School Advisory Board

Board of Governors

Welcome to Redland’s Advisory Board


At Discovery 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 and oversight, the Board has delegated governance function 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.


Message from the Chair of the Advisory Board


Photograph of Vanessa Dakin Hello from the Advisory Board at Redlands Primary School. My name is Vanessa Dakin and I am the chair of the board. I have been part of the governance at Redlands for 4-5 years.

As a board we work closely with Mrs Tobin and her team to make sure that Redlands is offering the very best education and experience for the children. The board meets several times a year and all of the members give their time freely. Our emphasis is that all children are safe, are pushed to achieve their potential and have fun learning. We do this by being a ‘critical friend’ to the school and headteacher. We support, advise and challenge the school and in doing so help it to be the best that it can be. We want to create young people that are ready for secondary school and the wider world.

Our board is made up of staff, parents and community members to create a balanced group able to fulfil the role.

If you have any queries, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vanessa Dakin, Chair of the Advisory Board.


Advisory Board members 2020-21


Name Role
Michelle Tobin Headteacher
Vanessa Dakin Community Member and Chair of the Advisory board.
Term of Office: 3.11.20 -2.11.2023
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4
Mother is a lunchtime supervisor at Redlands declared 11.9.20
Simon Dalby Elected Parent Member
Term of Office 3.12.19 – 2.12.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 2/2
Business interests declared 21.9.20: Community Delivery Manager, Public Health, Leicestershire County Council
Claire Zmija Parent Member
Term of Office 3.12.19 – 2.12.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 2/2
No business interests declared 15.9.20
Drew Simpson Elected Staff Member
Term of Office 3.5.19-2.5.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 2/4
No business interests declared 11.9.20
Debbie MacGilbert Appointed Community Member
Term of Office 1.9.18 – 31.8.21
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 3/4
No business interests declared 8.9.20
Chris Clapham Appointed Community Member
Term of Office 1.9.18 – 31.8.21
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 3/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 3/4
Employee at Caterpillar (UK) Ltd since Juky 1997 declared 16.9.20
Peter Small Appointed Community Member
Term of Office 19.4.21 – 18.4.24
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 1/1
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: n/a
No business interests declared 26.4.21
Nick Salter Appointed Community Member
Term of Office 19.4.21 – 18.4.24
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: n/a
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: n/a
No business interests declared

Scheme of Delegated Authority


Scheme of Delegation 2020/21

Governance Strategy


Governance Strategy

Click Here to visit the DSAT website.


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 Head of Governance, Helen Stockill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can contact our Chair of the Advisory Board, Vanessa Dakin, directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Trust Clerk

Board meeting minutes are available on request. Requests should be directed to the Trust Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Copyright © 2021 Redlands Community Primary School

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of this site have already been set.

  
Interpolated predicted resplendently buy generic zoloft online resplendently reversing slicing can you get generic cialis