Paul Carvin
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.
Kirsty Mawer
I’m a writer, broadcaster and author of children’s books. My novels and chapter books are sold in many languages around the world by publishers such as Scholastic, Chicken House, Andersen, Carlsen and Sourcebooks. My work as an author has taken me into classrooms in schools from Harbottle to Hanoi, and quite a few places in between. I have written children’s plays and pantomimes that have been performed in the UK and North America, and recently I’ve written, produced and presented radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service.

I originally trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and enjoyed a varied and rewarding theatrical career acting and producing. I co-founded and ran a successful touring theatre company performing original and classical plays for children, and theatre-in-education. This work gave me a special appreciation of the value of arts in schools and curriculum, vital experience of school liaison, strategizing, marketing and team management and furthered my interest in child development, psychology and mental health.

I was born in Sunderland and spent much of my childhood in rural Northumberland before moving to London to undertake my BA Hons and begin working life. I lived in the USA in Boston, Massachusetts for eight years, where I was frequently a guest author at events in New York and New England … and developed a love of burritos. In 2015, my husband John and I happily moved back to the Coquet Valley with our two children, who are at school within the Three Rivers family.
Nikki Buckley-Feiven
I completed my PGCE at Newcastle University in 2000 and since then I have taught in a variety of Middle, primary and first schools throughout North Tyneside and Northumberland. This has given me a great range of experience throughout the primary years. I have taught at Harbottle C of E First School since 2013. I am the Early Years lead and also teach literacy and numeracy to Key Stage 1 and art to the whole school. I am passionate about giving all children the best possible education.

I have 2 daughters who are being educated within the Three Rivers Learning Trust.
Sue Burston
I am a Northumbrian and a graduate of Durham and Newcastle Universities.

As a Psychiatric Social Worker by profession I worked for Durham County Council and the University of Newcastle, in the Royal Victoria Infirmary as a social worker. Leading from this I have a long history of volunteering, for the WRVS, as a church fundraiser, as a Community Medical Fund Trustee, as an organiser and speaker for Christian Aid and as a Youth Drop In Trustee.

A significant area of my volunteering has been as a Governor of Glendale Middle School Wooler for about 30 years. I was Chair of Governors for many years and I have frequently campaigned for the retention of rural schools in Northumberland.

In retirement I have the delight of being involved with the children of Harbottle School as a volunteer listening to their reading. I have a personal investment in Harbottle School spanning two generations as my children started their school career there and now my two grandchildren are attending.
Marion Farndale
I have been a governor of Harbottle School for a number of years, my two younger daughters having attended the school 25 years ago. I have enjoyed seeing the school flourish under its present excellent leadership which has resulted in outstanding inspection reports. I am delighted that it has now become part of 3RLT and very much look forward to exciting developments in the future.

I have wide educational experience, both in the maintained and independent sectors. I have taught in grammar schools and comprehensives and have twenty four years of experience as head of a successful independent school in Newcastle. Before my retirement from this post I also served as an ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) inspector (regulated by Ofsted). I was chairman of the NE branch of GSA (Girls’ Schools’ Association) and represented the region on the National Council of GSA. I also represented the UK and European heads on the international board of Round Square.
Lynda Hunter
My entire working life was spent in the NHS. On achieving Nursing State Registration I choose the specialism Cardiology to further my experience moving to the Freeman Hospital on completion of the new Cardio Thoracic Department.

Following ten fulfilling years nursing there, I decided to expand my horizons, taking the opportunity to fill a new post specifically to provide continuous learning/development for the benefit of all staff not in training posts. This allowed me to create and expand comprehensive programmes of learning opportunities open to staff of all disciplines, in response to their Personal Development Plans.

During the time I undertook this role, many situations arose whereby I was enabled to develop my own knowledge and skills, both in Management and Leadership (on leaving I had an established department of 16) and in the various topics scheduled in my Training and Development Plan for all staff.

On leaving work, I retired to my roots in Coquetdale, settling into a totally different lifestyle, gradually becoming more involved in the village community. My involvement within Harbottle School came about quite quickly and I started to volunteer on a weekly basis, soon after which I became a Governor. A huge learning curve ensued, as I had no previous experience of children. However, I settled into helping the teachers where I could and began to enjoy observing and learning about life in a First School.

I have learnt so much and continue to develop my knowledge and skills in a variety of ways. For several years now I have undertaken the role of Safeguarding Governor, which again is creating new opportunities, not only to support the school, but to enhance my own development.
Susan Rogerson - Clerk
I was born in the Coquet Valley and have remained here all my life. I attended Netherton First School, Dr Thomlinsons Middle School & KEVI High School leaving there in 1982.

My first employment was for a company called Sancella UK in Morpeth where I was PA to the Manufacturing Director covering all aspects of duties for him and the Management Team.

In 1997 I joined the staff of Harbottle C of E First School and I am now the Office Manager of a very busy little office! I have skills in all aspects of finance and business leadership in a school setting.

I became a Foundation Governor in 2009 and have been involved in making many successful strategic decisions as part of this governing body. When we converted to an Academy I was involved in the development of collaboration between schools and highly value this opportunity to extend my role as an Academy Councillor.

I am also the Clerk of the Rothbury Education Trust and the Upper Coquet Resource Group and I am involved in lots of local community activities.

I look forward to being able to support the Academy Council and the Three Rivers Learning Trust in achieving its vision.
Revd. Dr. Ann Peters-Wotherspoon -(Foundation)
My teaching career spanned forty years in a range of schools, both as a subject teacher of Science and as a Deputy Head in a large Senior School. My qualifications include a Doctorate in Education and an MA in Pastoral Theology. Latterly I was ordained a Priest and I have served in several places, in Huntingdon, up in Tweedmouth, Spittal and Scremerston, and now in Upper Coquetdale. I am passionate about the education of children, seeking the very best for each one. As a Priest I have done a great deal of work with the community in each area and tried to support everyone of every age, faith and experience with care and compassion. I have previous experience of being a school Governor in three schools and I am now a member of the Academy Council in both Harbottle C of E First School and Dr. Thomlinson’s C of E Middle School.
Mike Hodgson - Chair
I have been involved in education for most of my working life – in schools, in youth and community work and in outdoor education – working to help people develop as independent lifelong learners. I joined the team of governors at Harbottle School with an interest in ensuring that all pupils receive the best start possible to their learning experience, and wish to continue this work as a member of the new academy council. Recently ‘retired’, I enjoy sailing and climbing with my wife and daughter – and continue to explore new experiences through edX and other activities.
Canon John Sinclair
John was born on the banks of the River Tyne close to Newcastle Cathedral. He is married to Gill, they have four children and seven grandchildren with number eight due soon. John met Gill while they were both at School in Newcastle. John has served on four governing bodies in Newcastle and North Tyneside. He served the governing body of Newburn Primary School as Chair and has a good understanding of the challenge and responsibility trustees face. John’s working life in the church has focussed in Newcastle Diocese, working with parishes in every deanery. John lives in one of the most beautiful parts of the country where he works as Rector of Upper Coquetdale which stretches from Rothbury to the Scottish Border. John loves life and is happiest engaging with people from all backgrounds. John is a member of The General Synod of The Church of England as well as serving the wider church as a member of the Clergy Discipline Commission and as a selector on Bishops Advisory Panels. John puts his sense of humour to good use in his evangelistic ministry and as an after-dinner speaker. John enjoys his garden, trainset, walking the hills and short breaks in his motorhome when time allows.