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Committee members

Members of The Priory Academy LSST's Governing Committee come from a wide variety of different backgrounds. Below you will find a short biography of each of our seven Governors.

David Knowles (Chair)
David was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father was seconded to the Colonial Office.  He went to school in Manchester, then University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, to read Geography before being awarded a PhD from Lancaster University.  He has lived in the Lincoln area for the past 30 years, and joined the first governing body of The LSST in 1992. He has been a governor since then, an unbroken run of 22 years.  He and his wife have two children, both pupils (past and present) of The Priory Academy LSST.  His son is in his final year reading Geography at Newcastle and his younger daughter is studying A2s, hoping to go on to university to continue with Art.

David was appointed Chair in 2012, having served on a full range of committees in his long association with the school governors.  He currently sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee. As Chair of the Priory LSST, David is also a Trustee of The Priory Federation of Academies and sits on its Strategy Committee, along with The Priory LSST Headteacher.

David works for ADAS, a large environmental consultancy, managing compliance and risk management; he is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. In his leisure time he enjoys salmon fishing and hill walking.

Paul Kenton (Vice-Chair)
Paul, formerly a senior manager for Ruston/Alstom Turbines, has always been interested in children’s education. He first became involved in the sector through sponsorship and the setting-up of Joseph Ruston and City of Lincoln Specialist Schools.

Paul joined the LSST Governors more than 12 years ago and since then has been involved in a variety of roles. He has also been a Governor, and now a Trustee, of St John’s Primary Academy for 16 years.

Paul worked for Bishop Grosseteste University on a project involving apprenticeships and further education, and for Lincoln City FC on community projects, Supporters’ Trust and fund-raising.

He describes himself as a keen sportsman, both in and out of the armchair!

Alec Shepley
Originally from Manchester Alec has lived in Lincolnshire for over six years. He is married with a son and daughter both of whom attend The Priory Academy LSST. Alec is currently Senior Academic Fine Arts, in the Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln. A firm believer in the transformative power of education to change lives Alec has dedicated his career to teaching and learning. He has been an academic in Higher Education Art & Design for seventeen years and prior to that taught in Further Education for ten years.

Alec has a PhD in Fine Art from the Manchester Metropolitan University and he is particularly interested in the symbiotic relationship between art practice, teaching and research. As an artist he has exhibited nationally and internationally for a number of years and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and serves on the Visual Arts Advisory Board, The Collection Museum and Art Gallery, Lincoln

Alec joined the Governing Committee in 2012 and his particular responsibility and focus along with Deputy Head Dr Culshaw, is for Teaching and Learning. He also supports the Academy at prize-giving events, helps academy students with their university applications and reviews students’ portfolios prior to interview. Alec has many outside interests including sailing, cycling, gardening, travelling and reading.

Nicole Bond
Nicole has lived in Lincoln for 39 years. She is married with two grown-up children, both of whom attended The Priory LSST. Her daughter was in the second intake of the school in 1993, so Nicole has been involved with the growth of the Academy since the beginning.

Over the years she has been involved in many aspects of the governing body’s tasks, including staff recruitment, student admissions, policy-making, liaising with teaching staff and attending prize-giving days. She is a strong supporter of the Academy’s ethos.

Andrew Gresham
Andrew was born in Lincoln and, although he is a member of the RAF, his family have lived locally for more than 20 years.

Andrew has two daughters, both of whom attend The Priory Academy LSST.  He joined the Governing Committee in 2010 and works with Mr Brown, Assistant Head, on the Student area of the Academy Development Plan.

Since joining the Committee, Andrew has completed a number of Governor e-learning courses and externally provided training sessions and assisted the Senior Leadership Team with selection of new staff members.

In addition to his formal responsibilities as a School Governor, Andrew is always keen to participate in prize-giving and other events as they showcase all that is best about the Academy and the positive hard work of staff, parents and pupils.

John Weir
John is a qualified engineer with more than 20 years’ practical experience in learning and development with the armed forces and in the energy sector.

After leaving RAF Waddington in 2003 as an aircrew instructor, John joined a power sector training company as first a high voltage trainer and then training manager. In 2007 he became the head of training in the newly formed E.ON Engineering Academy, responsible for the delivery of training to more than 6,000 delegates and 450 apprentices in four UK training centres. During his time in E.ON, John was fortunate enough to be inspected by Ofsted and to gain an insight into what it takes to meet the government standards for organisations drawing public funding for education.

In 2012 John joined Centrica Energy where he is the head of technical training responsible for the learning and development of more than 2,000 engineers, technicians and apprentices across the oil, gas and power sectors.

Outside of work, John has been a coach and chairman for his village junior football club. He is also a trustee for an engineering training association charity that manages 300 apprentices in the Humber region.

John, who joined The Priory’s governing body in 2013, says he has a passion for developing people to the best of their abilities and to support those responsible for discovering and nurturing talent.

Janet Siddall
Janet was born in Lincoln and has lived in one of the Cliff villages for the last 16 years.  She originally joined the governing body as a Parent Governor when her son attended the school. After he left to go to university, she was co-opted onto the board and became Chair of the Curriculum Committee for several years.

Janet spent some time volunteering with several Year 8 and Year 13 children at what was then Joseph Ruston School (now The Priory Witham Academy).

Currently, Janet is working with Mr Lea (Assistant Head) on health and safety, educational visits, Priory Leisure and Priory lettings.

During her time as a Governor, Janet has supported a variety of events including prize-giving ceremonies, remembrance services and CCF functions. She says she is proud to be associated with all that The Priory has achieved over the years.


    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln