The Governing Body


Changes with E-act merger

As VT transitions to join E-ACT, our academy governance model will evolve to align with E-ACT's approach. The key changes are:

  • Across all VT academies – Our Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) are being replaced by Academy Ambassador groups. Academy Ambassadors provide a bridge between the school and the community.  They advocate on behalf of children through supporting the school in accessing local partnerships that create value, allow the voice of parents to be heard and to provide some independent feedback to the E-ACT board of trustees on their experience of the academy.  Headteachers will be working with Chairs and our Interim CEO to develop Academy Ambassador groups with the goal of having these in place by September 2024.
  • For secondary academies – Decision making authority has transitioned from LGBs to E-ACT Education Directors who will performance manage Headteachers and oversee school improvement.
  • For primary & special academies – Venturers’ Academy & VT primary academies will retain their current VT Scheme of Delegation for now but will transition during this academic year onto E-ACT's model.

These governance changes are an important part of integrating VT into E-ACT to provide consistently strong leadership and oversight for the progress of our students. Please reach out if you have any questions about how our governance will evolve. We aim to make this a smooth transition that enables our academies to go from strength to strength as part of E-ACT.


Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Term End

Appointed as

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Reviewed Sept 2022

Meetings attended 2022/23


Gillian Worraker    


4 Years 31/10/26

Chair of Governors


Simon Holmes


Reappointed 28/11/20

4 Years 27/11/24

Co-opted Governor


Headteacher at St Philips Marsh Nursery School (from Sept 2009)

Baggator Easton


Catherine Holloway

31/10/22 4 Years 30/10/26

Staff Governor

Nil 2/3  
Iulia Pickup 27/01/20 4 Years 26/01/24

Co-opted  Governing Body

LINK - SEND  Health and Safety

Nil 2/3  
Ashley Lait 01/09/22 4 Years 31/08/26

Co-opted  Governing Body

LINK - Quality of Education

Nil 3/3  
Historic (left within the last 12 months)  
Fiona Westwood 27/11/21 4 years


Resigned 30/12/22

Chair of Governors

LINK - Finance, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

Partner - MHA Monahans

Director/Trustee - Sustrans

Member - ICAE

Interest Ceased 13/09/21 - Husband no longer works for Trust's external auditors

Judy Clarke 09/11/20 4 Years


Resigned 12/09/23

Local Governing Body

LINK - Inclusion

Nil -  
Nicola Clarkson 13/10/20 4 Years 12/10/24

Parent Governor (elected)

LINK - Pupil Premium

Nil -  
Saada Jumale 01/12/21 4 Years 30/11/25 Resigned  01/09/24

Elected Parent Local Governor 

Nil -  


Further information about Venturers Trust Governance can be found on the Venturers Trust website