The Governing Body

St Vincent's converted to academy status and joined the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust on 1st April 2022. Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust is structured in accordance with its Articles of Association.

There are three levels of governance within the  Trust: the Members, The Trust Board of Directors, and the governors who make up the Local Governing Committee for each academy in the Trust.

The Trust comprises five Members. The Members are accountable to the DfE and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and remove the Directors. The Members include representatives from the Diocese of Newcastle and Hexham. The majority of the Members are independent of the Directors to provide challenge and scrutiny to the Board.

​The ultimate responsibility for the running of our schools resides with the Directors of the Trust. They set the strategic direction for the Trust and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of the schools within it. This is set out in a legal document known as the ‘funding agreement‘. As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements.

To find out more about our Trust please visit

 St. Vincent's Local Governing Committee
Position    Name Appointment Term Other Gov' posts    Business Interests 
Chair   Michael Willcock 01.09.2012 - 31.08.2025     None
Vice Chair   Alice Dack 19.06.2009 - 17.06.2025     None
Headteacher   Angela Ness 01.09.2013  St. Mary's   None
Foundation   Rachael Blackburn 01.03.2020 - 01.03.2024     None
Foundation   Kate So 01.09.2022 - 01.09.2026     None
LA   Linda Lockhart 03.07.2012 - 15.09.2025     None
Parent   Kayley Murray 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022     None
Staff   Sarah Willis 06.09.2020 - 06.09.2024  St. Alban's   None
Clerk   Ruth Corless 01.09.2021 - 31.08.2025      
Governors can be contacted via the school office: or 0191 265 5049