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The Advisory Board

At Discovery Trust the Board of Trustees (sometimes known as the board of directors or governing body) is ultimately responsible for governance of the schools in the trust and is accountable for their performance. To support effective governance and oversight, the Board has delegated governance function to be carried out through committees, locally through the school Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board has a range of responsibilities:

  1. Supporting good governance of the school.
  2. Safeguarding and promoting the values of the school.
  3. Supporting the Headteacher of the school and being a critical friend.
  4. Monitoring the achievement, quality of teaching and behaviour and safety.
  5. Supporting effective financial governance.
  6. Engagement with the school’s key stakeholders e.g. parents/carers, pupils and staff.

The Advisory Board possesses a broad range of skills and experience and consists of parents, staff and community representatives; the Headteacher is a member of the Advisory Board by virtue of their office. Community Members are appointed by the Advisory Board; Parent and staff members are elected to the board by the parent and staff body respectively. 

Click here to view the Discovery Board of Trustees.

You can contact the chair, James Brown by email  ( or via the Trust clerk (


The ADVISORY BOARD is made up of the following representatives:-

James Brown (Community member)

Community Member & Chair
Business and pecuniary interests: None declared 8.9.23
Appointed date: 11.1.23-10.1.26

Attendance 2023-24: 3/4

Attendance 2022-23: 3/3


Chris Bruce (Executive Headteacher)  

Business and pecuniary interests: Chair at Leicester Partnership School declared 21.9.23.

Attendance 2023-24: 2/4

Attendance 2022-23: 1/3


Vicky Edwards (Headteacher) 

Business and pecuniary interests:: None declared 6.10.23

Attendance 2023-24: 4/4

Attendance 2022-23: 3/3


Sunny dogRa (Community member)

Community Member 
Business and pecuniary interests: None declared 3.10.23.
Appointed date: 29.11.23-29.11.26

Attendance 2023-24: 3/3

Attendance 2022-23: n/a

Marie bANNATYNE (community MEMBER)

Community Member & vice-chair
Business and pecuniary interests: Head of Governance at Discovery Trust since Oct'22 declared 1.9.23.
Appointed date: 11.1.23-10.1.26

Attendance 2023-24: 4/4

Attendance 2022-23: 2/3


parent member - vacancy


Kevin Dakin (staff member)

Elected Staff Member 
Business and pecuniary interests: None declared 6.10.23
Appointed date: 5.1.23-4.1.26

Attendance 2023-24: 3/4

Attendance 2022-23: 3/3