Our Governors

Governance and Delegation

Emmanuel Schools Foundation (“the Trust”) is legally accountable for every school in the Trust. The CEO is accountable to the Trust for the performance and delivery of the whole organisation. The CEO is advised by the Executive Team who are responsible for finances and resources, and the learning and academic progress of all students. The Interim Principal of Trinity, Vic Gibson, is the vision-holder and driving force responsible for achieving excellence for those in school which he leads and manages. The Chair of the Local Governing Body (LGB) and LGB members have delegated responsibility to discuss and act as ‘critical friends’ in carrying out governance functions to achieve the excellence in all areas of school life.

The processes of decision-making and lines of delegated accountability are set out in the Scheme of Delegation which can be found here

Any letter intended for the Chair of Governors should be addressed to:
Miss C Taylor, Company Secretary, Trinity House, Sixth Avenue, Blyth, NE24 2SY.

A full list of Governors is shown below:

Name of Governor


Date of Appointment


Mr Martin Oldknow



  • (Chair) Health and Safety
    (SEN) Safeguarding and Prevent, LAC

Mr Mark Harvey

 Parent Governor


  • Behaviour and attendance, sixth form, uni links
    Sixth form, Careers

Mrs Philippa Cousins

 Local Governor


  • Parent and student voice (parent)
    Open subjects

Miss Jo Chappell

Local Governor


  • Ebacc (geography and history) and English

Shaun Holt

Local Governor


  • STEM and MFL

Tim Mitchell

Local Governor


  • RE and Ethos

Janet Hough

Local Governor






Mr Darren Warburton

Finance Director

Professor Mark Pike


Miss Christine Taylor

Company Secretary


The local governing body appoints each governor after the completion of skills audit to ensure a full comprehensive cohort of governors.

The term of office is for a duration of four years after which a governor may be re-elected.  All governors have been appointed by the Local Governing Body unless otherwise stated.

Governance functions are delegated to the Local Governing Body (“LGB”) by the Board of Emmanuel Schools Foundation.  

The governing body convenes at least twice per term, focusing on curriculum and standards once a term, and finance and resources once a term.

The declarations of interests for the LGB Board of Trinity Academy can be found here.

Governor’s attendance at Local Governor Board meetings can be found here.

The registered member of Trinity Academy is Emmanuel Schools Foundation.  The Board of Directors can be found on the ESF website by clicking here

Emmanuel Schools Foundation

The structure of Emmanuel Schools Foundation can be found in the Governance section of the ESF website and the memorandum and articles of association of ESF can be found here.

The Board of Directors can be found on the ESF Website.

The ESF Funding Agreement can be found here.

Trinity Academy’s novated Funding Agreement can be found here.

The current members of Emmanuel Schools Foundation can be found here.

Emmanuel Schools Foundation is the school’s sponsor. Contact details can be found here.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please complete the form below and send it back to us.

ESF Application Form – member, trustee or local governor

Governor – If you are applying to join a particular school within the Foundation.

Trustee – If you are applying to join Emmanuel Schools Foundation.