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The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is collectively responsible for determining the educational character and mission of the Academy, overseeing its activities and fostering an environment which supports the achievement of the vision and enhances the student learning experience. The Strood Academy Trustees looks for individuals who have strong managerial skills and who can offer something unique to the Academy.

Major changes such as forming and launching the Strood Academy has needed careful planning in order to be sustainable in the long term. I believe that the important work we will undertake over the next few years will be vital to the Academy’s success. Some of the decisions and choices we have made and will make in the future will be tough ones, but if we are to compete with other schools and academies, we must play our part in making the Strood Academy one of the region’s best schools.

The role of the Board is to shape the Academy in order that it can play an increasingly important role in Medway. Nurturing students brings huge benefits to every part of our society and I believe that Strood Academy has a great deal to contribute to the future success of the locality.

Minutes of the Governors meetings are available upon request. Please write to:
The Clerk to the Governors
Strood Academy
Carnation Road
Strood
Rochester
Kent
ME2 2SX


Mark Hunt
Chair of Governors



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Professor Mark Hunt

Committees

Governing Body Chair

Relationship with the Academy

UCA Lead Sponsor of the Strood Academy

Profile

Currently Mark is an Independent Higher Education Consultant working with a range of Higher Education providers across the UK, advising on educational policy, management and leadership and quality assurance systems.

Previously Mark was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts, a post he held for 15 years.

Mark holds a BA (Hons) 3D Design (Ceramics) from Loughborough College of Art and Design (Loughborough University) and an MA 3D Design (Ceramics) from South Glamorgan Institute of HE, Cardiff (Cardiff School of Art). 

He has pursued a career in education management and has held leadership and management positions in Higher Education for over 30 years (Including UCA, The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College, London Guildhall University and Sunderland University).

He is Chair of The North East Surrey College of Technology Further Education Corporation, a Trustee of the Open College of the Arts, and a member of the Hand Engravers Association.

Mark has substantial experience as an academic developer in Art and Design, QAA Auditor/Reviewer for England and Scotland, a member of the Hong Kong Accreditation Council and an experienced external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

In 2002 he was awarded the title of Professor of Crafts Education and elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2015 the University for the Creative Arts conferred the title of ‘Professor Emeritus’ in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the University.

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Kim Gunn

Committees

Student Wellbeing, Finance, Personnel and Estates, Educational Standards

Relationship with the Academy

Principal

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Alan Cooke

Committees

Chair of Finance, Personnel & Estates Committee

Relationship with the Academy

Lead Sponsor Board Member, Link Governor with Faculty of Business & Enterprise.

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Alan Cooke, Acting Vice-Chancellor, University for the Creative Arts

Alan Cooke took up his role as Acting Vice-Chancellor for the University for the Creative Arts in January 2017 and is accountable for the strategic direction and management of the institution.

Alan joined the University in 1995 and was Director of Estate Services until 2007, when he was promoted to Pro Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Resources).  In September 2014 he was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Resources).

Aside from his over-arching remit as Acting Vice-Chancellor, Alan has specific responsibility for the strategic management and leadership of the University’s Corporate Resources’ Departments, namely Finance, Estates & Facilities, Human Resources and IT Services.  He also has oversight for health, safety and wellbeing as Chair of the University’s Health, Safety & Wellbeing Committee. 

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David Mead

Committees

Chair of the Student Wellbeing Committee

Relationship with the Academy

Lead Governor for the English and Communications Faculty.

Profile

David was appointed to the Governing Body in November 2009 as a nominee of the University for the Creative Arts. Prior to his retirement in January 2004, David was a career Civil Servant in the Department of the Environment. He transferred to the Environment Agency on its formation in 1996 where his responsibilities included development of the new organisation and its corporate governance, and external relations and influencing activities.

In the early 1990s, David served as Chairman of the Governing Body of the Primary School in Higham where he lives. In addition to his church commitments, he has developed new interests in the Voluntary Sector, lately as Chairman of the Trustees of Gravesham Volunteer Centre and currently as a Director of a Community Interest Company responsible for Health Living and Youth Services in Gravesham and of the Riverside Community Resource Trust.  The trust provides facilities for Borough wide community organisations at the Riverside Centre.  He is also a mediator with Medway Mediation, a community based mediation charity and a part time volunteer helper in Year 6 at a Medway Primary School.

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Bob Moreton

Committees

Student Wellbeing, Educational Standards

Relationship with the Academy

Safeguarding, Mathematics Faculty.

Profile

Bob works as an education adviser and OFSTED inspector having been a headteacher; he has a strong belief in equal opportunities and is passionate about education and the importance of developing self belief and self esteem in young people. He believes strongly in young people and the contribution that they make to society.

