Local Governance Committee


The governance of a multi-academy trust differs from those of maintained schools. The White Horse Federation (TWHF) believes that placing statutory responsibilities firmly at its centre, in the remit of the board of trustees, allows the Local Governance Committee (LGC) to focus on providing support, overcoming challenges in the delivery of educational excellence, and outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

There are direct channels of communication between the principal and the LGC chair and central services. The clerk to the board of trustees will hold contact details for all members of LGCs within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should come from the chair of that LGC, managed by the school or through an LGC clerk.

The principal and the chair of the LGC are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep LGC members well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGC have good lines of communication to the board of trustees. This can be done via the elected chair’s representative on the board of trustees. Senior executives from TWHF will be nominated by the CEO to attend any LGC.

The White Horse Federation has a very clear and shared understanding of what constitutes good and effective governance. Schools within TWHF will be judged to have outstanding governance when members of the LGC:

  • Talk about teaching and learning.
  • Know a great deal about the school and its community.
  • Are ambitious for the school and its community.
  • Ask questions which make colleagues reflect, and that these discussions lead to delivering the very best outcomes for every child and adult within the school community.
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships within TWHF.

For the shared model of governance to be effective for TWHF and the schools, it is essential that there is effective communication between the board of trustees, the LGCs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.

We are always open to welcoming new interest from potential governors. Please contact [email protected] to enquire and share interest in a role.

Current Local Governance Committee

Luke Graham - Headteacher

Darren Townsend - Chair of Governors

Mandy Dickson - Vice Chair

Helen Fellows - Parent Governor

Rachel Bowen - Co-opted Governor

Tom Godding

Helen Haynes

Christie Vaughn

Register of Interests 2021-22 and Attendance 2020-21

Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees and will serve a four-year term.

Name Role Nature of Interest Date Registered Date Ceased Terms of Office Attendance 2021-22 (# of meetings)
Darren Townsend Chair Co-opted 01/09/2020 N/A 12


Haylie Yearwood Governor Parent 01/02/2020 31/12/2021 7 1
Natallia Patsaluyonak Co-opted Governor Co-opted 01/02/2020 N/A 13 3
Mandy Dickson Co-opted Governor Co-opted 01/09/2020 N/A 9 6
Helen Fellows Parent Governor Parent 04/09/2018 N/A 24 6
Rachel Bowen Co-opted Governor Co-opted 04/09/2018 N/A 24 5
Chloe Burridge         6 2
Chris Hunt     12/01/2021 13/07/2022 5 2

Previous Governors

Haylie Yearwood - 01/02/2020 to 31/12/2021

The White Horse Federation Governance Information

Click on the button below to access TWHF governance information, including:

  • Annual report
  • Annual audited accounts
  • Memorandum of association
  • Articles of association
  • Names of charity trustees and members
  • Funding agreement
  • Gender Pay Gap Report
  • Higher Paid Staff reports