Bob has been a Governor for many years. He was originally asked to join the governors because of his background in human resources. He became Chair of the Governing body in 2007 and has found it a pleasure to be involved in a school so firmly committed to doing the best it can for the young people it serves. Bob is also Chair of the Studio Local Governing Body (LGB).
Elsewhere, Bob is Chair of the Trustee Boards and Investment Committees of a number of large pension schemes and is a non-executive director of Southern Water. He was delighted to receive the OBE for services to the water industry in 2006.
Governor responsibility: Member, Chair of Board, Chair of Studio LGB.
Catriona has served as a school Governor for twelve years. She is currently Vice-Chair of the KMAT Board and Chair of the Knutsford Academy Local Governing Body (LGB). She has four children who have all attended the School and have progressed to study geography , history and law at university. Catriona feels that the School prepared them very well for their experiences in Higher Education. She also represents the Knutsford Academy LGB on the school Parliament.
Catriona was fortunate to have been brought up in a family in which education was valued and was supported and encouraged throughout her time at school and university. She thoroughly enjoyed helping her own children with their learning and, through them, became increasingly involved in school life. She hopes that her work as a school governor in Knutsford helps the students with whom she is involved to realise their potential, maximise the opportunities which their education offers them and enjoy their “school experience”.
Governor responsibility: Safeguarding and child protection, Member, Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of Knutsford Academy LGB.
Born in the area, David has been and remains a Director within a diverse range of Private and Public companies with a particular emphasis in the commercial sector. (eg Amec, BNFL, Payzone, The Hut Group)
David has service as a Magistrate in Trafford, a fund raiser for The Duke of Edinburgh Award and a Charter member of the International Federation of Keynote Youth Organisations (IFkYO) an Anglo American vehicle to promote Boys and Girls Clubs.
David is a family man, although recently bereaved after 46 years of marriage.
Governor responsibility: Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee.
Valerie has been a Governor for many years and has responsibility for Special Needs and is Chairman of the Pupil Disciplinary Committee.
Valerie has a depth of experience as a member of the Governing Body for many years having previously served as Vice Chairman. In addition Valerie was Chairman of the Governing Body at Bexton Primary School.
Her work as a Magistrate in particular on the Youth Panel, training as a teacher, together with her past experience as a Guide and Venture Scout Leader gives her a broad outlook in her approach to Young People and their aspirations.
Valerie was honoured with an MBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the Community of Knutsford.
Governor responsibility: SEN & Literacy, Member, Chair of the Pupil Disciplinary Committee.
Mike Cladingbowl is the Executive Principal of Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust. He began teaching in 1987 and was the head teacher of a successful secondary school in Cheshire before becoming one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors at Ofsted in 2002, where he worked in school improvement and led a national programme of change to the inspection of local authority and council services, including safeguarding.
His senior posts at Ofsted included Regional Director North, National Director, Schools, and National Director, Education Inspection Reform, with strategic responsibility for the reform of the inspection of schools, colleges, training providers, independent schools and early years in England. He is known nationally for his work in Ofsted and has worked with the most senior figures in English education.
Mike joined Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust as its new Executive Principal in early 2015. He is married with two children who are still at primary and secondary schools.
Governor responsibility: Academy Accountancy