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Leadership and Governance

The Academy Leadership Team is listed below.

Dr Jo Trevenna Headteacher
Jo Daniels Deputy Headteacher
Emma Ruffles Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Andy Johnson Assistant Headteacher -  Data & Outcomes
Hannah Auger  Assistant Headteacher - Teaching & Learning
Charlotte Lavelle Assistant Headteacher - Behaviour & Welfare
Alex Oldham Assistant Headteacher - Primary Lead 
Connor Leason Assistant Headteacher
Cheryl McCanaan Interim SLT
Tony Rodgerson Interim SLT and SENCo


Governing body

If you would like to contact a member of the Governing Body please contact the school on or 01604 212811 for governor contact information.

Our school governors are:

  • Ben Shirley (Chair)
  • Lipsa Salt (Vice-Chair)
  • Dr Jo Trevenna (Headteacher)
  • Martin Thompson
  • Bruce McDonald
  • Jon Musgrove
  • Russell Norton

Click here for full details of our Local Advisory Board, including positions, business interests, attendance and vacancies.


Below you can find information about governance across the Trust, including details of our Members and Trustees and our LAB terms of reference.


You can read the minutes from our governor meetings by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.

Meet our Governors

Ben shirleyBen Shirley (chair of LAB)

Ben is a chartered health and safety practitioner, who specialises in risk management and the rail industry. He currently works as a specialist inspector for the health and safety regulator of railways in Great Britain.

Ben has the following professional qualifications:

  • Level 7 -  Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Safety
  • Level 6  - Bachelors Degree in Medical Biochemistry
  • Level 3 - NEBOSH General Certificate in Health and Safety
  • Level 3 - IRM International Certificate in Risk Management

Ben has been a Governor at NIA since September 2018 and elected Chair of Governors in September 2020. Ben has led on: Safeguarding, Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

Ben currently has no direct connection with the school outside of his role as a Governor, which allows him complete independence in carrying out his role. Ben resides in Northampton has one child, whom he hopes will attend NIA in the secondary phase when they are old enough.

Lipsa Sat (vice-chair)

Biography to follow

Martin Thompson

Martin is head of production for the Royal & Derngate in Northampton, one of the country’s major producing venues which was named Regional Theatre of the Year by the inaugural Stage 100 Awards in 2011 and nominated again in 2015. Martin is responsible for the delivery of the Made in Northampton season, including all sound, lighting, set, props, scenic art and wardrobe, on time and on budget.

Martin comes from an engineering background and studied acoustical engineering at university. Martin also works as a freelance theatrical sound designer.

Bruce McDonald

Bruce is a specialist business development manager for a large financial organisation. 

Jon Musgrove

Jon is a lecturer at the University of Northampton, delivering an International Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) course. He was previously a commercial business consultant working in the UK and abroad, largely in the healthcare sector, having started his working life as a hopsital nurse. 

Sam James 

Biography to follow

Russell Norton

Biography to follow


Page Downloads Date  
NIA minutes SP 10 January 2019 08th May 2019 Download
NIA minutes LAB 27 November 2018 08th May 2019 Download
NIA minutes SP 15 October 2018 08th May 2019 Download
NIA minutes LAB 11 September 2018 08th May 2019 Download
NIA minutes LAB 04 February 2019 Final 18th Jun 2019 Download
NIA minutes SP 24 April 2019 25th Nov 2019 Download
NIA minutes LAB 28 November 2019 03rd Mar 2020 Download
NIA minutes SP 21 October 2019 03rd Mar 2020 Download
NIA minutes LAB 16 July 2019 03rd Mar 2020 Download
NIA LAB membership and attendance 30th Jun 2020 Download
NIA LAB attendance record 19 20 02nd Sep 2020 Download
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