School Advisory Board

Board of Governors

Welcome to Redland’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 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
Michelle Tobin Head of School
Matt Cronin Chair of the Advisory board & Elected Parent Member
Term of Office 29.10.14-28.10.18
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 1/2
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 6/6
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-16: 6/6
No relevant business interests declared since 4.10.16
Laura Nicol Vice Chair of the Advisory board & Elected Parent Member
Term of Office 29.10.14-28.10.18
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 2/2
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 5/6
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-16: 5/6
Directorship of Equinox24 Ltd, Racetime Events, Race Hub Ltd and Low Sugar Life. declared 10.10.17
Louise Headley Elected Staff Member
Term of Office 10.10.17-9.10.20
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 2/2
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 6/6
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-16: 5/6
No relevant business interests declared 10.10.17
Vanessa Dakin Elected Parent Member Term of Office 4.11.16 -3.11.2020
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18: 2/2
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 5/5
Mother is a lunchtime supervisor at Redlands since 2015 declared 10.10.17
Vacancy Community member
Vacancy Community member
Jon Brown Executive Headteacher and Cluster Leader
Paul Stone CEO of Discovery Schools Academy Trust (Ex-officio)
Anna Mousley Clerk to the Advisory Board

Scheme of Delegated Authority


Scheme of Delegation 2017/18

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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