Linda Templey (Chair)
I have lived and worked in the North East all my life, the last 17 years in the Morpeth area. Married to John, we have 3 children, 2 sons who both attended KEVI and a daughter who has just started year 12. I worked for 32 years in the NHS in a range of nursing and management positions including at Board level. I have wide experience in governance, human resources, safeguarding and quality. This experience has proved invaluable to me as an Academy Councillor for the last 3 years as I have learned about the many challenges facing the education sector

I am delighted to have recently been appointed Chair of the Academy Council and look forward to working pro-actively with my fellow councillors and staff to ensure every child continues to receive an excellent education and enrichment opportunities whilst at KEVI.

In my spare time I also volunteer for Castle Morpeth Scouts, enjoy walking with our dogs, as well as trying to do yoga and learn French (both with varying success!)
Wendy Fail (Vice Chair)
I have worked in the environmental and waste management sector for over twenty years, specialising in waste awareness education. I currently work for Northumberland County Council as Senior Waste Management Officer, responsible for a range of projects within Local Services across the county.

I have held various roles within the environmental and waste sector, including Keep Britain Tidy, Green Tourism and Groundwork North East and Cumbria. I took a short career break in 2012 to participate in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, racing over 4000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean in a stripped-out racing yacht. As such, I have several Royal Yachting Association qualifications, including Ocean Master Theory. I am passionate about the outdoors and have a sense of adventure.

I am a Chartered Resource and Waste Manager, and an Executive Member of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) and the North East Recycling Forum (NERF). In 2021, I was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Recycling at the national LARAC conference and awards ceremony in recognition of my work in waste awareness education.

I have recently completed a Professional Doctorate at the University of Sunderland entitled ‘Waste Awareness in Primary Schools; A Study of a Waste Awareness Education Centre Experience’, researching the impact of waste awareness education in primary schools. I completed my thesis while working full time, and my research was driven by my desire to make a difference and add a valuable contribution to my profession and the wider educational arena. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Huddersfield and a First Class BSc (Hons) Environmental Management from the University of Dundee.

Over the last eight years I have engaged with over 70,000 individuals on the waste awareness education programme, and I continue to be extremely enthusiastic and passionate about the wider climate change agenda.

As an alumnus of both Chantry Middle School and The King Edward VI School, I believe I have a vested interest in the future development of the school. I have lived in Morpeth for much of my life, and I am an extremely proud Northumbrian. I believe this passion for my hometown and county, as well as my background in waste awareness education, provides me with the necessary skills to help direct the future of KEVI and I am extremely honoured to be Vice Chair.

Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym, travelling, and playing golf. I am a member of Morpeth, Seahouses and Bamburgh golf clubs and frequently play in competitions with the ladies section.
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.
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.
Lisa Cook
As both an alumnus and an ex teacher of The King Edward VI School, I am delighted to be able to join the team as an Academy Councillor. Having worked in education as a History teacher, Senior Leader and Consultant I bring with me my passion for learning and interest in young people achieving their best possible outcomes. I currently work with the Challenging Learning Team as their Evaluations Manager and deliver training to schools in projects all over the world, we aim to deliver our strapline in as many different settings and countries as possible ‘Stronger Learning for Stronger lives.’
Harriette Boyden
I am a parent of three, married and living in the Coquet Valley. We have been here for 12 years and in Northumberland for 20 years. Both our sons have hugely benefitted from a life at KEVI and our youngest is heading up in 2022. I believe that KEVI provides an outstanding education in a huge variety of ways and succeeds in promoting each individual child’s strengths. It is because of that, that I feel privileged to be able to support the school, as an Academy Councillor. I have been a Family Mediator since 2013 and work for NFM, in Newcastle and Northumberland. Previously, I was CEO of Relate (2004-2013) in our region and worked to provide services to couples, individuals, families, children and young people, both living together and apart. I worked with CAFCASS and on Domestic Abuse reviews Nationally at that time. I am currently a volunteer at Citizens Advice Northumberland and enjoy hiking in the hills and sailing at the coast.
Jill Woolley
I joined The Three Rivers as Subject Leader for the Creative Arts in 2011 across Newminster and Chantry and am now Deputy Headteacher of Newminster Middle School. I have previously worked in several schools and have taught from Pre-Reception age to Year 13. I am very interested in how pupils prepare and are prepared for the next stage in their journey through school life.

My main roles at Newminster are Art Teacher, Pastoral Care, Health and Wellbeing, Pupil Premium, Teaching and Learning and CPD. My main focus is to ensure that every child reaches their potential by feeling happy and secure at school and having access to a wide range of engaging learning and enrichment opportunities.

Both of my daughters attended Morpeth Schools and benefited from the fantastic location and experiences that The Three Rivers has to offer. The sporting and creative opportunities helped them to enjoy school life and prepared them for their future careers.
Manila McClean
I have lived in the area for 10 years and both of my children attend schools within the Three Rivers. I have worked in commercial organisations for over 20 years in mainly Digital and Technology roles and I am currently Chief Information Officer for the Newcastle Building Society. I spent many of my working years continuing my education through graduate and post graduate studies. I am passionate about supporting students prepare for the further education, the world of work and continued learning. I feel privileged to have joined the Three Rivers as an Academy Councillor and to support The King Edward VI School.