Chelsea Academy has an experienced Governing Board. The governors can be contacted via the PA to the Principal, Katie Courtley. For the Governors Declaration of Interest please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Cllr Elizabeth Campbell (RBKC)

Sponsor
Chair Of Governors

Elizabeth Campbell is a local Councillor (Royal Hospital Ward, Chelsea) and is currently responsible for Family and Children’s Services in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. She is married with four children and has lived in Chelsea for more than 35 years. Elizabeth has had extensive experience as a school governor having been Vice Chairman of the Tri-Borough Alternative Provision Multi Academy Trust, which encompasses primary, secondary and boarding provision. She was also Vice Chair of Maxilla Children’s Centre and Chair of Governors at Bousfield Primary School. In addition to this, Elizabeth served as Lead Member for Education in the Royal Borough. Prior to becoming a Councillor, Elizabeth worked for Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP as a Special Advisor. She has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.

Revd Dr Brian Leathard (LDBS)

Sponsor
Vice Chair of Governors

The Revd Prebendary Dr Brian Leathard was delighted to join the Governing Board of Chelsea Academy in the summer term 2014. Revd Leathard is Rector of the parish of Chelsea: St Luke and Christ Church so he lives and works in the middle of the community served by the Academy. He has been a school governor in various places, a parish priest and a university chaplain. St Luke and Christ Church’s Parish Primary School is one of the Academy’s feeder schools and Revd Leathard has enjoyed the opportunity to see the children he has known for years maturing into young adults at the Academy. When not working, the Reverend enjoys cinema and reads a lot of contemporary novels in English and German. He loves to eat new foods and to travel to new places.

Ms Diana Huntingford (LDBS)

Sponsor
Chair of Students and Curriculum Committee

Diana has over 30 years experience of working in education. For more than 15 years, she worked in a variety of schools in West London. Diana began her teaching career as a Geography teacher in Hounslow and subsequently undertook many roles in schools, including being a Deputy Headteacher at a large and very successful comprehensive school in Ealing. Diana also has extensive experience of working as an Officer for London Local Authorities. In 2001 Diana joined Kensington & Chelsea as a District Inspector and, in 2006, she was appointed Head of School Improvement and was Head of Commissioning, School Standards in the new tri-borough Education Service until September 2012. Diana has a passion and commitment for all aspects of school improvement; in Kensington and Chelsea she led a team of over thirty officers who worked in schools to help raise the standard of achievement for all groups of learners. Diana developed very good relationships with senior leaders in schools and thoroughly enjoyed working with them to improve the life opportunities of children and young people. Diana particularly liked the diversity of her work which included responding to the demands of working for a very successful and high achieving Local Authority. Diana, now retired, is married and has a daughter, a son and a stepson, all of whom are in their twenties/early thirties and pursuing different careers. Diana also relishes her role as a grandmother to two lovely grandchildren and takes delight in spending time with them whenever possible.

Ms Kate Roskell (LDBS)

Sponsor
Chair of Remuneration Committee

Kate has over 25 years’ experience as a secondary school teacher and leader in London, including 11 years as Headteacher of a Church of England secondary school. She is a Maths graduate and taught the subject to A level as part of her wider school responsibilities. Much of Kate’s work has been in church secondary schools within the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) family and therefore has a deep understanding of what makes an outstanding Church of England academy. Kate is now Secondary and Co-ordinating Adviser at LDBS. She works with senior school leaders and governors across the diocese supporting school effectiveness and improvement. Kate worships at St John’s Hyde Park and is a keen singer and walker.

Mr Julian Simmonds

Co-opted
Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Julian Simmonds has just retired as Chair of Governors of Notting Hill and Ealing High school after 7 years where he played a key role in rebuilding and extending a major part of the school. He is also on the advisory council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a non-executive Director of one of the largest Russian banks, VTB Capital. He read Russian and Soviet Economics at the University of Surrey. In addition to Russian, he also speaks French and German. Julian’s entire 29 year career was spent at Citigroup from which he retired in 2001. At that time, he was the Executive Vice President responsible for all the trading businesses in the developed world. He is married with 2 grown up children and has lived in Chelsea since 2007. He enjoys running and working out in the gym.

