Governors and Members

The Governors are responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction and for holding the Headteacher and senior staff to account for the school’s performance. This includes overseeing progress against the School Development Plan, agreeing the school’s budget and setting the school’s policies.

Governors are volunteers, committed to the success of all students at the school. Governors are appointed or elected for a four year term of office. Six are appointed by the Chester Diocesan Board of Education, five by the Chester Blue Coat Church of England Educational Foundation and one by the Bishop of Chester. There are two peer elected Parent Governors, two peer elected Staff Governors, one governor co-opted by the board, and the Headteacher is also a governor.

As the school is an Academy and a charitable company, it has Members as well as governors. The Members’ role is to be guardians of the school’s governance and hold the governors accountable. Bishops’ has four Members, who are the Chester Diocesan Board of Education, an appointee of the Chester Blue Coat Church of England Educational Foundation, the Bishop of Chester and the Chair of Governors.

Scroll down to read about our governors, our committees and panels, what governors do, and how to become a Bishops’ governor.

Bishops’ Governors

Name Role and committee membership
Mr Ian Wilson –       Headteacher (ex officio governor)

–       All committees

Appointed by the Chester Diocesan Board of Education
Prof Nigel John –       Vice Chair of Governors

–       Vice Chair of Students Committee

–       Chair of Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee

Mr Ralph Mainard –       Chair of Resources Committee

–       Chair of Audit Committee

Dr Tim Noakes –       Resources Committee
Mr David Walsh –       Chair of Governors

–       Vice Chair of Resources Committee

–       Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee

–       Ex officio Member

Revd Preb Paul Towner –       Resources Committee and Audit Committee
Appointed by the Chester Blue Coat Church of England Educational Foundation
Mr Julian Annison –       Resources Committee
Dr Laura Edwards –       Students Committee
Mrs Sonja High –      Audit Committee, Resources Committee
Appointed by the Bishop of Chester
Dr Elaine Hemmings –       Chair of Students Committee

–       Audit Committee

Parent Governors
Mr Keith Marcroft –       Resources Committee
Mr Chris Woods –       Students Committee
Staff Governors
Mrs Justine Bryant –       Students Committee
Eamonn Coffey –       Students Committee
Co-opted Governors
Dr Michael Bird –       Students Committee


Register of Interests of Governors and Members

Governors’ attendance at meetings

Funding Agreement

Memorandum of Understanding and Articles of Association

Scheme of Delegation

Committees and Panels

The Governing Body meets four times each year. There are four governor committees which carry out delegated functions and report back to the Governing Body. These are the Resources Committee, the Students Committee, the Audit Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee. There are also governor panels convened as needed for Student Discipline, Complaints, Pay and Staff Discipline.

Scheme of Delegation

Resources Committee

The Resources Committee oversees matters relating to finance, staffing and the school’s premises.

Resources Terms of Reference

Students Committee

The Students Committee oversees matters relating to curriculum, achievement, admissions, SEND, safeguarding and behaviour.

Students Terms of Reference

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee oversees external audit, internal audit and the risk management process.

Audit Terms of Reference

What Governors Do

Governors are volunteers who make a positive contribution to the school by giving both their skills and time. They attend around 11 Full Governing Body and Committee meetings each year. Governors also regularly visit the school for other purposes, such as taking part in staff interviews, attending student events and productions, and attending open days. There are four Lead Governors for particular school priorities who hold regular meetings with staff and report back to the rest of the governors.

All Governors complete an induction process and take part in ongoing training to ensure they are well equipped for their role. Governors are subject to safeguarding checks and govern in line with a code of conduct and the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook.

The 2019 Ofsted report noted that at Bishops’ “Governors bring a range of skills and knowledge to their roles. They support and challenge leaders well.”

Become a Bishops’ Governor

Vacancies for Bishops’ governors arise regularly as existing governors complete their terms of office. As an Academy school, our governors are charity trustees, and sit on our Trust Board, which we call our Governing Body. We are not currently seeking new governors. Details will be publicised here for any vacancies that arise.

Being a governor can be hugely rewarding. You can make a real difference to the school and the lives of our students. You will gain valuable skills and board level experience as well as having the opportunity to shape the priorities and direction of Bishops’ into the future.

Anyone over the age of 18 can be governor, so long as you do not have certain financial disqualifications or criminal convictions. You do not need to be a parent of a student for most categories of governor.

Governors do not need to be experts in education, and a wide range of professional skills and ‘soft skills’, such as working as part of a team, are valuable for the governing body.

Being a governor requires commitment and enthusiasm. Governors are expected to attend approximately eleven meetings each year, usually held from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Mondays. You will need to read paperwork ahead of the meetings and contribute constructively to the discussions and decisions taken. Some governors take on ‘Lead Governor’ roles for priority areas of the school’s work, and many take part in occasional ad hoc panels such as Discipline and Complaints, or interview panels for staff. Governors are also expected, and supported, to complete ongoing training after their induction period, including safeguarding training and relevant checks.

If you have any questions and would like an informal discussion about becoming a governor, please contact the Chair of Governors, David Walsh, via email on


Contact the Governors

The governors are keen to hear comments and suggestions from all members of the school community. Prior to contacting the governors with a complaint please consult the school’s Complaints Policy to ensure the appropriate process has been followed to resolve the issue within school.

To contact the governors, email (please note this email address is checked in term time only).

To contact the governors by post, please use the schools postal address.