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LGB Members

List of LGB Members.
Mr Donald Hutton

Mr Donald Hutton

Chairman

Appointed on: 01/06/2009

Responsibility: Health & Safety, Teaching and Learning, & Projects and Premises

Mr Donald Hutton
Mr Donald Hutton

Chairman

Appointed on: 01/06/2009

Responsibility: Health & Safety, Teaching and Learning, & Projects and Premises

Don Hutton was born in Northumberland and after nearly 40 years working in Yorkshire has retired with his wife to his home county. Don Hutton was the Regional Director of ISIS (Independent Schools Information Service) North from September 2000 until the closure of the ISIS regions in September 2007. During the seven years as Regional Director he delivered a business consultancy service to many schools in the North of England and also in Scotland, the Eastern region of the country and internationally.

He enjoys an excellent reputation in delivering in-house training on all areas of school governance and has a heart for the creation and encouragement of inspirational teaching. He is a Mathematics Graduate and previous to his role with ISIS North taught at Giggleswick School, Settle, North Yorkshire for 24 years, and also at Barnard Castle School, County Durham. During that time he taught Mathematics, was Head of Business Studies and Economics, Housemaster, qualified Teacher Mentor, Director of Sport and Director of Marketing. He was an OFSTED inspector and currently is a governor of two educational establishments in the North East (Blyth and Gateshead).

Don is a member of Alnwick Baptist Church and is actively involved in outreach activity in his local area. He attended Westgate Baptist Church, Newcastle, as a youth and came to know Christ as his saviour in his twenties. He is married with three children.

Mr David Longfield

Mr David Longfield

Local Governor

Appointed on: 15/12/2014

Responsibility: Key Stage 4 & Sub-committee Member

Mr David Longfield
Mr David Longfield

Local Governor

Appointed on: 15/12/2014

Responsibility: Key Stage 4 & Sub-committee Member

David joined the LGB in 2014 and has been involved in education since 1990. He spent 14 years at Hebron School, an International Christian school in India, teaching GCSE and A level maths. He was also at different times, Head of Maths, Senior Master and together with his wife Gill, head of the girls’ hostel. He and Gill brought up their four children while working there.

Returning with his family to their native Newcastle in 2005, he has taught at Grindon Hall, INTO and Newcastle University. He has also conducted educational research in a number of developing countries in Africa and has been working on ways to improve the access and quality of education in schools in these places.

Over the years he been back to study at different times, gaining a PGCE in 1989, 8 years after his initial degree at Cambridge, and an M.Ed. in International Development and Education while working at Newcastle University in 2011.

As well as his involvement overseas, he enjoys his family, running a programme in church that helps people grow, and getting away with Gill in their campervan to walk and cycle.

Mrs Nicky Goon

Mrs Nicky Goon

Parent Governor

Appointed on: 01/12/2008

Responsibility: Safeguarding, Child Protection & Sub-committee Member

Mrs Nicky Goon
Mrs Nicky Goon

Parent Governor

Appointed on: 01/12/2008

Responsibility: Safeguarding, Child Protection & Sub-committee Member

Councillor Peter Mole MBE

Councillor Peter Mole MBE

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/12/2008

Responsibility: Local Authority Liaison

Councillor Peter Mole MBE
Councillor Peter Mole MBE

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/12/2008

Responsibility: Local Authority Liaison

Peter has been involved in Emmanuel College for many years. He has also been a Governor of Lingey House Primary School since 1st September 1992 and Wardley Primary School since 27th February 2001.

Peter has been a Councillor for 39 years in Gateshead. He was the Mayor in 1996 and as Cabinet Member he was lead on education for 2 years.

Peter is married; he has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Peter was awarded the MBE for his work in Gateshead and the UK as he was General Secretary of all Councillors in the UK.

