Governor Profiles

Maggie Hadland - Chair of Governors

Safeguarding Governor (Member Appointed)


Hi, my name is Maggie Hadland, I have recently been appointed Chair of Governors.  I have been a Governor for 18 years and I am also Governor responsible for safeguarding.  Safeguarding is the most important aspect of providing good care for children, and having worked as a counsellor in schools, I have first-hand experience of safeguarding issues.  My other Governor roles include membership of the curriculum group and lead Governor on the head teacher’s performance management group.

I have a background in health, psychology and education and was Senior Lecturer in mental health at Teesside University.


When the school achieved academy status, I was very proud to be asked to be one the members of KTS and to play such an important role in the life of the school.  I spend a lot of time interviewing new staff – our teaching and support staff do a great job and I enjoy making sure that we find the right people to join the team.

KTS is a truly wonderful school and I love being part of it.  I am excited to be Chair of the Governors and look forward to leading the school in the future.

Sarah Gunn


I am extremely honoured and privileged to have been chosen as the new headteacher at KTS Academy.  I am looking forward to working with the governors, staff, pupils and families continue to build upon the success the school has already achieved.

I originally joined KTS as a classroom teacher in 2005 having previously taught in a mainstream school. However, the passion I had for working in special education came because my younger brother had been a pupil at KTS.  I saw the support the school provided us as a family and I wanted to be able to use my skills, knowledge and experience to do the same for other pupil and their families.   As assistant and deputy headteacher at KTS I valued being able to make a difference to pupils across the whole school, which I will continue as headteacher.

Mark Robinson

Member Appointed Governor

I became a Co-Opted Governor at KTS in December 2016.  I was born in Brotton and during my childhood attended St Peter’s

Primary and Warsett Secondary schools.  There was, at that time, a lot of interaction between the schools, given their proximity to each other, and this enabled me to see first-hand the huge and positive difference that KTS makes to the lives of the young people who attend.

The academy has a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere and what always strikes me is how the provision of education is so focussed on the well-being and progress of the pupils as individuals.  It is undoubtedly this approach, coupled with the dedication of the staff that has led the academy to gain the excellent reputation that it has consistently enjoyed.  Professionally I am a practising barrister and outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife and children along with running our smallholding.  There are rarely enough hours in a day.

Sarah Walker

Co-opted Governor

I have been a member of the KTS governor family now for four years and enjoy working with the team to support a quality offer for our children.


KTS is well known for a vibrant and personalised approach, it is clear that the children thrive and it is a happy place to work. 

I have been a Headteacher in Redcar & Cleveland for nearly 20 years now. Working most recently at Skelton Primary School, we have always enjoyed strong and proactive links with the schools of East Cleveland; as a leader in a stand-alone academy, my school has much in common with KTS from a leadership perspective.

I have lived locally for most of my life, taking full advantage of the walks, beaches and magnificent views within our wonderful community with my family (which includes a nutty chocolate Labrador).


Brian Richardson

Co-opted Governor

I have joined the governing body as a co-opted governor, and it is with great pride that I do so. I am an ex-headteacher of KTS, having retired in the summer of 2022, and it was an honour to be a part of the school for over 24 years, as teacher, deputy and head. After 24 years, I couldn’t just leave the school, hence my role within the governing body.


I hope to continue to serve this fantastic school in whatever way I can. I trust my knowledge and experience will prove to be an asset to the school governing body, as we support the leadership team and staff in providing the great education that the wonderful pupils deserve.

Linda Stevenson

Co-opted Governor

Information coming soon

Jodie Hill

Co-opted Governor

Hi, my name is Jodie and I have recently been appointed co-opted governor at KTS.


I have been a primary teacher for over 20 years, having had the privilege of teaching at KTS during that time. I feel passionately about education being accessible to all children, ensuring all children have the opportunity to succeed, and this is where I think the staff at KTS excel.


Having recently retired from teaching, I am now working with two of my sons running a sandwich shop in Sandsend. This means I now have the time to devote to the role of governor, and I am very excited to once again become part of the KTS family.

Danielle Inkpen

Staff Elected Governor

I am Danielle, a staff governor and a class teacher at KTS Academy. My KTS journey began in 2006, where I joined the school as a High-Level Teaching Assistant. I immediately fell in love with the school and decided this is where I wanted to have my teaching career. I quickly gained my Qualified teaching status and I was fortunate enough to be offered a teaching post at KTS academy.    I currently teach in KTS3, with pupils in years 6-8.

I am a middle leader in school, part of the school’s leadership team and hold the post of Lead practitioner for behaviour and wellbeing in school. I coach, support and train staff to implement behaviour strategies, that support and teach pupils ways of managing their own behaviour and feel safe, calm and regulated.

I have loved everything my KTS journey has given me so far and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next. 

Michael Bennett

Staff Elected Governor

Michael is class teacher in Green Class and has a teaching and learning responsibility for curriculum development.  Michael has worked at KTS since 2020.

Leanne Shanley

Parent Elected Governor

Sean Kirk

Parent Elected Governor

I am really pleased to be afforded this opportunity to help and assist such a fantastic school wherever and whenever possible. This is my first time in such a role, and as part of a school committee, so I thank you all in advance for your support and patience. I take great pride in helping others and I thoroughly look forward to this new challenge.
I moved to North Yorkshire in 2013 when I was posted with the Royal Air Force to Fylingdales. I have been a serving member of the Armed Forces since 2006 and I have moved homes many times during this period. In order to provide our family with much needed stability, and after falling in love with the area overnight, my wife and I decided to make North Yorkshire a place we could call home. We have lived in Whitby ever since with our two daughters and son, Elijah, who started KTS just last September.
In my spare time I enjoy running and watching football. A supporter of Grimsby Town I do not get too many opportunities to watch my home grown team.


Parent Elected Governor

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