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Welcome to our Governors’ section

Please find below details of how our Local Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Please find below a list of our current governing body.

To find out more information about our governors, please click the following links to see each governor's individual pen portrait. 

Graham Wilson (Chairperson) Disadvantaged and Pupil Premium Governor
Simon Curtis (Vice Chairperson) Safeguarding Governor
Sue Ford

Clerk to Governors 

Contact on 01522 751148 or

Wendy Stevens (Co-opted) SEND Governor
Kiera Evans (Head Teacher)
Ben Kennedy (Teacher) 

Current Governor Pen Portraits

Graham Wilson

My name is Graham Wilson. I am the current chair of the local governing board. I look forward to working with Mrs Evans and the senior leadership team. 

My background is within both healthcare and education. 

Ben Kennedy


In all, I have been teaching for ten years in a range of settings. I have worked at the Academy since January 2017; before that I worked at a large three-form entry primary school in the centre of Lincoln. My GTP year was spent in a very small village school near Gainsborough. I have held various lead roles in that time, and I am currently lead for Mathematics and Science. I gained my NPQML in 2019, and I am just about to make my submission for my NPQSL. These qualifications and periods of study have helped me develop a strategic view of education and the Academy. I have also long been involved in sport in primary schools in Lincoln, and it’s been a pleasure to get Cherry Willingham pupils involved in the city-wide cross-country and athletics events; they have represented us superbly.

As year 6 teacher and transition lead, I am also much involved with maintaining links with our local secondary schools, in particular The Priory Pembroke Academy; we have enjoyed many different events and experiences for the children, that have been made possible by the support of our secondary colleagues.

Before teaching, I worked in the finance industry for several years, which included managing a team of colleagues; I therefore have experience across many areas of business — marketing, personnel and training, for example. Many of the professional and interpersonal skills I developed in business are transferable to teaching, and my experience of the private sector has proved invaluable to my work in the education sector.

On a personal note, both of my daughters currently attend the Academy, and my son enjoyed his years here; as a result, I also bring a parent’s perspective to my roles as teacher and governor. My priority is to help ensure that all of our pupils’ experiences at this school are positive, and help them to meet their utmost potential.

Simon Curtis


My name is Simon Curtis, and I am a Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors at Cherry Willingham Primary Academy. I have a child in Key Stage 1 and a child in Key Stage 2. I am also the  Headteacher at John Spendluffe Technology College, Alford.

My specific passions within education are development of teaching and learning strategies; specifically behaviour for learning, restorative and reflective practice, creativity, coaching and mentoring. My subject specialisms are Art, Photography, Media Studies and Graphic Design. Prior to teaching I have worked within the graphic design industry for a number of years.

I have worked in a variety of school settings in Manchester, Bolton and now in Lincolnshire. I have led and managed a number of departments and faculties with outstanding attainment and achievement. 

I hope my skills and experience will help me support Cherry Willingham Primary Academy to continue moving forward through my role as a governor.

Mrs Wendy Stevens


My name is Wendy, and I am a relative newcomer to the board of Governors, although I did serve as a Governor at what was then Cherry Comprehensive School some 20 years ago now. 

I have lived in the village mostly all of my Life and my four children were educated at the school and were very happy here. I Like to pop into school whenever I can and have always enjoyed my visits. 

I believe that it is vitally important for every child to feel happy, safe and part of the school family in order to thrive and to learn. That is what this school is all about and that is why I am proud to be a part of it.