Peterborough Diocese Education Trust Governance Arrangements

Please refer to the chart below for information on the structure of the PDET Governance. For more information, please follow this link

PDET Governance Structure


Click here to access the PDET website page which details the Trust’s governance arrangements, the academy memorandum and articles of association, annual accounts, annual report and funding agreement.

Our Local Academy Governance Committee 

What's their role? 

The academy governance committee of Trinity C.E. Primary School consists of many members with a variety of backgrounds, skills and expertise in order to act as a critical friend for the staff at the school. They hold a vitally important role of supporting and challenging the school in equal measure to ensure that the school continues to provide the very best education that is possible. As the monitoring of curriculum specific provision is the role of our Academy Improvement Officer, the Academy Givernance Committee focus on ensuring that our school is compliant in its approaches in areas such as safeguarding, GDPR and SIAMS. This is in addition to ensuring the school is well placed in the local community. 

What is the structure of the board? 

Our governors meet 6 times a year as a full governing body. The initial meeting is usually within the first two weeks of the academic year and the main focus of this is to agree individual responsibilities for the year ahead and have an initial look at the school priorities for the year. The remaining meetings are scheduled for one in each term over the year. 

Scheme of Delegation 

Please use the below link to view the scheme of delegation for the AGC. 

Who are they? 

  • Chair of Governors & Community Governor - Mr Michael Wilson
  • Vice Chair & Community Governor - Mr Joe Croser
  • Foundation Governor - Mrs Carolyn Brawn
  • Head Teacher - Mr Tom Burrows
  • Staff Governor - Mrs Clare Pickering 
  • Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Sandra Turland

A little bit more about each member...

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Mr. Michael Wilson

Chair of Governors. Community Governor

I have had a 35 year career in banking and finance and specialise in supporting businesses formulate and deliver turnaround and management strategies.

I have actively supported the school for the last 10 years and currently have a daughter at the school. My goal is to support the school in maintaining its existing high standards to ensure that every child at Trinity can reach their full potential.


Mr. Joe Croser

Community Governor

I have been a Governor at Trinity since February 2014 and I am grateful for the opportunity to share relevant experience and knowledge in support of the Trinity leadership team as they work tirelessly to give our children the very best primary education.

For nearly 30 years I have worked in and around the construction industry: designing some of the UK’s best-known buildings, and restoring some of our most treasured assets. Today I lead a small practice serving our local community and I take great pride in helping my clients realise their design dreams.

Life has been good to me and I am a great believer in ‘giving back’ so along with my governor role and my activity within and support for our parish church, I also mentor young people for the Prince’s Trust. Since 2012 I have helped nine young people start and grow their business as they strive to transform their own life.

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Mr. Tom Burrows

As Headteacher of Trinity CE Primary School, I sit on the governing board and attend all full governing body meetings as well as committee meetings.

The governing board act as a critical friend to myself. They challenge the decisions the senior leadership team and I make; all in the best interests of all of the children at the school.

Our governing board works well together as a team to support us in the development of the school.


Mrs. Clare Pickering

I have been a teacher at Trinity since September 2015 and was subsequently appointed as Assistant Head in May 2018.  I sit on the AGC as Staff Governor and feel privileged to have the opportunity to be involved in supporting the school in this way.  I particularly enjoy working in a school that has a strong Christian vision and ethos, where the whole community works together to inspire the young people in our care.


Mrs. Sandra Turland

Appointed Independent Clerk to the school's Governing Body on 1st September 2015.

I worked for the Northamptonshire Local Authority for 23 years before retiring in 2006 from full time employment. During this time I was PA to both the Director and Deputy Director of Education.  In addition to this I was a Local Authority Clerk for 13 years, when Governor Services Clerking Service was in operation.

I have a NVQ 4 in Management and I am also an accredited assessor. As well as being a member of the Institute of Management, in 2009 - 2011  I was the East Midlands National Governors Association (NGA) Clerk of the Year. I achieved the ISCG Accredited Clerk (with Merit) Award in 2013 as a Clerk to Governance Bodies in Education. I have mentored a number of new clerks and set them strict targets to meet, as indeed I do for myself.  Having received praise from a number of HMI Inspectors for the way I produce minutes and documentation I feel that I am in a good position to help any school move forward in its aim to become Outstanding.


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I am Carolyn Brawn and I'm proud to serve as Foundation Governor at Trinity Primary school. I was appointed by Peterborough Diocese as a Governor in December 2013, serve on the Standards committee, was vice-chair for two years and chair for two years. I attended Aldwincle Primary school when in the old building and have lived in the area until our move, on retirement, to Stanwick in 2013.

I trained as a Science teacher with further post-graduate studies in Education. My experience as a teacher, deputy head and later as a consultant for an Awarding Body is extremely valuable in providing critical support to the development of the school. I am passionate that all members of the school community should have the opportunity to achieve the best outcome possible.

Trinity Primary School has a strong Christian ethos which I actively support in my role as Reader. The school's values are embedded in all of school life and I will continue to encourage all of the school community to be active in their implementation.

Contacting our Governors 

If you are a parent of a child in our school, there may be a time where you wish to contact the Chair of Governors. To find out whether this is appropriate for your situation and to obtain the contact details, please contact our school office.

Joining Our Governing Board

From time to time we have vacancies on our governing body. Parent and staff vacancies are notified by letter at the time of the vacancy and nomination forms are available for eligible candidates. If we have more candidates than vacancies then a ballot is held amongst relevant stakeholders.

Please see our 'Vacancies' page on our website for any co-opted vacancies we may have.

Register of Current Governor Business Interests 

All of our governors must declare any other business interests while members of our governing body. These declarations are dispalyed below for your information.







Mr.  Joe  Croser

Community Governor


Nothing recorded on form.

Transferred from Parent Governor to Community  Governor with PDET's agreement on 21.10.2019.

 Re-elected 30/01/2018  29/01/2022

Mr.  Michael  Wilson

Community Governor


Nothing recorded on form.

Nothing recorded on form.

 13/12/2017  12/12/2021

Mr.  Thomas Burrows



Nothing recored on form



Mrs.  Clare  Pickering

Staff Governor


Nothing recorded on form.

Nothing recorded on form.

 02/03/2018  01/03/2022

Mrs. Carolyn  Brawn

Church Governor


Reader in Benefice.

Trustee for AST.


 Re-appointed by diocese 16/01/2018