Welcome to our Governing Body

Meet the Governors

Amy Hepworth, CIM, BSc. - Chair of Governors

I have been a Parent Governor since November 2022. I have three children; two of which currently attend the school and one that will be joining next year. Since my eldest joined I have also been a member of the PTFA. At university I read Business Management and Law, by profession I’m a Chartered Marketer, specialising in branding and product development, I’ve worked in the commercial world for the last 15 years and currently hold a managerial role in the pharmaceutical industry.

I’m passionate about the children’s education and wellbeing and am keen to further support the school as a Governor in providing the best possible learning environment for all the children at Kedington Primary Academy.


Kathryn Umande

I have been a Parent Governor since April 2021. I have two children at Kedington Primary Academy, one who has just started in Reception and one who is about to leave Year 6.

I am an Operations Finance Manager at Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute which is a department within the University of Cambridge. My team, along with the grants team, are responsible for the smooth running of the Institute's diverse portfolio of funding held within our scientific research community.

We moved to the area 7 years ago and have always really enjoyed the community feel within Kedington Primary Academy. I am very excited to become part of the team of Governors supporting such a wonderful school.

In my spare time I like to do all things creative, including baking, papercrafts, interior design and upscaling furniture.

Jane Sendall

Jane is executive headteacher across two local Unity Schools Partnership Schools.

Father Chris Giles

Chris a the rector of six local parishes that make up the Stourhead Benefice.

Carlo Marrone

We moved to Kedington a year ago from North London and are really enjoying village life.

I worked in the IT industry for over 35 years before retiring.

My hobbies include  my allotment, cooking and football , watching rather than playing these days.

Steven Barrett

I finally retired in February 2020 after serving 32 years in local government in Kent until 2008. Since that time I have had a few jobs in particular when we moved to Suffolk in 2011. Previously in Kent I had been a primary school governor so when I read the details about being a governor at Kedington Primary Academy I contacted the Chair of Governors.

I enjoy being a governor and have responsibility for SEND.

Outside of school life I enjoy music, gardening and walking Jim our energetic Jack Russell plus home life with my wife Gill.

Vicky Doherty

Executive Headteacher and Staff Governor

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 by clicking here.