Phil's career in the commercial sector spanned IT, manufacturing and distribution businesses, with his last full-time employment spanning 16 years in senior management roles at RS Components based in Corby. Married with two daughters both of whom attended Brooke Weston CTC, he has a First Class Honours degree in Business Management and has lived in the Kettering area for nearly 35 years. He is a Director in the family consultancy business run by his wife, holds Non Executive Director roles with Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Brooke Weston Multi-Academy Trust and the Electrocomponents Pensions Trust. He has been a school governor for over 26 years at a variety of the primary and secondary schools across Corby and Kettering. He is currently Chair of Governors at Brooke Weston Academy, Chair of Governors at Compass Primary Academy and Interim Chair of Governors at Millbrook Junior School. He was previously a Governor at Corby Business Academy and Kettering Science Academy (Secondary) up to 2017. Phil qualified as a National Leader in Governance (NLG) for the Regional schools sector, working with more challenged schools to improve governance, leadership and school performance. Spare time interests include travel, ballroom and latin dancing, charitable causes and reading economics, politics and business.
I am a chartered surveyor with a wide range of management experience in both the private and public sectors. I spent 15 years with Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries on the pub retail side of the business, as well in the property team. I currently work for the Government Agency known as the Homes and Communities Agency. There I am responsible in the South-East Midlands for seeking to increase housing supply through land disposal, and the use of development and infrastructure finance. Outside of work I am a keen triathlete and was previously a parent governor at Wilbarston Primary.
I have over 20 years' experience in primary education. This has included working as an Education Adviser specialising in Primary Science as part of the school development team for Northamptonshire County Council. I was Vice Principal at Beanfield Primary from July 2011 to August 2014 and was appointed Principal at Oakley Vale Primary in September 2014. Since becoming Principal at Oakley Vale I have led the school through significant change where we have moved from a Requires Improvement to a strong good school in our most recent Ofsted (June 2017). I look forward to being part of the Brooke Weston Governing body and see this as a great opportunity to continue to develop strong links with both schools and the gain an even stronger understanding of the challenges in both Primary and Secondary settings.
I have been a solicitor working in Northamptonshire since graduating from the University of Birmingham and then the College of Law, qualifying in 1986. I am currently Chair of the Board of Management of Wilson Browne. I attended a secondary school in Corby and continue my involvement with the town as co-chair of Corby Business Group. The steel industry and the Serbian community brought my family to the county in the 1970s when my father moved from the mines of Northumberland to the tube works in Corby. I have two teenage sons. I am passionate about schools and businesses working more closely both to inspire students and to help them with the skills required to be successful in their working lives.
A Science Graduate, I am married with two children (now adults). Former Director of Industry for Corby and Local Authority Chief Officer, I am now semi-retired with interests in the church, sport and education. In addition to being a governor at BWA, I am also a Governor at Corby Business Academy and a Trust Board Member of Teamwork - an organisation that provides restorative support and meaningful employment for mentally and physically disabled people.
I am 51 and married to Anna. We have with two boys and a girl and live just outside Cranford. I have a property company called Potter Learoyd Commercial and we buy, sell and let all types of commercial property and land. We've been going for about 6 years and are based in Corby. Prior to Potter Learoyd, I worked for Carphone Warehouse in various different management roles over my fourteen years there. Born, bred and raised in Northamptonshire, I am passionate about the county and love to see the Saints triumph, particularly over Leicester!
Originally, from Derbyshire, I am a full-time member of the teaching staff at Brooke Weston in the English Department. In addition to my role as classroom teacher, I am also Head of Media Studies and KS5 Literature, building on the foundations I laid whilst reading English Literature and later Victorian Studies at the University of Leicester. It is almost inevitable that people enquire about my favourite author and I am constantly torn between the novels of Dickens and Ian Fleming.
I have been proud to teach at Brooke Weston since first arriving to train here in 2013. The school embodies my own personal teaching philosophy: students should be exposed to outstanding opportunities which open them up to a world of life chances. The experiences and roles I have held have thoroughly prepared me for the world of twenty-first century teaching and the challenges which a raft of educational reforms have brought over the past year; we are living in an age where uncertainty and change in teaching are the only constants. More than ever given the competitive job market, it is essential that students are able communicate effectively and English plays an essential role in developing these skills.
I have worked in Education for 27 years. I have experience in both independent and state sectors. I have worked in six different schools including 2 deputy headships and three headships. My current post is in the Brooke Weston Trust as Principal at Beanfield Primary School. I am married to Charlie who is a deputy head in a school in Leicestershire. I have a passion for Leicester City Football Club and enjoy golf, tennis, gardening and subbuteo.
Following an 8 year career as an army officer, Tony decided to pursue a teaching career as he enjoyed instructing and working with people and wanted to help develop young people particularly. He began his teaching career as a PE and History teacher at Queen Elizabeth school in Corby in 1997. He then went on to be Head of humanities, then a Head of Year in 2000 when the school joined with Beanfield to become Corby Community College. Tony has worked for Brooke Weston Trust since 2008, initially as Vice Principal at Corby Business Academy and in 2014 joined Kettering Science Academy as Senior Vice Principal and from September 2017 is now Associate Principal.
Tony is enjoying the challenge of the Associate Principal role, and looks forward to leading the school to being good at the next Ofsted inspection. As a Brooke Weston Academy Governor Tony can bring his 20 years of experience of school improvement and knowledge gained from being a specialist in behaviour and safety to the Governing body.