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The Governing Body

The Role of Governor

Within England there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards it’s set aims and objectives. Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

As part of Venturers Trust, the Local Governing Body (LGB) operates under a Scheme of Delegation from the Board of Trustees. Two Governors act as representatives of the parent body, the staff are represented by one elected Staff Governor, with co-opted appointments being made by our sponsors based on skills and experience.

The Governors are committed to ensuring that children at the Academy achieve their potential and are well-equipped for life after school. We believe that every child can be successful, and as staff work hard to make sure this happens, we expect our students to do the same.

The Governors’ primary role is to support the Principal and staff; to work with the Academy Leadership Team to agree the short and long term strategy for the Academy; to assist in ensuring they have the necessary resources and review the progress of the Academy towards achieving its aim.

The Academy is a member of the Venturers Trust, a multi-academy trust. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the of the Trust and governance details and scheme of delegation can be found on the Venturers Trust website but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). The details of the Governors at Colstons' Girls' School are shown below and their biographical profiles can be viewed here

The Chair of Governors (Chris Patterson), can be contacted in writing via the Academy office in a sealed envelope marked "Chair of Governors - Private and Confidential". 

Updated October 2021


Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Term End

Appointed as/Appointing Body

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Meetings attended 20/21

Jacqueline Cornish


4 Years 17/05/24

Sponsor Governor (Society of Merchant Venturers)




Debbie England 31/01/19 4 years 30/01/23 Co-opted Governor & SEND Link

Chair of Trustees of Music Space

Non legal member of the South West Employment Tribunal

Alan Hayes 05/12/19 4 Years 04/12/23 Co-opted Governor Employee of Bath University 11/13
Joseph Gould 25/09/18 4 Years 24/09/22 Staff Governor (elected) Nil 13/13
Shiva Nokhasteh 05/12/19 4 years 04/12/23 Co-opted Governor

Director of own Company

Member of the Institution of Civil Engineering

Chris Patterson 06/12/19 4 Years 05/12/23

Chair of Governors

Sponsor Governor (Society of Merchant Venturers) & Safeguarding and Health & Safety Link

Owner & Chairman of Pattersons (Holdings) Ltd

Director: BIRA - British Independent Retailers Organisation

Kathryn Vaughan 30/01/19 4 Years 29/01/23 Parent Governor Nil 11/11
Mohammed Saddiq


4 Years 13/10/25 Vice Chair        Sponsor Governor (Society of Merchant Venturers)  Nil 11/13
Angela Marsden 14/10/21 4 years 13/10/25 Co-opted Governor & Looked After Children Link  Nil 8/13
Antonia Lythgoe 08/10/20 4 years 07/10/24 Sponsor Governor (University of Bristol)

Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol, School of Education 

Member Cathedral Schools Trust

Tony Cox 14/12/20 4 years 13/12/24 Parent Governor (elected) Nil 2/2
Kirsti Kavanagh 14/10/21 4 years 13/10/25 Co-opted TBA 1/1
Richard Gaunt End of term 09/04/21     Co-opted     
Simon Shirley End of term 31/08/20     Parent  (elected)    

Further information about Venturers Trust Governance can be found on the Venturers Trust website.