Governance Structure

Grosvenor Park Academy is part of the North West Academies Trust. The school operates a Local Governing Board which is made up of the following people:

Local Governing Board

  • Robin Gill
  • Sue Wallace-Woodroffe
  • Reverend David Chesters- Foundation Governor
  • Katrina Kerr
  • Wenda Smith – Executive Headteacher
  • Richard Clark – Head of School
  • Steve Docking

Grosvenor Park Terms of Office and Register of Interests

Name of GovernorDate AppointedExpiry DateRegister of Interests
Richard Clark1st February 20201st February 2024Richard joined NWAT in September 2014 as Deputy Headteacher at Oak View Academy. He became Head of School at Grosvenor Park in September 2019. Richard is passionate about Teaching and Learning and developing child focused teams of professionals.
Katrina Kerr1st February 20211st February 2025Katrina Kerr is the Chair of the Chester Bid, a trustee of Storyhouse and a board member of The Tourism Society and the Chester Growth Partnership. She is also a director of Overwood Consulting and Artisan Wines.
Her full profile can be found at

Sue Wallace-Woodroffe1st February 20201st February 2024Sue Wallace-Woodroffe is the Headmistress of The Queen’s School, Chester. Previously she was the Head of Princess Helena College until moving to Chester in 2018. Sue studied Biological Sciences at Edinburgh University before studying for a PhD in Genetics at Cambridge. She has recently completed an MA in Educational Leadership and Management with the University of London. She remains a keen sportswoman having represented GB on the athletics track at Junior International level.
Robin Gill1st February 20201st February 2024Robin is a solicitor and a Partner at Hillyer McKeown in Chester, specialising in corporate law. He was a founding Parent Governor of the Academy when it opened in 2013 and during its subsequent Ofsted inspection. He was co-opted to the Governing Body following the Academy joining NWAT in 2018. Robin is also a Trustee of The Chester Bluecoat Charity, which supports numerous local charities and charitable projects. He was previously a parent Director serving on the Board of a Cheshire academies trust.

North West Academies Trust (NWAT) Governance

The school has been part of North West Academies Trust since December 2018.

Representatives of the Trust visit to see the children at work, and how they benefit from the positive changes implemented since we became Grosvenor Park C of E Academy.

NWAT has the power to monitor the role of the Academy at an operational day-to-day level and review:

  • The management and organisation of the Academy.
  • The implementation of the decisions of the Executive Headteacher.
  • Performance in relation to targets and standards.
  • The implementation of policies monitoring student welfare and behaviour.
  • The implementation of policies.
  • The implementation of all extended school activities.

NWAT Terms of Office and Register of Interests

Contact details: Mr Steve Docking, The Coach House, Union Street, Chester, CH1 1QP. Tel: 01244 566167.

The trust is a charitable body offering advice, support, expertise and a strategic overview to several academies in Cheshire and Shropshire.

It is passionate about supporting schools within their community and helping to ensure outstanding learning opportunities for every child. The trust, and its schools, aspire to excellence in education and this is underpinned by The Seven Principles of Public Life: Selflessness; Integrity; Objectivity; Accountability; Openness; Honesty and Leadership.

NWAT Board

Name of TrusteeDate AppointedExpiry DateRegister of Interests
Brendan Wignall (Chair)01/10/1701/10/21Brendan is headteacher at Ellesmere College, Shropshire
Michael Forber (Vice Chair)01/10/1701/10/21Michael is Headteacher at Somerville Primary School, Wallasey.
Iain Colledge01/10/1701/10/21Iain is director and owner of World Academies and a project director for the British Council. He is a registered Ofsted school inspector and provides services in the Midlands.
Adrian Walmsley01/10/1701/10/21Adrian is a governor of St Martin’s Academy, Chester and Upton-by-Chester High School.
Steve Docking (CEO)01/10/17N/ASteve is formerly headteacher at Delamere Academy and CEO of NWAT. He is also a director of ACT Education. He lives with Wenda Smith, Head of School at st Martin's, and they have two children.
Kay Cook01/10/1701/10/21Kay is a Director at Oliver and Co Solicitors and governor at St Martin's Academy.
Reverend Elaine Ollman01/10/1701/10/21Revd Elaine Ollman BTh is Rector of St Peter’s Church, Delamere, and a governor at Delamere Academy.
Kirsty Cobb01/10/1701/10/21Kirsty is Executive Head of the Manchester Office at law firm DWF and Chair of Governors at Delamere Academy.
David Jones01/10/1701/10/21David retired from his position as a Commercial Manager with Lloyds Bank in April this year after 40 years service.

Accounts – NWAT limited

All academies have to produce audited accounts which must be submitted to the EFA and displayed on the school’s website. Our auditors are