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, Chair of the Board, Chair of Knutsford Academy LGB.
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, Vice Chair of Board, Chair of Studio 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
Dr Martin Ashcroft is Managing Director of Tata Chemicals Europe. He was appointed on 1 April 2010 having been Operations Director since 1 January 2007.
Holding a Chemistry degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Manchester University, he held several technical and operating roles in Brunner Mond between 1994 and 2007 including Site Director of the company’s Netherlands site for two years.
During this time he led 2 business re-engineering programmes for Brunner Mond.
In January 2011 Martin led the company in completing the successful £93m acquisition of British Salt and then followed up in April 2011 by heading the re-branding of the enlarged company as Tata Chemicals Europe at the same time as each of the Tata Chemicals overseas entities.
Between 2013 and 2016 he designed and led the fundamental restructuring of the management team and Northwich-based operations which included the acquisition and investment in the 400MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant previously owned by EON.
Building from the restructuring success, he has designed and secured a programme of major long term investment in Tata’s mid Cheshire Operations which will transform the businesses during through 2020 and well beyond. This includes not just physical assets, but a continuous investment in high quality apprenticeships and training which puts people at the heart of Tata’s investment priorities.
He is an Executive Board member of Tata Chemicals Europe Group Limited and several subsidiary companies. He is a member of the Tata Global Chemicals Board (GCB) and where he leads on Tata Chemicals’ interests in Europe.
Until March 2017 he was a member of the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board and is a current council member of the Chemical Industries Association.
In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).
With a keen interest in rugby, he was a fully qualified referee until 2005 operating at a professional level. He is qualified to Grade 8 standard on violin, piano and organ and plays regularly at choral services and occasional recitals.