Ben 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.
Bruce is a specialist business development manager for a large financial organisation.
Biography to follow
Jenny is Principal of Cambian Potterspury Lodge School, an Independent specialist ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) provision for Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5 Day, 38 Week, and 52 Week students. Jenny has a portfolio of Leadership experience as a Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form and Teacher across Maintained, Independent, and Special Schools. Jenny also has experience of working in a Local Authority, and in 2019 was Inclusion Manager at Brent Council in London, which involved working with each of the authorities 75 Ofsted rated Good and Outstanding Schools.
Jenny is a graduate of Ambition Institute’s flagship Future Leaders Scheme which trains School Leaders, has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Studies, and gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Physical Education) from Loughborough University. Jenny holds Qualified Teacher Status and is a Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Lead holder.
While Jenny joins the NIA Governance as a new Governor, she has sat on a number of Governing Bodies as an Assistant Principal, Vice Principal, and Principal.
As a Principal that also serves a student populous from Northampton and West Northamptonshire Jenny is delighted to join the Governing body of NIA, and is an advocate for the vision, values, and high expectations that NIA has established for its students.
Biography to follow
Liz has been a teacher for over 30 years and has worked in a variety of mtypes of school from a small rural middle school to large city comprehensives. She held a range of responsibilities in both departmental and pastoral roles before moving into a leadership position in 2004. Prince William is her third Headship.
Liz is married, has three children and one grandchild (so far!) She is very family-centred and greatly values spending time with them all when they come home. She is equally child-centred in her working life, constantly striving to ensure all students are provided with a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn, are well prepared for their adult lives, and are able to achieve their very best.
Andy has been a professional educator for over 40 years and began his teaching career in Northampton and Wellingborough. Andy moved into International Education as an English teacher in Italy before becoming a Head of School in the USA, France, Belgium, Monaco, Kuwait and central Africa.
Andy has returned to Northants after ending his international career as a consultant and schools inspector for international schools. Andy qualified with a teaching degree from the University of Leicester at Nene College Moulton Park and completed his Masters in curriculum design at Michigan State University in the USA. Andy is also a qualified teacher of History with the International Baccalaureate.
Andy was Board Chair at Antwerp British School in Belgium for over ten years and has accredited school boards worldwide through his association with the Council of International Schools. As a student and NQT Andy lived in the neighborhood and on his return to the UK last year was intrigued by the international nature of the school, in particular the number of nationalities and languages spoken mirrors his own experience as an educator. Andy hopes his experience will assist the school moving forward.
I am a qualified teacher and have worked in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary phases. I was a primary Ofsted inspector for 7 years. I worked for and led local authority school improvement teams for more than 25 years. I am now an independent consultant providing high quality bespoke leadership, governance and school improvement support for schools, academy chains and local authorities.
I have been a school governor for more than 30 years, charing primary and secondary school governing boards as well as several Interim Executive Boards and I am currently a chair of a MAT.
During my time as a local authority officer, I worked with the DfE on a number of leadership and GOvernance related projects and co-authored national standards for governance (Governor Mark). I have also served as a Justice of the Peace in Northamptonshire for 32 years.