Academy Council Members

Mark Welfare (Chair)
I am a father with one son currently at KEVI and one at Chantry. I work for Northumbria Healthcare Trust and Newcastle University with roles in clinical medicine, teaching, course development, staff development and quality improvement as well as leadership. Work projects have included patient safety, patient experience, improving the reporting culture, reducing unnecessary and wasteful administration, research into effective teaching and learning (in a post-18 system) and leading staff in a new academic institution. I have been involved with other activities in our community, principally the rugby club and am a strong believer in well rounded opportunities for our children, in academic learning, sport and activity and the arts. I am committed to equality of education for all and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. I have outside interests in nature, especially birdwatching, and photography and have recently raised £100,000 for a specific charitable project.
Sue Brown (Colleague from another school in the Trust)
My love of languages led me into a career in teaching. Immediately after graduating from Durham University with a joint honours degree in French and German, I completed my PGCE at York. I took up my first post at Woodham School in Newton Aycliffe in 1989, moving to St Edmund Campion R.C. School in Gateshead in 1994. My career has spanned a wide range of roles including Assistant Head of House, Subject Leader for MFL, teaching and learning co-ordinator, Assistant Headteacher and Local Authority Consultant.
I have been teaching languages at Chantry Middle School since 2011. I remain as passionate and interested as ever in the development of pedagogy and have a whole school responsibility for developing teaching and learning and as well as co-ordinating the Primary School Direct teacher training programme.

I am proud to say that I am the mother of two children, who have progressed through Chantry Middle School and The King Edward VI High School.
Paul Carvin
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.
Michael Dennis (Staff)
I completed my training as a Science teacher at Newcastle University in 1993. Since then I have taught at five schools in West Yorkshire, Lancashire and more recently, the North East. I have had a number of roles including the running of a large Science department and I am currently the Subject Leader for Physics at KEVI. I live within the school catchment area in Rothbury and have three children. Two of them are currently students at KEVI and one is at Dr Thomlinson’s Middle School.
I thoroughly enjoy the classroom environment and have always strived to make the experience of students stimulating and enjoyable.
Edward Hall (Community)
I am a proud alumnus of Chantry and The King Edward VI School, where I met my wife, Jennifer. We moved back to Morpeth with our two young sons and two cats in 2016.

I have been involved in coaching rugby since finishing my A Levels at KEVI in 2003. Subsequently, I completed various degrees and related qualifications in sports and coaching, culminating in a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. I have also been fortunate in that time to coach in local authority, club, university, governing body, county, regional, national development, and more recently in premiership and international contexts, with a broad spectrum of performers including male and female athletes, and from novices to World Cup winners.

I am now Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Northumbria University, a consultant, and I serve as a member of the UK Coaching Talent Research Hub and UK Participatory Research Network. My research pursues a critical sociology of sports coaching, with a particular focus on how relationships shape pedagogy and learning at the elite level. I am delighted to join Three Rivers Learning Trust as an Academy Councillor for KEVI.
Linda Templey (Community)
I have always lived and worked in the North East, the last 13 years in Hepscott. Married to John, we have three children, two boys who attended Chantry and KEVI and a daughter who starts at KEVI in September. I worked for 32 years in the NHS, in many nursing and management positions including at Board level. I have wide ranging experience in governance, human resources, quality, patient experience and staffing. I believe that this experience will help me deliver my role as Academy Councillor at KEVI.

Since leaving the NHS I am now a landlord, exam invigilator and volunteer for Castle Morpeth District Scouts in a number of administrative roles as well as helping at Cub and Scout meetings.
Joan Tebbutt

I am a mum and step mum to three children who have been through Morpeth school partnership of schools and am grandmother to a child who will start in Three Rivers schools next year. As a retired Social Worker I believe in the potential for all human beings to “grow” in the widest sense, so am committed to ensuring that all students are given an equal chance to develop and shine as best they possibly can. Education should not just be about academic abilities, as sporting, artistic and practical skills are also important. As a local Councillor I also believe young people should have both understanding of and commitment to community life, as well as the ability to express themselves in a variety of ways and to make their voices heard on issues important to them.
Jonathan Hughes

As an alumnus of The King Edward VI School, I am privileged to now be able to serve the school as an Academy Councillor. After KEVI, I studied at Newcastle University, graduating with a Masters of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. I am now employed as the Validation Manager at the Offshore Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, where I have worked for over 10 years. Through this time, I have been able to continue providing voluntary support to various engineering and performing arts initiatives in school, and am a true believer in the benefits of wider community engagement to reinforce students' core interpersonal skills.