The Governing Body

The Role of Governor

Within England there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives. Finally the role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

As part of Venturers Trust, the Local Governing Body (LGB) operates under a Scheme of Delegation from the Board of Trustees. Two Governors act as representatives of the parent body, the staff are represented by one elected Staff Governor, with co-opted appointments being made by our sponsors based on skills and experience.

For more information about the role of Parent Governor, please click here:-

The Role of a Parent Governor


The Governors are committed to ensuring that children at the Academy achieve their potential and are well-equipped for life after school. We believe that every child can be successful, and as staff work hard to make sure this happens, we expect our students to do the same.

The Governors’ primary role is to support the Principal and staff; to work with the Academy Leadership Team to agree the short and long term strategy for the Academy; to assist in ensuring they have the necessary resources and review the progress of the Academy towards achieving its aim.

The Academy is a member of the Venturers Trust, a multi-academy trust. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the of the Trust and governance details and scheme of delegation can be found on the Venturers Trust website but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). The details of the Governors at The Kingfisher School are shown below and their biographical profiles can be viewed here. 

The Chair of Governors (Melanie Casey), can be contacted in writing via the Academy office in a sealed envelope marked "Chair of Governors - Private and Confidential"

Updated March 23


Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed as

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Meetings attended 2022/2023

Current Governors:
Melanie Casey


Reappointed 9/10/2022

Appointed as Chair 24/01/2023

4 Years

Chair of Governors

Finance Link Governor

Early Year Link Governor

Employee - Society of Merchant Venturers

Board Trusted of Wessex Learning Trust

Claire Barker


Reappointed 25/01/22

4 Years Staff Governor None 4/4
Christine Hunter


Reappointed 2/10/2022

4 Years

Parent Governor

Sports Premium Link Governor

None 3/4
Chris Larke-Phillips 26/01/2021 4 Years

Parent Governor from January 2021

Health & Safety Link Governor

Curriculum Link Governor

Safeguarding Lead Governor

Governor by Trustee of St Michael and St George Federation 4/4
Eva Dodding 25/01/2022 4 Years

Co-opted Governor

Data Link Governor

Employee - University of Bristol Undergraduate Recruitment Team 2/4
Governors that have resigned during the past 12 months
Melinda Baker

26/01/2021 to 24/01/2023


4 Years


Safeguarding Link Governor

Camilla Chander-Mant

26/01/2021 to 10/06/2023


4 Years

Co-Opted Governor

Pupil Premium Link Governor 

SEND Link Governor


Further information about Venturers Trust Governance can be found on the Venturers Trust website