Sir Michael Griffiths, Acting Chair of Local Governing Body – info@emlcacademytrust.co.uk
Sir Michael Griffiths served as an adviser to EMLC in their bid to run the Northampton International Academy. He is an elected member of the Headteacher Board for North West London and South Central, and was Headmaster of Northampton School for Boys from 2001-14, having previously been Head of Wallingford School, Oxfordshire and served as Deputy at NSB in the 1990s.NSB has received the top Ofsted judgement in every inspection since 1993, and is a heavily over-subscribed school at both ages 11 and 16. It has a strong academic tradition as well as a national reputation for the quality and range of its extra-curricular provision, especially in sport, music, outdoor education, and its international residential programmes.Sir Michael led NSB to be the first convertor academy in the country. The school is a Teaching School and has an outstanding record not only for excellent academic outcomes, but also in the fields of sport, music, drama and outdoor and residential education.  He oversaw a number of extensive building developments at the school.After graduating in Biochemistry at the University of York, Sir Michael was Head of Science in two Wolverhampton comprehensive schools. He was an examiner for GCE O level and A. level Biology. After a period as Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University, he was appointed as Science Adviser and Ofsted Inspector in Sefton LEA before moving back into the school sector.Sir Michael is a National Leader of Education and a Fellow of the RSA. He served as President of the Association for School and College Leaders, the professional body for the vast majority of secondary school leaders, in 2012-13.Awarded a knighthood in 2014, Sir Michael is presently a member of UCAS Council, AQA Council, ASCL Council and is chair of the National Science Learning Network Steering Group. He is a member of an Academy Improvement Partnership Board for an EMLC Academy and is a Trustee of the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.  He is a member of the Northamptonshire Education and Skills Partnership Board which is striving to improve educational provision and outcomes in the county.
Jane Thomas
Jane Thomas was a primary head teacher in Bedfordshire prior to taking on the role of Primary School Inspector in Northampton Inspection Service. In 2003 alongside the CEO of EMLC set up the EMLC as a regional leadership centre delivering leadership contracts on behalf of the National College of School Leadership (NCTL). Jane, as Managing Director of EMLC, was responsible for growing the charity and delivering leadership development and assessment contracts both regionally and nationally. Jane worked with the CEO and the EMLC Board to gain accreditation to become a sponsor and setting up the EMLC Academy Trust in its early years until the appointment of the Managing Director. Jane was a Director of the EMLC Academy Trust Board until July 2015.Jane is currently responsible for the delivery of assessment for the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL), National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML).Jane is committed to high quality leadership at all levels throughout the academies in the EMLC Academy Trust.
Daniel Walker
Daniel is the Entry Level Talent manager for Siemens Rail and the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), responsible for building engagement and meaningful learning programmes for young people up and down the UK.He studied at Portsmouth University, spent some time briefly in banking, and then moved into rail where he has enjoyed working in learning and development for 8 years.Daniel is a firm advocate of rail, apprenticeships, and STEM-related careers.He is a Northamptonian, and love living and working in the town. Daniel is also very happily married and a proud father of a beautiful baby boy.
Lorna Beard
Lorna is the Principal of a large urban school in Northampton.  The school has high mobility with a large number of pupils new to country and around 30% in receipt of pupil premium.  The school was placed in special measures in 2013 with a history of underachievement.  Following a combined result of 47% L4+ in 2014 the school achieved 89% in 2015.Prior to becoming the Principal, Lorna worked as an Inclusion Manager specialising in SEN.  Lorna worked as a Leading SENCO for NCC supporting other local schools to improve their provision for SEND and EAL.  She continues to support the local teaching schools by offering INSET to Inclusion Managers on supporting EAL and SEND learners.  Lorna firmly believes that everyone deserves the support and opportunity to be the best they can be.Lorna is married with two children, both of whom attend local schools.
Robert Quincey
Robert Quincey has joined the Local Governing Body of the Northampton International SchoolEarly in Robert’s career as a Chartered Surveyor, he spent three years in South Africa which broadened his experience enormously. He spent 3 months at the end of his contract Cruising the World from Cape Town which enabled him to visit so many other countries.When Robert returned to the UK he started his own Building and Environmental practice, QMP, which became the 15th largest multi-disciplinary practice in the UK, the largest design project being 200 million pounds. His experience and skills have resulted in QMP having strong relationships with many outstanding clients including: Imperial College, Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Guys, St Thomas’ NHS FT, Barts and the London NHS trust, Kings College London, Houses of Parliament. Alongside Robert’s dedication to business as a construction professional, he is committed to helping raise funds for worthwhile causes. He worked closely with the Round Table and Rotary to raise money for good causes both at home and abroad as well as arranging after dinner speakers for charities, including for his own local church spire which was in danger of collapse!Robert also has a keen interest in politics, being the youngest ever Kettering Borough Councillor at the age of 23 years and Chairman of the Town Centre Development Committee for a short period.Robert was also heavily involved in the Young Conservatives for several years and during that time he arranged weekend conferences for the Young Conservatives with eminent political speakers.From a sporting point of view, Robert played squash at a relatively high level and enjoyed many other sports for fun. He still goes to the gym and keeps fit but admits the Jacuzzi at the end is the best bit!Robert is married and has three grown up children.Now that he has sold his practice, Robert is hoping his extensive skills, knowledge, contacts and experience will help support the development and success of the new free school, Northampton International Academy. Robert is looking forward to the challenges and rewards that this role will bring.
David Todd
David is an experienced Programme Director and Data Management specialist with extensive knowledge of the Retail and Merchanting sector gained through working for some of the largest UK Retailers. His current role is as the IT Director responsible for Data and Business Intelligence with Travis Perkins PLC, the UK’s leading Supplier of Building Materials. With their Head Office based in Northampton, TP are one of the largest employers in the area and a company that prides itself on upholding family values and diversity within the workforce. David has experience of running multi-million pound E-Commerce and IT projects through strategy and into implementation whilst leading and developing large teams of people through business change. He is passionate about technology and innovation and considers the development of people and recognising talent a key part of building a workforce fit for the future. David is a BSC Graduate of Durham University and is looking forward to working with the NIA bringing local business representation to the board of Governors.