The Trustees are both Charity Trustees and Company Directors, who have ultimate accountability for the way in which the academies within the James Cook Learning Trust are managed.

The trustees focus on 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 Trust Board may discharge its responsibilities by delegating functions in accordance with the Trust’s Articles of Association, Funding Agreement and Academies Financial Handbook. The Trust has approved a committee structure and delegated responsibility to those committees. Please follow this link for further detail.

Chair of Trustees

NameAppointed byFromTo
Ruth ParkerAppointed by Academy Members25/07/2224/07/23


NameAppointed byFromTo
Emma WatsonAppointed by academy members09/12/202108/12/2025
Angela BarnesAppointed by academy members25/07/202224/07/2026
Katherine FrazerAppointed by academy members25/07/202224/07/2026
Victoria BlunsdonAppointed by academy members25/07/202224/07/2026
Rebecca ElsdonAppointed by academy members17/12/202016/12/2024


NameAppointed ByFrom
Helen RobinsonOriginal (signatory) members1 September 2018
Jane Marron-ShepherdOriginal (signatory) members1 September 2018
Mark BraithwaiteAppointed by the members of the academy trust17 April 2021

Committee Membership

Finance, Audit, Risk and Resources

NameRole (if applicable)
Victoria BlunsdonChair
Katherine Fraser
Rebecca Elsdon

Historic Trustees and Members

(Left within last 12 months)

NameRoleAppointed ByFromTo
Alan Cockerill CEng. FIMechEChair of trusteesOriginal (signatory) members25 July 201828 January 2021
Alan Cockerill CEngFIMechETrusteeOriginal (signatory) members25 July 201831 August 2021
Andy GrantMemberOriginal (signatory) members1 September 201816 September 2020
Chris WaltonTrusteeAppointed by academy members25 July 201816 July 2021
Simon WillsonTrusteeAppointed by academy members24 July 201828 January 2021
Tanya South-FitzhughTrusteeAppointed by academy members25 July 201821 November 2020
Andrea Waller-AmosTrusteeAppointed by academy members26 February 202114 January 2022
Angela DowningMemberOriginal (Signatory) members1 September 20189 December 2021
Simon WilsonChair of TrusteesAppointed by Academy Members25/07/201824/07/2022

Governor Documents

Trustees Register of Interests 2020-21Download
Register of Interests Trustees 2021-22Download
2019-2020 Trust Board and Committee Meeting AttendanceDownload
2020-2021 Trust Board and Committee Meeting AttendanceDownload
2021-2022 Trust Board and Committee Meeting AttendanceDownload
2022-2023 Trust Board and Committee Meeting AttendanceDownload

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