Paul Carvin (Chair of Academy Directors)
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.
Sylvia Crane (Chair of Academy Council)
I have lived in Rothbury most of my life and my two sons were raised and educated here.
I worked in Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School office for over forty years and then spent ten years working in the office of our local member of parliament.
I am an elder of Rothbury United Reform Church.
Elisabeth Bainbridge
I have worked in schools and education throughout my working life; as a Headteacher for over 20 years, a Co-ordinator for Rural Schools in Northumberland, an Advisor for NCC, a Diocese Advisor in Education, a Consultant Leader and a National Assessor for the Quality Mark in basic skills. I have been a governor of four schools and remain a governor for two Morpeth partnership schools. I am also a member of S.A.C.R.E. I am a farmer’s wife and have lived in the area for over 26 years. I am totally committed to working as hard as possible to ensure that there is a quality education for all children.
Robert Famelton
As an ex-pupil of both Rothbury schools and King Edward’s I was happy that my three children followed the same path, and on to University. I am married to Julie who is a former Chantry and King Edward’s pupil. Started as a parent Governor at the Rothbury schools and am still there. Currently Chair at the first school.
I am a livestock farmer beside Rothbury. I enjoy playing football, bowls and bridge. I also very much enjoy performing in the local pantomime. Rothbury has a reputation for producing well rounded and articulate pupils. I hope I played a small part in that too.
John Gray
Graduated from Edinburgh University in 1972 with BSc. Hons. in Agriculture and subsequently obtained a P.G.C.E at Reading College of Technology. After 4 years as Lecturer in Agriculture became a farmer. For the last 40 years have been sheep-farming near Longframlington. Three children, now adults, progressed happily through the 3 tier system (Swarland First to Rothbury Middle and then KEVI). I am fascinated by the politics and processes of Education. My interests are rugby, ballroom and Latin American dancing and speaking Spanish.
Ross Lowrie
I am a member of Dr Thomlinson Middle School Academy Council. Having studied Zoology and then a Masters in Environmental Law I’m now a Climate Change & Energy specialist for the Environment Agency, where I have worked for 14 years. I bring experience of project management, governance and risk management to the role.

Outside of work I’m a Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador in the North East, supporting delivery of STEM sessions in schools. I also mentor university students, focussing on environmental career and employment advice. I have 10 years of experience of rural funding, and I’m Chairman of the Northumberland Coast & Lowlands LEADER group which makes allocation decisions on a £1.6m rural fund. When I’m not busy with work and voluntary commitments I’m most likely found ferrying my 3 boys to various sporting or music clubs, managing my woodland smallholding or walking our dog in the beautiful Northumberland countryside.

An alumni of Dr Thomlinson and King Edward VI schools, I’m both a passionate advocate for our schools and keen to ensure we offer a great educational journey for the next generation.
Revd. Dr. Ann Peters-Wotherspoon
My teaching career spanned forty years in a range of schools, both as a subject teacher of Science and as a Deputy Head in a large Senior School. My qualifications include a Doctorate in Education and an MA in Pastoral Theology. Latterly I was ordained a Priest and I have served in several places, in Huntingdon, up in Tweedmouth, Spittal and Scremerston, and now in Upper Coquetdale. I am passionate about the education of children, seeking the very best for each one. As a Priest I have done a great deal of work with the community in each area and tried to support everyone of every age, faith and experience with care and compassion. I have previous experience of being a school Governor in three schools and I am now a member of the Academy Council in both Harbottle C of E First School and Dr. Thomlinson’s C of E Middle School.
Julie Porksen
As a believer in local quality education, I really appreciate living within the Morpeth catchment area enabling my two sons to thrive and enjoy their education at The Three Rivers Learning Trust. Having benefited myself from fantastic education in Belsay and Ponteland in the 1970s/80s, following degrees from Oxford and London I then followed a varied career working in sectors from Higher Education to business and international development, working in places from Afghanistan to Yemen and living in Peru for two years. During the last decade, I have been volunteering my time to support my children’s schools and have been inspired by both my children and their teachers and school staff - now education has become my day job too - as I recently retrained as a primary school teacher at Northumbria University.
Aileen Wright
I have lived in the Coquet Valley since 1982 and my children attended Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School which prepared them very well for KEVI. I believe that Dr Thomlinson Middle School is a very good school (as endorsed by Ofsted, SIAMS and SATs results) and am proud to support it in my role as Academy Councillor.

I have spent my working life in Education; mainly in teaching, which culminated in being Headteacher at Harbottle C of E First School for 13 years, and more recently mentoring, and inspection roles in the Coquet Valley but also County wide. I believe that the skills and experience I have gained, together with my understanding of the challenges faced by schools in such a rural area will help me support the development and continued improvement of Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School.

I have great interest in teaching and learning and in particular the impact that the school’s core Christian values have on staff, pupils and the ethos of the school.