Our Governors

Alex Prosser-Snelling (Chair)

Alex has lived in Royston for two years and has two children attending King James Academy. Having studied at comprehensive schools in East Anglia, Alex graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University with an MA in History. He has gone on to pursue a career in Human Resources working with a number of multinational organisations in the UK & France. Alex currently holds the role of Senior Director, Talent for McDonald's focusing on international markets outside the United States. Outside work he is a keen cyclist alongside a range of voluntary interests.

As Chair, Alex is committed to leading the Local Governing Board as an engaged, active and supportive partner to the schools' leadership team and Head. He believes in working closely with school, parents and community to deliver excellence in education in Royston.

Chris Davison

Chris has been a school governor in Royston for the past 8 years, initially at Greneway, then RSAT and now KJAR. His children have flourished during their school life in Royston and he wanted to become a governor to support our schools. He has been Safeguarding governor for the past 6 years as well as supporting the Local Governing Body.

Chris is a registered Pharmacist who has worked for over 20 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry, leading teams developing new medicines. He is currently the Technical Director at a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Site, responsible for ensuring the best scientific and engineering approaches are used to make high quality medicinal products.

He is passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and within his team they support the training and development of apprentices, university students and graduates.

Karen Foulger

Karen has been working at King James Academy formerly Greneway Middle School for eighteen years. Prior to that she worked voluntarily at the school for six years helping with the schools swimming lessons. She has been associated with the school as a parent since 1995.

Her role at the school is a teaching assistant which she finds very rewarding. Sarah enjoys helping children stretch their capabilities. The school has always had good results and provided the children of Royston a great foundation for furthering their education.

Having the school been through much change in the last few years, She would like to be able to contribute to maintaining a high standard of education for the children of Royston.

Stuart Grimes

Stuart has worked in the Banking Industry for close to 25 years, mainly working in Project Management. He is experienced in managing large budgeted works, assessing, selecting and managing suppliers, interacting with both internal and external customers and working to the best quality delivery possible. Most of the projects Stuart has worked on have been invisible to the customer as they were designed to deliver upgrades with no loss of service/degradation of quality. The most public project Stuart has worked on was the 3-year delivery of the new £1 coin implemented in 2017.

Stuart has been a governor and a member of the Local Academy Board at Meridian/King James Academy since late 2015. He has 3 children who all attend the school.

Sarah Harvey

Sarah has been a teacher for over thirty years and has worked in Royston for much of that time, firstly at Meridian and now at King James Academy. She is currently head of Humanities and PSHE, teaching History across the age range and some Religious Studies as well. In the past she has also taught A level Sociology. As well as being head of department for many years, she has also been head of house and taken the lead with whole-school data.

Sarah has been a governor for many years, representing the interests of her colleagues and the pupils she teaches, and will continue to make a positive contribution to the growth and success of King James Academy.

Gordon Farquhar

Gordon took up the post of leading King James Academy Royston (formerly Royston Schools Academy Trust) in September 2018. At the time the school was in a state of change and this culminated in joining with DLPT in March 2020. Prior to this position, he was Principal at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport in Essex where over his tenure there he moved the schools from requires improvement to good with a significant turnaround across all KPI’s. Gordon is a firm believer in comprehensive education and has worked in secondary schools across the country. Gordon very much believes that King James Academy, Royston should always see itself as part of the community and firmly believes that the children in our care are the most important resource we have.

Lisa Plowman

Whilst studying for her A Levels, Lisa spent a summer working with a group of young people and children in Romania. It was during this time that she realised that she wanted to work with young people to support them to improve their own life chances through education. She went on to study at the University of London and later spend two years as a post-graduate student at the University of Reading.

Wanting to teach and help young people, Lisa completed her PGCE in her second year at the University of Reading and went on to teach in Cambridgeshire. She has held a variety of roles and responsibilities in the educational context teaching across the age range and abilities. Lisa has held a variety of Middle and Associate Leadership positions through to senior positions including Senior Vice-Principal and Partnership Director. Her work over the course of time has been to ensure all learners have the opportunity to benefit from experiences that raise cultural capital and learning regardless of their background.

She is currently Executive Secondary Headteacher at the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust. Lisa has a range of professional expertise including the delivery of school improvement, organisational change, curriculum leadership, and innovation in teaching and learning. She has conducted staff development and training in a variety of contexts including ranging from new staff to senior leaders in primary and secondary education and has also led staff development with a number of colleagues from Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Estonia. She currently co-chairs a Schools’ Forum group of headteachers from St Neots Schools & locality team.

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