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Our school is governed at a local level by an Academy Committee, comprised of individuals local to our community who have a commitment to improving education, parents and staff. The Academy Committee’s main role is to carry forward the vision, values, ethos and strategic direction of the school, hold senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school, and ensure the voices of stakeholders are heard. The Committee meets regularly and individual governors also visit the school to oversee specific aspects of our work.

Governor Responsibilities:

Chair: Shelagh Crossley


ShelAgh Crossley - Chair, Safeguarding and SEN Governor

I have 30 years previous experience with Leeds City Council in Finance, Environmental Health, IT and, latterly, Corporate Asset Management.

I am currently employed as a Lead Exam Invigilator at Jack Hunt School – invigilating a range of exams, both PPE (mocks) and public exams and specialised exam testing for external bodies. I also works in a voluntary capacity for Peterborough City Council sitting on School Admission Appeals panels and Independent Review panels.

I became a Governor as I always believed that it was important to take an interest in the school where my ‘young people’ went. I currently have one child here at Jack Hunt, in Year 11.

I am keen to see that that all our students have the opportunity to receive a great education in a safe and stimulating environment, and what better way to influence that than by being a Governor. 

I am currently the new Chair of Governors and the Safeguarding and SEN link Governor.


Matt mecham - careers link governor


Matt is a software engineer, working on applications in education and community spaces.  Matt enjoys running and is currently working towards a marathon distance.

Matt became a governor to help the school achieve its ambitious goals and do the very best for the young people under its care.


Nighat Hussain - governor

Nighat is parent of a Year 13 student at JHS and is the recently voted in Parent Governor on the JHS Academy Committee.

Serving as a parent Governor allows her to support my child, the school that she attends, and all the other staff and students.

She is sincere,motivated and patient and will use these qualities to help her fulfil the role.

gulfraz Umar ijaz - Parent governor

My substantive post is with Peterborough City Councils – Children in Care team.

I am employed as a Children's Social Care Practitioner. I have over 20 years of experience of working with children and families. 

I enjoy spending time with my family and my life revolves around my children and my mother.  I love cooking, baking, drawing and painting and applying henna tattoos.  I am also learning to sew!

I believe that children can achieve more if parents show an active and visible interest in their school life and education.  If children can see a trusting relationship between parents and staff, they will feel safer and more confident.  

My motivation to become a governor came from other parents and the need for parent governors so we can share the views of parents where it matters.

shahid (chaz) akhtar - safeguarding link governor

Having a background working for local authority in social housing and strategic partners, my skills will help me as a trustee governor for the school to achieve its potential.  I feel passionately about the importance of education to change children’s lives.  

I am currently the Safeguarding link Governor.

Neal Wilmore - Staff Governor

I live in a semi-rural village to the north of Peterborough but having completed my SCITT within the city and living in the area for 19 years I am familiar with the city demographics. I have no personal ties to Jack Hunt School.

I am interested in the school strategy and its long-term development. Becoming a staff governor will provide the opportunity to actively contribute to this process and hold those responsible to account for the ongoing improvements.

I enjoy walking, running, exploring the outdoors, wildlife, geology, reading and watching a variety of sports.


Kayode Atoyebi - Governor

My aspiration to become a governor stems from a commitment to contribute to shaping an educational environment that is inclusive, forward-thinking, and aligned with the evolving needs of students and the community, both immediate and at large. I am eager to work alongside fellow board members to drive initiatives that enrich learning experiences, foster a culture of excellence, and prepare students to be responsible, informed citizens.






For full details of our governor responsibilities, their business interests and their attendance record, please click here

How to contact the Chair of the Academy Committee:

Please contact the school office for more information on contacting Shelagh Crossley.  Alternatively, please send a letter for Shelagh's attention to the main school address. 


Our wider governance structure:

Our Academy Committee is part of the wider governance structure of the Peterborough Keys Academies Trust (PKAT). To find out more about the PKAT governance structure, including our Members and Trustees, visit the PKAT website here: PKAT Governance Structure

You can also find further compliance information here:

PKAT members

PKAT Trustees

Finance Documents

Articles of Association

Compliance Documents including Gender Pay Gap Information and Executive Pay Reporting

Funding Agreements

Are you interested in becoming a governor?

To find out more about the role and current opportunities within PKAT, please contact our Head of Governance, Emma Stephens-Dunn, at