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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

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. Chris sits on the Board of Trustees of the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust and is also Chair of the Academy Governance Committee of the IKB Academy. He 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. 

Matthew Brand, Community Governor

Chris Trout, Chair of GovernorsMat has been in the Engineering industry for 10 years now. This has included spending time working overseas. Mat currently holds the role of BIM manager within Hydrock Consulting’s national BPE team. His time has been spent delivering projects ranging from large new build schools to airports to large R&D facilities.

Mat’s main job role is in managing the flow of information between design teams and clients. This includes using new technologies such as augmented and virtual realities.

Mat’s background gives him a keen interest in the STEM subjects, and is especially interested in the engineering disciplines.

Mat has been a resident of Keynsham for most of his life, and so has a keen interest in making sure the students of the town have the best opportunities to better themselves available.

Mat hopes to bring his extensive knowledge of the industry to help to provide the best support to the students of IKB he can.

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. 

Sue Hall-Haines, Parent Governor

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Nilani Venn, Vice-Chair of Governors and Community Governor

Nilani Venn, Community GovernorNilani works locally at BuroHappold Engineering whose headquarters are based in Bath. She is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and Chartered Environmentalist, with ten years experience working on small, local scale development projects to large, masterplan projects around the world. Nilani’s technical expertise focuses on developing sustainable and holistic solutions to water resource management challenges, advising on stormwater and flood risk solutions using different hydraulic and hydrological modelling software packages.

As a member of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and the Bath Education Trust, Nilani understands the importance of education and promotion of careers in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), to young females as well as males and hopes her role in the Academy Governance Committee at IKB will support the school in the developing the right skills for the students into the STEM industry.