Meet the Governors

Chair of Governors: Eur Ing Hugh Mackay JP

Should you wish to contact the Governors of the King Alfred School please write to:
Mrs Sarah Bradley
Clerk to the Governors
The King Alfred School
Burnham Road

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The Governing body includes:
10 Co-opted Governors
3 Parent Governors
1 Staff Governor
1 Local Authority Governor

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Governors of The King Alfred School

Eur Ing Hugh Mackay JP  (Chair)

Co-opted Governor

 I grew up in Kent and East Sussex, and have lived in West Sussex, Hertfordshire, South Glamorgan and Surrey, before moving to Burnham on Sea in 1996.  I am a chartered civil engineer and worked for eight local authorities over a 29 year period (the latter 10 years as chief officers).  Since 1994 I have been self-employed as a technical advisor for out-sourcing, PFI and PPP projects mostly for schools, hospitals and other public services.


My wife taught in various schools from pre-school to sixth-form and in adult education.  I have two daughters, six grand-children and two great grand-children.


I am now mostly involved in voluntary work, currently: East Brent Village Hall Management Committee, and as a co-opted governor at Brent Knoll Primary School since 2010; and previously: a Magistrate from 2005 to 2012, North Sedgemoor Children’s Centres Advisory Board member from 2009 to 2015, a non-executive director of Homes in Sedgemoor Ltd from 2005 to 2008, and a trustee of Benchmark from 2011 to February 2016.


I was appointed as a co-opted governor of The King Alfred School in December 2015.


Mrs Jacqueline Strong (Named Vice-Chair)

Parent Governor



I joined the Governing Body in September 2014 as parent governor.  I have 2 children at King Alfred’s in Year 8 and 9 with a further 2 younger children at one of the primary schools.


I felt it was important to put myself forward for the role as an active member of the community who is involved with several community projects and keen to see the school do well having attended myself.


I have a variety of skills but have spent a significant amount of my working life within the Police and have experience of working with the youth offending team and restorative justice, having the children I made the decision to leave and since then have worked in youth work, road safety as a trainer and currently work for the local authority in a community based role. 

I have lots of interests and take pride in the community I live and work in and am willing to bring people together.


I visit the school regularly and am keen to hear what the students think and feel, but also to support the teachers.


Miss Melanie Wellman (Vice-Chair)

Parent Governor






Resigned 21st February 2017



Mrs Denise Hurr 







Mrs Dee Cornish

Co-opted Governor



Following childhood and comprehensive school in Cheshire, I studied Chemistry at Manchester University graduating in 1985.  I worked as a product and process development engineer for Royal Ordnance (latterly BAE Systems) based initially in Essex then South Wales, moving to Burnham on Sea in 1996. During this role I was privileged to travel extensively in the USA and Europe. I now work as a health safety and quality manager for Eaton metal fabrication company in Highbridge.

I married my husband Mark, also an engineer, in 1996. We have one son and I have 2 adult step-children and 3 grand-children.  Our hobbies include sailing, music (mostly following our son and lugging his equipment about, with the odd bit of playing) and skiing 1 week per year! I also help lead Sunday School at St Andrew’s Church. Best thing I have done: following redundancy in 2010, we took a 5 month tour of Ireland and Scotland – fabulous.  Most want to: do more regular exercise- but I can’t run! 

Mr Keith Elliott

Co-opted Governor






 I moved to Burnham in April 2013 and now really enjoy living here, particularly being able to walk on the beach and enjoy the amazing sunsets.

I have been involved in both formal and informal education with young people aged between 14 and 18 throughout my working life both as a teacher, youth worker, county youth and community officer and director of social studies.

Three of my specialist areas have been ‘working with those with difficult and aggressive behaviour, ‘study skills’ for sixth formers and safeguarding.

I am now semi-retired but still do some university teaching and also freelance training consultancy work - mainly enabling groups to identify community needs and then to establish appropriate projects / ways forward.

I was appointed as a governor in February this year and I hope that this will enable me to use my skills and experience to support the local community.


Mr Martyn Ellis
Co-opted Governor






 I re-located to Somerset from Yorkshire in 1995 when I began my career in teaching.

