Chetwynde School

Chetwynde School, Croslands, Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0NY

Chetwynde School

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience

  1. About Chetwynde
  2. Governance



The Board of Trustees

Mrs Sue Hannan – Co-Chair of Trustees, Safeguarding Governor, Education and Standards (2020 - present)

Mr John Burgess – Co-Chair of Trustees, Finance and Future Planning (2020 - present)

Mr Stephen Jefferson – Head of School (     - present)

Mr Phil Renney – Pupil Premium Link Trustee (     - present)

Mr David Shields - Trustee (     - present)

Mrs Chrissy Tait - Trustee (     - present)

Mrs Joan Low - Trustee (Sept 2020 - present)

X3 vacancies from September 2021


All correspondence for the trustees can be sent c/o Chetwynde school. All emails should be sent to both should be marked FAO Clerk to Governors

The Board of Trustees

Trustees provide Governance to the school and are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school. School governance has three core functions.

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing and ensuring effective financial performance.

The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

The Chetwynde Board of Trustees are members of the National Governance Association and follow the guidance provided by the DfE Academies Financial Handbook (click here) and the DfE Governance Handbook (click here)


Effective governance is based on six key features:

  • Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
  • Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial
  • People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
  • Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  • Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance. 


All Chetwynde Trustees may serve for 4 years.

The Trustees may establish committees and the establishment, terms of reference, constitution and membership of these committees will be determined by them.

The majority of members of any such committee must be Trustees.  No vote on any matter shall be taken unless the majority present are Trustees; they have voting rights on the committees they serve. Should you wish to contact a Trustee, please email the Clerk at The Trustees are accountable to the Members of the Trust.


Members are the custodians of the governance of the trust. Members have a different status to trustees. These are two separate tiers of governance in the same trust, one holding the other to account. 

What do they do?

Members receive and adopt the annual report and accounts from the board of trustees. A frequent comparison is made to company shareholders, but shareholders have a financial investment in a company whereas the members of an academy trust’s prime function is to provide oversight of the governance arrangements.

Chetwynde Members

  • Richard Denby - Solicitor
  • Simon Mardel – Former Chair of Trustees, NHS Trauma Consultant
  • Aaron Cummins - CEO University of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust