Our School App Stay connected on the go...


The Governing Body

The Role of Governor

Within England there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards it’s set aims and objectives. Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

The Governors are committed to ensuring that children at the Academy achieve their potential and are well-equipped for life after school. We believe that every child can be successful, and as staff work hard to make sure this happens, we expect our students to do the same.

The Governors’ primary role is to support the Principal and staff; to work with the Academy Leadership Team to agree the short and long term strategy for the Academy; to assist in ensuring they have the necessary resources and review the progress of the Academy towards achieving its aim.

The Academy is a member of the Venturers Trust, a multi-academy trust. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the of the Trust and governance details and scheme of delegation can be found on the Venturers Trust website but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). The details of the Governors at Barton Hill Academy are shown below and their biographical profiles can be viewed here

Last updated 15 March 2019


Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed as

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Meetings attended 2018/19

Emma Tovey     Principal      

Fiona Westwood     

24/07/17 - 23/07/21 (trfd from BRCA LGB 23/11/17) 4 Years

Chair of Governors

LINK - Finance, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

Partner - Smith & Williamson

Director - Sustrans

Member - ICAE

Anas Abdelsalam 12/12/16 4 Years

Co-opted Governor




Simon Holmes 28/11/16 4 Years

Co-opted Governor


HT at St Philips Marsh Nursery School


Rachel Hubbarde

10/07/17 4 Years

Staff Governor

LINK - Aspire

None 5/5  
Katie Menhinnitt 01/09/16 4 Years

Parent Governor

Nominated SEND and LAC Governor

None 5/5  
Hodan Shirwa 17/11/17 4 Years

Elected Parent Local Governor     

LINK - English           

None 4/5  

Emeritus Professor Andrew Newby

29/01/18 4 Years

Trust appointed Governor

LINK - Data

None 5/5  

Lauren Bourne


(resigned 17/6/19)

4 Years

Trust appointed Governor

LINK - Curriculum

None N/A  
Alex O'Driscoll 08/10/2018 4 Years

Trust appointed Governor

LINK - Maths

None 4/5  
John Christensen 26/11/2018 4 Years

Trust appointed Governor

LINK - H&S and Safeguarding

None 4/4