Mrs Judith Sword

Mrs Judith Sword

Local Governor

Appointed on: 15/12/2014

Responsibility: Key Stage 3

Mrs Judith Sword
Mrs Judith Sword

Local Governor

Appointed on: 15/12/2014

Responsibility: Key Stage 3

Judith Sword joined the Governing Body of Emmanuel College in December 2014. She has been the Head Teacher of St Paul’s Church of England Primary School for the last ten years and has taught there since 1976. The school is in a socially deprived area of Newcastle upon Tyne and has a high proportion of pupils from other ethnic backgrounds. Each year some pupils from St Paul’s take up places Emmanuel College in Year 7.

Judith is also a board member of the West End Learning Trust which is a group of primary schools in the west end of Newcastle working together to improve outcomes for children.

She is married with two sons and two grandchildren and has a long association with the college as her sons attended Emmanuel College as pupils.

Mrs Sarah Wade

Mrs Sarah Wade

Local Governor

Appointed on: 10/07/2015

Responsibility: Safeguarding and Child Protection

Mrs Sarah Wade
Mrs Sarah Wade

Local Governor

Appointed on: 10/07/2015

Responsibility: Safeguarding and Child Protection

Sarah is a senior family law Solicitor, working in one of the largest legal aid practices in the North-East. She specialises in cases relating to child protection and domestic abuse. She qualified as a Solicitor 11 years ago, having studied at Newcastle University at undergraduate level and Northumbria University for her postgraduate qualification.

Sarah was a student at the College from 1993-2000 and Head Girl during her time in the Sixth Form. She now lives with her family in the North-East and is an active member of her local church. Sarah chairs the sub-group of governors who oversee student's personal development and welfare.

Mrs Irene Watson

Mrs Irene Watson

Local Governor

Appointed on: 30/09/2016

Mrs Irene Watson
Mrs Irene Watson

Local Governor

Appointed on: 30/09/2016

Irene joined the LGB in 2016 having been associated with ESF for eight years. She has held various posts in education having trained as a National College of School Leadership Consultant Leader and Remodelling Consultant. Irene was also involved in the Beacon School Initiative and the Best Practice Research Programme with Newcastle University.

Until recently Irene was Head teacher at Bede Academy Primary Phase. Before this she was Vice Principal Teaching and Learning and prior to this Deputy Head in Northumberland.

Now retired Irene is an Independent Visitor at North Tyneside Council and enjoys swimming, choir and spending time with her three young grandchildren.

Mr Nigel Robson

Mr Nigel Robson

Chairman

Appointed on: 01/12/2007

Responsibility: Key Stage 3&4 and AIB Member

Mr Nigel Robson
Mr Nigel Robson

Chairman

Appointed on: 01/12/2007

Responsibility: Key Stage 3&4 and AIB Member

Nigel’s involvement in Academies stretches back to 2002, when, as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce in the North East, he was determined to address the issue of historic underperformance of many of the region's LEA secondary schools. He was a lawyer in an international law firm and his positions included International Head of Engineering and Construction, Global Head of Energy, and Managing Partner. He was an accredited Mediator, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Nigel joined the Board of Emmanuel Schools Foundation in 2008 and became Chair of the Academy in 2011. He is married with five children, eleven grand-children, living in Cumbria, and his interests are family, Lakeland fell walking, mountain biking, Tuscan village life and history.

He is a trustee of the theological training college St John’s and Cranmer Hall, Durham University. He supports the Carlisle Diocese, including its educational responsibilities through The Good Shepherd MAT. Nigel is also chair of ULT, with specific responsibility for the Northern Secondary Academies.

Mr Nicholas Dent

Mr Nicholas Dent

Parent Governor and Vice Chairman

Appointed on: 01/04/2015

Responsibility: Sixth Form & Careers, Behaviour & Discipline, AIB Member

Mr Nicholas Dent
Mr Nicholas Dent

Parent Governor and Vice Chairman

Appointed on: 01/04/2015

Responsibility: Sixth Form & Careers, Behaviour & Discipline, AIB Member

Born and bred in Middlesbrough, Nick first became a governor at The King’s Academy in May 2011, at a time when his two children were students at the schools. Each child has since graduated onto university.

Nick is a lawyer by profession specialising in commercial disputes and corporate recovery. He is also an Accredited Mediator. Nick has therefore developed an active participation in the management of discipline at The King’s Academy and he is also Chair of the Academy Improvement Board.

