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Local Governing Boards (LGBs)

Our LGBs are the champions of our values in each of our schools.  The role of a Local Governor within a Multi-Academy Trust is an important one and sits at the heart of the relationship with school leaders. The Trust Board establishes the LGBs and approves the membership of each board. For the most part, each LGB is made up of individuals drawn from the community, both as elected and appointed members.

The Local Governors are accountable to the Trust Board as well as to the communities they serve. Across all of our LGBs we have a range of expertise that help to support and challenge school leaders to make their school highly effective. Our governor training support programme helps to ensure that new governors are inducted successfully and that existing governors are kept up to date with changes in education practice and procedures.

Our Governors 


Andy Anderson (Chair)

I have previous experience as a governor of Newbottle and Charlton Primary School and at Magdalen College School (MGS) Brackley where I was Chair until 2017. I have spent most of my working life working in commercial roles within Healthcare. I am now retired from full-time work but keep busy chairing a local patient participation group for the local surgery, being a trustee for Sobell House Hospice Education Centre and presenting a health and wellbeing show on Brackley Community Radio. 


Marie Morse (SEND)

I am the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Parent Governor. I have three children, two of which attend the academy. One has special educational needs and the other has complex health needs, giving me insight into SEND within school. Previously, I have worked as an Emotional Literacy Instructor at a secondary school after having studied Psychology at University. I am currently retraining to become an accountant whilst enjoying being at home with my children. 


Shirley Hollyoake (Early Years)

My name is Shirley Hollyoake and I live in nearby Byfield.   I am married with two grown up children and two grandchildren.    Until a few years ago I was a Reception Class teacher for 25 years in a large multi cultural primary school.   When I retired I was the Foundation Stage Coordinator and still have a particular interest in Early Years education. 



Zoe Turner (Safeguarding and Pupil Premium)

Zoe Turner - I am an English Teacher at a secondary school for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs. I have worked at this school for 6 years and enjoy every moment. I have a strong interest in SEND and hope to one day qualify as a SENCo. I am currently on maternity leave after having my first child and am thoroughly enjoying seeing him grow, learn and develop.  



Peter James (Finance and Sport Premium)

I am a 62 year old qualified accountant and spent over 30 years in financial and general management roles in industry. I now work as School Business Manager for 3 Primary Schools in Warwickshire. I am married to a retired Primary School Head teacher, have two grown up sons and two grandsons who attend the academy and live in Rugby, Warwickshire.


Rachel Hemelryk (Assessment and Health and Safety)

I run my own head hunting business and work in HR for a London law firm. I am also involved in the community through school and village life, I have two children, both at the academy.

Hamish Gairdner (Parent Governor) 

I am the Estate Manager at Edgcote. I have a daughter who enjoyed Chipping Warden  Kindergarten and is now attending the academy. I am passionate about Rural affairs, through my job I am involved with the local community and I am also a member of Chipping Warden Parish Council.

Ian Pagett (Staff Governor)

I am the Year 5/6 Teacher at Chipping Warden Primary Academy, and the lead teacher in school for Science, PE and Computing.  I have been teaching for 5 years and before that I had a 25-year career in the Civil Service.