Welcome to our Governors’ section

The Local Governing Body is made up of people from the local community. We include parents, people with business and professional experience and representatives of the Church.

Working together, we are responsible for the Catholic Life of the school and community links but not the day-to-day running of the school. That is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff. We are responsible for supporting with monitoring activities in school and agreeing school policies and procedures.

Most importantly, we work with the Headteacher and staff acting as a ‘critical friend’, offering support, advice and – when needed – asking challenging questions to help the school achieve the very highest standards.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy Local Governing Body

If you wish to contact any of the governors, please use the email address below.

Below are the Terms of Reference our governors follow, a list of our governors and the school Code of Conduct for governors.

Scheme of Delegation – September 2023

Local Governing Body

NameRole of GovernorAppointed byDate of AppointmentExpiry of Current TermBusiness and Pecuniary InterestsAttendance at Meetings 2022/2023
Fr Jonathan Whitby-SmithChair of GovernorsNRCDES01/10/202030/09/2024None6/6
Mrs Luz Angela ManningVice Chair of Governors
Parent Governor
Mrs Donna Briscoe-GreeneParent GovernorParents01/12/202030/11/2024None1/6
Mr Paul HezelgraveFoundation GovernorNRCDES01/09/201831/08/2026None4/6
Mr Thulani SimbaniFoundation GovernorNRCDES01/10/202230/09/2026None5/6
Mr Richard BebenFoundation GovernorNRCDES01/12/202230/11/2026None3/5
Miss Susan HinchcliffFoundation GovernorNRCDES01/11/202231/10/2026None5/5
Mrs Rosemary KightleyFoundation GovernorNRCDES01/11/202331/10/2027None0

Governors who have served in the last 12 months

NameRole of GovernorAppointed byDate of AppointmentExpiry of Current TermBusiness and Pecuniary Interests
Fr Kevin AthaideFoundation GovernorNRCDESMarch 2020June 2023None
Mrs Donna Briscoe-GreeneParent GovernorParents1/12/202012/12/2023None

Annual Reports and Accounts, Members and Trustees Information and Duties

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Should you wish to make a complaint, please see the Complaints Policy on the Statutory Information page of this website in the first instance.