Married, his interests include running, being an avid supporter of park run, and he is also an award winning photographer with a penchant for landscape photography on his travels both home and abroad.

Nick has worked within the voluntary and commercial sector, and is still involved in advising the charitable and educational sectors in a professional capacity.

Dr David Broughton

Dr David Broughton

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/12/2008

Responsibility: Pupil Premium & SEN

Dr David Broughton
Dr David Broughton

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/12/2008

Responsibility: Pupil Premium & SEN

David has lived on Teesside since 1992 when he was appointed as a consultant at James Cook University Hospital. He has four children, and three grandchildren. One of his children is profoundly deaf and attended Beverley School for the Deaf for her education, and David sat on the board of governors at that school until 2006.David was asked to join the developmental parent group for The King’s Academy, then joined the board of directors in 2003 when the school opened, and then the board of governors from 2008.

David has a passion to ensure children with special needs get the best opportunities to develop and reach their full potential both in education and character.

Pastor Kenneth Stone

Pastor Kenneth Stone

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/04/2015

Responsibility: British Values, Behaviour, Discipline and AIB Member

Pastor Kenneth Stone
Pastor Kenneth Stone

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/04/2015

Responsibility: British Values, Behaviour, Discipline and AIB Member

I have had connections with King’s for the past five years and have been a regular visitor to school assemblies which I really enjoy, (hopefully the students feel the same way!)

King’s is an important part of our local community and I am delighted to be part of the governance team which work alongside both staff and students in ensuring we accomplish high and consistent standards allowing all our students to achieve their true potential.

I have been pastor of Hemlington Baptist Church for the past eight years and prior to this, I was a senior manager with an international food distribution company servicing the catering industry.

Over recent years I have also supported other local schools and I now serve as Chair of Governors at Viewley Hill Academy in Hemlington.

King’s is a great school with a proud record of achievements. I’m delighted to be part of this pro-active governance team and look forward to supporting both the Principal and all the King’s staff in ensuring we go from strength to strength.

Mr John Rhodes

Mr John Rhodes

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/09/2015

Responsibility: Health & Safety and Safeguarding

Mr John Rhodes
Mr John Rhodes

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/09/2015

Responsibility: Health & Safety and Safeguarding

John Rhodes began his teaching career in 1976 in Jamaica where he was Head of PE, firstly at Calabar High School in Kingston and then at Cornwall College in Montego Bay. After spending 4 years in Jamaica he returned to Teesside, working in a number of schools and eventually becoming deputy head teacher at Brackenhoe School. This was one of the predecessor schools that closed in order for The King's Academy to come into being with John being appointed as one of the Vice Principals. John held this position for 12 years before retiring in the summer of 2015.

John serves on the board of Tees Valley Youth for Christ and on the board of UK-USA Ministries, both organisations working primarily with young people in Teesside and York. John is also a lay preacher and is active in his local church in the village of Tollerton. John is married to Claudine and in 2017 they will be celebrating 40 years of marriage. They have two sons, Greg and Anthony, both married with Greg and his wife living in London and Anthony and his wife living in Middlesbrough.

Mrs Helen Malbon

Mrs Helen Malbon

Local Governor

Appointed on: 27/09/2016

Mrs Helen Malbon
Mrs Helen Malbon

Local Governor

Appointed on: 27/09/2016

Helen Malbon is originally from Liverpool but moved to the North East to study music at university and attain a PGCE in order to teach within the primary phase of education.

Helen’s first teaching post was in a Catholic primary school in York after which she has moved steadily north through a leadership post in Redcar and Cleveland, Deputy Headship in Stockton to her current post as Headteacher of Viewley Hill Academy in Middlesbrough.

Helen is married and has two children, Eve and Charlie, who attend Egglescliffe School in Stockton.Helen and her family are active members of Tees Valley Community Church based in Stockton.

