Local Governance Committee


The governance of a multi-academy trust differs from those of maintained schools. The White Horse Federation (TWHF) believes that placing statutory responsibilities firmly at its centre, in the remit of the board of trustees, allows the Local Governance Committee (LGC) to focus on providing support, overcoming challenges in the delivery of educational excellence, and outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

There are direct channels of communication between the principal and the LGC chair and central services. The clerk to the board of trustees will hold contact details for all members of LGCs within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should come from the chair of that LGC, managed by the school or through an LGC clerk.

The principal and the chair of the LGC are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep LGC members well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGC have good lines of communication to the board of trustees. This can be done via the elected chair’s representative on the board of trustees. Senior executives from TWHF will be nominated by the CEO to attend any LGC.

The White Horse Federation has a very clear and shared understanding of what constitutes good and effective governance. Schools within TWHF will be judged to have outstanding governance when members of the LGC:

  • Talk about teaching and learning.
  • Know a great deal about the school and its community.
  • Are ambitious for the school and its community.
  • Ask questions which make colleagues reflect, and that these discussions lead to delivering the very best outcomes for every child and adult within the school community.
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships within TWHF.

For the shared model of governance to be effective for TWHF and the schools, it is essential that there is effective communication between the board of trustees, the LGCs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.

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Current Local Governors

Thomas Brewer

Thomas Brewer


Paul Berry

Chair of Governors

Jo Bishop

Co-opted Local Governor

Rev Jane Palmer

Rev Jane Palmer

Foundation Local Governor

Mark Burrett

Co-opted Local Governor

Theveshyra Fletcher

Parent Local Governor

Mrs N Burke

FS2 - Hawks Class (Mon, Tues and Weds) Interim Deputy Headteacher

Leila Sarson-Rowe

New Foundation Local Governor

Register of Interests 2022-23 and Attendance 2021-22

Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees

Name Role Nature of Interests Date Interest Registered Terms of Office Attendance 2021-22
Thomas Brewer Principal TWHF Employee 14/11/2022 N/A 5 of 5
Rev Jane Palmer Foundation Local Governor Local Vicar 29/11/2021 29/11/2021 - 28/11/2025 4 of 6
Jo Bishop Co-opted Local Governor Proprietor of Shaw and Whitley Preschool 24/09/2020 01/09/2018 - 30/06/2026 5 of 6
Paul Berry Chair of Governors Employee of CISCO Meraki, TWHF is a customer, Shaw C of E Primary School Child at school 05/09/2022 30/06/2022 - 29/06/2026 6 of 6
Mark Burrett Co-opted Local Governor Parent of child at the school 18/01/2021 18/01/2021 - 17/01/2025 4 of 6
Leila Sarson-Rowe New Foundation Local Governor Nil 30/06/2023 30/06/2023 - 29/06/2027 N/A

Theveshyra Fletcher

Parent Local Governor Parent of child at the school 14/11/2022 14/11/2022 - 13/11/2026 N/A
Jane Palmer   Christ Church Shaw Vicar 16/07/2019    
Churchfields School Atworth Foundation Governor Ex Officio 01/09/2019    
Natalie Burke Local Governor Teaching Staff, TWHF Employee.   23/01/2023 - 22/01/2027  

Previous Governors

Karina Lanegan - Left 01/03/2022 (attended 3 of 6 meetings)

Simon White - Left (attended 6 of 6 meetings)

Shelley Ashkowski - Left 30/06/2022 (attended 6 of 6 meetings)

Dominic Szanto - Left 30/06/2022 (attended 4 of 6 meetings)

Jennifer Wilkins - Left 06/10/2022 (attended 3 of 6 meetings)

Sharon Keane - Left 31/03/2023 (attended 4 of 6 meetings)

Clive Briggs - Left 06/07/2023 (attended 0 out 1 meeting)

The White Horse Federation Governance Information

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  • Annual report
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  • Memorandum of association
  • Articles of association
  • Names of charity trustees and members
  • Funding agreement
  • Gender Pay Gap Report
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