Name   Term of Office Date of Appointment End of Appointment
Richard Hales Chair 4 Years 01.01.2019  
Hayden Abbott Accounting Officer / KMAT Executive Head Ongoing 01.01.2019  
Shirley Whiting Vice Chair 4 Years 01.01.2019  
Richard Ward   4 Years 01.01.2019  
Paul Harris   4 Years 01.01.2019  
Susan Casey     01.01.2019 15.05.2020


Hayden Abbott, Executive Head/Accounting Officer of KMAT

I chose to devote my life to education because I am passionate about what schools can do to change the lives of young people and I have never stopped believing in the potential of every young person. I am inspired every day by what young people say and do and how teachers can create a culture in which students feel supported, valued, safe and happy. Former students and teachers have gone on to make a difference to the lives of others on a wider scale and what inspires me most is the ‘pay it forward’ effect of your actions with young people and the impact on others. I enjoy my role as Executive Head of the Kenilworth Multi Academy Trust and, as a National Leader of Education, creating networks of teachers and leaders who can make things happen for young people and inspire them to be the best they can be.

Richard Hales - Chair of KMAT

I have been a governor of Kenilworth School for 8 years, before becoming Deputy Chair of Trustees in January 2019. I have lived in Kenilworth for over 30 years and run my own business in the town. I am also a District Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey & Arden ward.

Shirley Whiting - Vice Chair of KMAT

I have lived with my family in Kenilworth for over 20 years. Our three children all attended Kenilworth School & Sixth form. I initially joined the Governing Body of Kenilworth School over ten years ago as a Parent Governor. I stayed on as a Trust Governor until the school converted to Academy status in January 2019 when I became a Trustee of the Multi Academy Trust. My degree in Economics & Accountancy from Manchester University led me into finance and communications in the London and Leeds before moving down to Warwickshire.

Paul Harris

I became a parent governor at The Westwood Academy over 13 years ago, and then appointed as Chair of the Governing Body approximately 10 years ago. With both my children going through the school and prospering in life, The Westwood Academy has strong emotional links to me. I have been instrumental in the team who selected Kenilworth as a partner to help us grow and expand. Now as a member of the Trust Board, I look forward to helping put plans into action and making the MAT prosper significantly to benefit the wider Coventry and Warwickshire Community. 

Richard Ward

My Name is Richard Ward, I have lived in Kenilworth for 30 years and I run a business based in Warwick . I have had 3 children go through  the Kenilworth School system, and all have progressed to University.

I have been a school Governor at Kenilworth for 4 years and have recently moved on to the Academy Trust Board .


Title Date  
Register of Trustee Interests 12th Nov 2019 Download
Trustee Meeting Attendance 12th Nov 2019 Download