About the Board
Governors are made up of members who represent the community of Doncaster. Our Board of Governors currently consists of Magistrates, Solicitors, Local Business Leaders, as well as staff and parents.
If you are new to finding out about Academy Governors there are likely to be many things you would like to know about Governors, what this involves and many questions to which you would like answers.
Being an Academy Governor can be like starting a new job. There is a lot to learn about the Academy and the way children are educated today. Methods of teaching children have made great progress in recent years and the pace of change continues. In many ways it is likely to be quite different to how today’s adults were taught when they were at school.
The Board of Governors is a democratic group and the principles of operation are the same as for any other similar group, such as management groups of voluntary organisations.
They all work very much as a team for the benefit of the Academy respecting each other’s points of view but always acting as a corporate body, accepting the decisions reached by the majority, on the rare occasion we are unable to reach a unanimous conclusion.
Their relationship with the Principal and other staff at the Academy are excellent and all Governors are committed to maintaining this – it is an essential part of their success.
There are training courses run by the LEA and all Governors are encouraged to take advantage of any training on offer. These courses are free of charge to members of the Board of Governors.
The Board have a strategic role in the development of the Academy and do not become involved in day to day management issues – that is the role of the Principal. Working in partnership with the Principal and Academy staff, Governors have made Richmond Hill Academy the success that it is today.
Finance & Resources Committee
Chair of Finance & Resources Comittee: Irene Mclaughlin
- To assist the Local Governing Body Full Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the monitoring and oversight of the academies financial plans, key enabling resources and strategies.
- To ensure the Local Governing Body Full Board is fully aware of the financial position of the academy and how the financial position of the trust might change in the foreseeable future. Based on the Committee’s best view of the future to advise the Local Governing Body Full Board is holding a prudent level of unspent funds:
|Chair||Mavis Latham||Appointed by GB/Board||09/10/2017||08/10/2021|
|Vice-Chair||Irene McLaughlin||Appointed by GB/Board||01/02/2018||31/01/2022|
|Carol Ann Swift||Appointed by GB/Board||01/09/2018||31/08/2022|
|Christopher Toyne||Appointed by GB/Board||01/12/2017||30/11/2021|
|Debbie Secker||Ex-officio by virtue of office as Principal||07/10/2014||31/01/2022|
|Katie Glossop||Appointed by GB/Board||01/12/2017||30/11/2021|
|Kelly Cousins||Appointed by GB/Board||01/11/2016||31/10/2020|
Clerk – Julie Found
Historic (left within last 12 months)
|Tom McLaughlin||Appointed by GB/board||18/12/2017||30/11/2018|
|Nigel Hair||Appointed by GB/board||01/12/2017||28/09/2019|
Declaration of Beneficial/Business Interests
Richmond Hill Primary Academy is a ‘Limited Company’ with a charitable status operating under the direction of a ‘Board of Governors’. As required by the Academies Financial Handbook 2015 (section 3.1.20), the Trust presents below the relevant business and pecuniary interest of its members, trustees and governors.
|YES/NONE||EMPLOYED BY||EMPLOYMENT ROLE|
|Carol Ann Swift||None|
|Deborah Secker||Yes||Richmond Hill Primary Academy||Principal|
|Kelly Cousins||Yes||Richmond Hill Primary Academy||Head of School|
|YES/NONE||NAME OF BUSINESS||NATURE OF BUSINESS||NATURE OF BENEFICIAL INTEREST||GOVERNOR IN ANOTHER SCHOOL||DATE FROM|
|Carol Ann Swift||None|
|Christopher Toyne||Yes||Maze Education||Educational Support and Data Analysis||Relation – Kelly Cousins (Head of School, Richmond Hill Primary Academy)|
|Kelly Cousins||Yes||Maze Education||Educational Support and Data Analysis||Relation – Christopher Toyne (Director, Maze Education)|
If you wish to get in contact with our Governing Body or Chair of Governors, please write to:
Chair of Governors
Richmond Hill Primary Academy
How to Become a Governor
If you are interested in becoming an Academy Director please contact the Clerk to Governors