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.

Current Local Governance Committee

Mr Leigh Hambly - Chair, Co-Opted Governor 

Mrs Laura Parsons - Vice Chair, Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Emma Hembury - Principal, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Mr James McKenna - Assistant Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Bev Woodward - Foundation Governor 

Mr Jonathan King - Parent Governor 

Mrs Lisa Angel - Parent Governor 

Mrs Emily Wood - Co-Opted Governor

Register of Interests 2023-24 and Attendance 2022-23

Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees



Term of Office

Nature of Interests

Date Interest Registered

Date Interest Ceased

Attendance 2021-22

Emma Hembury



01/01/2024 - 31/08/2029




4 of 6

Leigh Hambly

Chair of Governors, Parent Governor - Quality of Education, Safeguarding

08/10/2019 - 07/10/2023




4 of 6

Laura Parsons

Vice Chair of Governors - Pupil Premium & Sports Premium, Safeguarding

06/07/2022 - 05/07/2026




6 of 6

Mrs Bev Woodward

Foundation Governor, SEND, Christian Distinctiveness & Ethos, RE

24/01/2019 - 23/01/2023




5 of 6

James McKenna

Staff Governor - Assistant Principal DSL

01/09/2022 - 31/08/2050

TWHF Employee



6 of 6

Jonathan King

Local Governor - STEM

06/07/2022 -




5 of 6

Mrs Lisa Angel

Parent Governor – Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development and EYFS

01/03/2023 -




6 of 6

Mrs Emily Wood

Co-Opted Governor, History, Geography, English, Art, Music 02/11/2023 - 01/11/2027 Nil N/A N/A N/A

Previous Governor(s) 2023 - 2024

Mrs Naomi Grist - Left 29/10/2023

Mr Shaun Cooper - Left 29/10/2023

Mrs Candida Hutchinson - Left 31/12/2023

Previous Governor(s) 2022 - 2023

Mr Lee Saunders - Left 03/11/2022

Rev John Rees - Left

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