Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible to the Department of Education and Ofsted for the oversight and strategic management of the Academy. Any enquiries, issues or concerns relating to Bede Academy should be raised with the Principal or her staff in the first instance.; however, parents are free to write to the Chair of Governors, if they so wish. If parents would like to contact any of the Governors, please telephone main Reception at Bede North (01670 545111 – option 2) or email<> or write to C/o Christine Taylor, Company Secretary, Trinity House, Sixth Avenue, Blyth, NE24 2SY.

A full list of Governors is shown below:

Name of Governor


Date of appointment


Dr Beverley Kenny

Local Governor and Vice Chair



Sixth form/careers

Dr Richard Harris


Parent Governor


Stakeholder/community engagement  

Parental/student engagement


Mr Alun Ebenezer

Local Governor


Quality of Education – curriculum and assessment

Mrs Patricia Cox

Local Governor




Behaviour, attitudes and personal development

Mrs Lucy Cooke

Parent Governor




Quality of Education – curriculum and assessment – Primary

Parental/student engagement


Mrs Christina Dack

Local Governor



Mrs Clare Hussey

Local Governor



Mr Dave Swan

Local Governor


Data, Careers and Community


Name Role
Mr A Thelwell Principal
Mr Darren Warburton Finance Director
Miss Christine Taylor Company Secretary


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 here

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.

Bede Academy Governor Attendance


Emmanuel Schools Foundation

The structure of Emmanuel Schools Foundation can be found in the Governance section of the ESF website and the memorandum and articles of association of ESF can be found here

The Board of Directors can be found on the ESF website.

The ESF Funding Agreement can be found here

Bede Academy’s novated Funding Agreement can be found here

Funding Agreement for Bede Academy can be found here

The current members of Emmanuel Schools Foundation can be found here