The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust (DCVST) is looking for Governors to join our dedicated and visionary Schools Governance Boards.

The Vine Schools Trust is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) set up by the Diocese of Chelmsford. We are a family of Church of England primary schools located throughout Essex and Thurrock. Our vision is to serve our local communities by providing excellent education rooted in our Christian values. Learn more about the Trust, here.

As a Governor on your school Governance Board you will:
• Be an advocate of the Trust Board so that pupils and schools will flourish in a place where the Trust and School vision and values are translated into action
• Provide support and challenge to school leaders
• Know each school well through focused monitoring to gain assurance of school progress and policy in action which will inform decision making

The closing date for applications is Thursday 13th July 2023 at 12.00pm. Interviews will be conducted w/c 17th July 2023.

The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors. They fulfil the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local Schools Boards work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools. Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.

The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.


Julie Taylor (Vine Schools Trust Appointed)

Julie started her professional life as a Primary School Teacher and after being a Staff Governor, eventually moved across to wholly focus on School Governance.  She has now been in a variety of school governance roles for over 30years.  Julie is a National Leader of Governance (NLG) and work as a consultant supporting a variety of governing boards to be as effective as they can be.  She is currently the Chair of the Local Schools Board for the Dengie (including St Cedd’s) and is also The Vine Trust Governance Lead.  Julie loves visiting schools and seeing the hard work of our pupils and staff and particularly loves to spend time in the Forest Schools area at St Cedd’s (which reminds her fondly of her Girlguiding days!).  Julie is passionate about the important voluntary role that governors play in the life of the school and the impact they can have on ensuring the pupils at the school experience the best education they can.  Julie is enjoying being the Chair of this board.

Misha Roughley (Trust Appointed)

Misha owns a bookkeeping and payroll company based in Burnham on Crouch. She specialises in VAT, payroll and workplace pension compliance. Misha has three children, and two of them currently attend St. Cedd’s. Misha has been a school governor since 2017.

Peter Begley (Trust Appointed)

Matthew Portal (Trust Appointed)

Governors Declaration of Business Interests

Julie TaylorChair of GovernorsTrust01/09/2022Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

St Edwards C of E Academy

Misha RoughleyGovernorTrust01/01/2021NoneNone
Matthew PortalGovernorTrust17/01/2022NoneNone
Peter BegleyGovernorTrust01/09/2022Hackblock Educational CharityNone
Ruth WrightHead of School at St Cedd’s CofE Primary SchoolEx-officio by virtue of office as headteacher01/01/2024The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine School’s TrustNone
Governors that have left in the last 12 months:Date of Termination
Candida BarrellGovernorTrust01/01/2021The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine School’s TrustNone
Jenny KempHeadteacher- Latchingdon CE Primary SchoolEx-officio by virtue of office as headteacher01/01/2021The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine School’s TrustNone
Lyndsey WoodHeadteacher at St Cedd’s CofE Primary SchoolEx-officio by virtue of office as headteacher31/12/2023The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine School’s TrustNone

Governors Meeting Attendance September 2021 to August 2022

Mark Carter-TufnellChair of GovernorsAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Candida BurrellGovernorAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Misha RoughleyGovernorAttendedAttendedApologiesAttended
Matthew PortalGovernorN/AN/AAttendedAttended
Jennifer KempHeadteacher at Latchingdon CofE Primary SchoolAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Lyndsey WoodHeadteacher at St Cedd’s CofE Primary SchoolAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Spencer BraggHeadteacher at Southminster CofE Primary SchoolN/AN/AAttendedAttended
Lisa WebbFinance PartnerAttendedApologiesAttendedAttended
Paula Burls – RESIGNATION EFFECTIVE 01/12/21GovernorApologiesApologiesN/AN/A