Michael Bone (Chair)
I am a Principal Inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, where I have worked for 17 years. I have a great deal of experience in the practice of inspection, investigation and enforcement of Health and Safety legislation. This has taken place across all different industries, including education and the service sector. Over the last three years I have held a national role overseeing all aspects of cost recovery related to HSE operational activity. Prior to that I worked closely with industry developing policies and procedures with key stakeholders, chairing working groups and committees on a regular basis.

I have effective communication and negotiation skills and have experience of dealing with challenging and difficult situations.

Our family moved to Morpeth almost nine years ago when our eight year old was two weeks old! She is now just about to step up to Newminster and enjoyed every single moment at Abbeyfields. Our second daughter is just about to start in Year 2 at Abbeyfields. My wife, Helen, is a dentist practising in Alnwick. As a family, we enjoy camping, walking, family holidays and generally just being together.

We support Abbeyfields where the educational ethos is of achievement in a nurturing and caring environment. I am very proud to be associated with Abbeyfields and enjoy every minute I spend there. Now that we have joined The Three Rivers I am looking forward to supporting the trust in any way I can.

I have an active interest in several sports and am currently captain of the Fourth team at Morpeth Rugby Club and a member of Morpeth Golf Club.
Lauren Jones (Staff)
I was raised and educated in Morpeth and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree with honours in 1991. I am now in my 23 year of teaching at Abbeyfields, the school that I love! I have taught throughout the first school, and have been privileged to work alongside children with severe learning difficulties when Abbeyfields was an integrated mainstream and special school.

Currently I am a Year 1 class teacher and also the school Subject Leader for Science. I also have a leadership role coordinating playtimes and lunchtimes. A year ago I became a Specialist Leader of Education for The Three Rivers Teaching Schools Alliance and as part of my role I deliver training to Newly Qualified Teachers. It feels great to be able to share my passion and experience with those who are just beginning in the profession.

Abbeyfields has a special place in my heart. It is particularly important to me as I chose this special place to be the starting point for my own two children to begin their education. They are now continuing their journey through the Three Rivers Trust.
Andrew Tebbutt (Community)
I was born and educated in Bedford, but lived in Northumberland since 1973, moving to Morpeth in 1985. Married to Joan for 21 years, we have three grown up children between us, all of whom went through the Morpeth schools system. Social Services career 1965 to 1997, both at senior practice level and as Principal Training officer. I have always been active in the community, locally with Morpeth Pantomime Society & Morpeth District Arts Trust, became a local councillor in 2001. Served on Castle Morpeth Borough Council then Northumberland County Council until May 2017. Executive Member for Corporate Resources for Northumberland County Council 2008 to 2013. Morpeth Town Councillor from 2003 and ongoing – Mayor of Morpeth in 2016/17. I have been Company Secretary and trustee to Mary Hollon Annuity & Relief in Need Trust since 2010.

I have been an Abbeyfields School Governor since 2003; latterly Vice Chair of Governors. Chaired Buildings Sub Committee on various occasions, and served on both Finance & Staffing Sub Committees. I was appointed Vice Chair of Abbeyfields new School Governing Body from May 2017.
Hannah Brown
I was born in Surrey but came to Newcastle University to study Medicine in 1995. After qualifying to be a doctor in 2000 I worked in hospitals across the North-East for 4 years before deciding to train in General Practice. I have now been a GP since 2006; my specialist clinical interests include child health and development and I am the nominated Lead for Safeguarding Children and Adults for my Practice. I am also actively involved in training doctors who are learning to be GPs.

My work requires me to have excellent communication skills with both children and adults. I have held a senior leadership position within the practice, which requires effective team working skills as well as recognising and developing each colleague’s unique skill-set and expertise. Working in an ever-changing NHS requires a deep understanding of the complex and varied needs of individuals within the community and the need for continual development of services to meet those needs, whilst understanding the challenge of increased demand but with limited resources. I believe these are all attributes which I hope to bring to the role of councillor to serve the children and families of Abbeyfields.

When it came to choosing a place to bring up our family we could think of no better place than Morpeth, and no better school than Abbeyfields for our children. I have one son currently at Abbeyfields and one who, having flourished beyond all expectations due to the team at Abbeyfields, has now moved to Newminster to continue his educational journey within the Three Rivers Trust. I hope, as a councillor, to be able to give back just a little of what the school has given us.
Clare Sample
I grew up in the North East and moved to Morpeth in 2001. I currently live in Kirkhill, very close to Abbeyfields, with my husband and teenage son who attended Newminster and now KEVI. I currently work for Northumberland County Council as a Lawyer. I specialise in Employment Law, advising the HR teams on legal matters relating to all Council employees including those who work in Northumberland Schools. In addition to my main role, I also act as Clerk to the School Admission Appeal Panels. School Admission Appeals take place when a family has not been successful in applying to the school of their choice and appeal this decision. I provide legal advice to the panel.

Earlier in my life I attended Sheffield University where I studied a degree in Business Studies. I then joined Northumbria Police, as a police officer, for 12 years. I then studied law, part-time, at Northumbria University and became a lawyer. I specialised in Employment Law from the beginning, working at Dickinson Dees which, more recently, became Womble Bond Dickinson. I have a particular interest in mental health issues and disabilities, both in the work place and also in schools.

Outside of work I enjoy the outdoors. I love horse riding and walking my dog. I also enjoy fell-walking, particularly in the Lake District.
Andrew Plews
My wife, son and I moved to Morpeth in 2019 and my son is currently a pupil at Abbeyfields and very much enjoying his time there. Prior to this we lived in a small town just north of Aberdeen for 10 years.

I grew up in Morpeth and went to schools in the town before taking up an Engineering apprenticeship in Newcastle and becoming a Mechanical Engineer. Through my career I achieved a BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Northumbria University and then went on to complete a Masters degree in Subsea Engineering around 10 years ago. Having been in Engineering for 25 years, I am currently employed as an Engineering Manager by Baker Hughes where I am based in the Newcastle office.

In my job I lead several teams of experienced and senior engineers spread around the UK and Europe. As part of my role I am responsible for ensuring competency, safety and quality on the products the engineering solutions the team produce.

In my role as an academy councillor I hope to be able to give some of my time to support the school and academy council, particularly as a parent of a current pupil. I am also hoping to learn and develop myself through working with Abbeyfields and the Cheviot Trust.
Caroline Elton
After growing up in Northumberland, I moved to Sheffield and studied to achieve an honours degree in Primary Education, before embarking on a career in education, which I have loved.

I have lived in Morpeth for the last 25 years after teaching in a number of different local authorities including Berkshire, London and Solihull. My current role as Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo in a local primary school ensures that I understand and work with the day-to-day challenges and joys that schools face in real terms. My whole working life has been dedicated to delivering high quality education to primary age pupils as a teacher and school leader. I am passionate about supporting our schools and young people in Northumberland to achieve well and enjoy bright and exciting futures. During my career, I have supported the youngest and most vulnerable learners in different schools including as Designated Safeguarding Lead too.

Outside of school and work, I enjoy walking my dog, spending time with family and have recently taken up yoga. I particularly enjoy our lovely town of Morpeth, especially the shops, walks and of course the cafes for a spot of lunch.
Laura Alexander