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Meet the Local Governing Board: Kingsbury


John Darch - Chair 

I have spent most of my working life in Industry as a Senior Manager. I have been a Governor for 6 years. I've had involvement with young people in the past through sports coaching. I am fully committed to working with parents and staff to create a school environment in which everyone feels they belong and provide the very best for the children.

Donald Foulks - Governor

I am a Co-opted governor and also the current Vice Chair at Kingsbury Academy. I have served the school for 25 years which I have found very fulfilling.

My son Jack attended this school, he is now 32 years old, and I am very pleased with his achievements so far.

My full-time job involves being the Electrical Systems Director in an engineering firm which specialises in designing machinery for producing medical devices and pharmaceutical products.

Educationally I have a master’s in computer science and in my own time I enjoy cycling and hill walking.

Sean Byrne - Governor

Sean has been a Community Governor of Kingsbury Academy for 10 years.  Sean is a solicitor and has practised in Coventry for over 25 years.  He specialises in Company and Commercial law.   Sean believes that using the skills and knowledge that he has acquired as a solicitor over many years he can be of service to the community and to Kingsbury Academy.

Chris Nield - Governor

I have been a Governor in various schools for about 15 years, being a previous Chair at Kingsbury Academy.  For the last 30+ years my working life has been spent in Special Education, having a range of roles with Local Authority and NHS services, Independent and State specialist schools, as well as with learning support departments in colleges and universities. My particular interests and experience are with learners from ages 2-25 who have speech, language and communication needs, and the associated behaviour challenges which these may present.

Uddai Chilamkurthi - Governor

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Dale Ball - Parent Governor

I am really enjoying my role as parent governor at Kingsbury. I wanted to get involved because I am parent to a child and I want them to have the opportunity to thrive at Kingsbury. I am currently a HR Director working within the Education sector with over ten years experience working in HR.

Sophia Zamir - Staff Governor

My name is Sophia Zamir I am a qualified primary school teacher of 12 years, my experience includes teaching in mainstream, SEN, SMEH schools and carrying out duties as an ABA consultant. My greatest achievement so far was my role as Head Teacher in a SMEH school were I have over seen the education of 13 young pupils and managed 12 staff.  I came to Kingsbury Academy in January 2022; I am thrilled to be part of such a grounded and hardworking school. 

My hobbies include going to the gym, travelling abroad and spending quality time with my family. I am originally from Teesside which is in the Northeast of England, and I relocated to Staffordshire 5 years ago with my husband and son.  

Andrea Davis - Ex Officio

Andrea has been working in Special Educational Needs for 30 years, working within the Primary SEN sector.  Andrea has had a variety of leadership positions for the last 16 years.  Andrea has found it incredibly rewarding to work with children with additional needs and has been proud to see their achievements, both small and large steps. Andrea believes she has contributed to improving pupils outcomes over the last thirty years which gives her such a sense of satisfaction. 

Andrea is married with three grown up children, four beautiful grandchildren, two dogs and a cat.