Helen was appointed to the LGB of The King’s Academy to represent the Discovery Alliance of academies within Middlesbrough of which King’s is also a member.This alliance seeks to improve the educational outcomes of all the children that the schools serve from their entrance to schooling at age 3 to post 16 provision.

Mr Chris Young

Mr Chris Young

Local Governor

Appointed on: 02/12/2016

Mr Chris Young
Mr Chris Young

Local Governor

Appointed on: 02/12/2016

Chris took early retirement in 2015 after a long and fulfilling career as a French and German teacher. He has held a variety of posts of responsibility in a range of schools, including as a Deputy Head teacher in Kenya.

Chris was latterly Assistant Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning at Bede Academy, Blyth. He has an ongoing desire to see teachers and students enjoying their work together as they engage in exciting, challenging and inspirational learning.

Married with two sons and three young grandchildren, Chris loves spending time with his family and travels widely whenever the opportunity arises!

He joined the Board of Governors at the King’s Academy in 2017.

Mr Colin Geddes

Mr Colin Geddes

Local Governor

Appointed on: 28/02/2017

Mr Colin Geddes
Mr Colin Geddes

Local Governor

Appointed on: 28/02/2017

Mr Martin Oldknow

Mr Martin Oldknow

Chairman

Appointed on: 01/08/2014

Responsibility: Health & Safety, and Safeguarding

Mr Martin Oldknow
Mr Martin Oldknow

Chairman

Appointed on: 01/08/2014

Responsibility: Health & Safety, and Safeguarding

Martin recently retired from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service after a career spanning 30 years. Martin reached the rank of Group Manager (Divisional Officer) and was Head of the Technical Fire Safety department. Martin has over 15 years’ experience in Fire Safety and Emergency Planning.

He now runs his own Fire Safety Consultancy and Training Company. Martin is educated to degree standard and possesses a BA (Hons) in Law awarded by the University of Kent. He also has a University certificate in Forensic Science from the University of Central Lancashire. Martin has been a school governor for over 25 years.

Most recently he took over as chair of a school in special measures and working with the Executive Head Teacher managed to turn the school around; it was categorised as ‘Good’ within 14 months.

He then took the lead in federating the governing body of two schools into a successful hard federation. He has since assisted other schools to become federated. He has been a member of an IEB at Kirk Sandall Junior School and contributed to its improvement prior to it becoming part of an academy trust.

He currently also sits on two other IEBs. Martin also chairs the school improvement board of a secondary academy that was in special measures and has become the vice chair of the full board.

The school is now on a sound trajectory to becoming ‘Good’ or better. He is also a National Leader of Governance assisting 5 other schools at present to varying degrees and he is the vice-chair of the Doncaster Education Improvement Board.

Mr Mark Harvey

Mr Mark Harvey

Parent Governor and Vice Chairman

Appointed on: 17/01/2010

Responsibility: Sub-committee Member

Mr Mark Harvey
Mr Mark Harvey

Parent Governor and Vice Chairman

Appointed on: 17/01/2010

Responsibility: Sub-committee Member

Mark Harvey has worked for leading global engineering companies and educational providers for over 30 years and has extensive experience in managing state of the art, world class engineering and manufacturing facilities, and engineering processes.

Mark has over 20 years in the education sector, and has designed, delivered and assessed vocational competences and T.A.Q.A training to Awarding Body (AB), National Standards, and Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Regulations. Mark is an external quality assurer for ECITB, Edxcel and OCR engineering qualifications and Lead Internal QA (LIQA).For three years he has led and supported the team to develop and introduce new and updated procedures and paperwork, arranged and facilitated EQA visits, deciphered reports, and implemented findings.

Mark has helped strengthen college campuses in their achievement of delivery targets, and supported VT areas within their QA processes whilst maintaining compliance with college and AB regulations. Mark has also advised various areas on their IQA process, introduced induction booklets, and college QA documentations.

Mark has a strong knowledge and understanding of ECITB, OCF, NCFE, City & Guilds etc., national, AB and college standards and regulations. He is a founder member of a national training team delivering the full suite of T.A.Q.A of qualifications in an aim to drive up standards throughout the UK.

