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Governing Body Membership

Detailed information on Governor's, including date of appointment and attendance can be found on the Brooke Weston Trust website under Brooke Weston Governors.

PhotoPhil Harris-Bridge

Chair of Governors

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.

Clare Dent

Parent Governor

Recently appointed, bio and photograph to follow.

PhotoEmma Goodwin


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.

Photo Ika Částka


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.

Photo John Hill


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.

PhotoMarcus Learoyd

(Deputy Chair of Governors) / Governor

I am 51 and married to Anna. We have 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!

Photo Christine Seward

Staff Governor

A graduate of Sociology with Psychology, I became a qualified teacher in 2012 and an examiner in 2014. I taught in a range of educational settings in Devon prior to relocating to Corby to pursue my career further as Head of Social Science in 2017 at Brooke Weston academy. I am passionate about high quality teaching and learning as well as the Brooke Weston community. Being a governor will give me a greater understanding of how the governing body view and make decisions which drive the progression of Brooke Weston.

Rebecca Whitwell


Recently appointed, bio and photograph to follow.

PhotoVikki Williams


I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the Governing Body at Brooke Weston. I grew up in and went to school in Corby and am passionate about education and giving young people the best opportunities in life. I am an English Graduate and have built my career leading Operations and delivering transformational change projects within various scale businesses. For the last 13 years I have worked as a senior leader in Financial Services for companies such as Barclaycard, Barclays, Hargreaves Lansdown, Aviva and most recently Nationwide. Throughout my career I have mentored and developed people through their career choices and look forward to being able to provide this type of support at Brooke Weston. I was Chair of Governors at Geddington Primary School for 4+ years and so have good insight into what is required of a successful Governor. Both of my children now attend Brooke Weston and I am extremely proud to see them both thriving in the environment fostered at the school.

PhotoNic Hanlon


With over 35 years of Corporate and Commercial Finance experience working in London and across the regions for a major global bank, Nic latterly led their West Midlands Commercial Structured Finance team, before establishing his own Corporate Finance advisory business. Nic’s business specialises in advising businesses through major event driven transactions such as Management Buy Outs, Acquisitions and Private Equity fund raising. As well as his financial acumen, Nic brings with him business development skills and access to a wide business network. Having mentored Graduate Trainees, he is also keen to support and help prepare students for life in the world of employment and business. Outside of the work environment, in the past he has been involved with the Princes Trust and fund raising for the Spinal Injuries Association. Nic has lived in the Kettering District for over 20 years. He is married with two children, both of whom are students at Brooke Weston Academy. Nic is a former club rugby player and a life-long supporter of Leicester Tigers, he enjoys cycling, live music and walking Monty the family dog.

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