Directors and Governors

Welcome from the Chair of the Board of Directors

Jim O'Neill

Thank you for taking an interest in the Education Village Academy Trust. The Trust firmly believes that all young people deserve the best possible education and we want every pupil attending one of our Academies to fulfil their potential and go on to become successful and happy young people and adults.

To achieve this the Board of Directors and Governors take an active interest in its Academies, supporting staff, holding Principals to account and monitoring achievement and the learning environment.

The Board meets at least once a term to review the strategic direction of the Trust. It delegates the day to day oversight of its Academies to five Education Standards Committees and also has separate committees to ensure the Trust’s budgets and resources are used effectively and in line with the interest of our students and the requirements of the Education Funding Agency.

Directors and Governors all work to ensure the Academies are operating successfully and following relevant legislation. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that our students are confident and qualified to go out and be personally successful whilst making a contribution to society.

If you want to learn more about the role of Directors and Governors please get in touch with our Governance Support Officer Alana Mackenzie (

Jim O’Neill

Chair of the Board Directors, Education Village Academy Trust

Education Village Academy Trust Members and Directors


Mr Tim Fisher
Mr James O’Neill
Mrs Helen Radcliffe


Mrs Hanne Barton – Member appointed
Mr Mike Butler - Chief Executive
Mr Laurence Job - Member appointed
Mr James O’Neill (Chair) – Member appointed
Mrs Helen Radcliffe - Member appointed
Mr Raman Sanghera - Member appointed
Cllr Heather Scott - Member appointed
Mrs Kathryn Stevenson – Director of Finance and Operations
Mrs Shirley Welsh - Member appointed

Photos of, and information about, Our Directors.pdf

Haughton Academy Education Standards Committee

Mr Steve Bibby - Parent Governor 
Mrs Jenny Gregg - Staff Governor
Mr Andrew Hinnigan - Staff Governor
Mrs Davina Jones - Board appointed Governor
Mr Laurence Job - Board appointed Governor
Mr Michael Longstaff - Board appointed Governor (pending final ratification)
Mr Jonathan Lumb - Principal
Councillor Andrew Scott (Chair) - Board appointed Governor

Springfield Academy Education Standards Committee

Ms Katie Hall – Staff Governor
Mrs Angela Henderson – Principal
Ms Rebecca Irwin – Parent Governor
Mrs Jenny Joyce – Parent Governor
Mrs Juliette McLaren – Board appointed Governor 
Mr Ben Parnaby - Staff Governor
Ms Deborah Wood - Board appointed Governor (Chair)

Beaumont Hill Academy Education Standards Committee

The Beaumont Hill Academy Education Standards Committee is temporarily replaced by an Academy Monitoring Group (AMG).

Members of the AMG are:

Mr Mike Butler - Trust Chief Executive and Interim Chair of the AMG
Mrs Hanne Barton - Member appointed Director
Mr Kit Dixon - Board appointed Governor (awaiting clearance) 
Mrs Karen McCarron - Parent Governor
Mr Phil North - Board appointed Governor
Councillor Heather Scott - Board appointed Governor
Chris Ashford - Safeguarding Link (awaiting clearance)

Gurney Pease Academy Education Standards Committee

Mr Andrew Dallin – Parent Governor
Mr Simon Heritage – Staff Governor
Mrs Lyndsey Johnson – Trust appointed Governor (pending final ratification)
Mrs Joanna Morrison - Trust appointed Governor (pending final ratification)
Mrs Alison Sinclair - Principal
Mrs Donna Usher – Staff Governor
Mrs Shirley Welsh (Chair) - Trust appointed Governor

Marchbank Free School Education Standards Committee

Mr Nigel Little - Trust appointed Governor
Mrs Liz McAllister - Trust appointed Governor
Miss Janet Penman (Chair) – Trust appointed Governor
Mrs Tara Scott - Staff Governor
Mrs Mandy Southwick - Principal
Mrs Wendy Turpin - Trust appointed Governor

Trust Scheme of Delegation

Scheme of Delegation

Register of Governor and Director Business Interests

Please click on the link below to view the register.

Business and Pecuniary Interests of Governors July 2017.pdf

Record of Governor Appointees

Governance Record of Appointees 2015-2016.pdf

Record of Governor attendance at meetings

Governance Record of Attendance 2015-2016.pdf

If you have any queries relating to governance or wish to contact any of the members, directors or governors, please contact Alana Mackenzie, Governor Development Officer

By telephone: 01325 248141

By e-mail:

By post: The Education Village, Salters Lane South, Darlington, DL1 2AN