Bob still enjoys sport and is a member of several sports clubs. He is married has two children and three grandchildren who take up an increasingly large proportion of his time. He is involved in fundraising for Leukaemia research.

Jill Greenleaf

Committees

Student Wellbeing, Educational Standards

Relationship with the Academy

Parent of a pupil in year 13

Profile

Jill is now a full-time carer to two people but has a very varied background.  She trained as a dancer and danced professionally after leaving school at 18, then used A levels and Secretarial training to work as a temp in London between dancing jobs.

Jill worked as a P.A. Secretary to the Chief Executive in a large property company for a number of years before moving into the same role in a large insurance company whilst becoming a part-time dance teacher in ballet, tap, modern and jazz.  Recent job roles have included being a letting agent, a school secretary in a large local infant school and working as a foreign exchange consultant.  Jill has a number of interests and hobbies including watching ice hockey, dancing, cooking and meditation.

Sanjay Vadher

Committees

Finance, Personnel and Estates

Relationship with the Academy

UCA appointed Governor

Profile

Sanjay Vadher, a Commercial and Projects Accountant for Canterbury Christ Church University working on providing costings and financial guidance for Research and European projects as well as International collaborations. 

Sanjay is a qualified Accountant for the Fellowship of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

He has previously worked as a Financial Accountant for the University for the Creative Arts University for 3 years and was responsible for the Faculty of Fashion, Architecture and Design Financial Strategy, planning, processes and overall financial position, working closely with the Executive Dean and Heads of School to ensure that the University provided an excellent environment for learning, in which to enhance the learning experience for all students.

He has worked for a variety of diverse organisations which includes, a Firm of Chartered Accountants, Local Authority and NHS Trusts, together with a variety of privately run medium sized businesses and more recently within the Fostering and Education environment.

Utilising his skills and experience in Financial Strategy, Financial Planning and budgeting, Human Resources, Health and Safety, and Facilities Management will help assist the Academy grow further and continue with its success.

Sanjay is passionate in supporting and helping individuals better themselves and achieve or reach closer to their ambitions and dreams.

Sanjay has a number of interests and hobbies which include swimming, yoga, walking, decorating and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

Nickie Collison

Committees

Education Standards

Relationship with the Academy

Head of Faculty for Maths, Business and Computing

Profile

Nickie has 17 years of experience of teaching and has taught a range of subjects including PE, ICT and Maths. She has worked at the academy since it begin.  She has held a variety of responsibilities at the Academy including Director of Studies and Head of Department.  She is passionate about learning and providing the best opportunities for students.

Hannah Knapp

Committees

Education Standards

Relationship with the Academy

Profile

Hannah is the Widening Participation Manager at the University for the Creative Arts.

Hannah holds a BA (Hons) English Language with Sociology from the University of Exeter.

Hannah has been at the University for the Creative Arts for three years. Before her appointment as Widening Participation Manager, Hannah’s roles included Alumni Officer and Marketing Officer (Liaison). In her current role, Hannah is responsible for leading on the University’s Access Agreement for the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Hannah has worked within the field of widening participation since being a student where she was involved with one of the first Widening Participation initiatives ‘The Peninsula Project’. Since then she has undertaken a variety of widening participation roles for the University of Sussex, University of Surrey and Aimhigher South East. She is passionate about giving young people from every background the opportunity to change their lives through education.

Hannah currently volunteers with Surrey County Council as an Independent Visitor, regularly supporting a young person in care.

Debbie Greensmith

Committees

Student Wellbeing Committee

Relationship with the Academy

Faculty Assistant for Communications Faculty

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Stanley James

Committees

Finance, Personnel and Estates

Relationship with the Academy

Profile

Currently Stan is Managing Director of a £70m plant in the industrial building sector which is part of a £3billion global organisation headquartered in Belgium.                                 

Previously Stan has worked in the automotive, food, consumer and entertainment sectors and has lived and worked in China for 2.5 years and Germany for 5 years running and improving businesses.

Stan holds an MBA in strategic management and a DMS with distinction from NELP along with ONC and HNC’s in mechanical and electronic engineering.
In addition he has also gained a master black belt in operational excellence with Ohio state university in the USA .

Stan has a number of interests and hobbies which include business coaching, scuba diving, skiing, golf, tennis and running.

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Emma Dewdney

Committees

Education Standards

Relationship with the Academy

Parent of a pupil in year 8

Profile

Emma works full time for an asset management software company and has had an array of job roles over the years since leaving college in 1992. These include a Project Manager for a large local authority gaining her Prince2 qualification, financial roles within accountancy departments and large banking institutions to customer services departments for a global cable manufacture and a major publishing house.


Emma has a number of interests and hobbies including travel, fitness, horse riding, CBT studies and socialising with friends and family.

Alex O’Donnell

Committees

Relationship with the Academy

Profile

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