Over the past 12 years Mark has been a primary and academy school governor/director, where he has been responsible for managing attainment, finance, curriculum, project planning, HR etc.

Pastor Graham Johnson

Pastor Graham Johnson

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/12/2008

Responsibility: Ethos and Sub-committee Member

Pastor Graham Johnson
Pastor Graham Johnson

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/12/2008

Responsibility: Ethos and Sub-committee Member

Pastor and Church Minister of Moorends & Thorne Pentecostal Church.

Pastor Graham Johnson studied Theology and Religious studies for three years at the "Assemblies of God "Mattersey Hall" Pentecostal Bible College.

He came to be the full time pastor of the Church in 1993 to the present day.

Pastor Graham has served the " Assemblies of God "Pentecostal church on local, regional and national committees.

He served as a school governor at King Edward Primary School for a number of years and has served on the board of governors of Trinity Academy since its beginning in 2005.

He is married to Lesley with 3 grown up children and a grandson who is twenty one.

Mrs Sally Clifford

Mrs Sally Clifford

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/04/2015

Responsibility: Sub-committee Member

Mrs Sally Clifford
Mrs Sally Clifford

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/04/2015

Responsibility: Sub-committee Member

I have been a teacher since 1978, specialising in early years for 12 years. During my teaching career I have undertaken various additional roles including Early Years Moderator and Assessor for the Basic Skills Quality Mark in Doncaster.

I was a Head Teacher for 10 years, growing the school from 200+ pupils to 436 pupils. During this time, I was seconded to lead another local school on their journey school from special measures to good, resulting in the successful Federation of the two schools in November of that year and becoming Executive Head of the newly formed Federation.

Alongside Headship I became a Local Leader of Education in South Yorkshire and a National systems leader, undertaking Pupil premium reviews across a range of schools.

After 10 wonderful years I retired from headship in 2014, and am now currently working as a Standards and effectiveness partner and independent education consultant.

Dr Mary Chambers

Dr Mary Chambers

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/01/2016

Responsibility: SEN, Safeguarding and Sub-committee Member

Dr Mary Chambers
Dr Mary Chambers

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/01/2016

Responsibility: SEN, Safeguarding and Sub-committee Member

Dr Mary E Chambers is married to Mark and they have two children: Jonathan and Matthew. Mary is Associate Professor of Special Needs in Education and Director of Student Education in the School of Education, University of Leeds.

After a first degree at the University of Bangor, North Wales and a teacher’s certificate at the Institute of Education, University of London, Mary began her teaching career in mainstream schools where she taught RE. After two years teaching in mainstream schools, Mary began teaching in a Special School for children with mild/moderate learning difficulties were she was Head of Music and Head of RE.

In 1993, two weeks after the birth of her younger son, Mary began a part time MA Special Educational Needs at the University of Leeds. Following this, she began her doctoral studies for which she developed The Early Years Movement Skills Checklist (which is an instrument that has been designed to be used flexibly by teachers, parents and other professionals involved with children showing movement difficulties). Since publishing this, it has been translated into a number of different languages including Dutch, Norwegian and Spanish.

Soon after starting her doctorate, Mary began working as a Research Associate for the Professor of Special Needs in Education, being made a Senior Lecturer in 2008 (later to become Associate Professor). Mary teaches at undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral level and her research interests are in children who have special/additional needs and Inclusive Education and children with atypical development such as Dyslexia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Autism and ADHD. Mary has written two books and a number of articles and she speaks at conferences all over the world.

Professor Mark Pike

Professor Mark Pike

Parent Governor

Appointed on: 01/07/2014

Responsibility: Sub-committee Member

Professor Mark Pike
Professor Mark Pike

Parent Governor

Appointed on: 01/07/2014

Responsibility: Sub-committee Member

Mark is Vice Chair of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation and is an educationist with almost 30 years’ experience in secondary education, teacher training, the continuing professional development of teachers and school leadership. He is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds and also Visiting Professor at Dreistar Educatief, The Netherlands’ No 1 ranked teacher-education University.

