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Governor Biographies

Governor Biographies

"It is important to note that IKB is not a selective school and we seek to attract students of all abilities".

Chris Trout
Chair of Governors

Mark Allemby, Employer Engagement Governor

Mark Allemby, Employer Engagement GovernorMark has over 24 years’ experience in the Engineering and Defence Sector inclusive of over 13 years Military service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

His current role is Deputy Managing Director at Horstman, an Engineering company based in Bath that specialises in the design and manufacture of mobility solutions in the global heavy armoured and tracked vehicle suspension market. Horstman actively encourage placements for students studying STEM subjects and is a member of the 5% club for Apprentices and Graduates.

Mark has worked in various business that show the full cycle of Engineering Development that focus on STEM related work, such as Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), Abbey Wood and BAE Systems, Glascoed.

He holds a BSc (Hons), BTEC Level 5 in Professional Management, Prince 2 and APMP Project Management, MSP in Programme Management, an HND in Automotive Engineering and is a member of the Association of Project Managers.

Simon Crane, Safeguarding Governor

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Rhys Davis, Staff Governor

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Roger Dunster, Community Governor

Roger DunsterRoger lives close to the IKB Academy and has the role of supporting the school in Health and Safety as well as Safeguarding issues.

Roger is a retired Chartered Electrical Engineer having worked in a number of roles within the Electricity Supply Industry throughout his career. As a magistrate on the Bristol Bench he has chaired both Adult and Youth Courts. Roger has been a member of the 1st Keynsham Scout Group Executive Committee for 15 years where he has served as Secretary and then Chairman during this period.

Roger hopes that his engineering background and youth work will enable him to make a positive contribution to the school. 

Mike Hall, SEND Governor

Mike Hall, IKB Academy governorMike has worked in the mechanical engineering sector for more than 35 years across a broad range of disciplines covering senior management, production plant leadership and logistics, distribution and production control.

Mike’s present role is managing director for Knorr-Bremse systems for commercial vehicles of Emersons Green, North Bristol. The company is the world leading manufacturer of braking, control and driver assistance systems for commercial and passenger service vehicles.

Mike has progressed through multiple developments of the company since joining as a trainee, providing experiences across the full range of STEM based subjects from both learning and practical application perspectives.

His professional qualifications include BTEC level 5 diplomas in both production and inventory management and management studies, and is an active member of the Institute of Operations Management and supports the South West membership board for MakeUK (formerly the Engineering Employers Federation).

Sue Hall-Haines, Parent Governor

S. Hall-Haines, IKB GovernorSue is a Parent Governor living very close to the IKB Academy. She has one son at IKB and another at Wellsway School.

Sue owns an academic law publishing business which she runs from home and has over 20 years experience in the industry. She has also fostered children of various ages over the last 10 years and has a deep understanding of how challenging education can be for some young people.

Chris Trout, Chair of Governors and Community Governor

Chris Trout, Chair of GovernorsChris is now retired having been a Chartered Engineer and a Senior Civil Servant involved with equipment procurement and support in the Ministry of Defence and having spent seven years in Senior Management roles for BMT Defence Services Ltd of Bath. Chair of the Academy Governance Committee of the IKB Academy, Chris previously served on the Wellsway School Governing Body for around 15 years with eight years as Chair.

Chris brings a wealth of organisational and business experience to the Trust as well as a significant appreciation of school governance to the IKB Academy. This includes a well-honed set of chairmanship skills as well as plenty of experience in nurturing teams to deliver meaningful outcomes across all these sectors.