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.
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.
Catriona has served as a school Governor for twelve years. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Governing Body at Knutsford Academy and Chair at Manor Park School and Nursery, a Knutsford Academy feeder school. 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 Governing Body on the school Parliament and is Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board for Knutsford Children’s Centre.
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
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.
John has lived in Knutsford with his wife Ronnie since 1972. Four of his children were educated at this School, three in main stream and one in the special needs unit.
John retired from business in 2006. In his role as a company director, John has, from time to time, been responsible for graduate recruitment and training, development of IT, health & safety and the technical development of engineering standards.
John was appointed a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in the Principles of Engineering Design at Manchester University in 1997. In addition to teaching, this involved working with academic staff and industrial partners on the development of the curricula for the engineering science degree courses.
Governor responsibility: Pupil Premium
Karin is a Company Director for an Occupational Psychology Consultancy, she is an NLP Master Practitioner and therapist/coach and works with people from all backgrounds and areas, to help change their negative behaviour patterns and performance. Karin specialises in working with professional musicians to improve on stage performance and practice routines. She has worked internationally helping organisations to select their future leaders.
Karin has also been a trustee with the charity CMT United Kingdom for the last 11 years. This is a charity which supports people who have the neuromuscular condition Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease causing muscle wasting in the arms and legs. She is currently Vice Chair and also runs the CMT Kids which is specifically for the children and teenagers with the condition. Karin takes a group of 20 youngsters away on an adventure/activity weekend each year to the Lake District to help improve confidence and meet others with the condition. They have recently returned from a fundraising weekend where they canoed, cycled and abseiled to raise money for the charity.
David’s three children have all attended the school, and is married to a teacher at a local primary school.
David has worked for a number of large IT companies in a variety of sales and marketing management roles. In 2008 David established a business providing IT solutions to Higher Education. He has a particular interest in Change Management and Organisational Culture.
David is passionate about helping the school achieve excellence in all areas and aims to help the school as a critical friend.
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