Our Governing Body

Dr Tony Hoare Chair of Governors

Dr Tony Hoare

Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

 Currently (2015/16) Chair of Governors, Chair of Members of the Academy Trust
Working groups Currently (2015/16) Data Panel (Chair)
Committees Currently (2015/16) ex officio member of all committees and Chair of L+M, Pay, FGB
Former parent of two children in school, parishioner/former PCC member Westbury Parish Church, sometime University of Bristol research director, long-time professional academic interest in research, policy and practice in social mobility and education, especially higher education 


Leigh Mitchell Vice Chair of Governors

Community Governor 

Vulnerable children - SEND, PP, CiC
Marketing, Data Panel

 I have had a link with school since 1989 when my children started, chair of PTA & peripatetic music teacher, and keen to show support for the school within the community. Really pleased that the link with Singdi School, Nepal is still thriving as my son & husband were part of the first visit in 1999.

Father Andre Hart Foundation Governor 

Leading Assemblies; pastoral responsibilities in school

Chair of the Ethos Committee; Leadership and Management Committee

To provide the best possible education for all our children. To this end, the link between the Academy and the parish church is a rich and deep one which enriches both communities. I am passionate about this partnership and want to see it grow in all its variety.



Katie Foreman  Staff Governor

Ethos Committee

Interested in gaining a more in depth understanding of how the school is run and acting as a voice for the other members of staff.

David Mcgregor Foundation Governor Ethos and L&M

As a member of the Church of England, Diocesan Synod and Lay  Canon of the Cathedral I  hope to see WoT Academy as serving all members of the local community equally and  sharing with them the wonders of the Christian Faith. As a retired Headteacher  I have an aspiration  that we  provide an environment where learning can flourish and all individuals are supported to fulfil their potential.


Mark Hibbitt Parent Governor  Vice Chair of F&P member of L&M.

I firmly believe in all children having access to a good education and as a local resident of Westbury-on-Trym for the last 10 years becoming a Governor at my children’s school seemed like the perfect way to get involved with local community work. When I’m not working or spending time with my family I enjoy playing and watching a variety of sports including managing a local amateur football team.

Beverley Bates Community Governor Safeguarding Governor

I have been involved in Education most of my working life; teaching in secondary, primary, state and private schools. After remaining at home with my two children I worked with my husband in our own company, based in Westbury on Trym, as Finance Director and Company Secretary. The last years of my teaching career were spent at Westbury on Trym C of E Academy and I am now enjoying the opportunity to use my experience in this new role as a Governor.


Dr John Meech Parent Governor  QTL, IT Working Group and Data panel

John has studied, taught and worked in Computing and Information
Technology for most of his professional life and is particularly
interested in trying to make the best use of technology for teaching
and learning, and making it fun.

 Clare Warbis Foundation Governor Ethos Committee E Safety Lead IT committee Marketing Group

Clare is a Registered Nurse who specializes in Telephone Triage for Out of Hours. She also works part time at the Academy as a Communications Officer and SEND admin. Clare has three children, all of whom attended Westbury but are now at Redland Green and her eldest is at Liverpool Uni. Clare is passionate about the school community and has been involved at Westbury for many years.

 Matt Baker Parent Governor Ethos Committee

One of my sons currently attends the Academy and the other will hopefully start in a few years. I have worked in education in varying capacities for the last 16 years and am currently employed as an Educational Psychologist by a Local Authority. I applied to become a Parent Governor as I feel I am well placed to support those in the Academy community on their journey towards excellence'.



Francis Edwards Parent governor  Quality of teaching and learning committee.  Data panel

I have two daughters in year 4 and two younger children who will join reception in September 2017. I became a parent governor in September 2016 and hope to help make the school as enjoyable and successful as possible for all pupils.My background is as an actuary and so I have a particular interest in mathematics and helping the staff and Governors with understanding and interpreting data.

Liz Cunningham  Co opted governor.   Pay Committee and Leadership and Management  Committee (both non-voting) 
I am an academic barrister with over twenty years of practice and a specialism in employment and discrimination law. I have an interest in working with the staff and FGB across all areas of leadership, management and pay to ensure compliance with the demands of being an academy and to assist in some small way in the Academy’s provision of excellent education. 




Please click on the links below to read the minutes from our Full Governing Body Meetings.

Please Click Here to find out more about our Governing Body and positions held by our Governors.


Register of committee members 2016-2017  Click Here

Register of committee attendance 2015-2016 Click Here

Governors Business Interests, please Click Here

Register of Governors Business Interests, please Click Here

Pecuniary Interests please Click Here as of November 2015




Contacting the Governors

Please find below details of an email address, set up so parents may contact the governors. When an email is sent to the address it is forwarded on to some of the governors, 

Although everyone may read the emails sent to the address, only governors are able to post a reply on the message board. All emails will be acknowledged and discussed at the next FGB, after which a reply will be posted.