Staff and Governors
The Governing Body
The Governing Body is the legal guardian of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation’s charitable objective:
‘To advance education by carrying on in or near Warwick, day and boarding schools for boys and girls.’
It is the Governing Body’s responsibility to ensure and monitor the success of the Foundation in fulfilling this objective. In this task, the operational running of the Foundation is delegated to the Foundation Principal.
Who are the Governors?
Governors are drawn from the local and wider community, bringing a diversity of skills and interests to the Board. They include former pupils, current and former parents, and representatives from local bodies.
There are currently 13 co-opted Governors, 3 Governors nominated by external bodies (Warwick University, The King Henry VIII Endowed Trust, Warwick, and The Charity of Sir Thomas White, Warwick) and one Governor each nominated by the Old Warwickians and the Old Girls’ Association of King’s High. The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire is an ex-officio Governor.
Governors can sit for up to three terms of four years.
Governors collectively act in the best interests of the Foundation: they are not mandated by, nor do they represent, any particular groups.
Governance Committees and Roles
All governors sit on at least two Committees: a School Committee, chaired by the Foundation Principal, and on at least one of the four tactical Committees: Safeguarding, Education, Resources & Estates, Finance & Regulatory, which are each chaired by a governor. From time to time, sub committees may be formed. All Governors also sit on the full Foundation Board. The full Board is chaired by the Chair of the Foundation Governors, to whom the Foundation Principal reports.
Governor appointment and succession planning is overseen by the Appointments Committee, comprising the Foundation Chair, Foundation Vice-Chair, the four tactical Committee Chairs and one additional Governors.
Governors take an active interest in the schools, regularly making visits and attending events and each Governor has a formal ambassadorial role on a monthly rotation basis. Some Governors have particular responsibilities, for example, Safeguarding, Early Years, Health & Safety. In addition, a Head’s Liaison Governor is appointed to support the Heads in their leadership of the Schools.
Our Governors are:
|MRS SALLY AUSTIN*||FOUNDATION CHAIR|
|MR DAVID LOUDON*||FOUNDATION VICE-CHAIR|
|MRS MARIE ASHE*||CHAIR, FINANCE & REGULATORY COMMITTEE|
|PROF SIMON BARNES*|
|MS JO BROUGHTON||DEPUTY SAFEGUARDING GOVERNOR|
|MR CHRIS GIBBONS|
|MRS LYNNE GREAVES|
|PROF DAMIAN GRIFFIN OBE|
|MRS MAUREEN HICKS|
|MR STEPHEN JOBBURN|
|MR ADRIAN KEELING|
|MR TIM KEYES*||CHAIR, EDUCATION COMMITTEE|
|MR D RANKIN|
|MRS CATHERINE ROBBINS|
|MR JONATHAN WALLIS*||CHAIR, RESOURCES & ESTATES COMMITTEE|
|DR RUTH WEEKS|
|MRS ANNE WILSON*||CHAIR OF THE SAFEGUARDING COMMITTEE & SAFEGUARDING GOVERNOR|
|MR TIM COX||EX-OFFICIO AS LORD LIEUTENANT OF WARWICKSHIRE|
Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
Warwickshire CV34 6PP
Telephone: 01926 735400
*Members of the Appointments Committee
Principal of Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
MR R NICHOLSON, MA (OXON)