Welcome to our Governing Body

Meet the Governors

Mark McGuire 

I have been a parent governor since July 2012. I'm currently in my second term and have recently taken on the role of Co-Chair of Governors. I am a Finance Director for a silicon chip design company based in Cambridge and I have lived in the village of Kedington with my wife, Katherine for the past 19 years. 

We have three beautiful daughters, one who currently attends Kedington Primary Academy, my other two daughters attend Samuel Ward Academy. 

I thoroughly enjoy playing my part within a great team of Governors and ensuring the Academy continues to deliver very high educational standards.  My interests include golf (that I don’t have much time for with 3 daughters), cycling, football and snowboarding.


Tracey Roach

Co-Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor

Karen Boxall 

My name is Karen Boxall and I have been a parent governor since September 2008. I live in Kedington, I was married there and both my children were christened there, so I feel that Kedington and it's community are a big part of my life. I have two sons who both attended the Academy and are now at Samuel Ward Academy. I was encouraged by my sister to become involved in the Academy when she was a Governor. It is very interesting and indeed very rewarding. As well as a parent governor I am the governor for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and PE.

The only real interest that I have time for is juggling!.....my family, my work and my parent governor commitments. But I wouldn't change it for the world!


Rob Yeo

Hello, I’m Rob Yeo and I’ve been a parent governor since September 2017. Our children Tom and Piper attend the school, with Finn hoping to join them in a couple of years. We moved to Kedington 6 years ago when Piper was born, and we love it. The Academy is such a pivotal part of the community, and the experience we have had has been so positive I want to contribute and be a part of it as best I can.

I work as the Operations Director for a laboratory consumables manufacturer. We have been through many changes in the 7 years I have been there, and I hope to bring some of my experience and adaptability to bear at the Academy. In the limited spare time I have left after parenting and work, I’ve been known to play golf (very badly) and brew beer (more successfully).


Gideon Lukoda

Co-opted Governor


Vicky Doherty

Headteacher and Staff Governor


Natasha Fenn

Teacher and Staff Governor


Andy Hunter

Headteacher at Samuel Ward Academy

Kedington Primary Academy is part of the Unity Schools Partnership multi-academy trust. Information about the trust’s members and board of directors can be found on the trust’s website.

Kedington Primary Academy Local Governing Board.


Kedington Primary Academy local governing body (LGB) has 9 members. It is appointed by the academy trust board and is a committee of the trust board. The LGB includes:

  • 2 elected Parent Governors
  • 2 Staff Governors, one of which is the Principal/Headteacher and the other elected,
  • 5 Community governors appointed by the trust, 1 of which is identified by the Trust from the wider MAT community.


The Department for Education states that governing bodies have three core strategic functions. For an academy within the trust, these three core functions will be shared with the trust as follows:

  •       Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

      The trust is responsible for setting the vision for the whole trust and the academies within it.

Each LGB is responsible for ensuring implementation of the vision and ethos within their own academy. The ethos should reflect the Trust values. The Academy Improvement Plan should reflect impact of the trust strategic direction within the academy.

  • Holding the Principal/Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils;

This is a shared responsibility. The LGB is responsible for assisting with the recruitment and selection of the principal with the employer; the trust board having final approval. The board expects the Chief Executive and her/his team to work with the LGB on appointments.

Similarly, the LGB is responsible for assisting the Chief Executive in the performance management of the principal.

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

The LGB is responsible for recommendations about the academy’s annual budget and monitoring expenditure against the agreed budget. Some financial decisions will be recommended by the LGB and need board approval. These are set out in the schedule of delegation.

The Trust's scheme of delegation can be found on the Trust's website.