Governance & Funding

Governance is a key element of the leadership and management of the Trust itself and of the schools individually and collectively. Please click here to see our Governance Structure.


The Trust (itself accountable to DfE) is the body to whom schools are directly accountable. It delegates autonomy to each Local Governing Board/Body (LGB) or School Improvement Board (SIB) according to the Scheme of Delegation.


The Trust Board is made up of experts in UK and international education as well as private sector professionals with a wide range of commercial experience and expertise. In keeping with our vision we also place an emphasis on attracting Trustees who have backgrounds and networks in Sport and the Arts. The Board acts as guardian to the Trust vision, and ensures that progress towards its fulfilment is underpinned with the highest standards of compliance with our regulators so that public funding is very well-used.


Serving as a governor in a GST school requires a commitment to the seven principles of public life and to a code of conduct which puts the school and its pupils at the centre. GST governors meet formally every thirteen weeks (i.e. once every school term) and much of the real work is done between these meetings, through Working Groups and individual contributions to the school’s life according to each governor’s skills and the needs of the school.


The role is very different from that of a governor in a Local Authority school, recognising that the Head is the school’s Chief Executive and the Board is there to advise, support and challenge through appropriate channels and to evidence the impact that governance is having on the school’s progress. As in the world of non-executive directors, GST governors are expected to bring their skills to bear and to work in co-operation and collaboration with the staff team, the whole Local Governing Body and the Trust to bring about rapid and sustained improvement for the pupils they serve.


The Trust is responsible for the appointment, performance management and professional development of the Heads, though the LGB’s work has a vital role to play in highlighting and

evidencing the impact that the Head and governors are making through their termly meetings. Through their work in and for the school, governors come to know the school community and to be well-informed about its performance, able to talk about it confidently

and accurately to the Trust, to Ofsted, to parents and to interested local groups.


We very much appreciate the work that governors do and the part they play in the success of

the schools they serve and indeed of the Trust. We hope that governors find reward in the impact they make on young lives and their individual experience of the living reality of the

GST motto: Proud Traditions Wide Horizons High Achievement.


The Bramford Governing Board is:

Lisa Guest

Dave McNaney

Ann Millard

Phil Thomas

Rod Webb


Lisa Guest – Head

Lisa began teaching in 1994 and has taught in two schools before taking on the Head of Bramford role towards the end of 2016. She was a subject leader in her first year of teaching and quickly moved through leadership roles of head of year, key stage, assistant head, and deputy before taking on an acting headship. Lisa’s whole teaching career has been in poor socio-economic communities where she has a passion for offering a wide range of experiences and opportunities for all pupils, whilst raising aspirations and achievement. Assessment and curriculum have also always been at the heart of her school improvement initiatives. Lisa is a firm believer in team work and that ‘together we improve’ this stems from her sports background. Sport is still one of her passions, especially football and golf. However, many would say shopping and holidays are also her main hobbies. Lisa is driven to do all she can to ensure her school has happy children and staff, helping everyone of them reach their potential, to find skills and talents within each of them and developing them. She wants learning to be non-stop and where everyone cannot wait for the next day to begin.


Dave McNaney – Vice Chair

Dave is a qualified accountant who manages a number of staff in his current job at Dudley Council. He has two children both in attendance at Bramford Primary School. Dave sees his role as Governor as being both to challenge and support the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that all children receive the best education possible. He has previously held a role of responsibility around children when he was coach and treasurer for a local youth football team.


Ann Millard – Teacher Governor

Ann has been a governor in three different schools with a total of over 25 year experience. She has been a teacher in Dudley schools for 24 years, joining Bramford Primary School in September 2006 as the phase leader for Years 2, 3 and 4 and became a staff governor a few years later. Ann is currently teaching in Year 2 and is the phase leader for Years 1-3. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, especially historical novels and has a keen interest in history particularly local history. Ann also enjoys watching sport and avidly supports a local football team.


Phil Thomas – Chair

Philip has served on Bramford’s Governing body as a parent governor since 2011.  In 2016 he became the Chair and is proud to be part of the school alongside the other members of the governing body and staff.  As a parent Philip has two children currently in the school so has a keen interest seeing the school have positive growth in education and also ensuring that the school continues on its journey to become Ofsted Outstanding and Griffin Great.  He has over 20 years’ experience the in I.T. sector working in public and private organisations including schools, colleges, universities and other government organisations.  Outside of work Phil has a keen interest in Music, Theatre and Golfing.


Rod Webb – Finance Governor

Rod worked for a firm of Solicitors for 39 years covering specialised accounts, payroll and HR and for 26 years as the Management Accountant responsible for the Administration function, Technology, Marketing and producing the Annual Accounts.


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Address of Chair:  

Bramford Primary, Chad Rd, Bilston WV14 9TU


Supplemental Funding Agreement
GST Memorandum of Association

GST Articles of Association

Griffin Schools Trust latest Annual Report and Financial Statements

Governor’s Register of Business Interest 2018/19

Governor’s Attendance 2017/18