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Folkestone Academy Governance


Governance has a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education

At Turner Schools, school governors contribute to the work of the Trust’s Directors through a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Principals to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school making sure its money is well spent.

School-level governance:

Challenge and Community Committee

At local level the Trust is supported by the Challenge and Community Committee (CC).

The CC is made-up from local people who bring relevant expertise in, as well as enthusiasm to support the Trust’s schools. The CC includes two parents of current pupils.

The CC meets six times per year.

Diana Choulerton

Chair of Challenge and Community Committee


To contact Diana Choulerton, please email: [email protected]

John Bushby BA (Hons); FCA (Parent Governor)

John graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne joining an international firm of Chartered Accountants. After qualifying, he gained several years experience in the firm’s audit and management consulting business before moving into the financial services industy. Here he held a number of management roles which included a period of time working in the United States. John most recently spent 15 years with MasterCard International working in both London and Brussels in a number of leadership roles. The father of Max, a pupil at the Primary Academy, John also has two older children who have now successfully embarked on their own careers. John, his partner Anette and Max have lived in Folkestone since 2011 and he was elected to the role of Parent Governor in 2018.

Professor Callum Firth BSc, PhD

Callum Firth is the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University.  Callum is the Professor of Physical Geography and his main research interests are associated with coastal landscapes, sea level change, and environmental hazards. This has included funded research on coastal evolution, sea level changes, tsunamis and coastal management.

Callum is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with teaching expertise in physical geography, environmental change and environmental hazards. Callum has also developed a number of courses in Geography and Environmental Sciences.

Callum lives in Folkestone.

Tracy Luke BA (Hons)

Tracy has 35 years experience as a  teacher and leader within schools. She has served at all levels within a range of comprehensive, selective and boarding schools. She has been a Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Head, Deputy Head, Principal and Executive Principal.

In addition Tracy has been a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector. Tracy has experience as a Governor at an independent school, a Pupil Referral Unit and at a number of secondry schools. Tracy is a Director of Turner Schools.

Michael Pearce Dip Val Surv MRICS

Michael Pearce has been a school governor since 2004 and was the Chair of Governors of Park Farm Primary School at the time it was merged with the Folkestone Academy to create the All Age Academy, whereupon he joined the then Board of Trustees. He is now a member of the Local Governing Body and has a particular interest in the primary phase and safeguarding issues.

Michael is a Chartered Surveyor and works as Head of Litigation & Technical Policy for the Valuation Office Agency.

Rosemarie Savva (Parent Governor)

Parent Governor Nesrin Rosemarie Savva is a qualified Personal Assistant and a dedicated Multilinguistic Interpreter.   She has served as a Parents Association representative at her child’s previous school and is passionate about supporting every child to reach their full potential.

Alexia Zimbler BSc, MA (Law), Dip Law

Alexia qualified as a Barrister in 1993 and has been practising full time since 1995. She has worked in Hampshire, London and the South-East and the North-East, moving to Kent in 2011. In the area of Criminal Law she acts for both the defence and prosecution.  She has a particular interest in child safeguarding issues and has been instructed to act in countless family court cases where the Local Authority have been required to investigate.  Due to this background of a specialism dealing with children she has recently become involved in Child and Vulnerable Witness training being rolled out to all Barristers throughout the country.

Alexia became interested in education early in her career when she began teaching advocacy to students and trainee barristers. This led her to becoming an external examiner covering the Bar Professional Training Course, where her role involves her monitoring the quality and content of teaching of the BPTC at numerous providers around the country. In 2016 she was appointed as Co-Ordinating External Examiner by the Bar Standards Board, covering all BPTC providers.  She has previously supported local schools in the North-East to become involved in Mock-Trial Competitions and hopes to do the same in Kent. She has also run lectures at schools for 14-18 year olds to increase awareness of sexual offences and the law, with particular reference to social media. She is an advocate for non-selective/comprehensive education, having come through the system herself, is actively engaged in encouraging students from all backgrounds to consider a career at the Bar.


Trust-level governance:

The Trust answers to the Department for Education and is governed in two ways, first by its five Members and secondly, by its board of seven Directors. The Trust is guided by the Nolan Principles for public service. It operates according to its Articles, Master Funding Agreement (MFA) and the Academies Financial Handbook.

The Trust Directors are:
James Booth-Clibborn

Michael Buchanan (Chair)

John Bushby

Gary Cottle

Helen James

Manjinder Johal

Tracy Luke

Jo Saxton

The Members are:
Christopher Kirker

Jane Mackenzie

Elvis Pellumbi

Dan Perrett

Victor Stock

Our Chief Executive, Dr Jo Saxton, is the Trust Director who is charged with delivering high standards for the pupils in our schools through day-to-day operations.

Turner Schools is based in Kent and its registered address is 4 Westbrook House, 58-60 Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2NQ. For more information about the Trust, our Members, Directors and key documents, visit:

Governance Documents