Meet The Governors

John Turnbull


I have worked with people with learning disabilities for over 30 years. I am a qualified nurse for people with learning disabilities and I have occupied many different roles in promoting the health, well-being and education of people with learning disabilities, including time at the Department of Health and as the Nurse Adviser to the British Institute of Learning Disability.

I recently left my role as a Director of Nursing for a NHS Trust in Oxfordshire for 19 years to take up a post teaching nursing at Keele University. I am also a former Visiting Professor in Learning Disability at the University of Northampton. I have lived in Northampton since 1991 and I have been a season ticket holder at Northampton Saints for several years.

Heather Morton


My name is Heather Morton. I am married with two grown up children and two young grand-daughters. I have lived in Northamptonshire for 29 years, having moved from Leicestershire. I have taught French in several schools in East Northants and retired from Wollaston School 4 years ago.

I have continued to take an interest in educational matters and welcomed the opportunity to join the governing body of the newly established Friars Academy.


Roger Westcott


I am a retired research manager having worked at university, own start up company and in a multinational. I have been involved in a variety of plant-based projects including conservation of crop plants, aging and the modification of plant products using genetic modification.

I have lived in Wellingborough for 30 years and am the father of two daughters and a son.

I started to be a governor of the shadow special schools body before the creation of Friars and Rowan Gate schools in the town and therefore have been on the governing body from the start of the school. Currently I am vice chair and hold the same position on the Wrenn governing body, where I have served for more than 20 years.

I have been a Borough councilor and have been an advisor at Nene Valley Citizens Advice for the past 10 years, specializing in employment, benefits and relationship problems.

I am particularly interested in safeguarding of students and personnel issues at schools.

Greg Kirkman

Governor (Health and Safety)

Greg Kirkman was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet , Hertfordshire and has been involved in asbestos consultancy since 1989, working initially as an asbestos analyst, progressing to asbestos surveying and project management. He has also been involved in various other areas of Environmental and Health & Safety consultancy.

In May 1995 Greg started Ensafe Consultants as a fully independent Asbestos and Health & Safety Consultancy providing services to an impressive array of Blue Chip clients, nationally and internationally, he also acts as an Expert Witness assisting organisations with any legal issues relating to asbestos. The Business is based in Blisworth and employs just under 100 people.

Greg became an Enterprise Advisor during the pilot project for the scheme which has subsequently become a national scheme managed by the Careers and Enterprise Company and is regularly involved in events and is Chair of the local EA Group.

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