Rob Hill - Chair of the board

Rob Hill 

Chair of the Board, Foundation Director

Appointed: 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton.

Term of Office: 4 years

Rob has been a governor at St Edwards Catholic Primary School, Kettering since 2006, first as a parent governor and then as a foundation governor. In that time he has fulfilled the roles of Vice-Chair and Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance. His experience over the past nine years has been within all committees and he has been involved in most major decision processes, including major building works, headteacher recruitment and most recently as Chair of Academy Steering Group helping to form the St Luke Academies Trust. Rob has a degree in Civil Engineering and is Director of a Civil Engineering Consultancy working within the housing development sector. He has senior management experience dating back 25 years in both the private and public sector.



Eamonn McAuley

Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of Finance Committee, Foundation Director
Appointed: 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton.

Term of Office: 4 years

Eamonn has been a governor at Our Lady of Walsingham Primary School, Corby for twelve years, first as a parent governor and then as a foundation governor. He has been Chair of Governors for seven years. Eamonn was invited to become Chair of Governors of St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School in January 2014 and successfully strengthened governance at the school. Eamonn has a wide range of experience in School Finance, Human Resources, Headteacher Performance Management, Achievement and Standards, and Premises Management.

Eamonn is a trained electrical engineer. He is managing director of a successful local business which he started fifteen years ago. He employs fifteen operatives, three of whom are apprentice engineers.



Dermot Lally

Foundation Director, Chair of Audit Committee 

Appointed: 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton.

Term of Office: 4 years

Dermot is a qualified accountant and a director of a local firm of Chartered Accountants. He is also Treasurer of the local branch of the Royal British Legion and sits as a panel member of the First Enterprise Agency which grants loans to businesses based in the East Midlands. He regularly gives talks for Kettering and Corby Enterprise Clubs and is also a trained Business Link mentor.

Dermot previously served as a Foundation Governor at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School and was Chair of Governors. He is actively involved in supporting the school where his children attend.




Clare Smith

Foundation Director , Chair of HR Committee

Appointed on 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton

Term of Office: 4 years

Clare Smith is a Foundation governor at St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School and advises on Human Resources, as a key member of the HR Committee. She is also the named governor for pupil premium pupils. Clare was appointed Chair of Governors in March 2017.
Clare is a CIPD qualified HR professional with over 6 years generalist Human Resources experience, predominately in the manufacturing sector. She achieved her Masters in Human Resource Management in January 2015.
Clare was educated in a local Catholic primary and secondary school and is part of the church community.



Anna Kilsby

Foundation Director
Appointed on 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton.

Term of Office: 4 years

Anna currently works part time in the public Sector as an Administrator. Previously, she has worked within 7 secondary schools in the Kettering area as part of the Connexions team (Careers Service), finding work experience placements for all year 10/11 students and long term placements for children who are not in mainstream school. Anna has been actively involved in supporting St Edwards Catholic Primary School, Kettering for many years. As an ex pupil herself and a mother of two girls who have been through the school, she is passionate about all aspects of school life. Anna has been a member of the PTA at the school, and a Foundation governor since 2008. She was appointed Chair of Governors in 2011 and is still fulfilling this role today.

During her time as Governor, Anna has been through two Ofsted Inspections, in which the school was judged as ‘Good’ and was interviewed by the Diocese as part of a Section 48 Inspection, in which the school was judged as ‘Outstanding’. She has also been through the process of appointing a Head Teacher. Anna can also add Vice Chair of the NNCSP to her list of responsibilities, where she is actively involved in supporting Catholic Education in North Northamptonshire.



Antonina Fletton

Foundation Director, Chair of Pupil Outcomes Committee
Appointed on 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton

Term of Office: 4 years

Nina been a Foundation Governor for six years at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Kettering and Vice Chair of the Governing Body for three years. Nina has taught English at Secondary School for fourteen years, during which time she has been Head of Department, Advanced Skills Teacher and Assistant SENCo. Her current role as a Specialist Leader in Education involves a broad range of experience. Her current responsibilities include the leadership of English and Literacy and leading intervention strategies. She has a special interest in narrowing the attainment and aspiration gap for vulnerable students. She regularly support colleagues, both within her secondary school, in St Thomas More Primary School and the wider region.



Nicola Vaughan

Director for School Improvement
Appointed on 1st April 2015 by the Board of Directors

As an experienced teacher and headteacher, Nicola led St Edward’s Catholic Primary School in Kettering for eight years, achieving good Ofsted judgements in July 2010 and July 2013. She completed Local Leader in Education training in 2011 and completed a National Leader deployment in 2012 – 2013.

Since leaving headship in August 2013, Nicola has completed commissioned work with the Local Authority, supporting schools in Special Measures and Requires Improvement categories with action planning for school improvement. Her work has been recognised as effective by HMI and the Local Authority in sustaining rapid improvement. She has also worked as an Achievement Coach for Achievement for All, working effectively with six schools in Peterborough to raise aspirations, access and achievement for vulnerable pupils, achieving progress for the majority of these pupils above national levels. Nicola  holds the position of  School Improvement Director and Accounting Officer for the Trust.



Maire Hayes

Headteacher of Our Lady of Walsingham School, Corby.
Appointed by Directors on 1st March 2015

Term of Office: 4 years

Maire Hayes has been a teacher for almost twenty years. Maire has a degree in English Literature and Theology, PGCE and has completed the Masters accredited Maths Specialist Programme. She has experience in a variety of schools over the years including a long period of time working in Ealing, London. She returned to Northamptonshire in 2006 to become the Deputy Head Teacher of a local school. Maire returned to her old primary school, Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary, in September 2009 to come the Deputy Headteacher there, moving quickly into the Acting Head Teacher and later the substantive Headteacher role. In her time as Head Teacher, the school moved within two years from being close to being in a category, to becoming a school graded securely as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Pupil numbers have tripled and the school is once again a very proud and thriving community. During her time as Head Teacher at Our Lady’s, she has successfully developed a strong middle and senior leadership team in the school and believes passionately in supporting all aspects of children’s development. This includes developing the children’s emotional and physical wellbeing in addition to their academic ability.



Sue Robinson

Finance Director
Appointed by Directors on 1st December 2016

Sue has worked within the Education Finance Sector since 1998, first working as a Finance Manager at Thomas Becket Upper School in Northampton, then moving to the Local Authority as a Finance Advisor. This role involved supporting and advising individual schools in all aspects of Finance , dealing with schools in financial difficulties and offering general support and guidance. Sue worked as a Finance Manager in a Multi-Academy Trust for three years before joining St Luke Academies Trust. She is qualified in AAT Accounting, CSBM and CIPFA Financial Reporting for Academies.




Lynda Doherty

Clerk to the Board of Directors
Appointed by Directors on 1st March 2015

Lynda Doherty is the Clerk to St Luke Academies Trust. Lynda was employed in the Further Education sector for 26 years before retiring in March 2016. She is a qualified Clerk for the Primary, Secondary and Further Education sectors. Lynda’s role is to support the Board of Directors and provide independent advice and guidance. Lynda is also the Clerk to the Governing Body for Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School which is part of the St Luke Academies Trust.




Theresa Mitford – Barberton

Foundation Director  Appointed: 1st March 2015 by the Bishop of Northampton.

Resignation: 19th July 2016

Pauline Cuddihy

Headteacher of St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, Kettering.
Appointed by Directors on 1st March 2015

Resigned: 28th September 2016


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