Mark’s areas of specialism as an educator are: teaching and learning in schools, school leadership and character education. His ESRC-sponsored PhD at Southampton University focussed on how to engage, motivate and boost the attainment of 14-16-year olds while providing high quality moral education. Mark currently leads an international team of educators working on character education in schools and he enjoys working with teachers and school leaders seeking to improve practice. He has served as external examiner for teacher education at the universities of Durham, Newcastle and Hull.

Born in Salisbury and educated at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, after a first degree at the University of Leeds and a teacher’s certificate at Nottingham University, Mark was a teacher and curriculum manager in secondary schools for 10 years before moving into teacher training and school leadership. He has been married to Barbara for 25 years (who he met as an undergraduate before they were teachers at the same school) and they now have three children at Trinity Academy. He enjoys travelling, especially in the US and Germany, walking coastal paths, black and white photography, reading good books (especially C.S. Lewis’ fiction, theology and ethics), supporting his local church and spending time with his family.

Mark’s webpage at the University of Leeds:

http://www.education.leeds.ac.uk/people/academic/pike

Information on the character education project that Mark leads in schools:

http://1r2qwo2yg0am48qb2w3qswxs.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/files/2015/07/2016-EE-final-international.pdf

Mr Nigel Robson

Mr Nigel Robson

Chairman

Appointed on: 09/01/2009

Responsibility: Secondary Years, SEN, Projects and Premises

Mr Nigel Robson
Mr Nigel Robson

Chairman

Appointed on: 09/01/2009

Responsibility: Secondary Years, SEN, Projects and Premises

Nigel’s involvement in Academies stretches back to 2002, when, as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce in the North East, he was determined to address the issue of historic underperformance of many of the region's LEA secondary schools. He was a lawyer in an international law firm and his positions included International Head of Engineering and Construction, Global Head of Energy, and Managing Partner. He was an accredited Mediator, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Nigel joined the Board of Emmanuel Schools Foundation in 2008 and became Chair of the Academy in 2011. He is married with five children, eleven grand-children, living in Cumbria, and his interests are family, Lakeland fell walking, mountain biking, Tuscan village life and history.

He is a trustee of the theological training college St John’s and Cranmer Hall, Durham University. He supports the Carlisle Diocese, including its educational responsibilities through The Good Shepherd MAT. Nigel is also chair of ULT, with specific responsibility for the Northern Secondary Academies

Dr Beverley Kenny

Dr Beverley Kenny

Local Governor and Vice Chair

Appointed on: 01/10/2014

Responsibility: Sixth Form, Careers & Sub-committee member

Dr Beverley Kenny
Dr Beverley Kenny

Local Governor and Vice Chair

Appointed on: 01/10/2014

Responsibility: Sixth Form, Careers & Sub-committee member

Beverley Kenny graduated in Medicine in Newcastle in 1983 and was a GP principal in Wallsend for over 20 years.

As a GP, a strong interest in patient empowerment through good quality, evidence based information led Beverley to co-found and develop the website Patient.co.uk. Beverley’s main role is now in medical education and she is currently the course director for Newcastle University's Graduate Entry Medicine (Accelerated) programme.

Dr Mohammad Farsi

Dr Mohammad Farsi

Local Governor

Appointed on: 22/03/2016

Responsibility: Safeguarding & Sub-committee member

Dr Mohammad Farsi
Dr Mohammad Farsi

Local Governor

Appointed on: 22/03/2016

Responsibility: Safeguarding & Sub-committee member

Mohammad Farsi was born in Iran, and came to the United Kingdom in 1982 due to the Iranian revolution. Previously, he was a Naval Commander in the Iranian Navy. In 1983 he joined the University of Newcastle upon Tyne as a research student. He obtained his Doctorate in 1986 and was employed as a lecturer in 1985 (one year prior to obtaining his PhD) in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Subsequently he was promoted to senior lecturer.

His areas of interest at the University was in Automation and Control Engineering. Mr Farsi took early retirement in 1998 but he continued to teach/research on a consultancy basis to the same department until 2009.

