Trustees and Governors

Welcome from the Chair of the Board of Trustees


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 Trustees 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 each half 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).

Trustees 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 Trustees 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 Trustees, Education Village Academy Trust

Education Village Academy Trust Members and Trustees


Mr Kevin Duffy
Mr Tim Fisher
Mr Ken Fraser


Mr Chris Ashford - Member appointed
Mr Mike Butler - Chief Executive
Mr Kit Dixon - Member appointed
Mr Tim Hedger-Gourlay - Member appointed (awaiting checks)
Mrs Kimberley Ivory - Member appointed (awaiting checks)
Mrs Carolyn Morgan - Member appointed
Mrs Helen Radcliffe (Chair) - Member appointed
Mr Raman Sanghera - Member appointed
Mrs Shirley Welsh (Vice Chair) - Member appointed

You can find out more about our Trustees here: Trustees - June 2020

Finance and Resources Committee:

Mr Mike Butler - Chief Executive
Mr Kit Dixon (Chair) - Member appointed
Mr Phil North - Board appointed
Mrs Helen Radcliffe - Member appointed
Mr Raman Sanghera - Member appointed

Haughton Academy Education Standards Committee

Mrs Helen Conley - Board appointed Governor
Dr Leslie Fox (Chair) - Board appointed Governor
Mrs Jenny Gregg - Staff Governor
Mr Laurence Job - Board appointed Governor
Mrs Davina Jones - Board appointed Governor
Mr Michael Longstaff - Board appointed Governor 
Mr Jonathan Lumb - Principal
Mrs Kirsty Whitehouse - Parent Governor
Mrs Helen Whitton - Board appointed Governor

Springfield Academy Education Standards Committee

Dr Martin Brader (Chair) - Board appointed Governor
Mrs Lynne Simpson - Staff Governor
Mr Richard Gartland - Principal
Mrs Chris Archer (Vice Chair) - Board appointed Governor 
Mr John Perry - Board appointed Governor
Mr Graham Wood - Parent Governor
Mrs Joan Mitchie - Board appointed Governor
Mr Jonathan Stout - Board appointed Governor

Beaumont Hill Academy Education Standards Committee

Mr Kit Dixon (Chair) - Board appointed Governor  
Mrs Karen McCarron - Parent Governor
Ms Sam McCormick - Staff governor
Mr Phil North - Board appointed Governor
Councillor Heather Scott - Board appointed Governor
Mr Chris Ashford - Board appointed Governor and Safeguarding Link 
Mrs Caroline Green - Executive Principal
Mr Adrian Lynch - Principal
Mrs Margaret Farrow - Board appointed Governor 

Gurney Pease Academy Education Standards Committee

Mrs Jenny Gregg (Chair) - Board appointed Governor
Mrs Jenny Finn - Staff Governor
Mrs Alison Sinclair - Principal
Mr Rob Dodsworth - Board appointed Governor
Mrs Germaine Holmes (Vice Chair) - Board appointed Governor
Mr Neil Scollick - Parent Governor

Marchbank Free School Education Standards Committee

Mrs Elizabeth Bell - Board appointed Governor
Mrs Jenny Francis - Board appointed Governor
Mr Nigel Little - Board appointed Governor
Mrs Liz McAllister (Chair) - Board appointed Governor
Mr Bill Oldfield – Board appointed Governor
Mrs Tess Wright - Head of School
Mrs Wendy Turpin (Vice Chair) - Board appointed Governor
Mr Chris Greenwell - Board Appointed Governor 

Trust Scheme of Delegation

Scheme of delegation

Register of Governor and Trustee Business Interests

Please click on the link below to view the register.

Business and Pecuniary Interests - EVAT Governance 2019 - 2020

Record of Governor Appointees

Governance Record of Appointees 2019-2020

Record of Governor attendance at meetings

Governance Record of Attendance at Meetings 2018-2019

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 248156

By e-mail:

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