Trustees and Academy Trust
School trustees (also known as governors) provide strategic leadership and accountability for the school. As the school is an Academy, the Trustees are also legally directors of the school. The Trustees work closely with the Headteacher to agree the strategic direction of the school and make decisions about balancing resources.
What is the Governing Board for?
The three core functions of the Governing Board are:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff;
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
All correspondence to members of the Governing Board should be addressed to them at
Woodbrook Vale, Grasmere Road, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 2ST.
If you would like a copy of the Governing Board minutes, or if you wish to contact a Trustee (governor) please call or email the Clerk to the Trustees, Mrs Angela Tarnowski either through the school reception or by email.
The following profiles are designed to introduce the Trustees and to show the range of experience they bring to the school.
List of Trustees
Gavin Brown (Chair of Trustees and Member)
Chair of Trustees and Trust Member
Governor at Woodbrook Vale since 2008 and previously at Mountfields Lodge. Parent of a child who attended both and who has now successfully come out the other end. MD of a Management Development training company and also involved in wider school governance in Leicestershire. Previously lived and worked for many years in the former Yugoslavia and Serbia.
Rachael Fraser (Headteacher and Trustee)
Headteacher and Trustee
Rachael Joined Woodbrook Vale as Headteacher and trustee in June 2019. She previously held roles as Headteacher, Deputy Head and County Consultant for English in Somerset and has 29 years’ experience in a variety of schools and contexts. She brings to the school a lifelong belief in, and passion for, the transformational power of education.
Governor since 2016. Chair of the Curriculum and Pupils Committee. I work for a multinational business in Leicester, and specialise in IT, Business Change and Operational Management. I have one remaining child at Woodbrook Vale School.
Elected as a parent governor in November 2017, but have previous governor experience at Holywell primary school 2008-12. I am a qualified accountant with over 25 years private sector experience. I now work in finance for NHS England in a regional assurance capacity. I have 2 children at Woodbrook Vale.
I am an Assistant Headteacher at a school in Leicestershire where my remit is Learning & Teaching, supporting disadvantaged students to reach their potential and promoting diversity. I have lived in the area for over thirty years and have a child who attended, and one currently attending, Woodbrook Vale.
I am passionate about education and I am keen to support the school in my local community.
I am in my third year of teaching English at Woodbrook Vale, having joined in 2017. In addition to this, I am involved in the pastoral life of the school, and continue to develop in this area as a Year 9 form tutor, and having also taken on the role of Inclusion Champion for Year 8. I am also the lead for whole-school literacy development.
I have worked at Woodbrook since 2012, starting as a High Level Teaching Assistant in English and Maths. Having completed teacher training and qualified as a teacher I now teach vocational subjects. I have a unique perspective of the school as I have been both a member of the support staff and now the teaching staff as well as a Pupil Premium Champion and form tutor. My 3 children have attended Woodbrook under 3 different head teachers. I am passionate about the school and about helping to make it the best it can be.
Became a Parent Governor in March 2018. I am a HR professional with over 20 years’ experience within the broadcast/IT sector. I am married with 2 children, both are currently at Woodbrook Vale.
I have over 25 years' experience of working in IT and have worked at Loughborough University for the past 10 years. I have 3 children; one has completed their education at Woodbrook Vale and two are currently at the school. I was previously a governor at Outwoods Edge Primary School for 6 years.
I have over 35 years of experience in the Food industry, provided across Food service, Retail Leisure, and Manufacturing sectors. I’m married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I have a full appreciation of the huge role early and lifelong education plays in how we learn, develop, and get along with each other. I am delighted to be on the Board of Trustees and welcome the opportunity to appropriately support, contribute and make a positive difference.
Having moved to Loughborough some 28 years ago, all three of my children attended Woodbrook Vale. I have recently come to the end of a varied career as a management accountant working in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, insurance, airport management and finally apprenticeship delivery.
Amanda became a Parent Governor in 2021. She has a child at Woodbrook Vale and another at a feeder primary school. She is Professor of Engineering at the University of Nottingham.
Ali-Reza was co-opted as a trustee in 2022. He has lived near Woodbrook Vale for most of his life and attended one of its feeder schools. Two of his children are currently students at the school. He is a Teaching Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Birmingham, and a practicing Optometrist involved in delivering primary eye care services across the local area.
Emma became a Member Trustee in 2018.
Governor from 2011 to 2020, Andrew is a former Chair of Governors at Woodbrook Vale. He is a committee member of Charnwood Athletics Club and Trustee at Arc Community Hub/Grange Park Centre. Extensive experience of project, communications and change management from over 25 years working in the gas, energy, engineering, research, consultancy and IT sectors.
Parent of three children who enjoyed their time at Woodbrook Vale a number of years ago. Teaching and researching as Professor of Construction Engineering Management at Loughborough University and a leader in a local Baptist church.
Governor from 2012 to 2020 Jo is a former Vice Chair of Governors at Woodbrook Vale. She is a nurse by background and has worked in healthcare for over 40 years, initially in the NHS and then in an independent hospice in Leicester. She has worked in senior leadership roles for the past 20 years and has extensive experience of people management, strategic and operational service development and governance. She has a special interest in safeguarding and equality, diversity & inclusion.
Officers of the Board
Clerk to the Trustees
Appointed Clerk to the Governors in 2019, I also work as a curator at Derby Museum, and have 30 years’ experience in the museum sector. I am married with two children currently at Woodbrook Vale.
School Business Manager and Chief Financial Officer since 2011.
As part of the school leadership team I have been involved in the school converting to an Academy, becoming a 11-16 through school and been successful with capital bids for additional classrooms, new sports hall and dining hall extension.