Ms Rebecca Robinson (LDBS)

Sponsor

Rebecca qualified as a solicitor in the private client department of Ambrose Appelbe, advising clients and, in particular, charities on tax and trust affairs. She currently works as the Charity Lead and Policy Advisor for MESL, a niche provider of advanced technology in healthcare. An Arts graduate from University College London, she is active in a number charities in the field of ‘arts’. For example, she is a member of the London Advisory Board of The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she has a particular focus on supporting students in their endeavors in London. Rebecca has been involved with the local community for over a decade through her support of the Parish of St.Luke’s and Christchurch, as well as in her role as Secretary of the local Residents Association. She is married with three children whom attend the local Church of England primary school.

Ms Josephine Scorer (RBKC)

Sponsor

After growing up in Wimbledon in SW London, Josephine has been a local RBKC resident for the past 17 years. State school educated, she graduated from Leeds University before embarking on a career in television. Josephine currently sits as an Independent Member on the Tri-Borough Adoption and Fostering Panel, as well as on several other panels across London and the South East. She is the Chair of Southampton’s Adoption Panel, and has served as the Chair of the Advisory Board to London Notting Hill Carnival Limited and Notting Hill Carnival Festivals Trust. Josephine has been a successful business owner and used to run a cake shop. She maintains strong links with the local community through her ongoing involvement with Carnival. She also continues to bake.

Ms Anna Birkett (RBKC)

Sponsor

Bio to follow.

Mr Matthew Williams

Principal

Matt has worked in education all his life, starting his career in Reading and then moving to work in inner London schools in Waltham Forest, Camden, Barking & Dagenham and Westminster. Matt trained to be a teacher at UEA and specialised in Geography. Matt has a passion for technology and how it can be used to enhance learning and is committed to ensuring that every student both succeeds and is happy in school. Matt currently sits on the school forum as an Academy representative and is a member of the Independent Review Process into permanent exclusions.

Mr Tim Gilchrist

Staff Governor

Tim Gilchrist is a Physics teacher at Chelsea Academy. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Physics. Before qualifying as a teacher in 2012, he spent 27 years as an IT and Management Consultant. He was a Partner at IBM and at Accenture, where he specialised in the automotive and finance sectors, leading multidisciplinary teams working with a range of global clients. He also spent two years as the Head of IT Strategy for National Australia Bank Europe. At Chelsea Academy, as well as teaching Physics, he indulges his interest in engineering by helping the students build an electric car.

Ms Susan Harris

Parent Governor

Bio to follow.

Mr Barnaby Lenon

Co-opted

Barnaby Lenon was Head Master of Harrow School in Northwest London until 2011 and is currently Chairman of the Independent Schools Council. He was born in Chelsea, educated at Oxford University, taught at Eton, was Deputy Head of Highgate School and Head of Trinity School, Croydon. Mr Lenon is on the board of Ofqual, the exams regulator.

Mr Rodney Eastwood

Co-opted

Dr Rodney Eastwood is a former Secretary of Imperial College London and Clerk to its Council and Court. Appointed to that position from October 2007 to April 2012, he held various posts in the college beforehand, mainly in strategic planning and management information. Currently, he is an honorary Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College. Prior to joining the college, he held positions at the Natural History Museum, finishing as Assistant to the Director. Rodney is also a non-executive Director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, a trustee of the London School of ESCP Europe Business School, a trustee of the RAF Museum, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Higher Education publication, HE. He has lived in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for over 35 years.

Ms Laura Malkin

Co-opted

Bio to follow.

Mr Justin Manson

Private sector

Justin has been a local resident with his wife and three children for the last seventeen years. He is a Director of UK Government Investments, HM Treasury, and a member of the Executive Committee, where he is responsible for managing the government’s investments in government-owned companies. He has served on the boards, as well as risk and audit, finance and investment, sustainability and remuneration committees of for-profit, not-for-profit and government-owned companies. He is a Trustee of the Chelsea Academy Foundation.

Governors declaration of interests