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

Trustee NameTrustee RoleCommittee AppointedPen PortraitBusiness Interests
Donna GoddardChair & Parent TrusteeTrustee Board
Link for potential and PTA
Link for PP
Donna has a background of both finance, technology and risk management through a working career in Financial Services 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 CairnsVice Chair & Community TrusteeTrustee Board
Finance & General Purposes
Science Link Trustee
Audit Committee
David is 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.

David is passionate about all children being able to achieve and reach their academic potential. For this reason, he has been a Trustee involved in all stages of education in Berwick for the past 16 years hoping to both support and challenge our community schools in their provision of an outstanding education for all children from ages 4 - 19.

Trustee and Board Member of BASIS Registration Ltd-National organisation providing training, certification, auditing and a professional register for agriculture, amenity and pest control.
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 ReedCommunity TrusteeTrustee Board
Finance & General Purposes
Audit Committee
Staffing Committee
Link Trustee for Health & Safety and Music
John has worked at Future Industrial Services in Berwick for over 15 years and spent all his working life in the Chemical Industry.

John has 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 of his children are in the Arts and this has given him an insight to complement his Science background.
Academic/Professional qualifications – B.Sc. (Chemistry and Physics), PhD (Physical Chemistry), Chartered Chemist , Member RSC .

Work Experience, > 40 years in Chemical Industry.
20 years in Nuclear Industry where last 5 years was as Departmental Head managing large laboratory employing approx. 200 chemists and engineers to meet set KPIs within budget, chairing international(ISO) working group on nuclear analytical methods , developing structured training programme for junior chemists to achieve GRSC status , chairing safety committees and managing large (>£10 million) engineering projects. Also, first lab in UK to achieve ISO 17025 accreditation through use of Statistical Process Control techniques.
20 years in Waste Management/Chemical Processing Sector. 15 years as General Manager of local Company responsible for all aspects of business (sales, production, regulatory compliance , personnel , budget setting and monitoring , project management ) . Last 5 years as Technical Manager (semi-retired).
Chair of Governors at local Primary School when lived in Lake District
Lived in Berwick area and part of local business community for approx. 20 years
Been involved as Governor/Trustee with Berwick School /Academy for 15 years
All three children attended Berwick High School in past
Maintained active involvement in Royal Society of Chemistry – secretary of Cumbria Section in past and currently Secretary/Treasurer of Edinburgh and SE Scotland Section.
1. Secretary and Treasurer, Royal Society of Chemistry, Edinburgh and Lothian Section.
John GilchristLink Trustee to Three Bridges Federation
Trustee Board
Finance & General Purposes
Audit Committee
John is the partnership Trustee representing the Three Bridges Federation, where he is vice chair of Trustees. John joined Berwick Academy Board of Trustees in 2017, where he also sits on the Audit Committee.
John joined Tweedmouth Community Middle School (now part of the Three Bridges Federation) as a parent Trustee to contribute to the education provision that his three children and all other children in the area will experience.
John works with Audit Scotland where he qualified as a chartered public finance accountant. He commutes daily to Edinburgh where he oversees 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 RobinsonCommunity Trustee Trustee Board
Link Trustee for Attendance
Chris has a passion for education and school improvement, with a lifelong commitment to improving the life chances of young people. She has worked in education for over 40 years, with 20 years as a senior leader in a wide variety of schools. A highly experienced secondary headteacher, Chris has specialised in bringing success to schools in a range of difficult circumstances. Her leadership skills and experiences have secured school ratings of OFSTED Good and Outstanding, and for some time, Chris has chosen to work to improve schools in Category, as a Headteacher, Senior Leader, Advisor, Governor and Consultant.
Chris has significant experience of governance across eight schools, including as Chair of an IEB for a school in Special Measures.
Having relocated to Berwick in summer 2017, and as a community trustee, Chris now seeks to ensure an inspiring educational provision for all children in Berwick.
Academic/Professional qualifications – B.Sc. Hons. (Environmental Science)
M.A. (Theology and Religious Education)
1. Company Director of Chris Robinson Leadership Solutions.
Mark AllenCommunity TrusteeTrustee BoardFrom January 2021 Mark will be Principal of Trinity Academy Barnsley, part of the Trinity MAT. Mark has been a senior leader for over 10 years and has a wealth of experience in inclusion, safeguarding and SEND. In his inclusion role he has supported lots of children with additional needs and designed, run and quality assured alternative provisions for them. He has been part of two Local Authority reviews on inclusion and helped to design new approach's for how secondary school can support children with additional needs and each other in a MAT/Academy educational landscape. As well as inclusion Mark has been a pupil premium champion and completed closed a progress gap in a school of over 500 disadvantaged children. I have also led on HR, quality assurance and system leadership. Mark is passionate about his job, about inclusion and ensuring no child is left behind.
Joanne WilsonCommunity TrusteeTrustee BoardJoanne has worked as a secondary headteacher for three years after following a teaching and learning pathway through to leadership. She is resolutely committed to ensuring all children have the same life chances as her own children and enjoys working in schools where she believes she can make the most difference.
Joanne began her career as an English teacher and sees the enormous importance of developing outstanding communication skills as a tool for young people’s success.
As a school leader, Joanne is resilient to change, extremely positive and optimistic about the future of education and its power to change lives.
Academic qualifications: BA Hons English and History
PGCE: English
Tracy HushHeadteacherTrustee BoardTracy has worked in education for 26 years, 15 of those at leadership level, 10 of those at senior leadership level. Before coming to Berwick Tracy spent two years working in the private sector developing traineeships and apprenticeships for a number of organisations and as a consequence has first-hand knowledge of and the skills employers are looking for in young people particularly in renewables and the energy sector. During her career Tracy is an English specialist but has significant experience in supporting literacy and the development of reading, curriculum design and how to support student learning. Tracy has worked as a curriculum design expert for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. In addition to school governance Tracy has experience of governance in the FE sector.
Academic qualifications:
BA Hons English and History
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
National professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Berwick Academy Trustee Board Attendance Register 2020-2021

Register of Business Interests 2019 – 2020 Summary

Berwick Academy Trustees Attendance Register 2018 – 2019

Berwick Academy Trustee Board Attendance Register 2019 – 2020

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