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)
A committed Manchester United fan, I am from Salford originally and have lived in Morpeth for 20 years. I have had a wide ranging experience in schools throughout my 26 year teaching career. I began as a geography teacher and progressed to be the head of department in a large secondary grammar school in Aylesbury. My family then relocated to the North East and I developed my role as a Head of ICT in Seaton Hirst Middle School in Ashington. Before I retired I was working in a primary classroom as Year 5 class teacher. I am Dad to four children. My sons both went through the Morpeth middle school system and now, following University, live in Cambridge and Nottingham. My daughters are both currently attending, and loving, Newminster middle school. I enjoy cycling and have just completed a City and Guilds Level Two course in Bicycle maintenance and in my spare time I volunteer at Watbike in Ashington, recycling donated bikes and driving and supporting groups on long distance rides. You may also spot me around Morpeth walking our pet dog Ziggy!!
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.
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.
Rachel McBryde
A Chantry Middle and King Edward VI School alumnus, I returned to the North East after several years working as a journalist for BBC Worldwide in London.

I have worked at Newcastle based creative communications agency Gardiner Richardson, where I am an Associate Director, for 12 years. I help local, regional, national and international clients from the public and private sectors tell their brand stories.

During this time I have worked on a number of partnership projects linking education and skills with business, helping equip young people with the credentials they need for employment – an area I have a keen interest in.

I live with my husband and two children on a third generation farm on the edge of Morpeth. My children currently attend Abbeyfields, where they thrive, and I look forward to seeing them continue their educational journey through The Three Rivers system.
Marion Stewart (Community)
I have always worked in education in Northumberland; either as a teacher, senior leader or consultant to the local authority. Currently I am working as an associate lecturer for the University of Northumbria on their School Direct Programme. The Three Rivers Learning Trust have played an integral part in developing this new way of teacher training and indeed many graduates of the programme have progressed into permanent employment within their schools.

I live within the catchment area of Chantry Middle School and my two sons progressed through this three tier system. My two granddaughters are lucky enough to be working their way through schools in the same Three Rivers Learning Trust. I am delighted to be involved with The Three Rivers Learning Trust as an Academy Councillor.
Manjit Perkins
I started my teaching career in high school over 30 years ago and now teach Year 6 in Upper Primary. I am originally from West Yorkshire and moved to Newcastle when I went to University. I studied Religion and History and went to Lancaster to get my teaching qualification. Once I came back and started working in the North East I never left.

I have had a varied teaching career; teaching A-Levels to now working with young people in Year 6. It was always my ambition to be a teacher and I have worked hard to help students fulfill their potential and have the best choices in life they can. I have worked at Newminster Middle School for 16 years and have been privileged to work with some amazing young people, staff, and parents. I look forward to working as part of the Academy Council to keep providing the best education for our children.

I am married and have two sons who love sport; I love to spend time watching them and cheering them on as well as traveling the world and going on new adventures.
Claire Brind
I have lived and worked in Northumberland all my life and both my children attend schools in Morpeth. I am a Sales Manager for my family owned car dealership. I have been involved with
apprenticeships all my working life and enjoy helping them reach their true potential as they develop both professionally and personally. I also ran a dance school for 15 years where it was
wonderful to see the children thrive as the gained confidence and ability. I also have previous experience in schools as I was Chair of Governors at Pegswood Primary School for over 10 years. I am also a Rotarian and have been involved with many projects involving schools over the North East. I am looking forward to my time as an Academy Councillor for the Three Rivers Trust.