Advisory Board


Welcome to Danemill's Advisory Board


At Discovery School Academy Trust the Board of Trustees (sometimes known as the board of directors or governing body) is ultimately responsible for governance of the schools in the trust and is accountable for their performance. To support effective governance, the Board delegates governance functions to be carried out regionally through a Cluster Governing Body and Central Executive Team, and locally through the school Advisory Board.

The School Advisory Board has a key role in influencing the direction of the school by offering their experience and expertise to strengthen the decision-making process to support the strategic development of the school and ensure it is meeting the needs of the children. The functions of the Advisory Board are set out in the Trust Scheme of Delegation which sets out the requirements of the Trust and details where the Trustees delegate governance functions locally.

The Advisory Board has a range of responsibilities:

  1. Supporting good governance of the school.
  2. Safeguarding and promoting the values of the school.
  3. Supporting the Headteacher of the school and being a critical friend.
  4. Monitoring the achievement, quality of teaching and behaviour and safety.
  5. Supporting effective financial governance.
  6. Engagement with the school’s key stakeholders e.g. parents/carers, pupils and staff.

The Advisory Board consists of parents, staff and community representatives; the Headteacher is a member of the Advisory Board by virtue of their office. Community Members are appointed by the Advisory Board and are people, who in the opinion of the Advisory Board, have the skills required to contribute to the work of the board; Parent and staff members are elected to the board by the parent and staff body respectively.


Advisory Board Members 2017-2018


Name Role
Rachael Wiggington Chair and elected Parent member
Term of Office Β 1.9.14-31.8.18Β 
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-16: 4/4
Business interests declared 29.9.17: employee of British Gas since 2012 and Director of Blue Bird Communications since 2011.
Tracey Lawrence Acting Headteacher
Julie Hickinbottom Elected Staff member
Term of Office 13.10.17-12.10.20
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: n/a
No relevant business interests declared 29.9.17
Martha Moger Vice Chair & Elected Parent member
Term of Office 1.12.17-30.11.20
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 3/3
Business interests declared 12.11.17: Gidsy and Jo – self-employed freelance copywriter and online content maker in design/craft sector since September 2017; member of Enderby Parish Church PCC
Emma Mackay Elected Parent member
Term of Office 21.5.18-20.5.21
No business interests declared
Grant Charman Community member
Term of Office 2.2.18-1.2.21
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 1/1
Business interests declared 15.2.18: Head of Estates at United Learning Multi Academy Trust since August 2017; member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1992, Association of Project Management since 1996 and British Institute of Facilities Managers since 2006.
Vacancy Community member
Dawn White Executive Headteacher/Cluster leader
Paul Stone Ex-officio (DSAT CEO)
Anna Mousley Clerk to the Advisory Board


Scheme of Delegated Authority


Scheme Of Delegated Authority

Governance Strategy

Discovery Schools Trust Academy

If you have a passion for improving outcomes for children and would like to use your skills and expertise to contribute to the governance of our schools please get in touch by contacting Helen Stockill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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