Meet the Governors

The members of the local governing body are:

LGB Member

Date of joining LGB

Mr Paul Clarke (Chair)

Founder member

Mr Andrew Sawford (Vice Chair)

May 2016

Mr Steve Mutton

Founder member

Mrs Wendy Ryan

July 2013

Mr Anthony Burrows

July 2013

Rachael Gladstone-Brown

Nov 2015

Mr Andrew Blake

May 2016

Mr Julian Winch

July 2017

Mrs Carly Waterman

January 2019

Miss Wendy Millsop (Clerk)

July 2009

The role of the Local Governing Body (LGB)

The role of the LGB is a strategic one. The LGB is responsible for promoting high standards and educational achievement.  The school is accountable to the Group Board of United Learning and the LGB should ensure that the school meets the requirements of the Group Board. 


The LGB works in partnership with the Principal, the Senior Leadership Team and Senior Executives from United Learning to:

  • Set the schools strategic plan
  • Uphold the values of the school
  • Monitor the performance and progress of the school, agreeing strategies to achieve continuous improvement, raising standards for all students. 
  • Ensure budgets are allocated effectively reflecting the priorities as set out in the schools strategic and improvement plans
  • Promote the school within the local community

Paul Clarke

Chair of LGB and Designated Health and Safety Governor

Paul was a founder member of the LGB.

Paul has spent thirty five years working for the UK based division of a global company which manufactures, sells and provides innovative solutions to the motor trade based in Kettering since 1965 . He has been Human Resources Director for over ten years and also a main UK Board Director for the last two years. Apart from his interests in human capital and planning, his expertise also lies in the field of insurance and general company administration.

Wendy Ryan

Safeguarding Governor

Wendy has been a parent governor at KBA since 2013.  Prior to this, she completed a four year term as parent governor at Kettering Park Junior School.

Wendy works part-time for Age UK Northamptonshire and is also a self-employed florist.  She lives close to the school and is married with two children. 

Anthony Burrows

Chair of Curriculum Committee

Anthony has worked in secondary schools for over thirty years.

His interests revolve around  science and education, including outdoor education, and he is a keen sportsman. Anthony is from the East Midlands.

Steve Mutton


Steve has been a governor since 2001.  He was chair of governors at Avondale Juniors and has been with KBA since its inception. Steve is a chef and works in the hospitality industry. Steve is an avid house member of Braveheart and supports the school in every way he can. He is very community focused and passionate about our school.

Andy Blake


Andy has taught Economics and Business in state schools for 10 years before retiring in 2014. Before teaching he had a 27 year career in large businesses in the agriculture and food industries . Beginning as a sales person Andy progressed to become Director responsible for Sales, Marketing and Culture and Change Management.

Andy is a keen musician and sportsman playing in local jazz and folk bands. He worked as ski instructor in Austria in 2015 and now runs and rides in cycling sportives interspersed with running a small garden design business.

Andy is married with 2 grown up children.

Andy Sawford


Andy is Chief Executive of Connect Communications, a London based public relations agency that specialises in helping organisations to communicate effectively with their stakeholders. He is also a Board Member of the Public Relations Consultants Association. Andy is a former Member of Parliament, representing Corby, and prior to this he was was Chief Executive of the LGIU, an award winning thinktank and membership body for UK local government. Andy’s other past roles include: Vice President of the Local Government Association, trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny and Chair of Local Energy Ltd, a social enterprise business. Andy has also served as a councillor and local authority Cabinet Member. Andy lives locally with his wife Jo, a primary school teacher and their children Sam and Poppy. Sam currently attends KBA. Andy tweets at @andy_sawford

Rachael Gladstone-Brown


Rachael is a rural chartered surveyor and has worked in estate management for 8 years. For the last 5 years she has worked for the Duke of Buccleuch managing the Boughton Estate which neighbours KBA, prior to this she worked in Shrewsbury for Carter Jonas. Rachael grew up in Hampshire before moving to Reading University and undertaking an BSc and MSc in Rural Land and Business Management. Her spare time is mainly taken up with looking after her horses and dogs and enjoying the countryside.

Julian Winch


I am a Director and General Manager of the ‘captive’ finance company of a multi-national US corporation supplying hand-tools and equipment to the automotive industry, having served the company for over thirty years. I was President of the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce from 2010 to 2012, on their board for 10 years and now Chair the activities of the SEMLEP High Performance Technology group. My many outside interests include sport, music, motorcycling and the Kettering Rotary Club, raising funds to support local, national and international charities.

Julian Winch FCICM, MBA

Carly Waterman


A teacher of English since 1999 and an experienced school leader, Carly has expertise in many areas including teaching, leadership, curriculum and assessment. Carly’s has taught in four county schools: Prince William School in Oundle, Huxlow Science College in Irthlingborough, Brooke Weston College in Corby and Northampton School for Girls, where she was Deputy Headteacher from 2008 to 2017.  Carly has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and School Improvement from the University of Cambridge and the NPQH.

In September 2017, Carly established ‘Waterman Learning’, an education training and advisory business supporting schools, advising government policy and contributing to research.  Carly delivers training programmes in all aspects of school improvement, but has particular expertise in strategic leadership, assessment and curriculum, coaching and mentoring, and how to attract, develop and retain teachers.

Carly is a regional leader for #WomenEd, an Associate Tutor for Leeds Beckett University and a co-founder of Educating Northants, a grass-roots educational movement in the county.  Carly assesses the NPQSL, NPQML and NPQH qualifications and is currently undertaking a research project for the Department for Education on flexible working.

Carly is also a Trustee of Collaborative Academies Trust, a regular speaker at education events and conferences, and a keen writer and blogger.  Despite being kept busy by a passion for education, Carly’s most important job is being mum to two girls, Eleanor (8) and Hazel (5).

If  you would like to contact the Governors, please do so via Ms Wendy Millsop, Clerk to the LGB, care of Kettering Buccleuch Academy at

To contact the LGB Chair directly you can do so by emailing the following address:

Declaration of Business Interests

Please find the Declaration of Business Interests for the LGB here.

LGB Attendance Register

Please find the LGB attendance register for 2018-19 here.
Please find the LGB attendance register for 2017-18 here.
Please find the LGB attendance register for 2016-17 here.

Kettering Buccleuch Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in Appendix 4 to the United Learning LGB Members Handbook, which can be seen on the United Learning website.

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