Governance

The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors.  They fulfil the three core functions of governance:

  • 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 effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local School Boards work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools.  Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.

The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.

Local Governing Board

All Governors may be contacted via the school.
The school will pass on any correspondence as soon as possible after it has been received.

Chair of Governors: Marian Emuss
Contact details: marian.emuss@dcvst.org

Full NameCategory of MemberTerm of office endsAreas of responsibility / focusBusiness / pecuniary interestsRelevant personal interests
Marian EmussChair, appointed by Trust31/12/2025Chair of Local Schools Board, SENDNoneNone
Mike HopeAppointed by Trust31/08/2024Church school distinctiveness, ComplianceHead of Operations, Morelock Installations LtdNone
Carrie PriorAppointed by Trust31/12/2025SafeguardingSchool Team Leader & Schools Advisor, Diocese of Chelmsford – not appointed as Advisor to Rivenhall Primary School or Howbridge Junior SchoolNone
Karen JonesAppointed by Trust31/12/2024Vine Trust HeadteacherHeadteacher – Great Clacton Junior SchoolHusband – member of Mistley & St Osyth LSB
Lisa DaleEx-officio (Headteacher)N/AHeadteacher – Howbridge Junior SchoolNoneNone
Rebecca MoreEx-officio (Headteacher)N/AHeadteacher – Rivenhall Primary SchoolNoneNone
Lorna Rae-ShearingAppointed by Trust30/04/2025NoneNone

Historic (Left within last 12 months)

Full NameCategory of MemberTerm of office endsAreas of responsibility / focusBusiness / pecuniary interestsRelevant personal interests
Timothy DiaperChair31/12/2020Chair, SafeguardingChair of Trustees, Flitwick Baptist Church; Vice Chair of Trustees, Daylight Christian Prison TrustNone