Mr. Keith Willey – Chair of Governors
I joined the governing body in September 2014 as a College of West Anglia sponsored governor and was previously a parent governor at KES when it was a Local Authority school. I am the Link Governor to Mr Chris Teanby (Assistant Principal). The key theme is the quality of teachers and their progress. I became a governor because I wanted to help KESA become an outstanding academy. I have lots of useful experience from my career, which includes working in BT for 16 years and prior to that spending 12 years in the Royal Navy as an engineering technician. I also have two daughters attending KES and I want to do everything I can to make sure they achieve their potential and enjoy their school years.
I work for BT and my current role is Global Director for Business Operations and Transformation within the Technology, Service and Operations Division. I live in King’s Lynn with my wife Joanne and our two daughters. My wife grew up in Hunstanton and we moved to Norfolk in 1997 when I took up my career with BT. I have worked in a wide range of operational, technical and management roles. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and our two dogs around Norfolk. I also enjoy running and like to enter a marathon at least once a year.
Mr. Craig Morrison
My name is Craig Morrison and I am the Principal of KES Academy. My role also means that I sit as a governor. I have previously been a governor at St Matthew’s Primary School in Cambridge, which is rated ‘outstanding’. I have been Principal at KES since September 2014 and at KLA from June 2011 to February 2017, prior to which I was the Deputy Principal of the Parkside Federation Academies in Cambridge, comprising two secondary academies and a partner primary school. I have also been involved in securing a third secondary school for PFA (now open) and an international sixth form, which opened in 2011. I am a trustee of the City of Cambridge Education Foundation. I live locally with my wife and family
Mrs. Catherine Watson
I joined the governing body in November 2014 as a parent governor. I am the Link Governor to the KES Cluster Governors group, which ensures funding for supporting pupils’ special educational needs is distributed and used fairly and appropriately across the schools in the cluster.
I am the Partnership Supervisor for the College of West Anglia. This entails overseeing the day-to-day running of the Partnerships Team, who manage contracts with specialist training providers and charities delivering training on the college’s behalf to venues across England. We also engage with many local employers to provide training courses that meet the needs of their workforce.
I became a governor because I greatly believe that all children deserve to receive an outstanding education in an environment where they are also taught core values of respect, good behaviour and self-worth. When KES became an academy, I felt that I wanted to do something positive to support the improvements needed to once again make it an outstanding educational environment for us to send our children to. I have lived in King’s Lynn for most of my life and was myself a pupil at KES. When I left KES, I went to Salford University where I studied English, and then returned here to find work and raise a family. I have one daughter in Y7 and another in Y11. When I am not at work, I try to spend as much time as possible with family and friends, and have recently taken up running.
Ms. Suzanne Walker
I joined the governing body in September 2014 as a co-opted governor. I am the Link Governor for staff training and staff wellbeing. In my day job I am a Development Officer for Norfolk Governance & Leadership Services. I became a governor because I have worked in the education sector for many years and have a strong interest in the education of our children. I wanted to gain an understanding of how a large school like KES is run and managed and also to help support the school, as my daughter was a pupil here. I live with my partner Mike and together we run a small property development company. I particularly enjoy looking on Rightmove at local properties and keeping abreast of the property market. We also enjoy walking in our spare time.
Mrs. Nadine Widdowson
I joined the governing body in September 2014 as a College of West Anglia sponsored governor. I am the Link Governor to Ellen Blade (Assistant Principal – Pastoral) and look at the quality of the behaviour for learning. Due to a keen interest in education and a desire to become part of the team to address some concerns with the school, I became a KES parent governor in October 2010. I wanted to contribute to the local community, see some improvement in the attainments of pupils from all backgrounds and to witness KES becoming a good academy for the children of North West Norfolk.
I am married to Jeremy; and have 3 boys. I have a long term commitment and a vested interest in KESA as my three children are here. I came to the UK in 1992 to complete my masters in biological engineering and was offered a post at ICI at the end of my placement. In 2006 I joined Floranova, an international company specialising in the breeding of patio vegetables and flower seed varieties, as a plant breeder, and became their UK research director in August 2014. I have always had a keen interest in education and have supported my children on their school journey. My interests include playing badminton, raising money for breast cancer charities by completing marathons, scuba diving and very recently I have joined a martial arts class.
