Governor Profiles



Ian Bowman

Chair of Governors


I joined the Governing Body just over ten years ago on my retirement. Prior to this I had known the school through my work as a health and safety officer with the local authority. The role of Governor is to offer support to the pupils, parents and staff and to support and challenge the school leadership to ensure that we consistently delivering high standards and value for money. This is achieved through a variety of methods, such as being members of various sub committees such as finance, health and safety, human resources and taking part in learning walks and work scrutiny. I also aid developing and approving policies and strategic plans, interviewing and appointing appropriate staff. Part of my responsibility is to authorise the end of year accounts and to ensure we meet all of our legal obligations and I am accountable to the secretary of State for Education. I spend a good deal of my time in the school and I am proud to be part of such a vibrant, caring and forward thinking community.



Maggie Hadland

Vice Governor

Safeguarding Governor


I have been a Governor at KTS for several years now, and my main roles are Vice Chair of Governors and 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 headteacher's performance management group. Kevin is an inspirational head teacher but the most difficult aspect of performance review is getting him to do less! When the school achieved academy status I was very proud to be asked to be one of the Members of KTS and to play such an important role in the school. I spend a lot of time interviewing for 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. I am currently involved in putting together a pack that will help newly appointed Governors to become familiar with the role. 



Frances Brown

KTS Trust Member


I became a Governor here not long after my daughter, Stephanie became a pupil at 11 years old.   I’ve been on several different committees over the past 17 years. I have seen and been part of a lot of changes. The School/Academy has moved onwards and upwards, always finding ways to improve our pupil’s education with the support of our dedicated staff and leadership. It’s scary sometimes, but exciting to be part of the team working behind the scenes and supporting each other. 



Brian Richardson



I am the new headteacher of KTS Academy, but am certainly not new to the school! I have been at the school since 1998, starting as a class teacher, working through the ranks to deputy head, and finally to head. I have been a teacher for 30 years, all within special education. KTS is an excellent school, with a fantastic ethos, which supports the many varied learners to enable them to reach their potential. I haven’t wanted to work anywhere else, and I am honoured the school has accepted me as their head.

In my role of Governor, I will strive to offer support to the pupils, parents and staff, to inform the governing body of the progress the school is making, and ensure we consistently deliver the high standards the pupils deserve. I will lead on the various sub committees ensuring the members are aware of the developments within school, so that they can then inform the governing body as a whole.



Mark Robinson

Co-opter 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. 



Grant Hopkins

Co-opted Governor


I work in East Cleveland as Headteacher at Lockwood Primary School in Boosbeck, I have had the pleasure of working with the students and staff of KTS in various capacities over those years and when approached to become a Governor I jumped at the chance.  I live in Darlington with my wife and two children. Sport plays a big part in our lives and I coach rugby in the junior section of Darlington RFC if I’m not doing that I’m transporting my children to trampolining, judo, scuba diving, swimming, dancing, tennis or another sport they’ve started that week! I always enjoy visiting KTS and KTS+ and as a Governor I am proud to see the hard work being undertaken by the dedicated staff and volunteers to improve the learning experiences for the students that they work with. KTS is an inspirational place to be at and if as a Governor I can help maintain that and make it even better in a small way I’d be truly happy!



Sarah Walker 

Associate Governor


I am delighted to join the KTS family and I look forward to supporting the children and staff in the continuing, fantastic work that they do everyday.

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 16 years. Working 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).



Sarah Gunn

Staff Governor


I have been the Assistant Headteacher and staff Governor since September 2016. I have worked at KTS since 2005, working in many class groups and also as the Primary Phase Leader. I have been a teacher for over 19 years in both the mainstream and special education. My passion for working with children and young people with special needs comes originally from my own family.  My brother Chris has a genetic condition called Tuberous Sclerosis, he also has Epilepsy and Autism. Chris was once a pupil at what is now KTS and when I used to visit the school as a child I thought it seemed so much fun! I saw the excellent work that the staff did to support Chris and our family through some challenging times and this inspired me to want to make a difference for other children, young people and their families. These experiences confirmed for me just how rewarding helping someone make small steps of progress could be. So I am delighted to be working back where my journey with special education began.



Rob Anderson

Staff Governor


I am the Finance Leader at KTS Academy (appointed July 2018) with responsibility of maintaining the academy's financial systems and providing advice on financial issues. My finance experience has come from working in an accountancy practice for the previous 20 years. Prior to my appointment, I had the pleasure of working with the academy for a number of years in my previous role. During this time, I experienced the great atmosphere and I could see the great work the academy staff were doing for pupils. I jumped at the chance when it arose for me to join the team. Away from the Academy, I try to stay active through playing various sports and completing various runs and I am fortunate to have twin boys who keep me busy with their various sporting activities. I was delighted to be appointed as a staff governor and hope to be able to help and support the academy in the changing educational climate and to ensure the academy continues its great work in enriching the lives of our pupils and families.



Dawn Froom

Parent Governor


I have been a Parent Governor for a number of years.  I am on the Health & Safety Committee and I am proud to be part of a wonderful school.  My daughter who has autism attended this school since she was 9 years old.  I also help to raise funds for the ‘Friends Association’ by providing a school disco throughout the year.  This has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of children and marvellous staff.



Ruth Sherris

Parent Governor


I am a recently appointed Parent Governor and I am really excited and ready to embrace this role. I am looking forward in supporting this fantastic school and help the school move forward and improve. My son Luke is a pupil at KTS and he is in Purple class. We wanted Luke to come to KTS as we were impressed by its relaxed, inclusive and individual approach to education. I am passionate about lifelong learning and have an interest in new and diverse approaches to learning. Professionally, I am a registered nurse working for a busy NHS trust. This gives me a good understanding of health issues and how individuals can be supported holistically in education. Working within a large organisation gives me an appreciation of local and national policies which impact on service delivery. I also understand the need for organisations to change and explore solutions and develop services. 

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