The Governing Body contact details are as follows:

Ann Melville, Chair

Rachel Marshall, MAT Company Secretary

The Midland Academies Trust

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

Hinckley Road


CV11 6BH

E:               T: 024 7624 3333

The Midland Academies Trust Website: 

Ann Melville (Chair)

Ann was a member of the original governing body for The Nuneaton Academy when the Academy opened in 2010.

Ann has a background in teaching and community education. She was a senior local government official responsible for community education and the youth service. Ann was Assistant Director in Education/ Children’s services with responsibility for Strategic Development, School Sufficiency Planning, Admissions, Department Finance and Capital Development.

Ann has been a Local Authority representative on a secondary school governing body and when Assistant Director she had regular links with governing bodies. She is presently Governor of a L.A maintained primary school

Ann joined the Raising Achievement Board to maintain her involvement with schools, believing that she could contribute to the development of the new Academy from her previous experience in education. Ann’s key skills include understanding data, school finance and effective monitoring. Strategic planning and quality assurance monitoring. Ann’s extensive management experience at a senior level supports the Principal.

Her hobbies and interests include gardening, her children and grandchildren, and current affairs. Ann is also a Director and Vice Chair of Leicestershire Citizens Advice.

Kate Adair 

Kate was the chair of the Heath Lane Academy Local Governing Body when the Academy opened in August 2016 until July 2018.  Kate was previously a governor at William Bradford Academy for four years

Kate has a background in Human Resources predominantly within the oil industry and subsequently combined general HR consultancy with career management consultancy.

Kate joined the Raising Achievement Board to participate in the development of Heath Lane Academy ensuring ongoing improvements in student outcomes particularly for key groups such as disadvantaged, SEND and the most able students. She is keen to see that all students are given every opportunity to gain the qualifications and skills they need to follow their chosen career path.

Kate has experience in providing both effective support and challenge to the Principal and Senior Leadership Team, with specific skills in performance management and data monitoring. She has been Link for disadvantaged and SEND students.

Kate’s interests include Zumba, English Heritage and history.

Kevin Daly

Kevin was appointed to the Raising Achievement Board in November 2018.

Kevin has 15 years of banking and data experience including commercial contracting and stakeholder management and sales experience.

Kevin joined the Raising Achievement Board to give something back to the community and to participate in shaping opportunities for the future generation. He is hoping to bring a fresh view to the challenges and opportunities facing the Academies, along with enthusiasm and a desire to make things better.

In his spare time he is interested in sports in general and particularly tennis and motorsport.

Richard Evans

Richard joined The Nuneaton Academy LGB in July 2016. He has over 15 years’ experience as a senior manager in the third sector and had previously been a governor at the Midland Studio College.

Richard has a strong belief in the need to develop and educate upcoming generations and a desire to influence that within educators. Richards’ key skills are leadership, analytic ability and strategic and operational experience. In his spare time Richard is a musician who plays in various pop bands.

Viv Kelsey 

Viv Joined the Raising Achievement Board as a parent member in April 2018.

Viv was in the fire service for 15 years and has taught English in China. She is a therapeutic counsellor. She has managerial and training experience and her current counselling role helps her to look holistically when relating to people. She is also experienced in handling sensitive information and decision making.

Viv joined the Raising Achievement Board to help to raise the positive profile of the Academy in the local community. 

She and her daughter have a shared interest in keeping ponies.

Wendy Martin

Wendy was appointed to the Heath Lane Academy Raising Achievement Board in August 2016. She was a solicitor and was the Chair of the Leicester Early Help Review Panel for 4 years.

Wendy has been a Governor for 24 years, she has been the chair of governors for Keyham Lodge Special School for the last 2 years and is the Chair of Dovelands Primary School.

Wendy wanted to join the Raising Achievement Board because of her involvement in school amalgamation and her experience in the problems that can arise. She has had experience of dealing with a wide range of issues including staff grievances, disciplinary matters, complaints, Ofsted inspections, finance appointments, negotiations, community relations, partner involvement and working with unions. She has also had governor responsibility for special needs students.

Tracey Watts

Tracy joined the Heath Lane Academy Raising Achievement Board   in August 2016, having previously been a governor at the William Bradford Academy.

Tracy is employed by a banking firm in cyber intelligence and brings her financial knowledge and knowledge of balanced scorecards, performance management, business skills and leadership.  Her employer encourages community work and she wanted to give something back to the place she grew up in.

Tracy was in the first cohort for what was then called the Earl Shilton Community College. 

Tracy wants to share her skills which include the ability to look at data from a non-educational perspective, Challenge, cyber knowledge for E-safety and the experience of a parent who had both a perfect child and a naughty child!

Her hobbies include gardening and visiting the theatre.