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The Belvedere Academy

Summary of governance arrangements

The GDST Academy Trust has overall responsibility for the academy which is exercised through the Academy Trust Board (“ATB”).

The ATB sets the vision and strategic direction, approves budgets, annual accounts and key policies and reviews academic performance. The Girls' Day School Trust (as principal sponsors) appoints the majority of the trustees of the ATB, which is chaired by a Girls' Day School Trust Council Member. Other trustees include a representative of the HSBC Education Programme (our co-sponsors of The Belvedere Academy) and the two Chairmen of the GDST Academy Trust local governing bodies (from Birkenhead High School Academy and The Belvedere Academy).

The academy also has a Local Governing Body (“LGB”) which is accountable to the ATB. The role of the LGB includes monitoring the academy’s financial and academic performance, approving policies which relate solely to the academy, and promoting the academy and fostering links with the local community.

The Principal is appointed by the ATB and is accountable to the ATB.

The Principal has overall executive responsibility for the academy, including specifically for the following activities which have been formally delegated to the Principal by the ATB:

  • the development of the academy’s strategic Development Plan and its implementation;
  • the internal organisation, management and control of the academy;
  • the implementation of all policies approved by the ATB and LGB;
  • the direction of the teaching and curriculum.

GDST Academy Trust Board


Chairman of ATB - C/O Girls' Day School Trust, 10 Bressenden Place, Westminster, London, SW1E 5DH 


Dr H. A. Ewing


  • Mrs C. Giovannoni (Chief Executive Officer Girls' Day School Trust)
  • Mr J. Davis (Chief Financial Officer Girls' Day School Trust)
  • Professor J. Simons
  • Mr G. Stewart (External Member)
  • Ms J. Galvin (Chair of Belvedere Academy LGB)
  • Ms K. Anstey (Chair of Birkenhead High School Academy LGB)
  • Mrs R. Radway (External Member)


Ms L. Colegate (Governance Manager Girls Day School Trust)

Local Governing Body


Chair of LGB - C/O The Belvedere Academy, 17 Belvidere Road, Liverpool, L8 3TF


Ms J. Galvin (External Member)

Appointed by: GB/board
From: 13/09/2023
First term (September 2021)


  • Ms S. Adams, Vice Chair (Parent Representative)

    Appointed by: Parental Election
    From: 01/04/2019, elected Vice Chair September 2021
    Second term (April 2023)

  • Dr A. Fairclough (External Member)

    Appointed by: GB/board
    From: 03/09/2021
    First term (September 2021)

  • Miss K. Bevan (External Member)

    Appointed by: GB/board
    From: 03/09/2021
    First term

  • Mrs D. Silcock (External Member)

    Appointed by: GB/board
    From: 23/09/2021
    First term(September 2021)

  • Mrs G. Fennell (Parent Governor)

    Appointed by: Parental Election
    From: 06/01/2022
    First term (December 2021)

  • Mrs B. King (External Member)

    Appointed by: GB/board
    From: 01/09/2023
    First term (September 2023)

  • Ms Z. Salam (External Member)

    Appointed by: GB/board
    From: 01/01/2024
    First term (January 2024)

  • Ms A. Onuora (External Member)

    Appointed by: GB/board
    From: 09/05/2024
    First term (May 2024)

  • Mrs J. Ryan (Support Staff)

    Appointed by: School Staff Election
    From: 26/09/2022
    First term (September 2021)

  • Mrs C. Hughson (Teaching Staff)

     Appointed by: School Staff Election
     From: 14/11/2022
     First term

  • Mrs J. Taylor (Principal)

    Appointed by: Members of the academy trust
    From: 01/09/2019
    First term 


Mrs N. Smith (Principal's PA, The Belvedere Academy)

Further information about the roles and responsibilities of those with governance responsibilities can be found in the scheme of delegation which can be downloaded on the link below.

GDST Academy Trust is a Limited Company and Charity · Registered in England No. 6000347 · Registered Office: 10 Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DH