Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Iceni Academy Governors’ Business Interests

Name of Governor or Associate Member

Category of Governor

Appointing Body e.g Governing Body; Local Authority; Foundation; Diocese

Positions of Responsibility

Relevant Business Interests that could present a conflict of interest including whether a governor at another school

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner, relative

Dave King

Community Governor

Governing Body

Chair of Governors, Community Links Survey, Governor CPD, British Values

Governor Templars Academy


Julie Powell

Community Governor

Governing Body

SEN, CP, G&T, Racial Awareness, Attendance



Lyn Barton

Community Governor

Governing Body

Pupil Voice, Complaints

Governor Stanway Federation


John Poulson

Staff Governor

Governing Body

Year 6 Reporting, Assessment, Maths, Educational Visits



Mark Glenister

Community Governor

Governing Body

PPG, Sports Premium

Cherry Tree Primary


Jane Bass

Connected Learning Governor


Executive Headteacher, Connected Learning MAT




Governor name: Lyn Barton
Lyn is a respected local Councillor representing Shrub End, passionate about her community and accordingly our lead on community projects. Her statement will follow.

Governor name: Mark Glenister
Role: As a Governor, I have specific responsibilities for monitoring the schools’ finances and the effective use of pupil premium funding, as well as offering support for the schools to ensure the best possible outcomes for pupils.
My background: Following a background in customer service, and then passenger transport, I now work as a contract manager for Essex County Council. I have been an active Governor at Cherry Tree School since 2012.
Hopes for the schools: All pupils realise their full potential, are happy, safe and well equipped for life ahead.

Governor name: David King
Role: As Chair of Governors I lead the Colchester Governing Body.  With the support of fellow governors, I will oversee and work closely with the Executive Heads and Heads of School to secure the best possible learning and outcomes for the children and will lead on liaison with the Connected Learning Trust that includes Cherry Tree and Iceni schools.
My background: Many years in the Civil Service in the Ministry of Defence, at a senior level, and a wide range of experiences, from procurement and project management to corporate and advisory services in the UK and abroad.
Hopes for the schools: working together and with parents we can deliver a safe and happy learning environment and really make progress.

Governor name: Julie Powell
Role: I am the Vice Chair, for Cherry Tree, on the Colchester Governing Body, supporting the Chair, David King. I am also the Safe Guarding and SEN Governor for both Iceni and Cherry Tree schools, working together with Catherine Graydon, a fellow Governor. This role ensures that both schools meet all national and local safeguarding policies and procedures and provides the best possible care and protection for the children whilst in our care.
My background: I have been retired 10 years, previously I worked in the NHS clinically and then in the Public Health Team providing training to health professionals and setting up health promotion programmes across N E Essex.
Hopes for the schools: To work together with the schools to ensure the children enjoy learning, attain their full potential, are safe and grow in confidence. 

Governor name: John Poulson
Role :  As a governor, who is also the Deputy Head at Iceni Academy, I see myself as an important link between the Governing Body and the school. Whilst challenging and supporting the school as a Governor, I can also keep the Governing Body informed about what is happening within the school and add detail to information they receive. 
My background:  My background is in teaching, which I have been doing for fifteen years. I have worked in Primary and Junior Schools throughout Essex, and recently gained promotion to Deputy Head Teacher at Iceni Academy.
Hopes for the school:  The school is graded as outstanding in the future, because it meets all the criteria for: Leadership and Management; Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare; which leads to the best possible outcomes for all pupils.

Governors Information

  • Chair of Governors article July 2018

  • Governors End of Term Report - Dec 2017

  • Colchester JLGB Governance Structure and Statement

  • Message from the new Chair of Governors Oct 2016

  • LGB Minutes - 1st Dec 2016
  • LGB Minutes - 26th Sept 2016
  • LGB Minutes - 24th Sept 2015

  • Governors Monitoring Policy

  • Governor Resignations

    Catherine Graydon
    Paul Hopper
    Kerziah Maison
    Rebecca Newton

    Karen Chaplin
    Resigned: 16th March 2017

    Sarah Stevenson
    Resigned: 2nd February 2016

    Emma Hall
    Resigned: 2nd February 2016

    Sharron Lawrence
    Resigned: 2nd February 2016

    Bruce Tuxford
    Resigned: 16th November 2016