Academy Council Members

Michael Bone (Chair)
I am a Principal Inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, where I have worked for 17 years. I have a great deal of experience in the practice of inspection, investigation and enforcement of Health and Safety legislation. This has taken place across all different industries, including education and the service sector. Over the last three years I have held a national role overseeing all aspects of cost recovery related to HSE operational activity. Prior to that I worked closely with industry developing policies and procedures with key stakeholders, chairing working groups and committees on a regular basis.

I have effective communication and negotiation skills and have experience of dealing with challenging and difficult situations.

Our family moved to Morpeth almost nine years ago when our eight year old was two weeks old! She is now just about to step up to Newminster and enjoyed every single moment at Abbeyfields. Our second daughter is just about to start in Year 2 at Abbeyfields. My wife, Helen, is a dentist practising in Alnwick. As a family, we enjoy camping, walking, family holidays and generally just being together.

We support Abbeyfields where the educational ethos is of achievement in a nurturing and caring environment. I am very proud to be associated with Abbeyfields and enjoy every minute I spend there. Now that we have joined The Three Rivers I am looking forward to supporting the trust in any way I can.

I have an active interest in several sports and am currently captain of the Fourth team at Morpeth Rugby Club and a member of Morpeth Golf Club.
Lauren Jones (Staff)
I was raised and educated in Morpeth and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree with honours in 1991. I am now in my 23 year of teaching at Abbeyfields, the school that I love! I have taught throughout the first school, and have been privileged to work alongside children with severe learning difficulties when Abbeyfields was an integrated mainstream and special school.

Currently I am a Year 1 class teacher and also the school Subject Leader for Science. I also have a leadership role coordinating playtimes and lunchtimes. A year ago I became a Specialist Leader of Education for The Three Rivers Teaching Schools Alliance and as part of my role I deliver training to Newly Qualified Teachers. It feels great to be able to share my passion and experience with those who are just beginning in the profession.

Abbeyfields has a special place in my heart. It is particularly important to me as I chose this special place to be the starting point for my own two children to begin their education. They are now continuing their journey through the Three Rivers Trust.
Andrew Tebbutt (Community)
I was born and educated in Bedford, but lived in Northumberland since 1973, moving to Morpeth in 1985. Married to Joan for 21 years, we have three grown up children between us, all of whom went through the Morpeth schools system. Social Services career 1965 to 1997, both at senior practice level and as Principal Training officer. I have always been active in the community, locally with Morpeth Pantomime Society & Morpeth District Arts Trust, became a local councillor in 2001. Served on Castle Morpeth Borough Council then Northumberland County Council until May 2017. Executive Member for Corporate Resources for Northumberland County Council 2008 to 2013. Morpeth Town Councillor from 2003 and ongoing – Mayor of Morpeth in 2016/17. I have been Company Secretary and trustee to Mary Hollon Annuity & Relief in Need Trust since 2010.

I have been an Abbeyfields School Governor since 2003; latterly Vice Chair of Governors. Chaired Buildings Sub Committee on various occasions, and served on both Finance & Staffing Sub Committees. I was appointed Vice Chair of Abbeyfields new Academy Council from May 2017.
Hannah Brown
I was born in Surrey but came to Newcastle University to study Medicine in 1995. After qualifying to be a doctor in 2000 I worked in hospitals across the North-East for 4 years before deciding to train in General Practice. I have now been a GP since 2006; my specialist clinical interests include child health and development and I am the nominated Lead for Safeguarding Children and Adults for my Practice. I am also actively involved in training doctors who are learning to be GPs.

My work requires me to have excellent communication skills with both children and adults. I have held a senior leadership position within the practice, which requires effective team working skills as well as recognising and developing each colleague’s unique skill-set and expertise. Working in an ever-changing NHS requires a deep understanding of the complex and varied needs of individuals within the community and the need for continual development of services to meet those needs, whilst understanding the challenge of increased demand but with limited resources. I believe these are all attributes which I hope to bring to the role of councillor to serve the children and families of Abbeyfields.

When it came to choosing a place to bring up our family we could think of no better place than Morpeth, and no better school than Abbeyfields for our children. I have one son currently at Abbeyfields and one who, having flourished beyond all expectations due to the team at Abbeyfields, has now moved to Newminster to continue his educational journey within the Three Rivers Trust. I hope, as a councillor, to be able to give back just a little of what the school has given us.
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. ​
Jean Simpson
I am a native Northumbrian, living in Morpeth & after 40 years teaching throughout the first school age range,
I am now retired. In addition to my classroom experience, I have held varied roles in senior management & also instructed on the PGCE course at Newcastle University.