After retirement he served for five years on the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Frankland (Chairman for two years) and has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of Newcastle College. He served on the executive committee of the BME Friends of NSPCC in Newcastle and is an honorary member of the Council of NSPCC. He is also a member of the steering group of Newcastle City for Peace; not functional at present.

In addition, he was a Community Representative on the Education Support Group of Newcastle and Secretary to Newcastle BME Safeguarding Initiative. He served as a lay member on the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board for several years and is a member of MSET (Missing Sexually Exploited and Trafficking). At present he is the Chairperson of the Local Advisory Governor of Excelsior Academy and a member of the Main Governors Board. He is also a Governor at Bede Academy, Blyth. Recently he has been appointed an Independent Member of Northumbria Police Misconduct Panel. He is also a leader in the Iranian Community.

Mr Bob Clifton

Mr Bob Clifton

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/10/2014

Responsibility: Secondary Years & Sub-committee member

Mr Bob Clifton
Mr Bob Clifton

Local Governor

Appointed on: 01/10/2014

Responsibility: Secondary Years & Sub-committee member

Bob gained a degree in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University and enjoyed a 46 year career initially on construction sites for large scale projects and then as a Consultant Engineer with a multinational company involved in the design and management of major national and international civil engineering projects. Much of this time has been spent in the North East after setting up and directing a Regional Office in Newcastle for 30 years before retiring from full time work in 2014.

He is involved with a large Anglican church in Newcastle and has been a member of the senior management team, trustee and churchwarden since 1985. Bob is married to Isabel, a junior school teacher, and has three adult children, two being teachers heading up departments, and six grandchildren. Bob is particularly interested in volunteering with Christian organisations and enjoys many outdoor pursuit activities including playing hockey.

Dr Richard Harris

Dr Richard Harris

Parent Governor

Appointed on: 04/07/2009

Responsibility: Primary Years, e-Safety & Sub-committee member

Dr Richard Harris
Dr Richard Harris

Parent Governor

Appointed on: 04/07/2009

Responsibility: Primary Years, e-Safety & Sub-committee member

Richard is Blyth born and bred. He was a pupil at Blyth Ridley High School, which was on the same site as Bede North and even studied in the same Six Form block! He went on from there to gain a BEng, MSc and PhD at university. He then spent many years working away, but now lives and works locally. He is passionate about Blyth and the community and believes strongly that the region has a wealth of untapped potential, which is one of the many reasons he became a school governor.

Richard was a governor of South Beach First School when Northumberland County Council moved from a three tier to two tier education structure and was actively involved in ensuring that the reorganisation had a positive outcome for the school. He joined the board of Bede Academy when it opened in 2009.

Richard is an IT Solutions Architect, with over 20 years’ experience in designing and implementing enterprise scale applications for major blue chip organisations, financial institutions and, more recently, government agencies. He is married with two children, both of whom attend Bede. He enjoys the outdoors, loves sport and is a Blyth Spartans season ticket holder.

Mr Jonathan Parkinson

Mr Jonathan Parkinson

Local Governor

Appointed on: 09/12/2015

Responsibility: Sub-committee member

Mr Jonathan Parkinson
Mr Jonathan Parkinson

Local Governor

Appointed on: 09/12/2015

Responsibility: Sub-committee member

Jonathan has been a member of the Bede Academy Local Governing Body since 2015 and has been a teacher at St Thomas More Catholic School in the North East since 1989. Having joined as the Head of Physics, Jonathan has been Head Teacher of the school since 2005. St Thomas More Catholic School became an Academy in 2012 and a Multi-Academy Trust in 2013 with two primary schools joining in the following years. He was a governor of St Joseph's VA Middle School in Hexham for 14 years. Jonathan is married and has two grown up daughters and enjoys making music, walking and running, although the latter two are beginning to resemble each other somewhat as the years go by.

