Core Functions

The core functions of the Trustee 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
  • Ensure the voices of stakeholders are heard.

At James Brindley these functions are undertaken by the Trustee Board which is aided by the standing committees (Audit and Risk, Resources and Curriculum, Standards and Safeguarding) and the local committees that are set up as mini Boards for the teaching centres (Dovedale, Northfield and Parkway) and the Hospitals (including Short Term Provision).

Trustees also hold individual areas of responsibility and have curriculum link roles.

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

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

The Board consists of the above committees. Each committee has a different remit and reports back to the Trustee Board on a regular basis.

Each committee has a chair and vice-chair who are elected on an annual basis.

Committee Chair Vice-chair
Curriculum, Standards and Safeguarding Fay Holland Kaleigh Grainger
Resources Rebecca Lloyd Alastair Cowen
Audit and Risk Ya Feng Abid Khan
Hospitals inc Short Term Provision Alastair Cowen Kaleigh Grainger
Teaching Centres Joe Wood Abid Khan

In addition to these committees individual trustees are tasked with specific areas of responsibility such as safeguarding, SEND and careers.  Most trustees have a link curriculum role.

Link Role



Gemma Bowes

SEND and inclusion

Joe Wood


Fay Holland

Staff Wellbeing

Rebecca Lloyd

Equality & Diversity

Simon Lee


Ben Sullivan

Board Development

Alastair Cowen & Rebecca Lloyd

Curriculum Area/s


Art and Music

Claire Marshall


Alastair Cowen

Design and Technology

Fay Holland


Rebecca Lloyd




Ya Feng

Personal Development

Abid Khan

Physical Education 

Abid Khan


Gemma Bowes (for LOA)


Joe Wood


 Fay Holland

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

Full Trustee Board

Alastair Cowen: Chair (Community)

Rebecca Lloyd: Vice Chair (Community)

Hardip Bissell (Principal) Gemma Bowes (Community)
Ya Feng known as Christine Hildrew (Community) Kaleigh Grainger (Community) - Leave of absence to 16th May 2022
Claire Marshall (Community) Fay Holland (Community)
Abid Khan (Community) Joe Wood (Community)
Stephen Jones (Parent) Jasmin Hamilton (Parent) 
Simon Lee (Staff) Ben Sullivan (Staff)


Anthony Bradshaw (known as John Bradshaw) Alastair Cowen
Kate Kirwan David Marriott
Claire Marshall