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Meet Our Trustees

Our school is supported by a team of unpaid volunteers who make up the Trustee's Body.  Trustee's act as  "critical friends" to the school.  They are there to question, advise, support and challenge the senior leaders and to do so they draw on any specific professional skills they may have, or simply on the wisdom that comes with age and experience. 

Trustee's core role is to take an objective and strategic view across all issues impacting upon the school.  They are required to help determine and ratify school policies, especially those legally required, but do not normally get involved in how policies are implemented.  The staff are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and a trustees role is strategic, not operational.  That means that the Trustee's are there to make sure that the policies and practices follow legal  requirements, so that the school provides a good education in a safe, secure environment.  And since St Joseph’s is a Catholic school, Trustee's are also there to support the Catholicity of the school and to ensure that the school’s policies and practice meet the requirements of the Bishop of Clifton.

There are 4 full Trustee meetings each yearand also a number of sub-committee meetings. All trustees are required to participate actively, including in at least one these trustees’ sub-committees.  Foundation and Parent trustee's are encouraged to visit the school during the working day if at all possible.  Each is linked with a specific subject area and specific year group to increase their understanding of the daily workings of the school.


The Members of the Academy and sit above the Trustees are:

The Bishop of the Diocese of Clifton - Bishop Declan Lang

Diocese of Clifton Director of Education - Mrs Coleen Collette

The Financial Secretary of CCDEF - Ms Lynn Murray

The Trustees of St Joseph's are:

Position/Type of Trustee Name Appointed* Governor role in another Educational Establishment Business/
Pecuniary Interests
Chair of Trustees
(Foundation Trustee)

Mrs Abbie Peach

Mrs Isabelle Semichon







Vice Chair of Trustee
(Foundation Trustee)
Mr Nick Dunne Jan-18 No No
Mrs Teresa Quinn Sep-15 Yes No
Mr Nick Dunne Jan-18 No No
Mrs Catherine Walsh Sep-17 No No
Mrs Jane Newell Sep-17 No No
Mr Richard Flaxbeard Sep-17 No No
Mrs Abbie Peach Apr-14 No No
Mrs Isabelle Semichon Sep-15 Yes No
Staff Trustees Mrs Laura Gullen Jul-15 No No
Mrs Yvonne Wilkins Sep-17 No No
Parent Elected Trustees        

*Trustees are appointed for a 4 year term.

The Trustees are supported by a Clerk, the Clerk to the Trustees is: Mr Danny Holland who can be contacted either by speaking to the School Office or by email: dholland@stjosdevizes.wilts.sch.uk

The Chair of Trustees can be contacted either by speaking to the School Office (who will ask them to contact you) or by email: chair@stjosdevizes.wilts.sch.uk

The Committees & Membership are as follows:


Mrs Abbie Peach
Mrs Teresa Quinn (Chair)
Mrs Yvonne Wilkins


Mrs Abbie Peach
Mrs Teresa Quinn (Chair)
Mrs Isabelle Semichon
Mrs Yvonne Wilkins
Mrs Jane Newell

Curriculum & Personal Development

Mrs Catherine Walsh

Mr Richard Flaxbeard
Mrs Isabelle Semichon (Chair)
Mrs Yvonne Wilkins

Mrs Abbie Peach

Finance & Premises

Mr Nick Dunne
Mrs Yvonne Wilkins

Mrs Catherine Walsh

Mrs Jane Newell

Mrs Teresa Quinn

Mr Richard Flaxbeard

The following are Trustees that stepped down during the Academic Year 2017-2018:

Mr Mike O'Keefe - Staff Trustee - Retired 31st December 2017

Mr Paul Mayo - Foundation Governor - Stood down 31st December 2017

The following are Trustees that stepped down during the Academic Year 2016-2017:

Miss Lizzie Booth - Staff Trustee - Resigned 31st October 2016

Mrs Helen Collier - Parent Trustee - Term of Office Ended 11th January 2017

Mrs Marie Sawyer - Foundation Trustee - Stood down 31st August 2017

Mrs Gabrielle Pickford - Foundation Trustee - Stood down 31st August 2017

Mr Martin Hinnigan - Foundation Trustee - Stood down 31st August 2017

Mrs Philippa Howarth - Foundation Trustee - Stood down 31st August 2017

Trustee Attendance Record at Full Trustee Meetiings for Academic Year 2017-2018:

AName 11th September 2017 4th December 2017

27th March 2018

17th July 2018
Mrs Abbie Peach Y Y Y Y
Mrs Isabelle Semichon Y Y Y Y
Mrs Laura Gullen A A A A
Mrs Teresa Quinn Y Y Y A
Mr Nick Dunne A Y Y Y
Mrs Yvonne Wilkins Y Y Y Y
Mrs Catherine Walsh Y Y Y Y
Mrs Jane Newell Y Y Y Y
Mr Richard Flaxbeard Y Y Y Y
Mr Paul Mayo A A Stepped Down 31/12/17  
Mr Mike O'Keefe Y Y Stepped Down 31/12/17  


Y = In attendance
A = Apologies Given
Abs = Absent

Trustees Attendance Records 2016-2017

Trustrees Areas of Responsibilities 2017-2018

Health & Safety - Mr Nick Dunne / Mr Richard Flaxbeard

Special Educational Needs - Mr Richard Flaxbeard

Literacy - Mrs Jane Newell

Numeracy - tbc

Child Protection & Safeguarding - Mrs Abbie Peach

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