Kenilworth School

The Governing Body


Name     Term of Office Date of Appointment End of Appointment
Sarah Stear Chair

Co-opted Governor 

Appointed by Local Governing Body

4 Years 18.09.2018 17.09.2022
Paul Bradley Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor 

Appointed by Local Governing Body

4 Years 18.09.2018 17.09.2022
Hayden Abbott Accounting Officer / KMAT Executive Head       on-going
Richard Ward Trust Governor Appointed by KMAT Board 4 Years 01.01.2019 N/A
Fiona Pethick  

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Local Governing Body

4 Years 15.10.2019 14.10.2023
Alison Hall  

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Local Governing Body

4 Years 18.09.2018 17.09.2022
Sukie Banga  

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Local Governing Body

4 Years 20.05.2019 19.05.2023
Kathryn Parsons  

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Local Governing Body

4 Years 01.04.2019 31.03.2023
Nigel Orton Parent Governor Elected by Parents 4 Years 02.12.2019 01.12.2023
Sara Wake Parent Governor Elected by Parents 4 Years 02.12.2019 01.12.2023
Gary Rafferty Staff Governor Elected by Staff 4 Years 24.02.2019 24.02.2023

Should you wish to contact the Governors then please

Or alternatively write to the Chair of Governors, C/O Kenilworth School & Sixth Form, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth, CV8 2DA. All mail is passed unopened.

Register of Governor Interests.pdf

Hayden Abbott, Accounting Officer

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.

Sarah Stear

I have been a governor at Kenilworth School since 2018.  Having made Kenilworth home for me and my family since 2005, I wanted to put the skills I have acquired from a range of roles in the education sector and central government to good use in the local community.  At such a critical time for the school, I hope that the experience and expertise I have from 14 years working for the body now responsible for funding academies alongside an early career within the construction sector will complement the existing governing body.

Paul Bradley

I have been a governor since 2018 and vice-chair since 2019. I moved to Kenilworth with my family five years ago, after 15 years living abroad, and both my children are currently in the school.

My background is working in finance. I spent 20 years with an accounting firm and am now based at the University of Warwick, looking after finance projects.

I look forward to supporting the governing body and the school as it enters an exciting period in its history, particularly following the conversion to an academy and the building of a new combined school.

Fiona Pethick

I first became a Governor in October 2015, since then I have contributed to the decisions taken about the strategic development of the school, supported the staff and enjoyed being part of a thriving and challenging school.

I have lived in Kenilworth for more than twenty years and my three grown up children all attended Kenilworth School. Over the years, I enjoy participating in many local youth and community activities, particularly through Girl Guiding and Kenilworth Methodist Church. 

I currently run my own consultancy business making use of skills and experience gained during my career in the civil service.  Latterly, I worked for Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. 

Alison hall

Hello, my name is Alison Hall and I've been a governor at Kenilworth School since 2018. This is my first role as a school governor and I was really pleased to be given the opportunity last year. My daughter has recently completed her studies at the school, attending from year 7 through to sixth form and A levels. She had a fantastic education at Kenilworth, and part of the reason I applied to become a governor was as a way of giving something back to the school. I've worked in Human Resources for the last 18 years and hope to bring some of the skills I have gained in both private and public sector organisations to benefit the school.

Sukie Banga

My name is Sukie Banga and I have only recently been appointed as one of the Governors at Kenilworth School. I am delighted to be part of the local governing body and am excited to be able to provide my business expertise in ensuring the school continues to succeed at the very highest standard. I currently have two daughters who attend the school. 

My day job is running a management consultancy and training business in Coventry where I lead on various projects including organisational development, HR, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement. I have a background in clinical pharmacology starting my career in pharmaceuticals and then moving into business and HR. I have over twenty years’ experience of working in a healthcare environment mainly in the NHS supporting and developing people. I am passionate about education and aim to add value to the school using my skills and knowledge to achieve the best possible experiences for all the pupils, parents, staff and community that interact with the school.

Gary Rafferty

I have worked at the school for 15 years as a Mathematics teacher and enjoyed almost every moment! I relish being part of our vibrant school community and will endeavour to use my role as a governor to protect and grow this aspect of our school. I am a strong advocate of education in creating opportunity for young people whatever their background.  I was pleased to be elected by my colleagues with a responsibility to add a staff perspective to the governing body.

Kathryn Parsons

My name is Kathryn Parsons and I am a co-opted Governor who also happens to work at the school.  I am a teacher of English and although I teach across all key stages I am based at the sixth form centre and am the school’s Higher Education Co-ordinator.  As well as my knowledge of the English curriculum and higher education provision I am passionate about the many benefits of comprehensive schooling and how it should enable every student to achieve as highly as they can in all aspects of school life.


I am excited that I have just been given the opportunity to work as a Green Co-ordinator with responsibility for the sixth form site.  This role will allow me to do what I like best: working with the student Eco Reps at sixth form, like minded staff throughout the rest of the school and have an impact on our sustainability both in the short and longer term.

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 .

Nigel Orton

My name is Nigel Orton and I was elected as Parent Governor in 2019. I have 2 children at Kenilworth School along with my Niece and Nephew. I also grew up in Kenilworth and attended both Kenilworth School and Sixth Form. At work I am the European Engineering Director for a multinational supply chain company. As well as being an engineer I have qualifications and extensive experience in Health and Safety and Operations Management. I have run apprenticeship schemes and have a passion for STEM, vocational training and preparing young people for the workplace.

As Parent Governor I look to represent the views of parents and seek to use my skills and experience to help play a key role in supporting the staff and pupils in building the exciting future of Kenilworth School.


Sara Wake

My name is Sara Wake.  I have lived in Stoneleigh for 4 years, and I work as a Human Resources Advisor for Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, and have worked in both public and private sector organisations over the years.


I have a son who started year 7 at the school in September 2019, and this motivated me to become a Governor.  I have supported various teams within the NHS, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs) and the emotional well-being and mental health services for children and young people, known as RISE, as well as the Safeguarding team.


I feel that my experience of working with equality, diversity and inclusion teams will support my work as a Governor.  I am passionate about ensuring that our children have the best possible education in the best possible environment, and want to work in partnership with the school and all stakeholders to ensure that this is the case. 


I have only recently become a school Governor at Kenilworth and am looking forward to getting involved and helping to build a school that can look after our children now and in the future.


Title Date  
Governor Meeting Attendance 12th Nov 2019 Download
Governor Meeting Attendance 2020-21 19th Jan 2021 Download