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The Governing body of the Academy of Woodlands consists of 11 members and 4 associate members:

  • CEO / Headteacher
  • 1 Appointed Governor
  • 4 Community Governors, appointed by the Governing Body
  • 4 Parent Governors, elected by parents of registered pupils at the Academy
  • 1 Teaching Staff Governor, elected by members of staff at the Academy
  • 1 Non-Teaching Staff Governor, elected by members of staff at the Academy

Meetings Structure

The full governing body meets six times per academic year, with extra-ordinary meetings convened if necessary.

The governing body structure includes two committees: Finance and Building Committee which has responsibility for Finance and Site Management and the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committee which has responsibility for Curriculum and Pupil Welfare.  

Each committee meets three times per academic year, with extra-ordinary meetings convened if necessary.  

The Governing Body has an ‘open’ committee structure. This means that all committee agendas and minutes are circulated to all governors and all governors are welcome to attend the committee meetings even if they are not a member of that committee. All governors minutes are available upon request from the school office.

Governors are only expected to attend meetings of their own committee, therefore if the number of attendances at committee is shown as higher than expected, it indicates they have also attended meetings of the committee they are not a member of.

Please click below for details on the Academy of Woodlands Governors:

Anne Viney - CEO, Headteacher

Role: CEO and Headteacher of the Academy of Woodlands

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body, Finance & Buildings, Standards Committee

Date of Appointment: 19/01/2021

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 4/4

Liza Thompson - Chair of Governors

Role: Chair of the governing body

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body, Finance & Buildings

Date of Appointment: 19/09/2014

Reappointed: 25/09/2018

Register of Interests: Director, Vimar Solutions LTD. CEO, Charity.

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 5/5

Craig Mackay - Vice Chair of Governors

Role: Community Governor

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body, Finance & Buildings

Date of Appointment: 15/11/2016

Reappointed: 18/05/2021

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 4/5

Abi Beer

Role: Teaching Staff Governor, Vice Chair of the Standards Committee

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body, Standards Committee

Date of Appointment: 24/09/2019

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 5/5

Anna Keast

Role: Parent Governor

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body

Date of Appointment: 12/07/2021

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: Not applicable

Anne Costidell

Role: Community Governor

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body, Finance & Buildings, Standards Committee

Date of Appointment: 22/09/2020

Register of Interests: Married to Governor Lee Costidell, Daughter and Daughter-in-Law employed by the School.

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 5/5

Anthony Tippell

Role: Associate Member

Committee Membership: Finance & Building

Date of Appointment: 01/04/2013

Reappointed: Annually in September 2020

Register of Interests: McCudden Building Services

Attendance For 2019-2020 Meetings: 1/1

Bill Cooper

Role: Parent Governor

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body, Finance & Buildings

Date of Appointment: 19/01/2021

Register of Interests: Spouse is an Academy of Woodlands Staff Member.

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 3/3

James Young

Role: Parent Governor

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body, Finance & Buildings

Date of Appointment: 30/06/2015

Reappointed: 22/09/2020

Register of Interests: Director, Kopi Limited.

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 5/5

Jan Wilkes

Role: Associate Member

Committee Membership: Finance & Building

Date of Appointment: 01/04/2013

Reappointed: Annually in September 2020

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2019-2020 Meetings: 1/1

Kerri O'Neill

Role: Associate Member

Committee Membership: Standards Committee

Date of Appointment: 14/11/2017

Reappointed: Annually in September 2020

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2019-2020 Meetings: 3/3

Lee Costidell

Role: Community Governor

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body, Finance & Buildings, Standards Committee

Date of Appointment: 22/09/2021

Register of Interests: Married to Governor Anne Costidell, Daughter and Daughter-in-Law employed by the School.

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 5/5

Luke Geary

Role: Community Governor

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2021

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: Not applicable

Paul Days

Role: Associate Member

Committee Membership: Standards Committee 

Date of Appointment: 26/11/2019

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 1/2

Paula Wadsworth

Role: Parent Governor

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2021

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: Not applicable

Governors Served within the last 12 Months 

Nic Fiddaman - CEO, Headteacher

Role: CEO and Headteacher of the Academy of Woodlands

Committee Membership: Finance & Buildings

Date of Appointment: 01/04/2013

Date of Resignation: 31/12/2020

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2019-2020 Meetings: Not applicable

Karen Knowles

Role: Non-Teaching Staff Governor

Committee Membership: Finance & Building

Date of Appointment: 01/04/2013

Date of Resignation: 01/03/2021

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2019-2020 Meetings: 3/6

Hilary Sanders - Vice Chair of Governors

Role: Community Governor

Committee Membership: Finance & Building

Date of Appointment: 12/05/2015

Date of Resignation: 19/01/2021

Register of Interests: Chair of Riverside Primary Children's Centre, CEO of Medway Anglican Schools Trust, Resigned from Burnt Oak Primary School, Partner with Emily Sanders (H&E Sanders).

Attendance For 2019-2020 Meetings: 5/7

Mark Childs - Chair of Governors

Role: Community Governor

Committee Membership: Curriculum & Pupil Welfare

Date of Appointment: 12/05/2015

Date of Resignation: 22/05/2021

Register of Interests: None

Attendance For 2019-2020 Meetings: 4/4

Karen Browne

Role: Non-Teaching Staff Governor

Committee Membership: Full Governing Body, Standards Committee

Date of Appointment: 23/03/2021

Date of Resignation: 12/10/2021

Register of Interests: Daughter employed by the School

Attendance For 2020-2021 Meetings: 3/3