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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 (des) Nov-15 Yes No
Mrs Teresa Quinn Sep-15 Yes No
Mr Paul Mayo Sep-15 Yes 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 Miss Laura Willcox Jul-15 No No
Mrs Yvonne Wilkins Sep-17 No No
Mr Mike O'Keefe July-15 Yes No
Parent Elected Trustees        
Mr Nick Dunne Nov-15 No No

*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

Pupil Discipline

Mrs Abbie Peach
Mrs Teresa Quinn
+ 1 Governor to be allocated


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

Staff Appeal

3 Governors to be allocated if required.

Curriculum & Personal Development

Mrs Catherine Walsh

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

Mrs Abbie Peach

Curriculum Complaints

Mrs Abbie Peach + 2 governors to be allocated.


Mr Paul Mayo (Chair)
Mrs Yvonne Wilkins

Mrs Catherine Walsh

Mrs Jane Newell


Mr Nick Dunne (Chair)
Mr Richard Flaxbeard
Mrs Teresa Quinn
Mrs Yvonne Wilkins



Chair of Governors
Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Admissions
Chair of Staff
Chair of Finance
Chair of Curriculum
Chair of Premises
Exe. Head Teacher & Head of School

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 Howartg - Foundation Trustee - Stood down 31st August 2017

Trustee Attendance Record at Full Trustee Meetiings for Academic Year 2016-2017:

Name 12th September 2016 5th December 2016

20th March 2017

10th July 2017
Mrs Colette Culligan Y A Y Resigned
Mrs Isabelle Semichon Y Y Y Y
Mrs Abbie Peach A A A Y
Mrs Teresa Quinn Y Y Y Y
Mrs Marie Sawyer Y Y Y Y
Mr Paul Mayo A A A Y
Mrs Gabrielle Pickford Y A Abs A
Mrs Philippa Clark Abs Abs Abs Abs
Mrs Francesca Coath Y Y Y Y
Mr Martin Hinnigan Y Y Y A
Miss Laura Willcox Y A Abs A
Mrs Lizzie Booth Y Resigned    
Mrs Margaret Owen Y Y Y Y
Mrs Helen Collier Y Y End of Term Jan 17  
Mr Mike O’Keefe Y Y Y Y
Mr Nick Dunne Y Y Y Y
Mr Glen Upward Y Y A Resigned


Y = In attendance
A = Apologies Given
Abs = Absent

Trustees Attendance Records 2015-206

Trustrees Areas of Responsibilities 2016-2017

Health & Safety - Mr Nick Dunne 

Special Educational Needs - Mr Richard Flaxbeard

Literacy - Mrs Jane Newell

Numeracy - Mr Paul Mayo

Child Protection & Safeguarding - Mrs Abbie Peach