Governance Overview

We have been part of the NEAT Academy Trust family of schools since 1 January 2024

The level of governance in NEAT include:

  • Members
  • Non-executive directors/trustees
  • Local governing committees  

Our NEAT Board and Committee role overview shows the relationship between the diffrerent levels of governance.


Our local governing committee has:

  • Two parent members (elected by parents of pupils at the school)
  • One staff member (elected by staff of the school)
  • Headteacher member (ex-officio)
  • Additional members approved by the NEAT board of directors

The terms of office of all members are four years, except:

  • Any co-opted members where the term of office is one year
  • Ex-officio appointments which are based on the person holding a particular office and continue as long as the person remains in post

Current Local Governing Committee Members

Barbara Billingsley

Trust Member (LGC Chair)

Appointed by the NEAT Trust Board: 01.01.24

Term of office ends: 31.12.27 

Declared interests: TBC

Stephanie Keates

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 27.06.24

Term of office ends: 26.06.28

Declared interests: Tbc

Richard Kielty

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 01.01.24

Term of office ends: 31.12.27

Declared interests: Employee – North Tyneside Council since 01.06.22

Michael Moran


Ex-officio position based on role as Headteacher from: 29.03.24

Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust since 29.03.24

Emma Storey

Parent Member

Elected by parents of Whitehouse Primary School: 24.05.24

Term of office ends: 23.05.28

Declared interests: Tbc

Former LGC Members in the last 12 months

Grant Compton Hopkins


Ex-officio position based on role as Headteacher from: 01.01.24

Position ended: 28.03.24

Declared interests: Director – Darlington Cricket and Athletic club CIC since 01.04.18; Trustee – North East Environment Network Ltd (trading as OASES) since January 2015 

Local Governing Committee Meetings

The Scheme of Delegation of Governance sets out the roles and responsibilities of each school’s local governing committee and the decisions that the NEAT Board of Directors has delegated to it.


The local governing committee usually meets four times each year: once in each of the Autumn and Spring Terms and twice in the Summer Term.

Attendance Register

The attendance of local governors at meetings in 2022-23 is not available as the school did not join the trust until 1 January 2024.