Meet Our Governing Board
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.
I am the Manager at Potterspury Preschool. I have been working with children for over 8 years now and I have been the manager at Potterspury for 3 years now. I started my career in childcare as a Childminder when my son was a baby and I studied for my level 3 Early Years educator course while childminding. I then moved to owning and running a successful Musical and entertainment group for under 5’s in the Towcester area but knew I wanted to get back to looking after children when the time was right. This happened when the preschool my son attended approached me to ask if I would help cover maternity leave for the then current manager. I ended up staying at the end of the maternity cover and I have been here ever since! I love working with young children and helping them to develop in lots of different ways. I love being there for children at the start of their journey into education, from the day they start to the day they leave to go off to “big” school. It’s such a journey for them and I love to help them develop and get them ready for this next big adventure in education.
Hi, my name is Cathryn Akrill. I am the Pupil and Family Wellbeing Leader, and a member of the Senior Leadership Team, at John Hellins Primary School. I have worked at John Hellins for over six years and have been a governor at the school for nearly fifteen years. My background is in project management and marketing and my degree is in English. I have chaired various committees over the years, including the village preschool and the governor Learning and Wellbeing Committee at John Hellins Primary School. I am looking forward to working with the new governing body of the English Hub.
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.