Local Governing Body


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 governing body (LGB) to focus on providing support, overcoming challenges in the delivery of educational excellence, and achieving outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

There are direct channels of communication between the principal and the LGB chair and central services. The clerk to the Board of Trustees will hold contact details for all local governors of schools within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should be via the chair of that LGB, managed by the school or through an LGB clerk.

The principal and the chair of the LGB are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all materials needed to keep the local governors well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGB are effectively communicated to the Board of Trustees. Trustees reserve the right to attend any LGB meeting.

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

  • Talks about teaching and learning.
  • Knows a great deal about the school and its community.
  • Is ambitious for the school and its community.
  • Asks 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.
  • Maintains strong and effective relationships within TWHF.

Current Local Governors

Name Role
Michael Park Principal
Mrs Vicky Just Chair of Local Governors
Mrs Michelle Wells Staff (Support) Local Governor
Hafizah Choudhury Parent Local Governor
Meabh O’Kane Staff (Teaching) Local Governor
Toni Mills Local Co-opted Governor, Vice-Chair
Charlie Thomson Foundation Local Governor
Ben Maher Co-opted Local Governor
Mary Seaman New Foundation Local Governor

Current Local Governors

Local Governors have been elected by parents or staff or co-opted by the LGB and will serve a four-year term of office. The Principal is also a local governor.

Name Role Register of Interests Date interests registered Terms of Office Attendance 2021 - 22
Michael Park Principal TWHF employee 03.01.2023   N/A
Mrs Vicky Just Chair of Local Governors

Foundation Local Governor
Melksham Messy Church – Volunteer

St Michaels Church – Volunteer

The Manor PTFA – Volunteer

University Of Bath - Employee

Media & PR Manager

03/09/2019 – 02/09/2023
4 of 4
Mrs Michelle Wells Staff (Support) Local Governor TWHF Employee 23/09/2020 01/06/2020 - 31/05/2024 3 of 4
Steve Fivash Local governor co-opted 11/07/2023  10/07/2027 N/A
Hafizah Choudhury Parent Local Governor Parent 24/06/2021 28/05/2021 - 27/05/2025 3 of 4
Meabh O’Kane Staff (Teaching) Local Governor Staff (Teaching) 03/11/2021 03/11/2021 - 02/11/2025 3 of 3
Toni Mills Local Co-opted Governor, Vice-Chair Parent 01/03/2022 01/03/2022 - 28/02/2026 2 of 2
Charlie Thomson Foundation Local Governor Parish Rector 19/05/2022 19/05/2022 - 18/05/2026 2 of 3
Mary Seaman New Foundation Local Governor

No declarations of interest.

13.06.2023 13.06.2023 - 12.06.2027 N/A
Ben Maher co-opted Local Governor Apprentice Social Worker at Wiltshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)   16/01/2023 - 15/01/2027  

Previous Governors

Katie Scammell - Left 26/06/2022 (attended 3 of 4)

Mrs Hannah Gordon - Left 31/08/22 (attended 4 of 4)

Ms Yvonne Crook - Left 07/04/2022 (attended 7 of 7 meetings)

Mrs Pam Prance - Left 07/06/2021 (attended 7 of 7 meetings)

Mr Phil Bevan - Left 13/09/2021 (attended 3 of 7 meetings)

Ms Valerie Ferris - Left 29/07/2021

Anna Wilcox - Left 02/01/2023

Mrs Christine Harvey - Left 20/02/2023

David Pearce - Resigned 07.07.2023

Welcome from the Chair

The local governors have an overview of a number of key areas. Parent local governors in particular are here to represent your view and can help you if you have any questions or concerns. If you would like to speak to a local governor informally, we can often be found on the school playground before school. If you would like to contact us formally or are unable to come and speak to us personally, we can be contacted through the school office on 01225 700150 or in writing by leaving a letter for the attention of the chair of the local governing body.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to contact us via the school or cannot pop into the office, you can contact the governors using the contact form on this page.

Please note: that we meet 6 times a year so it may not always be possible to answer a query straight away. However, your query will always be acknowledged and we will endeavour to give you a timescale for answering your questions.

Minutes are available on request by contacting the school office.

The chair of each LGB will also sit on a collective group of similar chairs, from which one representative will be elected and then co-opted onto the Board of Trustees This process will be repeated every two years, thus affording new chairs the opportunity to be similarly elected.

TWHF executive board has clearly identified the areas of responsibility that they delegate to the LGBs. Although not in any way legally responsible, and not itself accountable for the statutory functions, the LGB has an important role to play in assisting the school to operate effectively in line with the wishes of TWHF Board of Trustees as communicated to the LGB.

To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website

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