Academy Council Members

Paul Carvin (Chair)
I have been involved in education all my working life. I started out as a Geography teacher and had experience as a senior leader in a large secondary school. I then moved into advisory and inspection work, including for Ofsted. Before retiring, I was Head of Education for Gateshead Council. I am Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Committee of The Three Rivers Learning Trust and am interested in promoting high standards and ensuring that all students receive the very best curriculum to suit their needs and expectations. I have two grown up children, both of whom attended KEVI.
Danielle McDonnell (Staff)
My passion for the written and spoken word led me to study English Literature at Northumbria University, where I further enhanced my fascination with, and expertise in, the subject through Master's and Doctoral studies. I discovered my love for teaching during my time working at Northumbria University, when I taught on undergraduate English Literature degree courses, participated in conferences aimed at non-specialist audiences, and became involved in partnership work developing resources for use in exhibitions and online projects. Following this, I decided to ‘follow my heart’ and train as an English teacher. I aspire to share my love of literature and language with children, empowering students to reach their full potential as confident communicators, readers, writers and critics, and to become lifelong learners who enrich the lives of those around them.

I was delighted to join Chantry Middle School in 2016. As a Morpeth resident, I am also fortunate that my son is able to progress through The Three Rivers Learning Trust system.
Hilary Rimmer (Director)
I graduated from Durham University with a Master’s degree, then taught for two years at Spennymoor School before leaving the North East to work in Birmingham, teaching in both grammar and comprehensive schools. After seven years raising two children, I returned to education as a lecturer in further education. I took up posts in Matthew Boulton College which included Head of Humanities, then Science and subsequently became Vice Principal of the college overseeing the 16 – 19 year olds. After this post, I became Head of Adult Education at Birmingham Metropolitan College, one of the largest Further Education Colleges in the UK. Before I left Birmingham to return to the North East with my husband to retire, I was a school governor in two secondary schools. My hobbies include Archaeology, Roman Britain, gardening and grandchildren.
Ian Rowe (Community)
I am married to Ruth, live in Morpeth and father of three boys who, from September, will all be part of The Three Rivers. I have 25 years experience in sales and marketing in the Pharmaceutical and, more recently, Education sectors. I have experience in school assessments, school self-evaluation and stakeholder evaluation. From leading multiple sales teams, I am driven to constantly look for ways to improve and drive performance. These skills are transferable and I am keen to use them to help improve the outcomes for every child within The Three Rivers Learning Trust.
Marion Stewart (Community)
I began my career teaching English and Drama, initially in Stockton and then Bedlingtonshire Community High School in Northumberland, where I successfully undertook a number of roles- latterly Acting Headteacher for two years until August 2007. In September 2007 I accepted an Associate Lecturer post with Northumbria University working on the Graduate Teacher Programme whilst also working for Northumberland County Council as an Education Consultant on their Extended Schools Programme and 14-19 curriculum review.

In January 2011 Northumbria University asked me to lead the Graduate Teacher Programme and support its subsequent development into the current School Direct Teacher Training Programme. At that time our Programme Committee Chair was Steven Johnson because he and the Three Rivers schools had played a long and integral part in the development of this new way of school based training for future teachers. I currently work part-time as a School Support Partner for the School Direct Programme and as a tutor on the Students into School undergraduate module at Northumbria University.

I am passionate about developing outstanding teachers and believe that these two educational programmes provide an opportunity to spot real talent and indulge that passion. Many of these previous students have progressed into permanent employment in schools within the Three Rivers Learning Trust.

As a Morpeth resident my two sons attended Morpeth schools and my two granddaughters are lucky enough to be working their way through the same Three River Learning Trust system.
Lorraine Sykes (Colleague from another school in Trust)
I qualified as a teacher in 2000 with a First Class Honours Degree. My first job was at Regent Farm First School and I stayed there for just under 10 years. I didn’t think that I could find another school that I would love working at as much as Regent Farm until I applied for a job at Abbeyfields. I have been at Abbeyfields since 2010 and I can honestly say I am in my dream job. I am very proud to say that I am Key Stage 1 Leader, Maths Subject Leader, Year 2 Teacher and Moderator. I am passionate about teaching and making every child’s experience at school memorable, exciting and giving them the best possible learning opportunities and skills that will enable them to become lifelong learners.

When I started working at Abbeyfields my eldest daughter was in Year 2 and my son was in Reception and my youngest child was just a baby. I feel incredibly lucky now to see my eldest child go through Chantry and now she is about to embark on a new challenge at KEVI in September. My son has moved through Abbeyfields and is now in Newminster in Year 6 and my youngest is in Year 2 with me. Abbeyfields, Newminster and Chantry have all been amazing for my children and for me. I am so excited to be part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust and become an Academy Councillor.
Julia Young (Community)
I have worked in the NHS since I trained as a nurse in Durham in 1984. I undertake further studies to become a Lecturer-Practitioner and passed a PGDipED in 1998. I have worked in a variety of health care management roles and studied the Virginia Mason Production System in Seattle, USA to understand the change process application to health. I currently work as Director of Quality Development at Newcastle Gateshead CCG.

My husband enjoys playing golf and we support community activities in Longhorsley where we can. Our eldest daughter is at The King Edward IV School and our younger daughter is at St Helens in Longhorsley.
Nicola Clarke
(Parent)
I graduated from Leeds University Medical School in 1998 with an Honours Degree in Medicine and went on to complete my junior doctor and specialist registrar training in hospitals across Yorkshire, as well as a Diploma in Medical Law with Northumbria University. I returned to the North-East in 2007 after accepting a Consultant Physician post with Northumbria NHS Trust. I have developed a sub-speciality interest in orthogeriatrics and in particular hip fracture care and work as part of the HIPQIP team that has been recognised in several national awards. More recently I have worked as part of a team based at the Northumbria Hospital developing enhanced pathways of care for the frail elderly. I am involved in both the clinical and educational supervision of Foundation doctors, GP trainees, nurse practitioners and pharmacists.

I live in Morpeth with my husband and 2 children - our eldest is currently at Chantry Middle School and our youngest will be starting in 2018. I hope my experience and skills will help to support the Academy Council and the wider school in developing and achieving its vision.