Meet Our Governing Board

Jodie Matthews
Strategic/Hub Lead for the English Hub and Head Teacher at John Hellins Primary School
Gill Chambers
Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Northampton

Gill Chambers

Gill is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Northampton where she specialises in teaching English on the Initial Teacher Training Programmes. Gill is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her research interests include reading and phonics. She has extensive experience in Primary Education and during her career she has taught across the primary age range, and worked for a Local Authority as a Learning and Curriculum Adviser for primary English.


Kate Morris
Early Years Specialist

Kate Morris

Kate Morris is an early years professional.  Based in Northamptonshire Kate has worked in and led several very successful early year settings. She is passionate about early years education, oracy and supporting young children to love reading.

Cathryn Judd Akrill
School Business Leader

Cathryn Judd Akrill

Cathryn Judd Akrill has a background in business and qualifications in accountancy as well as many years of experience working in schools.  A dedicated reader herself she is keen to work with the English Hub.  She works with the Hub Coordinator to ensure oversite of the budget.

Shirley Morrison
SLE in English at Northampton Boys School

Shirley Morrison

My name is Shirley Morrison and I have been teaching for 22years.  Currently, I am a Specialist Leader in Education in English and work at Northampton School for Boys where I have responsibility for School To School Support.  In addition, I am the Key Stage 5 Co-ordinator for the Gifted and Talented. 

In these various roles, I have enjoyed working with many primary and secondary schools in the local vicinity. I have hosted workshops for Year 5, Year 6, Year 11 and Year 13 students, as well as providing support and training for colleagues in areas such as ‘Talk For Writing’.  I have organised intervention for underperforming students in local schools and have hosted many events where external speakers have shared their expertise with both staff and students. 

In 2015, I was honoured to speak at The Brilliant Conference at King’s College London; I am extremely passionate about maximising opportunities for students from state schools.

In all honesty, I find teaching extremely pressurised, exhausting and even frustrating at times but it is, in my opinion, still the best job in the world and I feel lucky to be part of the profession.

Gillian Morton
School Effectiveness Team - North Northamptonshire
Clare Sharman
Hub Manager - Leicestershire & Rutland Teaching School Hub
Jo Michel
Headteacher at Roade Primary School
Jessica Archibald
Learning and Teaching Consultant (EYFS & KS1), Luton Council