Core Functions

The core functions of the Governing Board are to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its young people, and the performance management of staff
  • Ensure the sound, proper and effective use of the Trust’s financial resources.

At James Brindley these functions are undertaken by the Full Governing Board which is aided by the standing committees (Finance and Audit, Staffing and Pay, Curriculum and Standards) and the local committees that are set up as mini Governing Boards for the teaching centres (Dovedale, KS3 & KS4, Hospitals and Short Term Provision).

Governors also hold individual areas of responsibility and have link roles with the teaching centres and hospitals.

If you think that you may wish to become a governor vacancies are advertised in the "Working for Us" section.

Award ​​

The Governing Board were nominated for the National Governors' Association Outstanding Governance Awards 2019.  On 21st May 2019 the winners were announced at the House of Commons and the Board won the award for governance in a single school.


Governance Structure

Our Governing Board consists of the following committees and groups. Each committee has a different remit and reports back to the full Governing Board on a regular basis. In addition to these committees and groups, individual Governors are tasked with specific areas of responsibility such as focusing on attendance, safeguarding, SEND as well as having link roles with individual teaching centres and hospitals.

Link Role



Mark Harvey

SEND and inclusion

Ben Sullivan


David Marriott

Pupil Premium

Alastair Cowen

Data Protection

Alastair Cowen

Staff Well-being

Jayne Hinchliffe


Chris Jeff

Personal Development and UNICEF

David Marriott


Ben Sullivan

Ethical Leadership Framework

Mark Harvey & Alastair Cowen

If you would like to contact the governors or require further information, including copies of governor minutes, please email Jo Murgatroyd (Company Secretary) on

Full Governing Body
Claire Marshall: Chair (Community)
Mark Harvey: Vice Chair (Community) Alastair Cowen: Vice Chair (Community)
James Brown (Community) Fay Holland (Community)
Rebecca Lloyd (Community) Kaleigh Grainger (Community)
David Marriott (Parent) Chris Jeff (Parent)
Simon Lee (Staff) Jayne Hinchliffe (Staff)
Ben Sullivan (Staff) Hardip Bissell (Principal)