New Chair Joins Kensington Aldridge Academy

Date: October 5th 2015

The Foundation has announced the appointment of Mick May as the new Chair of Governors at Kensington Aldridge Academy, which was formally opened by The Duchess of Cambridge in January.

Mick May has succeeded Janice Shiner CB as Chair at the Academy. Founder and CEO of Blue Sky, an award winning social enterprise that has been described as the “only company in the country where you need a criminal record to work there”, Mick began his career in the City. There he progressed through senior roles within a number of large organisations before becoming one of the six founding partners of New Boathouse Capital. From 2003 Mick dedicated himself to the charitable sector, initially as MD of Groundwork Thames Valley and then establishing Blue Sky.

A local Kensington resident, Mick has served as a councillor in the 1990’s when he was also governor of Avondale Park Primary School and Vice Chair of the Westway Development Trust. He retired this year but remains a member of the Advisory Board of Big Society Capital, Chair of the Peel Institute, a property-owning community hub in Islington, and a trustee of Groundwork South.

Kensington Aldridge Academy, which is co-sponsored by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, opened in September 2014, proving a popular choice with local families, many of whom had previously had to journey out of the borough to find secondary school places. It has recently welcomed its second intake of year 7 students and announced the opening of its sixth form from next September.

Honor Wilson-Fletcher said: “The Foundation is committed to extremely high standards of governance, recruiting governors who are of a high calibre and who bring a range of skills and experience to their roles. All five Aldridge schools inspected by Ofsted to date have seen the inspectors cite governance as a strength. Mick May brings great local knowledge and experience to the role and his appointment will further strengthen the Academy’s governance and work with the local community.”

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