Leadership and Governance

The Academy Leadership Team is listed below.

Dr Jo Trevenna - Headteacher

Fuzel Choudhury - Executive leader

Jo Daniels - Deputy Headteacher: Quality of Education

Anthony Rogerson - Deputy Headteacher: Inclusion and SENCo

Kathryn Wright - Deputy Headteacher

Adam Otulakowki - Designated Safeguarding Lead

Alex Oldham - Assistant Headteacher - Head of Primary Phase

Hannah Auger - Assistant Headteacher - Head of Middle School Phase

Marie Edwards - Assistant Headteacher - Head of Key Stage 5

Charlotte Lavelle - Assistant Headteacher - Head of Upper School Phase

Andy Johnson - Assistant Headteacher - Data & Outcomes

Connor Leason - Assistant Headteacher - Behaviour & Attitudes

Matthew Edwards - Assistant Headteacher - Teaching & Learning

Omar Salahuddin - Head of Inclusion

Governing Body

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



Jo Trevenna


Bruce McDonald

Parent governor

Zahro Abdirizaq

Parent governor

Zoe McIntyre

Co-opted governor

Ben Shirley

Chair/co-opted governor

Jennifer Nimmo

Co-opted governor

Russell Norton

Co-opted governor

Elizabeth Dormor

Co-opted governor

Andrew Hill

Co-opted governor

Olaseni Alaka

Co-opted governor

Maqsud Ahmed

Co-opted governor

Claudia Wade

S&P Chair / Co-opted governor

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

  • Meet our governors

    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 McDonald

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

    Russell Norton

    Biography to follow

    Jennifer Nimmo

    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.

    Zoe McIntyre

    Biography to follow

    Liz Dormor

    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.

    Andrew Hill 

    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.

    Claudia Wade

    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.

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