Interim Management Board

The TSAT Governance Model is different to the way a governing body in a non-academy or traditional school undertakes governance.

Essentially, there are two elements to the governance of the TSAT academies – local governance which is delivered via the Interim Management Board (IMB) and Trust level governance delivered by the Board of Directors and its sub committees.

Maritime Academy opened in September 2022 in a temporary location for two years. The Governance structure will  ensure oversight of academic performance, finances and leadership accountability in the pre-opening planning, throughout the time at the temporary location and in the permanent location from 2024 - 2025. Governors will meet more regularly than the standard governance structure for a TSAT school.

The Interim Management Board (IMB) for Maritime Academy will meet six times an academic year.

The Interim Management Board has responsibilities laid out in its terms of reference which can be found at:  TOR - IMB

The Interim Management Board is made up of members of the Board of Directors, Strood Regional Governing Body, Community members, Director of Education for Kent and, two Parent Governors.

The Interim Management Board will report into the Trust Board of Directors who are the final decision-making body who sit above the IMB.


The Board of Directors

For information on the role of the Board of Directors, members and minutes please follow the link here:


Becoming a Governor

The role of a governor can be very rewarding, and volunteering within our schools will provide you with the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local community and the future of our young people.

Governors will sit on our Interim Management Board and work with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to ensure students are receiving the best education possible and that all resources are being used effectively to support this ambition. A strong governing body is made up of a group of people who will contribute various skills and experience, and who will commit to working together for the benefit of the Trust and the local communities in which we work.

Being a governor requires individuals to learn about schools and ways of working, and it is also about individuals bringing their skills and experience to contribute to an existing skillset. It is important that every governing body is made up of a group of people who understand their role and responsibilities, who are committed to gaining knowledge about the school and who will ask challenging questions to scrutinise leadership and decisions made within school. Governing bodies have key strategic responsibilities and these need to be explored within every meeting, without getting involved in the day to day operational activity within the school.

IMB Members

STEM, Digital Learning and Careers(Chair)Ashley Hall
Education: Curriculum and EnrichmentGareth Shadick
Education: SEND and Pupil PremiumDerek Morrison
Recruitment, Diversity, Workload and Well-beingPeter Martin
CEOStuart Gardner
Director of EducationJody Murphy
Safeguarding and Mental HealthSamantha Field
Finance and RiskMike Baker
Parental Engagement, Marketing and CommunicationKhuzamah Ghanem

In Attendance

Deputy CEOLee Miller, MBE
Head of SchoolMatt Evans
Executive Business ManagerSimon Brown
Head of Digital Strategy and ProcurementNick O'Donoghue

If you are interested in discussing our governor vacancies further, please email to register your interest and a member of the Governance department will contact you to discuss your enquiry.

Further Information

Maritime Academy Governors and Directors Code of Conduct

Maritime Academy Governor Application Form

Being a Parent Governor