Structure of the Local Governing Body

The local governing body of Brannel School are all volunteers who represent the community and help shape the direction and aims of the School.The local governing body meets at least once every term.

Our local governing body is currently comprised as follows:

  • CEO for Newquay Education Trust
  • Headteacher of the Academy
  • two staff governors
  • two parent governors
  • five community governors

The term of office for any governor is four years, with the exception of the CEO and Headteacher who remain a governor for the duration of their employment in post. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.

The local governing body currently has no subcommittees.

Remit of the Local Governing Body

Brannel School is part of the Newquay Academy Trust which is a multi-academy trust (MAT). The MAT is a single legal entity but its board of trustees is accountable for a number of academies in the chain. Each academy has a local governing body to which the MAT trustees delegate some governance functions.

Under the Scheme of Delegation the Headteacher and school staff are accountable to the local governing body for the performance of the school.

The Government White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, published in March 2016, sets out a vision of a school-led system that is firmly focused on delivering educational excellence and which has high-calibre leaders at its heart, both in teaching and in governance. Members of our local governing body are appointed because they have core skills that include:

  • a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for pupils
  • inquisitiveness to question and analyse
  • willingness to learn
  • good inter-personal skills
  • appropriate levels of numeracy skills to understand basic data and literacy in English.
  • expertise and experience in performance data, budgeting and driving financial efficiency
  • expertise and experience of dealing with performance management and employment issues, including grievances

Local Governing Body Members

LGB Meeting Attendance 2018-19

Sarah Karkeek

Appointed 01.11.2017-Present

Sarah is the Chief Executive Officer of Newquay Education Trust and a National Leader of Governance.

Chris Liles
Headteacher of Brannel School

Appointed 01.09.2019-Present



Laura Pedlar
Staff Governor

Laura is Brannel’s Extended Schools Project Manager. She has over 10 years’ experience of working with external partners to secure funding in order to deliver sustainable school enrichment programmes. Laura has significant experience in: event management, marketing, communication, PR and staff training.



Amanda Crowle

Parent Governor

Nick Dixon
Chair of Brannel Local Governing Body, Community Governor, NET Director

Appointed 01.11.2017-Present

Nick is the Head of the Launchpad Programme at Falmouth University. He is a games industry veteran with over 15 years’ experience in game design, creative direction and pitching.

Sam PatmoreSam Patmore
Vice Chair of Brannel Local Governing Body, Community Governor

Appointed 01.11.2017-Present (prior to academisation, served on the LGB since 2011)

For almost two decades Sam worked for London Underground. His area of specialism is health and safety policy and he believes that a healthy and safe working and learning environment is essential to help raise school standards.

Kym O’Mara
Community Governor, NET Director

Appointed 01.11.2017-Present

is a degree qualified Sports Therapist who works in local football. She is currently the Curriculum Lead for the Cornwall College Group and Deputy Head at Cornwall College St Austell.

Martin BuckMartin Buck
Community Governor

Appointed 01.02.2018-Present (prior to academisation, served on the LGB since 2008)

Martin qualified as a teacher in 1970. In 1983, he took a job with the English Schools Foundation and taught in Hong Kong for 21 years. He now designs and manages several websites and volunteers for a large national charity including organising outreach talks to local schools and groups.