The Vines Academy Trust

“No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” John 15 v 4

Members and Trustees

Members of The Vines Academy Trust

Members are responsible for appointing Trustees to ensure that the Trust's charitable aims are carried out.  They also approved the annual report on the performance of the Trust and its accounts.  


The Members are: 


Diocese of Leicester Education Trust (Carolyn Lewis, Diocese Director of Education)

Bishop of Leicester (Rt Rev Martyn Snow)

Archdeacon of Leicester (Richard Worsfold)

Professor Rose Griffiths 

Stephen Wadsworth - Chair of Governors, Hope Hamilton CE Primary School



Trustees are the charity Trustees and are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the Trust.  The Board of Trustees is the accountable body for the performance of all schools within the Trust and as such must:

  • ensure there is a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the Trust and its schools
  • hold the Headteacher Board to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils, and the performance of staff
  • oversee the financial performance of the Trust and make sure its money is well spent.


The Trust Board delegates responsibility for the day to day operations of the Trust to the Chief Executive Officer.


If you are interested in becoming a trustee of The Vines please email the clerk to the trust:


The Trustees are:


David Williams- Chair of Trustees


Marian Driver

I have been a primary school teacher for many years; 25 of those years working in Leicestershire schools. On retirement I was the Headteacher of an outstanding church aided primary school in south Leicestershire. I also worked as a church school inspector (SIAMS) for more than 10 years. Since retirement I have worked as an Ofsted inspector and a Raising Attainment Partner in Leicester city schools. More recently I have been involved in voluntary work as Church Warden of St. Mary’s Anstey, a Homestart volunteer and a Foundation Governor at Hope Hamilton school. I have also been Chair of Governors at Richard Hill. I am really looking forward to moving from my governor role to trustee as I find working with schools very interesting.  It is also exciting to be in at the beginning of the formation of the new Vines academy.


David Little

I currently work as a civil servant in local government.

Before becoming a trustee, I was a parent Governor at Richard Hill Primary School. Part of my role at the school was to chair the finance committee. Since moving to Leicester 18 years ago I have spent time volunteering in primary and secondary schools around Leicestershire. I have spent many hours in the classroom and on trips away from the school including attending residentials for years 4 and 6.

I initially wanted to be a school Governor to help ensure my children got the best all round education. I soon realised it wasn’t just about my children’s education but all children at Richard Hill. The opportunity to become a Trustee has given me the chance to help ensure that all the schools in the MAT perform to the best of their abilities in all areas.


Ralph Wood

Ralph has taught and led in schools ranging in size from 70 to 320 pupils. He spent 14 years as a headteacher, 4 years as a deputy headteacher and 25 years as a governor. He holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship.  He formerly worked for The Leicester Diocesan Board of Education, facilitating church school inspections (SIAMS) and establishing a group of Leading RE (Religious Education) Teachers. He is recently retired from his role as Associate Headteacher at RISE Multi-Academy Trust where he supported school leaders to maintain effective practice and procedures that enable children and adults to flourish and succeed. 


Rev Robert Miles

I am the Rector of the Cornerstone Team of Churches, based in Thurnby, Stoughton and Houghton on the Hill. I have been here since 2011 and was previously a governors (and parent) at Houghton CE Primary School. Church life has taken me to Northampton and Johannesburg, prior to arriving in Leicestershire; and before going into Christian ministry full-time, I spent eight years as a secondary school teacher.


Patrick Rendall MBE

I am a retired Army Officer and spent over 34 years in varied appointments in Germany, the UK and Falkland Islands. On leaving I became a project manager mainly in the leisure sector coordinating the construction phase followed by the ongoing operation of leisure centres throughout England. Before retiring I worked for the RAF Association both as welfare manager and director of welfare. After finishing paid employment, I became a governor and then chair of governors of a village Church of England primary school and latterly in addition, Chair of Directors of the Oval Learning Trust leading the process to transfer the schools into another trust. I look forward to my time as a trustee of The Vines and playing my part in enabling our primary aged children to flourish in schools within a Church of England trust


Jan Knox - Chief Executive Officer 


Tanya Jones - Chief Financial Officer 

Tanya was appointed as the Chief Finance Officer for The Vines Academy Trust in 2023 with responsibility for ensuring the financial accountability of the academy trust. 







Full Trust Board

Finance & Audit Committee


Autumn Term 2023

 4th September  

 30th October

 5th December AGM

             10th October

21st November

Spring Term 2024

5th February

12th March

 5th February

12th March


Further information on roles and responsibilities can be found on:
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