Catriona has served as a school Governor and Board Member for over 20years. She has four children who have all attended the School and progressed to study graduate courses at university. Catriona feels that the School prepared them very well for their experiences in Higher Education.
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. Catriona graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc in Plant Biology and a PhD in Marine Biology. She has since worked on research projects at the Animal Health Trust and at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Catriona began her work supporting students whilst at University, as pastoral support as well as teaching undergraduates in the Plant Biology and Medical schools. She is passionate about improving outcomes for students.
As Safeguarding governor, Catriona is fully trained and experienced and also plays a key role on the pupil discipline committee.
Catriona enjoys working the students in her role with the Academy Parliament. 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.
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.
Robin became a parent governor for Egerton primary School in 2013 and later became the Chair of Finance. He became a Director at KMAT when Egerton joined the Trust.
Robin had previously been involved with the academy during the Kingfield project. He also helped to establish the Netherward Community Group during the development of the Cheshire East local plan.obin has worked in IT for the last 20 years and is currently a senior IT consultant, as part of that role he travels frequently, working with a wide range of private and public sector organisations. He hopes that this career experience can provide valuable input into the future development of the Trust.
Robin is married with 2 children who currently attend Egerton Primary School.
Claire’s passion is education and she has spent all her working life in the sector.
After teaching business studies and IT for a number of years she joined AQA Education, the largest A level and GCSE awarding body in the UK, where she is currently Director of Operations.
Claire’s responsibilities include: leading, motivating and inspiring the operations teams (330 permanent and over 1000 seasonal) in planning and executing each examination series and enabling the delivery of accurate and secure results for 10 million assessments every summer; prioritisation of activities required to deliver the annual plan and objectives of the Operations Group; exceptional customer service across all aspects of delivery; robust governance and management of risks and issues; effective operational implementation of strategic technology programmes.
Claire is very people-focussed and has strong track record of driving culture change, performance improvement and building teams’ capability to deliver better customer outcomes.
Claire’s family moved to Knutsford in 2016 so that her daughter could attend the Academy and since then, each time she has been in school she has felt the urge to become more involved in something nearer to the chalkface again, hence she is really excited about her role on the Board as a Trustee.