The Academy Council collectively provide a challenge and support function to the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team.

The setting of rigorous and clear targets, and the frequent detailed monitoring and questioning of progress, is fundamental to providing the educational aspirations that Ramsden Hall Academy desires for all its students.

The Academy Council of an academy or Free School is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote excellent pupil outcomes. Its duties include:

  • Holding the Headteacher to account as a "critical friend"
  • Supporting the Headteacher
  • Agree policies delegated to this Council
  • Making visits to the school to meet staff and pupils
  • Monitoring the spend of the delegated budget, including Pupil Premium


Ryan Carter

Ryan is new to the Staff governance role. Ryan has the best interests of pupils in mind at all times and is developing new ways to engage the most reluctant of pupils.  Ryan pursued his passion working with SEN children in a Pupil referral unit when he left university in 2014. Ryan has since worked a number of different roles; within a PRU and SEMH settings, working as a Teaching assistant, childcare officer, instructor and now as a Qualified Teacher at Ramsden Hall Academy. 

Alongside Ryan’s passion for education and working in SEN provisions, Ryan also loves to travel not only the world but within the UK to push himself outside of his comfort zones whenever possible. Ryan also has introduced his dog Aavie as a therapeutic support for students who are unable to communicate their needs and feelings to adults, especially in times of crisis.  This has allowed a number of students to have emotional breakthroughs and supports the therapeutic approach of Ramsden Hall Academy. As someone who is always looking to develop his skillset and learn from others around him, Ryan is relishing this new role working with the Academy council at Ramsden Hall as Staff Governor.

Emma Cooper

Emma's full time role is as Chief People Officer at a marketing decision making platform and consultancy firm called System1, where she has worked for the last 18 years, helping to globalise and scale the business. In addition to people teams, she has led operations, marketing, IT and sales. She is keen to apply these skills in her governance role at Ramsden Academy.

She is passionate about great education and providing young people with a good start in life. She has two children of her own and is Event Director of a junior parkrun. She is also a member of the Surrey Business School MBA board and volunteers with Women In Research.

Katie Gilbert

Katie is new to Ramsden Hall, however has worked with young people and adolescents for most of her career. Katie is a Dr in Counselling Psychology and has practised in many different settings, including The Harris Academy in Bermondsey, the Chelmsford Probation office, St Leonards Hospital in Hackney, Place2be in Angel and the Young People's Centre in Barnet. Katie has also worked in her own therapy practice and as a consulting Psychologist for Harley Street Therapy, as well as being a Visiting lecturer at City University. 

After working as a therapist for 10 years, Katie was a commissioning author for Hardy Grant publishing, and wrote a book titled 'Plant Therapy' which explores the psychological benefits of plants and greenery. Katie also successfully launched her own e-commerce business, Bloombox Club, an online store selling indoor plants, which she exited from following an acquisition.

Having completed the sale of her business, Katie is now pursuing a new business venture that explores the benefits of high dose nutrients to help those with mental diversity as an alternative to pharmaceutical medicines, as well as discussing a new book idea promoting healthy living.

Katie brings a wide range of relevant experience to the governor role and is very much looking forward to helping guide the school for the benefit of the pupils.

Rosemary Lovatt

Rosemary joined the Academy Council in August 2023 and became the Chair of the Academy Council in February 2024.

After leaving a 20-year career in the corporate sector as a senior global leader, Rosemary took her first steps into governance at her daughters’ secondary school where she became chair. Since then Rosemary has made school governance her career, as a consultant, trainer and National Leader of Governance.

Rosemary has experience chairing governing boards in many settings, including a large secondary academy, a maintained primary school, a primary school within a MAT and a large junior school within a diocesan MAT. She has been a trustee in four different MATs and is currently a trustee of a growing ten school primary MAT.

Jo Oldham

Jo joined the Ramsden Hall Academy Council in 2018, after their pupils joined the work experience programme at her IT company, Clear Thinking, in Billericay.  Jo is currently Acting Vice Chair of the Academy Council.

With a background in TV production Jo was the youngest TV producer at Anglia TV, working closely with Trisha Goddard to promote the importance of speaking out about mental health.

Since becoming a mother in 2008, Jo spent over 10 years as a Breast Feeding Peer Supporter and continues to be an advocate to mother centred breastfeeding support. She also spent 6 years as the secretary of a Parent Teacher Association organising memorable events for the children and local community.

With a Diploma in HR Jo promotes diversity in the workplace with an ongoing goal to empower others to succeed.  A proactive yet personal leader she initiated PCs for Home Schooling during the pandemic, where devices are refurbished and donated to underprivileged pupils. Jo is also currently training to swim a Channel relay in 2022 to educate children living near water and in poverty about water safety and to teach them how to swim.

Now a member of the Academy Council at Ramsden Hall Academy, Jo has passed a Level 3 Safeguarding qualification to further support the pupils, parents and staff, as the Link Governor for Safeguarding

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