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 Resources and Audit Committee and the local committees that are set up as mini local governing bodies for the teaching centres (Dovedale, Northfield and Parkway) and the Hospitals.

Trustees also hold individual areas of responsibility through link roles.

If you think that you may wish to be appointed as a trustee, please see 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 outstanding governance in a single school.


Governance Structure



Meet annually

Minimum of 3 members




Trustee Board

Minimum of 6 times a year


Senior Leaders

Resources and Audit Committee

Minimum of 6 times a year


Finance/Operations Director and Head of HR

Hospitals Local Committee

3 times a year


Centre Leaders and Assistants

Teaching Centres Local Committee

3 times a year


Centre Leaders and Assistants

The Board delegates some business to the Resources and Audit committee.  The Hospitals local committee and the Teaching Centres local committee work as mini local governing bodies.

Each committee has a chair who is elected on an annual basis.  

Committee Chair Vice-chair
Resources and Audit  Alastair Cowen

Claire Marshall

Fay Holland from Jan 2024

Hospitals inc Short Term Provision  Joe Wood NA
Teaching Centres  Mariam Kenewa NA

In addition to these committees individual trustees are tasked with specific areas of responsibility such as safeguarding, SEND and careers.  

Link Role



Fay Holland

SEND and inclusion



Mariam Kenewa and Joe Wood

Equality & Diversity

Fay Holland


Claire Marshall

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

Trustee equality and diversity information is collected.  To protect identities, this information is not published. 

Full Trustee Board

Stephen Jones: Chair (Parent/Carer)

Alastair Cowen: Co-Vice Chair (Community)

Fay Holland: Co-Vice Chair (Community)

Hardip Bissell (Principal)

Meng Tian (Community)

Ya Feng known as Christine Hildrew (Community)

Vacancy (Community)

Claire Marshall (Community) Joe Wood (Community) 

Mariam Kenewa (Community)

Rebecca Lloyd (Community)


Vacancy (Parent/Carer) 


Anthony Bradshaw (known as John Bradshaw) Alastair Cowen
Claire Marshall  David Marriott
  Stephen Jones