Ms. Julie Howlett
Although I don’t live in Kings Lynn I have worked in the town since February 2012, having relocated to Lincolnshire from Tamworth in the West Midlands in 2009, and I have come to feel like Kings Lynn as ‘home’. I have two children, aged 25 and 21, and for me their education was of paramount importance. I want to give something valuable to the community in which I work and in which my step-daughter lives; she will be going to senior school in 2 years’ time and I genuinely care about the education she is going to receive in the future.
I was appointed a Governor in January 2016 and am able to offer a business perspective to the school’s direction. I believe passionately in providing the best opportunities in life for all children, convinced that a good education is fundamental in realising individuals’ potential, improving life chances and benefiting society and the local community immeasurably. The students at KES are potentially future employees of Pinguin and I am looking forward to contributing to the development of the school and education standards and ultimately improving the education of the future generations.
Mrs. Ann Compton
I joined the governing body in September 2015 as a College of West Anglia sponsored governor. I became a governor because of having had previous experience of being a parent governor and enjoying having an active role within the community. I feel that I can provide a positive contribution to the KESA governing body whilst also gaining additional skills to enhance my role as a Curriculum Support Manager. In my day job I work for the CWA as a Curriculum Support Manager (CSM) of Care & Early Years. I started working at CWA in 2006 as a Lecturer in Health & Social Care. I began my current role in October 2011. Prior to this, I was a local Community Midwife/Manager for many years. I live in Hillington with my husband and dog and we have one daughter who is progressing towards a career as a solicitor. My hobbies include walking and reading.
Mrs. Nicola Burchell
My name is Nicola Burchell and I am a staff governor at KES Academy. I have been a member of staff at KES Academy since September 2001 working as a teacher in the Mathematics department. Prior to teaching I also worked in the Optical industry, which allowed me to develop the use of my mathematical skills in real-life application. As part of my role within the Mathematics department I have been involved in mentoring trainee and newly qualified teachers, helping to support their developing practice. As a parent of 3 children I am keen to ensure that all children receive the best education possible.
Miss. Joanna Shinn
I work in a variety of Human Resource roles across Norfolk: I am the HR Director for Do Different (one of the EDP’s Future 50 “Class of 2015” for Norfolk and Suffolk); I also operate as a self-employed HR and Wellbeing Consultant. I am the Mindful Employer lead for West Norfolk and have had a twelve year-long working association with the mental health charity Mind (including King’s Lynn’s local West Norfolk Mind). I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Alongside generalist HR, my specialism is working with organisations seeking to develop their businesses by focusing on the engagement of employees through support for their wellbeing and the health of the teams they work in. I have developed approaches, policies and benefits that have enabled organisations to retain valued workers, increase productivity and improve employee morale, building workplace environments where people want to work.
I’ve lived in King’s Lynn since 1994 and I have two boys currently attending KES Academy, one in year 9 and one in year 11.
I care very much about the future of KES Academy and the children that attend. I believe passionately in state education providing opportunities for all children, so that they have fun while they learn, they enjoy being at school, they make friends and have the opportunities to try a whole breadth of activities they would not normally have access to. I would like to use my skills to help KES Academy to continue to build on its success as the school of choice for children and teachers- attracting top talent to work at the school, bringing ever evolving ideas on how to educate our children to prepare them for life after KES.
I was appointed a Governor in October 2016.
Governors are all linked to areas of the curriculum and middle/senior leaders. A full list of these can be found here
To contact one of the KES Academy governors, please email the Clerk to the Governors, Sharon Scott.
For full details on our members, directors and governors, and those of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, please click here.
Details of the structure and responsibilities of our governing body and committees, plus the role of the academy trust board and its committees can be found in our constitution and terms of reference.
The following governors at KES are directors or governors of the following schools/education providers:
Craig Morrison – Director of City of Cambridge Education Foundation and City of Cambridge Education Ltd (foundation trust supporting Parkside Federation Academies, Cambridge), Director of Eastern Multi-Academy Trust
Suzanne Walker – Governor of North Wootton Academy (primary school also part of Eastern Multi-Academy Trust) and a representative on the KES Cluster Governors’ Committee
Catherine Watson – Chair of the KES Cluster Governors’ Committee
Mark Reavell – Director of Eastern Multi-Academy Trust