Our Governance

The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

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.

Members of the Community BoardAppointed by:Appointment date:Length of term:
Godfrey Evans (Chair)appointed by the Vine Trust Board01/04/194 years
Doug McKenzie (Vice Chair)appointed by the Vine Trust Board01/04/194 years
Alison McKeownappointed by the Vine Trust Board01/04/194 years
Julie SartiHeadteacher, ex officio
Natalie Pennellappointed from the staff body01/04/194 years
Jane Lambertappointed by the PCC23/05/194 years
Tom Owenappointed from the parent body
Mark PayneIncumbent, ex officio01/04.194 years