Governance BOARD

Governance is all about holding management to account. Principals are formally held to account by the members of Local Governing Boards who also act as a ‘check and balance’, ensuring that the various aspects of school-support services provided by AET are also held to account.


Legal status of Governing Boards

Governing Boards are subject to company and charity law.  Members of Governing Boards are not legal directors or trustees and are generally protected from personal liability, presuming that they act:


  • diligently, honestly and in good faith,

  • in compliance with prevailing laws and statutory guidance

  • within the parameters established by the AET Trustees


All members of the Governing Board carry equal responsibility for decisions made.



Chair - John King




John King OBE is AET's new Regional Educational Adviser for East England and London, joining them in October 2016.  For seventeen years he was  Headteacher of various secondary schools, presiding - in one of them - over four consecutive outstanding Ofsted inspections and lifting another out of difficulties to outstanding. He has acted as adviser to the Department for Education (DfE), was one of the original London Challenge consultants, was appointed Acting Head of Improvement in a borough in the capital, worked for the National College of School Leadership and was subsequently consultant to various county councils.






































































































Vice Chair - David Brockie
David Brockie
David is a former headteacher and currently works for Hounslow Local Authority as its Senior Education Advisor.






Lesley Kirby-Klappholz - Principal
Lesley Kirby
Lesley was Headteacher for eight years at Richmond Park Academy, where the school moved from an Ofsted judgement of 'Notice to Improve' to 'Good'. Prior to this, she was a Deputy Head at Pimlico School, an Assistant Head at Slough Grammar School and a Head of Modern Languages here at our predecessor school. Lesley is also training to be an Ofsted inspector.



Joseph Farrell
Joseph Farrell
Joseph is honoured to have joined Kingsley Academy as a Co-opted Governor. His primary reason for becoming a governor is that he is totally committed to the provision of first-class state-provided education and he will strive to make a positive difference to the education of future generations. He has spent 30 years working in the UK Public Sector and as a Senior Manager, has acquired many skills that are transferable to the role of School Governor e.g. He has extensive experience in dealing with safeguarding children, young people and young vulnerable adults. He intends to use his knowledge and experience to help the students of Kingsley Academy to achieve their academic potential and to provide them with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to shape their own future.

Ali Messer
Ali Messer
Ali has 35 years experience in education as a teacher educator and secondary school teacher. She has a particular interest in enabling new teachers to learn fast and fulfil their potential, so their pupils do well. She lives in Hounslow and is keen to see Kingsley Academy make a strong contribution to the local community. Her children went to local state schools and know just how much difference a good school can make to a child.


Bobbie Basra
Bobbie Basra
Bobbie has a wide experience base across a range of organisations. She is currently a partnership director with a telecommunications company. Bobbie is a JP and an active member of the local community including being a radio station broadcaster.



Coralie Evison
Coralie Evison
Coralie was educated at local state schools and currently works as a project manager in the energy industry. She is a chartered accountant and has a background in finance.




Stephanie Neill
Biography to follow.


Andrew Redmond
Biography to follow.


James Hall
Biography to follow.


Advisory Boards


A critical component of good academy governance is the representation and contribution from other stakeholders in the academy, notably staff, parents and the wider local community, including business and not-for-profit organizations such as charities and faith institutions.  


Consequently, there will be two further bodies which underpin academy-level governance:


  1. A Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), representing employees. The outcomes ofJCC meetings will be presented to the Governing Board as a standing item on the agenda. The JCC members at Kingsley Academy are:

  • Karen Kemble

  • Carole Stokes

  • Gil Turner


  1. A Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) will be the representative body for parents and the wider community, and will promote contributions to the academy from any stakeholder. The PCAB members will also support panels for admission and staff and pupil disciplinary matters.The membership of this Advisory Board will include a minimum of TWO appointed parents (from unconnected families), plus other key people from the wider community, including local employers and voluntary organisations. The PCAB has yet to be appointed; invitations are currently out to parents and the community.