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.


Mark Carter-Tufnell (Vine Schools Trust Appointed)

Mark is an experienced Headteacher and is currently a Headteacher of two other schools within the Trust. Previously, Mark has been an Ofsted inspector and a lead reviewer for Challenge Partners. In his spare time, Mark enjoys reading, walking and going to the gym.

The Chair of the Governing Body can be contacted via the school email address:

Candida Burrell (Trust Appointed)

Candida has worked in education since 2003 across both the primary and secondary sector. She is Headteacher of White Court School in Great Notley and is experienced in leadership development, teaching and learning, school finance and safeguarding. Prior to becoming a teacher, she was a mechanical engineer at Bradwell Power Station where her passion for STEM subjects was born.
Candida is experienced in school governance in both academy and Local Authority schools and has been a parent governor of her children’s school.

Misha Roughley

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.

Sarah Lane Cawte (Vine Schools Trust Appointed)

Sarah relocated to Burnham-on-Crouch in 2017, from Wiltshire, where she served as a Local Authority Governor of a community primary school for 7 years. At the beginning of her career, she taught in both secondary and primary schools, but then moved into the charity sector, currently working as Education Officer for the Free Churches Group. Much of Sarah’s current work involves engaging with Government policy in education, and she is an active member of the Department for Education’s Faith Providers Group, and of the Religious Education Council for England and Wales, for which she chairs the Governance Committee. She has a particular interest in Religious Education and Collective Worship, and is a member of Essex SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious
Education), having been Chair of Swindon SACRE for a number of years.

Paula Burls (Vine Schools Trust Appointed)

I moved to Tillingham in July 2019 with my husband of 20 years, Phil, and 2 teenage daughters. It took us 10 years to finally move here but we absolutely love it and haven’t looked back!   I have worked as a Learning Mentor in an infant school for the past 8 years and, previously, in both Junior and Secondary schools.  I am passionate about building relationships within and between schools, families and communities and qualified as a life coach 2 years ago, which I have thoroughly enjoyed incorporating into my working practice. I have been a staff governor for the past 4 years and served in church as a Deacon at Hadleigh Baptist church for 3 years prior to moving away from the area.  I currently serve as the PCC Secretary for St. Nicholas’ church in Tillingham.

I love gardening and generally being outdoors – looking after our chickens and ducks and walking our Labrador Keith!  I also love jigsaws, playing the piano, entertaining family and friends, and laughing as often as possible.