Local Board members

Role Local Board Member Background
Chair, Elected Parent
Local Board Member Julie Keylock

Julie Keylock 

Julie has three sons currently at Blackthorns and is passionate about supporting the school to provide the best education possible for all the children. Julie is a Senior HR Professional who holds a Masters Degree in HR Management and graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, later becoming a Fellow. She has over 15 years HR experience, advising on employment law, performance management, absence management, employee relations and employee well-being. Her experience was primarily gained working for Price Waterhouse, the NHS and the Police Service and she has recently set up her own freelance HR consultancy.
Co-opted Member Andrew Newnham

Andrew has one son at Blackthorns and joined the local board at the end of 2019.

Andrew works in the City in financial regulation as a compliance officer.   He has over 20 years’ experience in assisting firms in ensuring regulatory compliance and in meeting their governance requirements, skills which he hopes can benefit the local board.  Andrew's key reason for becoming a board member is to support the school as it educates our children in an inclusive, fun and safe environment.

Co-opted Member Becks Salmon

Becks has two daughters who love being at Blackthorns and she is passionate about helping the school to continue to be the best it can be for every pupil. For the last fifteen years Becks has worked for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity across a variety of roles. In that time she has gained a wealth of experience in fundraising, stakeholder management, communications, event planning and project management. Her current role as Change Manager is focussed on supporting the organisation through significant cultural and technological change. 

Co-opted Member R Nicholls


Co-opted Member Richard Silander

Richard has two grandchildren at Blackthorns and is very impressed by the quality of the experience they are having.  He is keen to do what he can to support that.  Now retired, Richard had a career in Personnel Management in the private sector with experience in many aspects of the function and many parts of the UK and overseas.  He has been resident in Haywards Heath since 1994.

Parent Member
Local Board member Kelly Peters
Kelly Peters

Kelly is a parent local board member, with one son at Blackthorns and one starting in 2021. She is committed to helping the Academy have a positive impact on all pupils and the broader community.

With 10 years' experience working within strategy & transformation at Deloitte, Kelly specialises in strategic operational implementation and manages the transformation agenda for Audit & Assurance across Europe & the Middle East.  

Elected staff
Local Board Member Cate Jago
Cate Jago

Cate was a staff Governor at Canonbury School and on the curriculum committee. She has been a teacher for 7 years and been through 6 Ofsted inspections.

Subsequent to choosing this profession Cate worked in music journalism and also as a business manager and instructor for London Scuba. Cate feels her 'past lives' serve her well in having a broad range of interests to share with children.

Ex-officio Sarah Neller

Interim Principal

Clerk Caroline Spender