Name   Term of Office Date of Appointment End of Appointment
Shirley Whiting Interim Chair 4 Years 14.06.2021  
Richard Hales Interim Vice Chair  4 Years 01.01.2019  
Hayden Abbott Accounting Officer / KMAT Executive Head Ongoing 01.01.2019  
Richard Ward   4 Years 01.01.2019  
Paul Shaw   4 Year 06.07.2020  
Lee Miller   1 Year 06.07.2021  
Mark Dismorr   4 Years 18.12.2021  
Sandi McKinnon   4 Years 25.02.2022  
James Fraiser   4 Years 20.06.2020  
Kerrie Flippance Clerk to the Board of Trustees Ongoing 12.05.2021  
Alistair Milne     06.07.2020 04.11.2021
Matthew Clements-Wheeler     25.6.2020 27.1.2022


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.

Shirley Whiting - 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.

Richard Hales - Vice 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.

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 .

Lee Miller

I have worked in Education since 2009 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.  I joined a large secondary school in Portsmouth as their Business manager and in 2013 this school joined a Multi Academy Trust.  I was successfully appointed to the role of Finance Director and oversaw the growth of the Trust from 2 schools to 18 now across the South East with all schools now ‘Good’ or better as graded by OFSTED.   As Deputy CEO of this Trust I oversee Finance, HR, Estates, Legal, Governance and ICT across the Trust and have successfully led on innovative practices across all these areas.  Over the past few years I have been asked by the Department of Education to support other Multi Academy Trusts either through periods of difficulties or growth and am experienced at working at distance to deliver this work.

Paul Shaw

I have 34 years’ experience as a senior manager in commercial banking, employed by Lloyds Banking Group.  He has also worked as a Foundation Bursar for The Princethorpe Foundation running all non-academic aspects of the Foundation, including finance, HR, health and safety, premises management and supervision of building projects.

From 2008 to 2015, I was a bursarial consultant to The Crescent School in Rugby supporting the school on due diligence prior to its integration with The Princethorpe Foundation.

I also have experience of overseeing the business affairs as Company Secretary of the MSC Charity Trust.

Mark Dismorr

I have lived with my family in Kenilworth for over 25 years and our two boys attended Kenilworth School and Sixth form. I am a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and have spent my whole career in telecoms and broadcast engineering. I strongly believe the UK should produce more engineers and scientists, to keep the country at the forefront of technology. 

Sandi McKinnon

I have lived in Kenilworth for 28 years and have 2 children who attended Kenilworth School. I served as a parent governor for 4 years whilst my children were at primary school.

I have worked in the field of Education for 39 years. I started my career as a secondary English teacher. I then specialised in working with children and young people with SEN in particular Speech Language and Communication Needs and Dyslexia. I have worked in a variety of settings including secondary and primary schools as well as specialist settings. I have managed the Speech & Language Service in Coventry and the larger Communication and Interaction Service which included the Autism Team.  I have worked with ICAN and the Communication Trust and run National pilot projects including’ Secondary Talk’ and ‘Talk About Talk.


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