I taught Y2 & Y4 at Abbeyfields for the last 7 years of my career & valued being part of a school where indeed every child is "special". I have many years experience as curriculum co-ordinator, ensuring continuity, progression & coverage of subjects across key stages.

My passion is to encourage each child to develop a lifelong love of learning, to reach their full potential & be equipped to lead a fulfilled life.

I have an adult son who has benefitted from attending Morpeth schools. In my retirement, I am enjoying reading & travelling, as well as volunteer roles at Cragside, the Alnwick Garden & Alnwick Baptist Church.
Jenny Grieve
I studied at Northumbria University to gain a Degree in Care & Education and Disability studies, and then a Postgraduate qualification in Professional Practice.
My first job relating to my qualifications was at Hexham Children's Centre as an Early Years Practitioner, working with and supporting the development of children aged 0-5.

I then moved to the Inclusion Team at Northumberland County Council where I am currently the Inclusion Team Leader. We support children who have been permanently excluded from mainstream school and those who are at risk of exclusion.
I love my job and the challenge that comes with it, every day is different.

I live with my partner and little boy on a farm outside Morpeth and as I write this we are in the middle of lambing, the most amazing lifestyle, full of exciting experiences to bring up a family.

I hope to be able to offer advice and guidance to Abbeyfields, as well as learning both professionally and personally myself.
Ben Henderson
I have recently joined the Three Rivers Trust as Deputy Headteacher and SENCo at Stobhillgate First School. As well as the Year One class teacher, I work with our more vulnerable children and families to ensure they can reach their potential and be the best they can be. Working collaboratively with parents and carers to open up opportunities and help their children be successful and excited about their learning is a real passion of mine. I have recently completed my Masters studies at Newcastle University which had a final emphasis on teacher development and how we can use peer coaching to improve teaching practice so we have the best possible teachers working with our children. This peer coaching model is one we are developing in my current school.

Prior to joining the Three Rivers Trust, I worked in a primary school in the East End of Newcastle and most recently a large primary school in the West of the city. I have also served as Chair of Governors at a special school in Northumberland. I have a passion for outdoor adventure and have led many overnight camping trips with school classes and also led international projects with schools from across Europe where we worked together on a common theme and we were lucky to take a number of our students abroad for the very first time!

Outside of school, I enjoy the countryside where I like to go camping and hiking. I also enjoy rugby, cycling and trying to train my two cocker spaniels, although I don’t think they really listen to me!
Clare Sample
I grew up in the North East and moved to Morpeth in 2001. I currently live in Kirkhill, very close to Abbeyfields, with my husband and teenage son who attended Newminster and now KEVI. I currently work for Northumberland County Council as a Lawyer. I specialise in Employment Law, advising the HR teams on legal matters relating to all Council employees including those who work in Northumberland Schools. In addition to my main role, I also act as Clerk to the School Admission Appeal Panels. School Admission Appeals take place when a family has not been successful in applying to the school of their choice and appeal this decision. I provide legal advice to the panel.

Earlier in my life I attended Sheffield University where I studied a degree in Business Studies. I then joined Northumbria Police, as a police officer, for 12 years. I then studied law, part-time, at Northumbria University and became a lawyer. I specialised in Employment Law from the beginning, working at Dickinson Dees which, more recently, became Womble Bond Dickinson. I have a particular interest in mental health issues and disabilities, both in the work place and also in schools.

Outside of work I enjoy the outdoors. I love horse riding and walking my dog. I also enjoy fell-walking, particularly in the Lake District.
Andrew Plews
My wife, son and I moved to Morpeth in 2019 and my son is currently a pupil at Abbeyfields and very much enjoying his time there. Prior to this we lived in a small town just north of Aberdeen for 10 years.

I grew up in Morpeth and went to schools in the town before taking up an Engineering apprenticeship in Newcastle and becoming a Mechanical Engineer. Through my career I achieved a BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Northumbria University and then went on to complete a Masters degree in Subsea Engineering around 10 years ago. Having been in Engineering for 25 years, I am currently employed as an Engineering Manager by Baker Hughes where I am based in the Newcastle office.

In my job I lead several teams of experienced and senior engineers spread around the UK and Europe. As part of my role I am responsible for ensuring competency, safety and quality on the products the engineering solutions the team produce.

In my role as an academy councillor I hope to be able to give some of my time to support the school and academy council, particularly as a parent of a current pupil. I am also hoping to learn and develop myself through working with Abbeyfields and the 3 Rivers Trust.