Board of 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.

A full list of Governors is shown below:

Name of Governor Status Date of Appointment Responsibility
Mr David Branson Local Authority Governor 02.10.17 Health and Safety
Mr James Ruddock Local Governor 15.07.21 LGB Chair, Leadership and Management, Community and Stakeholder
Mrs Deborah Child Local Governor 18.05.22 Safeguarding, LAC
Mrs Rachael Lacey Local Governor 13.03.23 Careers and Sixth Form
Mrs Elizabeth Idowu Local Governor 26.09.23 SEND
Dr Domnan Miri Local Governor 15.01.24 Finance and Projects
Name Status
Mr Darren Warburton Finance Director
Prof Mark Pike CEO and Accounting Officer
Mr Simon Reader Principal
Mrs Angela Thorpe PA to the Principal
Miss Christine Taylor Company Secretary


The local governing body appoints each governor after the completion of 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. All governors have been appointed by the Local Governing Body unless otherwise stated.

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.

The declarations of interest for the Local Governing Body can be found in the attached document – Declarations of Interest

Governance attendance at Local Governor Board meetings can be found in the attached document – Governor Attendance

The registered member of The King’s Academy is Emmanuel Schools Foundation. The Board of Directors can be found on the ESF website.

The Board Of Directors

The structure of Emmanuel Schools Foundation can be found in the Governance section of the ESF website 

The ESF Funding Agreement can be found here.

The King’s Academy’s novated Funding Agreement can be found here.

The current members of Emmanuel Schools Foundation can be found here.


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.