The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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Humberston Academy

Humberston is an outstanding academy proud of our exceptionally high standards and traditional ethos. We offer a diverse enrichment programme in order to develop skills outside of the classroom.


Humberston Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors are:

  • Daniel Shoubridge
  • Shane Ashford
    DRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
  • Donna Harris
    DRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
  • Emma Swinburn
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Christopher Butts
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Nicola Machon
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Alistair Hopkins
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Hettie Pomfret
    Staff Governor
  • Sarah Gooseman
    Staff Governor
  • Rebecca Bennett
    Parent Governor
  • Lee Taylor
    DRET Appointed Governor


Governor Assigned Responsibilities

Careers and CEIAG - Emma Swinburn
Pupil Premium - Shane Ashford

Standards - Shane Ashford & Alistair Hopkins

Student Voice - Christopher Butts

Anti-bullying - Christopher Butts

Behaviour and attitudes including alternative provision - Christopher Butts

Staff well-being - Alistair Hopkins

Contacting a Governor

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust's scheme of delegation is available here.

Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?

We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at or review our information pack below. 

governor recruitment booklet summer 2023.pdf



What is it like being a Governor with DRET?

To understand what it is like to be a governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving governors.

governor testimonial booklet.pdf


 Emma Bennett 

Angela Watts 

Stephen Platten 

Garry Allen 

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