Advisory Board

At Discovery School Academy 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, the Board delegates governance functions to be carried out through committees, locally through each school Advisory Board and through the central executive team.

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 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 and are people, who in the opinion of the Advisory Board, have the skills required to contribute to the work of the board; Parent and staff members are elected to the board by the parent and staff body respectively.

School Advisory Board Members: 2022/23

NamePosition Held
Andie BaileyHead of School (ex-officio)
Sarah SadlerExecutive Headteacher (ex-officio)
Ruth MalkinCommunity member & Chair
Term of Office 28.4.20-27.4.23
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Business interests declared26.8.21: Employee at Santander Technology since 1987
Marceline Lindsay

Community member & Vice Chair
Term of Office 1.9.20-31.8.23
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 3/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 2/4
Business interests declared 15.9.21: Employed at RCDTS; member of CIPD.

Olivia French-GrayStaff member
Term of office 17.9.21-16.9.24
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 3/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: n/a
No business interests declared 25.10.21
VacancyParent member
Natalie WillcockCommunity member
Term of Office 27.5.21-26.5.24
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 3/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 1/1
Business interests declared 15.9.21: 
Headteacher and governor, Corby Glen Community Primary School, Lincolnshire local authority since Sept’21; member of Early Education Forum since Sept’18. 
Stephen HiltonParent member
Term of office 7.11.20-6.11.23
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 2/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Business interests declared 23.10.21: employee at 3M UK Plc since 2003.
 Charlotte GreenCommunity member
Term of Office 7.12.21-6.12.24
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 3/3
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: n/a
Sensory and Consumer Product Insights Research Scientist, PepsiCo International since 2019 declared 15.12.21

Get In Touch

If you have a passion for improving outcomes for children and would like to use your skills and expertise to contribute to the governance of our schools please get in touch by contacting the Trust Central team c/o

You can contact our Chair of the Advisory Board, Ruth Malkin, directly or via the Trust Clerk.

Board meeting minutes are available on request. Requests should be directed to the Trust Clerk

Click here to visit the DSAT website