Mr David Lovelock

Mr David Lovelock

Local Governor

Appointed on: 05/10/2016

Responsibility: Health and Safety, and Sub-Committee Member

Mr David Lovelock
Mr David Lovelock

Local Governor

Appointed on: 05/10/2016

Responsibility: Health and Safety, and Sub-Committee Member

David entered the workplace in 1973 after ‘A’ levels. He was soon embarking on a 25 career mostly trading currencies in financial markets; split between American banks and major oil company. In the mid-70’s David studied at night school becoming an Associate of the Institute of Bankers.

David left London in 1998 to be involved in Christian ministry, which led to a move to Newcastle to be the minister of an independent church in Byker. He retired in 2015, but continues to be deeply involved in church life.

David married Lynda in 1973 and they have two children, Kate and Ben, and three granddaughters. David has many interests, including football, but particularly enjoys hill walking.

Mrs Julia Woods

Mrs Julia Woods

Local Governor

Appointed on: 05/10/2016

Responsibility: Finance and Sub-committee member

Mrs Julia Woods
Mrs Julia Woods

Local Governor

Appointed on: 05/10/2016

Responsibility: Finance and Sub-committee member

Julia has worked for a high street bank for over 34 years. In that time she has undertaken a number of roles including Area Performance Coach, and Branch Manger.

Currently working in the affluent part of the retail bank in her current role as a Relationship Manager, helping clients achieve their ambitions in the right way. This has led to a number of introductions to local charity groups including Barnardos, National Garden Scheme, Medicinema helping raise awareness of these worthwhile institutions.

A keen interest in sport, in particular equestrian pursuits and how sport can play a important role in helping young people maintain healthy outlook.

Mr Paul Cook

Mr Paul Cook

Local Governor

Appointed on: 05/10/2016

Responsibility: SEN/Disadvantaged/British Values & Sub-committee member

Mr Paul Cook
Mr Paul Cook

Local Governor

Appointed on: 05/10/2016

Responsibility: SEN/Disadvantaged/British Values & Sub-committee member

Paul has over twenty years experience in the post 16 education and skills sector and is a chemistry graduate from the University of Sheffield.

Paul was a teacher and manager in high performing further education colleges in Somerset and Cheshire before moving to the North East in 2007 as the Assistant Principal of Northumberland College where he worked with Narec (now Catapult) to create the wind energy training centre at their site in Blyth.

He is currently the Principal of Espa College in Sunderland and has also spent five years as an education inspector.

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The King's Academy, a specialist business and enterprise Academy in Coulby Newham, South Middlesbrough, opened as an 11-19 school of 1200 students in September 2003.
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In the five Ofsted inspections over the course of its history, Emmanuel has maintained an unbroken record of Ofsted “Outstanding”.
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After opening in 2005, Trinity Academy became the most improved school in England, and was named as the “most improved school in Yorkshire” for three consecutive years.
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The King’s Academy welcomes four times the average proportion of students with special needs, and its provision for these young people has been described as “exemplary” and “outstanding”.
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Emmanuel College students’ academic results place the College amongst the highest ranked schools in England for both progress and attainment.
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The Emmanuel Schools Foundation has been involved in education since 1989.
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In its first decade, The King’s Academy was placed among the top 10% of schools in England for added value and became the “most improved school in the North East”.
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Trinity Academy opened in September 2005 and replaced Thorne Grammar School as it celebrated its 75th Anniversary.
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To celebrate its 25th anniversary Emmanuel College raised £45,000 to build a primary school in Tembisa township, South Africa.
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Emmanuel College was founded in 1990 as Tyneside’s City Technology College (CTC) and opened with just 150 Year 7 students. Emmanuel now educates over 1,300 students across the 11 to 19 age range.
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The King’s Academy, Middlesbrough, marked its tenth anniversary with its best results to date and a £1.2m investment in Sixth Form and Performing Arts facilities.
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Examination results last year placed Bede Academy in the top 8% of state-funded schools in England for Progress 8 and for progress in mathematics.
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Trinity Academy in Thorne was described as “a beacon of hope” by Lord Andrew Adonis, Education Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair, in 2007.
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Named after an eighth-century monk and scholar from Northumbria, Bede Academy, Blyth, opened in 2009 as one of the first “all-through” Academies in England, educating students from age 3 to 19.