared interests: Employee – Diocese of Durham since June 2007

    Sarah Lake

    Staff Member

    Elected by staff at St. Hild’s Church of England School: 29.05.21

    Term of office ends: 28.05.25

    Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust since April 2021

    Nicola Leighton

    Co-opted Member

    Appointed by the Local Governing Committee: 18.03.24

    Term of office ends: 17.03.25

    Declared interests: Staff Governor – Clavering Primary School since 01.09.21; Employee – Clavering Primary School since 01.09.10

    Michael Robson

    Parent Member

    Elected by parents of St. Hild’s Church of England School: 20.09.21

    Term of office ends: 19.09.25

    Declared interests: Employee – North Yorkshire County Council since March 2003

    Daniel Sherry

    Co-opted Member

    Appointed by the Local Governing Committee: 18.03.24

    Term of office ends: 17.03.25

    Declared interests: Tbc

    Sarah Stock

    Trust (foundation) Member (Co-Vice Chair)

    Appointed as co-opted member by DDBE: 14.07.21

    Re-appointed as trust member approved by DDBE: 12.08.22

    Term of office ends: 11.08.26

    Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust since April 2017

    Helen Taylor

    Co-opted Member

    Appointed by the LGC: 10.07.23

    Term of office ends: 09.07.24

    Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust since April 2017

    Ann Turner

    Trust (foundation) Member nominated by DDBE in consultation with PCC St. Hilda’s

    Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 04.12.23

    Term of office ends: 03.12.27

    Declared interests: Councillor – Headland Parish Council (start date tbc)

    Former LGC Members in the last 12 Months

    Shaun Edge

    Co-opted Member

    Appointed by the LGC: 10.07.23

    Resigned: 18.03.24

    Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust since 01.09.21

    Cheryl Parker

    Trust Member nominated by DDBE in consultation with PCC St Hilda’s

    Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 27.07.21

    Term of office ended: 10.07.23

    Declared interests: None

    Lynsey Edwards

    Trust Member

    Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 01.09.22

    Resigned: 01.06.23

    Declared interests: Trustee – other charitable organisation, Wembley National Stadium Trust since 01.09.19

    Local Governing Committee Meetings

    The Scheme of Delegation sets out the role and responsibilties of each school’s local governing committee and decisions that the NEAT Board of Directors has delegated to it. 

    Meetings

    The local governing committee usually meets four times each year: once in the Autumn and Spring terms and twice in the Summer term.

    Attendance Register

    The attendance of local governors to meetings in 2022-23 is available below: