Each member of our board has a wide range of business and community interest as befits an academy of 1500 students drawn from across the Middlesbrough area.

Welcome to the Macmillan Academy Governors’ page.

We are currently a Board of Governors comprising 8 members.

We use our skills, knowledge and experience to fulfil the 5 core functions of governance, which are:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and direction.
  • To hold the executive accountable for standards against benchmarks.
  • To ensure solvency and probity.
  • To ensure leadership complies with statutory regulations.
  • To engage with stakeholders.

As well as formal half termly meetings regularly reporting on established practice, we spend time in the academy engaging with students and staff. The full Board of Governors’ meetings follow a full agenda which allows us, on your behalf, to ensure the above takes place and to focus on specific areas such as progress in teaching, learning and assessment, whole education, safeguarding, finance and staffing matters.

If you are interested in knowing more about the role of an Academy Governor, please contact me.

Mr A Bennett
Chair of Governors
c/o Macmillan Academy
Stockton Road

Phone: 01642 800800
Email: office@macademy.org.uk

Our Governors:

Adam Bennett
Chair of Governors
Appointed: 17/09/13

Adam is a qualified engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has worked in a number of local manufacturing companies including as Engineering Director for the Teesside Steelworks.

Adam has supported the governing body with project management as well as Health & Safety experience. He became Chair to the Board in January 2021.



Naomi Smith (North Yorkshire Council)
Vice Chair of Governors
Appointed: 25/11/14

Naomi Smith grew up in Middlesbrough and still lives in the local area. She has 10 years' experience running large-scale transformation and improvement programmes in Local Government.

Naomi has a particular interest in nurturing Gifted and Talented students at Macmillan and is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Toby Joel (Partner – Jacksons Law Firm)
Parent Governor
Appointed: 23/6/19

Toby has two children at Macmillan Academy. Toby is a Partner at Jacksons Law Firm. Toby has been invoked with the Academy since 2012 when he set up a professional programme placement scheme between Macmillan and Jacksons. The scheme gives Post 16 students a unique opportunity to spend time at Jacksons Stockton office. The programme has evolved to Toby and his team spending time at Macmillan with KS4 and KS5 students.

Toby ensures Jacksons takes part every year in our Year 10 work placement week. These weeks have seen students decide a career in law is their ambition. Toby says "Becoming a parent governor at Macmillan was an easy choice. Macmillan is a fantastic school. I left school in Middlesbrough in 1989, and I can remember Macmillan opening the same year. To be a governor in the 30th year anniversary is fantastic." Toby enjoys playing golf and watching cricket and football.



Mark Stephenson (Retired Head of Department/Teacher/Senior Leader)
Appointed: 26/3/19

After leaving university Mark worked for 10 years in the insurance industry before returning to education and completing a PGCE in Geography and PE. His early teaching career was at Macmillan Academy teaching Geography, History, RE and PE. He developed his role into student pastoral care by becoming a Head of Year and with the emergence of computing in schools he took a teaching role within the newly established ICT department. He later specialised in ICT and went on to become the head of the department. For the final 10 years of his teaching career he changed the emphasis of his role within Macmillan Academy to direct the development of the ICT network whilst retaining a reduced teaching role.

After taking early retirement from an extremely rewarding career at Macmillan he was honoured to become a school governor and be given the chance to continue to guide the academy in its development of young people within Middlesbrough.

Phil Latham (Principal/Chief Executive)
Phil has worked in education as a teacher for 24 years. He was Principal of Macmillan Academy for 10 years and is currently the Chief Executive of Endeavour Academies. Phil holds a National Professional Qualification for both headship (NPQH) and executive leadership (NPQEL).

He is a National Leader of Education (NLE) and is currently sits on the Strategic School Improvement Board for Middlesbrough and on the advisory board for Schools North East.



Rachel Magowan (Head of Business Delivery – RPMI)
Parent Governor
Appointed: 28/11/17

Rachael has a real passion for the outdoors and can often be found rambling across the UK, when she’s not heading up her Change Team at RPMI who’s vision is to provide a sustainable future for people who work in the UK Rail Industry.

She is committed to ensuring that we get the best outcome for all students, and became a Parent Governor to support the school to develop well rounded children ready to play their part in society.

Ian Reed (Educational Consultant - Freelance)
Appointed: 24/9/19

Having started his career at Consett Technical College lecturing in physical education and a variety of skills for life courses, Ian has continued to work in the field of SEN for the past 40 years.

He has worked in a variety of SEBD schools in Glasgow, Hereford, Newcastle and Sunderland. Ian has had 10 year’s experience as a Deputy Headteacher and 19 year’s experience as a Headteacher. During this time, he has been seconded to Price Waterhouse and Coopers to support the implementation of the Excellence in Cities Programme and to Durham University to lecture in SEN. He was also associate vice-principal at City of Sunderland College for 14 years.

Ian is passionate about improving the life chances of disadvantaged young people and the psychology of behaviour modification. Ian's other ambition is to land at least a 30lb salmon from the River Tweed!



Martin Featherstone (School Improvement Officer: Redcar & Cleveland Council)
Appointed: 7/7/20

Martin began his career in Education at Macmillan Academy in 2007 after completing his PGCE from Durham University. After 12 years at the school as a PE teacher he left to take the position of Improvement Officer at Redcar and Cleveland Council.

Martin’s role sees him work on school improvement for over 30 primary schools and 10 secondary school across the Borough. He has a vested interest in teaching and learning, and as such works closely with leaders in education, such as the The Sutton Trust, to improve standards of teaching for young people.