Meet the Governors

Young People’s Academy and The Skills Hub operate a combined governing body.


Emlyn Lumley – Chair

Emlyn is the Headteacher at Park High School, a mainstream secondary school in Stanmore. As Chair, he also chairs the LGB’s Pay Committee.


Kathrine Everett – Vice Chair 

Kathrine is the Head of Placements and Assessments at Orchard Hill College, having previously been the Head of Curriculum at our Beaconsfield centre in Kingston. As the portfolio holder for HR and Organisational Development, she also sits on the LGB’s Pay Committee.


Isobel Callaby (Staff Governor – The Skills Hub)

Isobel is the Personalised Learning Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead at the Skills Hub. She has over 23 years’ experience of working in education, over 15 of these at a senior management level. She has also served as a Local Authority governor at a local primary school, with a special interest in behaviour management and parent support.


Laurie Cornwell (Executive Principal of YPA and The Skills Hub)

Laurie is passionate about the education of young people, particularly those with SEMH, and firmly believes that all young people  can achieve their life goals given the right education and support.


Tanya Oatway (Parent Governor – YPA)

Declaration of Interests / other relevant appointments (TBC).


Michele Gibbons (Governor)

Michele is the Teacher Training Lead at Harlington School, a mainstream secondary school in Hillingdon.


Chike Nnalue (Governor)

Chike is Senior EHCP Coordinator at Achieving for Children in Kingston.


Joanne Mortimer (Staff Governor – Young People’s Academy)

Joanne is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Young People’s Academy. Her role includes working with teaching staff on planning and differentiation within the curriculum, and support with risk assessments and students’ medical needs.


VACANT (Parent Governor – The Skills Hub)

There is currently a vacancy for a parent governor at The Skills Hub.



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