I have taught at King Alfred School for over twenty years, having been Head of History and PSHCE for 13 of them. During my time at King Alfred School I have held pastoral management positions and spent two years as an Assistant Headteacher.

I originally joined the Governing Body as a staff governor, elected by my colleagues. At the end of my first term I was co-opted onto the Governing body.

I believe in the strengths of King Alfred School and represent not only staff views but those of parents and the wider community. Both my step-children attended King Alfred School and thoroughly enjoyed their experience. I live in the community so I am aware of the views and hopes of the people who make up our wider school.

I have always believed that King Alfred School is made up of outstanding young people who are ready to learn and eventually take their place in society. I still consider it an honour to be part of making this happen.



Mr Simon Lodge
Co-opted Governor






I have a long-standing interest in education and our local schools; both of my daughters attended King Alfred’s and have since gone on to higher education.  I want every child to achieve their full potential in a high quality and continuously improving environment, and for the school to play its full part in the wider local community.

Alongside my interest in education in a school environment, I also strongly believe that local community ventures, such as swimming clubs, provide valuable education to our children.  This is why as an ASA trained official I volunteer with Burnham-on-Sea Swimming Club.




Mrs Annette Milburn
Co-opted Governor





I really enjoy the contribution I can make to the King Alfred School in my capacity as a co-opted governor. I am an early years’ teacher with three children who attend the King Alfred School so have a good understanding of the education system as well as a parental viewpoint. I am an outgoing person and have a dynamic attitude to life. I currently work for North Somerset Council in the SEN section.

I enjoy trying new experiences and always try to 'seize the day'. I try to look for the good in all situations and have a positive attitude. I love a good book, joke or story and have a great sense of humour. I enjoy spending time with my family and am often to be found on the local beach with my family and the dog. I also enjoy taking part in many charitable events throughout the year and these include singdays at the Colston Hall and Royal Albert Hall as well as supporting a local Cancer Research Charity. A couple of years ago I took part in a firewalk to raise funds for the local hospice - and no, truly, it doesn't hurt!





Mr Phil Reddish

Co-opted Governor



I run a busy architectural practice in Burnham on sea, and have wide experience in all aspects of the construction industry, including speculative housing, commercial projects, university and health care. I have two sons one in year three and one at King Alfred’s in year 8 both are accomplished swimmers. I enjoy family time, watching my sons swim and art.

I became a governor with Burnham infants in 2008, and St Andrews in 2010 for which I am currently Chair of Governors. I have developed a deep seated interest in education through the key stages, and see the importance of good governance and how that impacts on children’s outcomes. Every child should be supported and given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a high quality and continuously improving school environments. And that school environment should also play its part and link closely with its partners and the community at large.




Co-opted Governor Vacancy




Co-opted Governor Vacancy



Mrs Nikki Augar

Parent Governor



Resigned 19th September 2017

LA Governors (1)
Mr Richard Dyer





A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) Served Articles at a local firm of Accountants (Butterworth Jones & Co) before obtaining large audit experience with Cooper Bros in Bristol ( now Pricewaterhouse Coopers -PwC) Director of a local engineering company ( Willsher & Quick Ltd) for  28 years, and its subsidiaries in both Newcastle and Germany.


More recently was Director of Finance & Policy for a locally based national charity (National Blind Children's Society) for 12 years before retiring in 2013 when the charity was taken under the wing of Guide Dogs for the Blind.


Treasurer of local Rotary Club.


Married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren.


Staff Governor (1)

Miss Lindsey Lamb



After some years performing as a professional dancer, I gained QTS in 2006 and joined King Alfred School as a Teacher of Dance. Since this time I have been responsible for the promotion and management of Dance which has resulted in a highly successful annual Dance Production. Dance has grown from strength to strength with outstanding results and consequently numerous ex-students are now pursuing their dreams of becoming a professional dancer.

I became Assistant Head of Sixth Form in September 2010 and continue to enjoy this role with which responsibilities include the monitoring of academic and emotional progress as well attendance. This experience has added an exciting dimension to my teaching career and I have future aspirations within the pastoral sector.

I have always been hugely interested in the progression of King Alfred School, importantly for our students, but also for the wider community. Consequently I was elected Staff Governor in October 2015 and relish the opportunity to make a wider impact during this time. 






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