How we are governed

We invite you to take a moment to see what the role of a trustee is at Berwick Academy.

We work very closely, together, with the Head Teacher and staff to provide the highest quality learning experience and care for each individual child.

In carrying out our role as trustees we focus on those things that we know will make a difference.

Our trustees focus on three core strategic functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

We do this by:

  • understanding our strategic role – building a productive and supportive relationship with the Headteacher and the senior management team while holding them to account for the academy performance and taking hard strategic decisions in the light of objective data and information
  • ensuring our trustees have the necessary skills and commitment, including to challenge the academy to bring about improvement and hold leaders to account for performance
  • appointing effective chairs to lead and manage the work of the trustee board including delegating functions and decisions to committees or individual trustees.
  • designing an effective work plan to ensure duties and functions are carried out efficiently and effectively
  • identifying an annual programme of continuous professional development for all trustees evaluating our performance and impact annually and making changes as necessary to improve.

Click here to view the Berwick Academy Scheme of Delegation

Berwick Board of Trustees

Trustee NameTerm of Office Expiry DateTrustee RoleCommittee AppointedPen PortraitBusiness Interests
Donna GoddardMay 2021Chair & Parent TrusteeTrustee Board
Link for potential and PTA
Link for PP
Donna has a background of both finance and risk management through a working career of banking and years of running large corporate teams and strategic projects. She has 3 children currently being educated at Berwick Academy.1. Parent of three children within Berwick Academy.
David CairnsSeptember 2019Vice Chair & Community TrusteeTrustee Board
Finance & General Purposes
Science Link Trustee
Audit Committee
I am an Agrochemical Director at Simpsons Malt based in Berwick upon Tweed; responsible for supplying advice and products to arable farmers in the trading area for all crop inputs, and producing malting barley for the company.

I am passionate about all children being able to achieve and reach their academic potential. For this reason, I have been a Trustee involved in all stages of education in Berwick, hoping to both support and challenge our community schools in their provision of an outstanding education for all children from ages 4 - 19.
1. Director of McCreath Simpson & Prentice (Trading Division of Simpsons Malt Ltd.) -
Provide work experience to students and involved with Business and Enterprise at Academy.
2. Director and Examiner for BASIS - examination and registration body for professional development in Agronomy.
John Reed2020Community TrusteeTrustee Board
Finance & General Purposes
Audit Committee
Staffing Committee
Link Trustee for Health & Safety and Music
I have worked at Future Industrial Services in Berwick for over 15 years and spent all my working life in the Chemical Industry. I have a keen interest in education at all levels, particularly Science and have been involved in various aspects of this through the Royal Society of Chemistry. All my three children in the Arts which has given me an insight to complement my Science background.1. Secretary and Treasurer, Royal Society of Chemistry, Edinburgh and Lothian Section.
John GilchristOctober 2021Link Trustee to Three Bridges FederationTrustee Board
Finance & General Purposes
Audit Committee
I am the partnership Trustee representing the Three Bridges Federation, where I am vice chair of Trustees. I joined Berwick Academy Board of Trustees in 2017, where I also sit on the Audit Committee.

I joined Tweedmouth Community Middle School (now part of the Three Bridges Federation) as a parent Trustee to contribute to the education provision that my three children and all other children in the area will experience.

I work with Audit Scotland where I qualified as a chartered public finance accountant. I commute daily to Edinburgh where I oversee audit quality appraisal for all public sector auditors in Scotland.
1. Chair of Governors at Tweedmouth Community Middle School.
2. Wife is invigilator at Berwick Academy.
Chris RobinsonSeptember 2021Community Trustee Trustee Board
Link Trustee for Attendance
Chris is an experienced Ex Head Teacher from Yorkshire. She is the company director of Chris Robinson Leadership Solutions, an educational leadership company.1. Company Director of Chris Robinson Leadership Solutions.
Denise ShearerOctober 2021Community TrusteeTrustee BoardDenise runs a print company in Berwick (Print Spot). She also currently has a child in Berwick Academy.1. Company supplies the paper for the school office.
2. Parent of a child at Berwick Academy.
Ruth WilliamsonJanuary 2023Community TrusteeTrustee Board
Finance & General Purposes
Having started her career at the Department for Education, Ruth went on to spend 10 years in a number of roles, including corporate governance, at the Disclosure and Barring Service. After returning to the education sector in 2016, Ruth currently works in performance and improvement at the Education and Skills Funding Agency.1. Education & Skills Funding Agency Employee.

Trustees Register of Business Interests

Berwick Academy Trustees Attendance Register 2018 – 2019

Berwick Academy Trustees Attendance Register 2019 – 2020

Parents can contact the Governing Body via the Clerk of Governors by email:

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