Governing Body September 2017
Kim McCamley – Principal
Kim has been Principal of Sandye Place Academy since April 2011. Kim always wanted to be a teacher from as early as she can remember. Teaching is her passion and Kim continues to teach Maths alongside the demands of her role as Principal. Kim joined the Board of Governors in September 2008 as an Associate Governor, she is also chair of the Looked After Children Governing Body for Central Bedfordshire and a member of the Heads Forum for the local authority.
Angela Desborough – Staff Governor
Angela has worked as a Teaching Assistant and now a SEND administrator at Sandye Place Academy since December 2008 and joined the Board of Trustees in May 2012. Before re-training to become a Teaching Assistant, Angela had a career in sales and recruitment. She has two children – a son in year 12 and a daughter in year 8. Sandy has been her home town for nearly 20 years.
Andy Fielding – Parent Governor
Andy is a Computer systems Engineer working for a National IT solutions provider, previous to this career change he was a Self Employed Carpenter and Joiner specialising in Bespoke Joinery. He has two school age children and two grown up children and six grandchildren. He has been a retained Fireman, sat on other voluntary committees and is a member of a lower school PTA. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 and sits on the Operations and Finance Sub committees.
Steve Fox – Parent Governor, Chair of Standards Sub-Committee
Steve is an Electronic Engineer. Steve previously served in the armed forces and has since worked in both the private and public sectors supporting the forces. During this time Steve has developed his skills in procurement, finance, contracting and support management. Steve joined the Board of Governors in September 2008 as a Parent Governor.
Hannah Ranson - Community Governor, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Hannah is a Communications Accounts Team Manager at local charity the RSPB. She previously worked as a PR consultant specialising in working with organisations in the education sector. Hannah joined the Board of Trustees in November 2010 as a Community Governor and in April 2011 became the Chair of the Marketing Committee bringing her experience of the press, marketing and communication to the committee. Hannah became Chair of the Board of Trustees in July 2017.
Michael Greener - Community Governor, Chair of Finance Sub-Committee
Michael is a manager of an internet home shopping centre for a major retailer he has worked for over 33 years. The role involves both the leadership of a large group of people and working with cross functional teams on future developments within multi channel retail. This has role has enabled him to fully understand the need for effective strong team work and leadership within an organisation.
Michael joined the Board of Governors in September 2007 as a Parent Governor and in September 2010 became Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. In September 2011 Michael took up the position as Chair, standing down from this in 2014 but remaining on the Governing body.
Malcolm Riches - Parent Governor
Malcolm has been a Lighting Sales manager for a UK manufacturer for 28 years giving him a broad breadth of business experience and social skills. He is married with a 5 year old son and a 11 year old daughter who currently attends the Academy. Malcolm has been a Sandy resident for over 30 years, who attended SPA (when it was Sandye Place) then Sandy Upper, on leaving school he took an apprenticeship as a Mechanical engineer.
Ben Sale – Associate Governor
Ben is Assistant Principal at Sandye Place Academy. He studied Sport (science and management) at Nottingham Trent University before qualifying as a teacher in 2006. Ben joined Sandye Place in September 2008 and has previously been Head of Year 5 and Coordinator of PE at the Academy. Ben joined the Board of Governors in September 2009 and is the training link governor. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Principal, Ben was Staff Governor for a number of years.
Peter Smith - LA Governor
Peter is married with two children of school age and two grown up. He is a councillor at Central Bedfordshire and represents the Sandy, Beeston and Blunham ward.
He is currently a member of the licensing committee, and has sat on the Children's Services scrutiny committee and planning committees.
Currently working as a landscape gardener, Peter's previous career was mainly in the hospitality business and training and development within the pub sector.
Peter is Link Governor to the school council and sits on the Operations Sub-Committee.
Kaz James – Vice Principal, Associate Governor
Kaz is Vice Principal at Sandye Place Academy. Kaz was educated at the American College of Sports Medicine and UEL (BSc Applied Sports Science). Kaz realised his ambition of teaching in 2003. He has taught across Key Stages 2 to A-level in Mathematics and Physical Education. Kaz joined the Board of Governors in April 2011 as an Associate Governor.
Sharon Kane – Assistant Principal, Associate Governor
Sharon is Assistant Principal (Finance and Operations) at Sandye Place Academy. Sharon joined Sandye Place in 2004 as Finance Manager. Sharon moved to the UK from Ireland in 1991 where she launched the Tanning Shop. Sharon was responsible for the international operations of the company and successfully franchised the company to 150 stores nationwide. Sharon specialises in financial facilities, marketing, human resources and system management. Sharon joined the Board of Governors in September 2004 as Clerk to the Board of Governors. Following her promotion to Assistant Principal, Sharon resigned from her post as Clerk to the Board of Governors but remains part of the governing body as an Associate Governor.
Cath Watters – Clerk to the Governing Body
Cath is PA to the Principal and has been employed at the Academy since March 2010. Prior to joining the school, Cath gained extensive experience in the public sector, firstly as a HR and Career Development Officer in the British Transport Police and subsequently as a Contract Manager for the Strategic Rail Authority managing contracts between the Government and the privatised Train Operating Companies.
Cath has extensive experience as a Community Governor at a local Lower School, and became Clerk to the Sandye Place Academy Board of Trustees in January 2012. Cath has two children who both attend the Academy.
Jo Stephens - Community Governor, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of Operations Sub-Committee
Jo Stephens is a nurse at Sandy Health Centre. She was an Intensive Care Sister in the past before moving into nursing management and then senior management roles. She has experience in managing both large and small numbers of staff and has seen numerous change management projects through.
She has worked across both the NHS and private health care sectors in senior roles over the years but since becoming a mum she places a greater emphasis on that, than a career ladder.
She has several years of experience as a governor and was the Chair of a lower school for a further year after her daughter left, when she was persuaded to join us here at SPA, where her daughter attends.
Thom Stonehouse - Staff Governor
Thom has recently joined the Academy’s governing body as staff governor. He has been working at the Academy since January 2013. He is currently Head of PE at the Academy and is striving to work to help the Academy move forward with its future ventures.