Stockland CofE Primary Academy Trust – Governance 

Stockland is structured in accordance with its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The governance model is a two-tiered structure, with members and governors. The term ‘Governor’ is interchangeable with ‘Director’ and ‘Trustee’.


The Trust comprises 5 members. The members are accountable to the DfE and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and remove the governors. The members include a representative from the Diocese of Exeter (EDEN). Members who are independent of the governors provide challenge and scrutiny to the Board.

Governors in the academy trust are directors of the company and trustees of the charity. They set the strategic direction for the academy and are accountable to the Secretary of State for its performance. This is set out in a legal document known as the ‘funding agreement’

The Board of Governors has three core functions:


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The Full Board of Governors meets six times a year: the first meeting in the autumn to elect the Chair and approve the terms of reference and membership of the committees and their delegated powers.  


There are three committees of the Governing Board with delegated powers. The terms of reference and delegated powers for each of the committees can be viewed below. 

Summary of Governor Information

Members of the Trust



Date appointed

Date stepped down

Business Interests

 Sarah Thompson The Chair of the Governing Board 20.09.17   None

Kathryn Lowther

The Vice Chair of the Governing Board



Ed Psychologist

Alan Williams The Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee 4.10.17   ICT 
Toby Bateman The Chair of the Resources Committee 2.10.18    
Patricia Morris

EDEN Member

31.10.16   None
Katharine Hamshere     24.07.18  
Juliet Hall     19.08.17

Director: Hall & Hall


John Leaver





Monica Parris

Foundation Member - EDEN (Exeter Diocesan Education Network)









Type of Director

Appointing Body




Sarah Thompson Parent Governor Elected by Parents Chair 28.03.17 - 27.03.21 Resources
Kathryn Lowther Parent Governor Elected by Parents Vice Chair 28.09.17 – 27.09.21 Teaching & Learning

Clive Hellawell


Ex officio



Teaching & Learning, Resources

Toby Bateman

Co-opted Governor



26.07.18 - 25.07.22

Resources, Pay & Performance

Alan Williams


Governing Board


09.02.16 – 08.02.20

Teaching & Learning

Rozanne Bulmer


Diocese of Exeter


11.02.16 – 10.02.20

Teaching & Learning

Claire West Staff Members   29.04.19 - 28.04.23 Teaching & Learning
William Gilmour-White Parent Governor Elected by Parents   28.09.17 - 27.09.21 Resources
Simon Peniston-Bird Community Governor Members   02.10.18-01.10.22 Resources
Paul Taylor Parent Governor Elected by Parents   14.05.19 - 13.05.23 Teaching & Learning
David Webb Community Governor Members   10.07.19 - 09.07.19 Resources
Governors no longer standing          
Revd Simon Holloway Ex Officio Diocese of Exeter   23.07.19  
Caroline Maddams Parent Governor Elected by Parents   28.10.18 - 10.05.19  
Caroline Ainsworth Staff Governor Elected by staff   Stood down 26.03.19  
Phyllis Manning Foundation Governor Diocese of Exeter   Stood down 16.08.18  
Katharine Hamshere Parent Governor Elected by Parents   Stood down 24.07.18  
Kim Bruce Community Members   Stood down 2.07.18  
Julia Hamilton Staff Elected by staff    Stood down 7.02.18  


Company Secretary:  Veronica Dower

Like all academy trusts, Stockland is governed by its Articles of Association and the Funding Agreements entered into with the Secretary of State. Copies of these documents can be viewed by clicking the links below.

The trust's annual report and audited accounts for the year to August 2018 are available to download below.

Articles of Association 

Annual accounts 2018

Governors' Code of Practice

Supplemental Funding Agreement 2011



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