Directors and Governors

Welcome from the Chair of the Board of Directors


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 and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

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, or to request the minutes of a meeting, please get in touch with our Governance Support Officer Alana Mackenzie (

Helen Radcliffe

Chair of the Board Directors, Education Village Academy Trust

Education Village Academy Trust Members and Directors


Mr Tim Fisher
Mr Ken Fraser
Mr James O’Neill
Mrs Helen Radcliffe
An additional (fifth Member) has been identified (September 2017) and will be appointed when checks are complete. 


Mrs Hanne Barton – Member appointed
Mr Mike Butler - Chief Executive
Mr Laurence Job - Member appointed
Mrs Helen Radcliffe (Chair) - Member appointed
Mr Raman Sanghera - Member appointed
Cllr Heather Scott - Member appointed
Mrs Shirley Welsh - Member appointed

Photos of, and information about, Our Directors

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 
Mr Jonathan Lumb - Principal
Councillor Andrew Scott (Chair) - Board appointed Governor
Dr Leslie Fox - Board appointed Governor 

Springfield Academy Education Standards Committee

Ms Rebecca Irwin – Board appointed Governor
Mrs Juliette McLaren – Parent Governor 
Mr Ben Parnaby - Staff Governor
Ms Deborah Wood - Board appointed Governor (Chair)
Mr Richard Gartland - Principal

Beaumont Hill Academy Monitoring Group

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
Mrs Hanne Barton - Member appointed Director
Mr Kit Dixon - Board appointed Governor  
Mrs Karen McCarron - Parent Governor
Mr Phil North - Board appointed Governor
Mr Jonathan Parkinson - Board appointed Governor
Mr Roy Patel - Board Appointed Governor and Chair of the AMG   
Councillor Heather Scott - Board appointed Governor
Chris Ashford - Board Appointed Governor and Safeguarding Link 
Mrs Caroline Green - Principal
Mr Adrian Lynch - Deputy Principal

Also in attendance are:

Ms Jenny Nimmo - Senior Leader, Beaumont Hill Academy
Ms Gemma Elysee - Senior Assistant Headteacher (currently on Maternity Leave)
Steve Nyakatawa - Darlington Borough Council
Joanna Conway - Darlington Borough Council

Gurney Pease Academy Education Standards Committee

Mr Andrew Dallin – Parent Governor
Mrs Lyndsey Johnson – Board appointed Governor 
Mrs Joanna Morrison - Board appointed Governor 
Mrs Alison Sinclair - Principal
Mrs Donna Usher – Staff Governor
Mrs Shirley Welsh (Chair) - Board appointed Governor

Marchbank Free School Education Standards Committee

Mrs Jenny Francis - Board appointed Governor
Mr Nigel Little - Board appointed Governor
Mrs Liz McAllister (Chair) - Board appointed Governor
Miss Janet Penman (Vice Chair) – Board appointed Governor
Mr Sam Calvert - Staff Governor
Mrs Mandy Southwick - Principal
Mrs Wendy Turpin - Board appointed Governor

Trust Scheme of Delegation

Scheme of delegation - September 2017

Register of Governor and Director Business Interests

Please click on the link below to view the register.

Business and Pecuniary Interests of Governors, Directors and Members - March 2018

Record of Governor Appointees

Governance Record of Appointees 2016-2017

Record of Governor attendance at meetings

Governance Record of Attendance at Meetings 2016-2017

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