Board of Governors

Meet 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 King’s Academy currently has in place a local governing body provided by the Trust. The Principal, supported by the LGB, 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.

Mrs nicky White

Principal (Primary Years)

Mr A Thelwell


Mr D Warburton

Finance Director

Miss C Taylor

Company Secretary

The Governing Body

Mr dave Swan

Date of Appointment: 26/3/2020
Health and Safety,
Careers and Guidance, Sixth Form

Mrs Lucy Cooke

Vice chair
Date of Appointment: 27/11/2018
Quality of Education &

Mrs Patricia Cox

Local Governor
Date of Appointment: 27/11/2018
SEND, safeguarding, behaviour, attitudes
& personal development

Rev. Ian Flintoft

Local Governor
Date of Appointment: 25/11/2020
Ethos and British Values, People and Well-being

Mr Steven Grant

Local Governor
Date of Appointment: 05/02/2021
Responsibility: Community and Stakeholder Engagement

Mr Dave Greenshields

Local Governor
Date of Appointment: 15/06/2022
Leadership and Management

Mr Nick Oates

Local Governor
Date of Appointment: 13/10/2023


The local governing body appoints each governor after the completion of a 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.

The Declarations of Interest for the governing body can be found below

Governance functions are delegated to the Local Governing Body (“LGB”) by the ESF Board.  The details of the delegation are contained within a scheme of delegation which can be found in the Governance section of the ESF website.

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

Governor attendance at Local Governor Board meetings can be found in the attached document.

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.