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Parkwood Academy


Parkwood Academy, as part of the multi-academy trust E-ACT, has a single governing body (our Board of Trustees) comprised of seven independent volunteers who are ultimately accountable for the performance and strategic leadership of the organisation. E-ACT’s Board also includes the Chief Executive who is an ex officio Trustee. 

The Board are supported by the Executive Leadership Team and National Team, underneath which sits six Regional Teams led by a Regional Education Director (RED) and Regional Operations Director (ROD), with a series of subject specialist expert system leaders within each of their teams. 

Our REDs and RODs hold E-ACT Headteachers to account through 6 weekly formal ‘Raising Achievement Boards’ and, in turn, the REDs and RODs are held to account by the Executive Leadership Team through 6 weekly formal ‘Regional Performance Boards’. 

Parkwood Academy is part of the Northern region and our Regional Team is:




Kathy Allen

Regional Education Director

Joe Brownridge

Regional Operations Director

Elizabeth Browne

Safeguarding, Behaviour, Attendance and DSEN System Leader

Julia Benning

Regional Co-ordinator


Parkwood Ambassadorial Advisory Group

Alongside the Raising Achievement Boards, E-ACT has established advisory bodies in each academy called the Ambassadorial Advisory Group (AAG). The Ambassador remit has four key elements:

  • Celebration: to help to make sure that celebration of staff, pupils and parents remains a priority for each academy, and to find the best way to do this.
  • Communication: to work with staff, pupils and parents to make sure that the academy effectively communicates to all stakeholders, so that everyone feels part of academy life and has the opportunity to access information and events.
  • Concerns or complaints: to act as an independent local point of contact for staff, pupils and parents to express their concerns. Academy Ambassadors will signpost people to the right channels for dealing with their issues and will ensure that any concerns or complaints are fed back to the AAG. Where any trends emerge, the Academy Ambassadors work with the Headteacher and other ambassadors to help find solutions. Academy Ambassadors will also always form the majority of members on any appeals panels.
  • Community: making sure that the pupils maximise on local opportunities by finding ways to keep the academy at the heart of the community and acting as a key link between the two. 
  • To really help the academy to explore what it can do to make the school a hub of community services.


Parkwood Academy’s Ambassadors:



Kit Thorne

Chair of the Ambassadorial Advisory Group

Glynn Riches


Ian Read


Jayne Dunn


Celia Hodgson


Zainab Akhtar


Paul Howard


Phil Bishton

Ambassador - Staff


Please note, the Board of Trustees is the governing body for E-ACT and all E-ACT academies, as the AAG is an advisory body only. Attendance of trustees at meetings are published on the trust website in E-ACT’s annual report (found on this page), which also contains information on the structure and responsibilities of the Board and its Committees. Trustees’ business and financial interests can also be found on the same page of the trust website in the ‘Member and trustee register and declared interests’ document.

Other important documents which can be found on the trust website are:

  • Articles of Association
  • Master Funding Agreement and Supplemental Agreements
  • E-ACT’s Scheme of Delegation which shows all delegated authorities from the Board of Trustees.
  • E-ACT’s detailed governance overview, showing how we continue to meet all our statutory and regulatory requirements under our regionalised governance model.

The terms of reference for the Academy Ambassadorial Advisory Group can be found here