Academy Council Members

Paul Carvin (Chair)
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.
Alan Bullock (Community)
Jon Haines (Parent)
With two daughters currently in The Three Rivers Learning Trust, I am delighted to have been appointed as an Academy Councillor at Newminster Middle School.
I am Co-Founder & Director of VEO Ltd, an innovative startup company, using video and data to help improve professional development of staff in educational, clinical, commercial and industrial settings, both in the UK and overseas. I am also a teacher trainer at Newcastle University, working with 100+ Secondary and Primary ITT trainees each year as they undertake their PGCE. I have 12 years’ experience of teaching Science and leading the Science department at Longbenton High School (2001-2013) having trained as a Biology teacher at Newcastle University in 2000. My career started as an environmental consultant with Northumbrian Water Group back in 1992 following a degree in Environmental Science at Sheffield University.
I have a genuine interest in the effective use of technology in the classroom to support high quality teaching and learning, value highly the non-academic opportunities that students are offered within the Trust, and look forward to working with the school and its staff to maintain, and build upon, the excellent quality of provision that my own children have experienced.
Liz Kinninment
(Head of School)
Jane Sampson
(Staff)
I am a member of the Academy Council for Newminster and also Subject Leader for English. Before moving to Newminster in 2004, I began my career at Heaton Manor School in Newcastle and then spent 17 years at what was Hirst High School in Ashington. I have three children who all went to Morpeth All Saints then Chantry and The King Edward VI School. As the youngest has just completed his A Levels, we are now done with compulsory education but all of them had a very happy and successful time within The Three Rivers.
Simon Taylor
(Director / CEO)
I have been a teacher since 1985 working in four very different schools. I initially taught history and was a Year Leader at Prudhoe High School, before moving to Walker Technology College in 1995 as Assistant Head and later Deputy Head. In 2001 I took up the post of Headteacher at Kingsmeadow School, Gateshead and then moved to King Edward’s in the same role in 2007. Since September 2013 I have been Executive Headteacher at The Three Rivers Learning Trust with responsibility for all three schools, Chantry, Newminster and KEVI, in the Learning Trust.
Chris Tedder
(Colleague from another school in Trust)
I have taught in three schools across Northumberland and North Tyneside for over 20 years. I studied Chemistry at Newcastle University and teaching chemistry is still the part of my job I enjoy the most! I have been Head of Chemistry/Science and Year Leader (across Years 10-13) and an Assistant Headteacher in my previous schools - I am currently Deputy Head at KEVI where I have enjoyed spending the last 4 1/2 years. I am married with two boys and enjoy spending as much time with them as I can.
Patricia Thorne
(Parent)
I am 45 years old and have been married to Kevin for 22 years; we live in Morpeth and have two children aged 15 and 11. They both attend schools within The Three Rivers Learning Trust. I work as a Teaching Assistant at a primary school in Blyth, supporting children with the development of their literacy and numeracy skills. I have been a Teaching Assistant for nearly 10 years working in various schools across Northumberland.

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading books (but not e-books), visiting the theatre and watching live music. I don’t enjoy getting up too early in the morning, seeing or hearing bad manners and being called Pat.