Meet our Governors...

Michael Dennison - Management & Budget

I have been Chair of Governors since 2012 and have had a long association with North Oxfordshire Academy and other schools locally. I am also serving on United Learning’s Education Board.  My background is in education and school improvement having previously been an academy principal, Ofsted inspector and deputy director in local authorities.  I am currently an education adviser to the Department for Education.

I am married (to an ex-deputy head teacher). Our three grown-up children attended local schools; only one became a teacher and is now working in a special school.

Jon Carlton - Student Outcomes

Jon Carlton is a Chartered Engineer who worked in the electricity and gas industry, both in the UK and USA, for 35 years.  He now runs his own consultancy business as well as performing a number of Non-Executive and advisory roles.  At the Academy, Jon is taking a lead on raising the profile of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.  He is also lead governor working with the staff to increase levels of achievement across the curriculum.

Deborah Coleman - SEN & Pupil Premium

My name is Deborah Coleman and I am the Assistant SENDCO at Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney. I have a son in Y8 and soon to have a daughter in Y7. I have lived in the area all my life and have seen the school grow and develop.  I am a keen sports person who plays netball and tennis.

I have experience of what a school is like, I understand the issues for staff and management alike. I have experience in SEN and spent several years working in special education.

Although I have never been a governor before I do have knowledge of the role.  I have an understanding of the education system, an in-depth knowledge of SEN and the legislation around this area and a wealth of experience with regards to behaviour especially EBD and ASD as well as a parental perspective.

My vision is for the school to become a leading edge school in the area offering not only a first class education to its pupils but also a school where fellow professionals can gain experience and skills and learn from our practice.

David Murphy

In my role as staff governor I am an enthusiastic educator with a passionate commitment to both the student and school development.  I am currently teaching at NOA for my third year now and hold the role of Head of Engineering and Resistant Materials.  One of my key objectives is to work with local employers to meet employment demands in Oxfordshire so that our students have an education that is not only tailored to their needs but also the need of the community.

Raymond Pelekamoyo

Raymond Pelekamoyo is recognised as a Leader of innovation and creativity in the UK after being nominated as one of the 30 under 30 young entrepreneurs. He currently mentors and consult youth around the globe on Business success and goals. Along side this he runs an International marketing consultancy firm which just won business of the year voted by the Northern Board of Excellence.


Raymond comes from an eclectic background of which includes being a professional dancer to working alongside companies such as Facebook and Time Inc

Phill Slater

Phill Slater is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and retired Director of Procurement from consumer product company Procter & Gamble in Switzerland. In this role he managed a team of 500 staff  located in over 20 countries. He also held senior positions with Gillette and Black&Decker working in UK, USA. Phill is married with two daughters who were both educated locally and has lived in the area since 1990. He graduated from University of Sheffield in 1978 and gained his post-graduate professional diploma at the North West Management School in 1979


We currently have a vacancy for a new Governor if you are interested please contact Michael Dennison in writing c/o North Oxfordshire Academy.


North Oxfordshire Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in Appendix 4 to the United Learning LGB Members Handbook, which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Available Downloads

NOA Business Interests website 2015-16 update 14.12.15.pdf 482KB Register of Business Interests of the governors at North Oxfordshire Academy as declared 7 October 2015
Governors Attendance 2016-17.pdf 307KB Governors’ Attendance 2016-17

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