The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors.  They fulfil the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local School Boards work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools.  Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.

The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.

Full NamePositionNature of Interest/position or relationship e.g. directorship, shareholder, trustee, husband/wife etcCompany Directorships and Charitable trusteeships details of all companies and charitiesMembership of professional bodiesAny other conflictDate
Emma FlinHeadteacherHeadteacherSt Andrew’s CE PrimaryNoneNone30/9/20
Gemma SingletonSchool Business ManagerNoneNoneNoneNone01/10/20
Catherine ShergoldChair of LGBNoneNoneNoneNone30/09/20
Jane LushingtonVice Chair of LGBMember of VST Board & Finance & Audit CommitteeLushington Associates (dormant)NoneNone08/10/20
Matt TilburyParent GovernorNoneNoneNoneNone05/09/20
Glynis HaighCo-opted GovernorClerk to CVC ConsortiumNoneNoneNone04/10/20
Iona ParkerFoundation GovernorCouncillorBraintree District CouncilColne Stour Valley AssociationNone07/10/20
Eric StoneCo-opted GovernorSole ProprietorJade DevelopmentsNoneNone30/09/20
Louise GurneyParent GovernorSupply TeacherVarious Essex SchoolsNoneNone12/09/19
Sarah HoughtonStaff GovernorTeacherSt Andrew’s CE PrimaryNoneParent30/09/20
Justin TomkinsIncumbentIncumbentSt Andrew’s ChurchNoneNone
Debbie HilliardClerkEmployed by Juniper Education
Parish Clerk