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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 Colette Culligan Nov-16 No No
Vice Chair of Trustee
(Foundation Trustee)
Mrs Isabelle Semichon Sep-15 Yes No
Mrs Abbie Peach Apr-14 No No
Mrs Teresa Quinn Sep-15 Yes No
Mrs Marie Sawyer Sep-15 Yes  No
Mr Paul Mayo Sep-15 Yes No
Mrs Gabrielle Pickford Sep-15 Yes No
Mrs Philippa Clark Sep-15 Yes No
Mrs Francesca Coath Sep-15 Yes No
Mr Martin Hinnigan Sep-15 Yes No
Staff Trustees Miss Laura Willcox Jul-15 No No
Mr Mike O'Keefe (Ex-Officio) July-15 Yes No
Parent Elected Trustees        
Mr Nick Dunne Nov-15 No No
Mr Glen Upward Nov-15 No No
Co-Optd Mrs Margaret Owen Jul-15 Yes 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 Francesca Coath
Mr Mike O’Keefe

Pupil Discipline

Mrs Abbie Peach
Mrs Teresa Quinn
Mrs Martin Hinnigan
Mrs Margaret Owen


Mrs Abbie Peach
Mrs Teresa Quinn (Chair)
Mrs Isabelle Semichon
Mrs Margaret Owen
Mr Mike O’Keefe
Mrs Phillipa Clark

Staff Appeal

Mr Paul Mayo

Mrs Gabrielle Pickford

Curriculum & Personal Development

Mrs Colette Culligan
Mrs Isabelle Semichon (Chair)
Mrs Margaret Owen
Mr Mike O’Keefe
Mrs Gabrielle Pickford

Curriculum Complaints

Mrs Abbie Peach
Mrs Francesca Coath
Mrs Martin Hinnigan


Mr Paul Mayo (Chair)
Mr Glen Upward

Mrs Marie Sawyer
Mrs Francesca Coath
Mr Mike O’Keefe

Mr Nick Dunn


Mr Nick Dunne (Chair)
Mrs Margaret Owen
Mr Martin Hinnigan
Mrs Teresa Quinn
Mrs Gabrielle Pickford
Mr Mike O’Keefe



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

No Trustees stepped down during the academic year 2015-2016

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


Y = In attendance
A = Apologies Given
Abs = Absent

Trustees Attendance Records 2015-206

Trustrees Areas of Responsibilities 2016-2017

Health & Safety - Mrs Helen Collier (until Jan 17), Mr Nick Dunne (from Jan 17)

Special Educational Needs - Mrs Fran Coath

Literacy - Mrs Colette Culligan

Numeracy - Mr Paul Mayo

Child Protection & Safeguarding - Mrs Colette Culligan

ICT - Mr Glen Upward