The King's School in Macclesfield


      Governing Body

      The School is governed by a Board of Governors, which consists of nominated and appointed Governors. Nominations are made by the Lord Lieutenant, the Bishop of Chester, the University of Manchester and Cheshire East Local Authority. The Mayor of Macclesfield is an ex-officio Governor of the School. We have around 21 individuals on the Board of Governors, each serving a term of at least five years.

      Governors are drawn from a range of different backgrounds, including Former Pupils, parents and former parents. Most live locally and all use their broader skills and experiences to the benefit of the School. Governors are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the School.

      The role of the Governing Body is non-executive in nature, but plays a central part in:
      • setting the School’s overall strategic direction;
      • deciding policy and future development plans;
      • agreeing the Strategic Education Plan;
      • monitoring progress against the School’s established aims and targets;
      • supporting and challenging the performance of the Head and the staff as a whole,
      • and upholding good governance and working towards the success of the School.

      Governors also serve on at least one Committee, including committees responsible for: Education; Finance and General Purposes; Bursary and Fundraising; Audit; Remuneration; and Nominations. An additional Steering Committee is currently overseeing the School’s 2020 Vision. The Chair of Governors and the Governing Body are supported by the Clerk to the Governors who provides secretarial support and advice. If you would like to get in touch with a Governor, please contact the School’s Director of Finance Mr Jonathan Spencer-Pickup.


      Dr John Kennerley BPharm, MRPharmsS, PhD - Chair of Governors

      Dr John Kennerley BPharm, MRPharmsS, PhD - Chair of Governors

      Chairman of the King’s Board of Governors since November 2013, John Kennerley joined the Governors of King’s in 2007 and was previously the Vice-Chair and also the Chair of the Education, Nominations and Renumeration Committees. 

      John graduated from the University of Nottingham in Pharmacy, and also completed his PhD in the same institution. He started his career as a University Lecturer before moving into the pharmaceutical industry. His career experience was primarily concerned with the research, development and manufacture of new medicines, including their project and portfolio management through late stage development and the early launch period. He retired from AstraZeneca in 2011.

      He is married with two sons, both of whom attended King’s before continuing their education at Oxford and Leeds Universities. John’s father also attended the school in the 1920s and so his family have had a long and happy association with King’s.


      Mr John Sugden, MA, FIMechE, CEng - Vice-Chair of Governors

      Mr John Sugden, MA, FIMechE, CEng - Vice-Chair of Governors

      John Sugden is Vice Chair of the Governing Body which he joined in 2007, and he is a former pupil of King’s School. He has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and he is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

      He has worked for over 30 years for ICI, Zeneca and AstraZeneca in the area of research and manufacture of pharmaceuticals, plastics and fine chemicals. He has lived in UK, Sweden and the USA and has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas

      He finished his career with AstraZeneca in 2013 as a Vice President with accountability for all Engineering, Facilities Management, Real Estate and Safety Health and Environment services for the company on a global basis and since then has operated as a management consultant in the broad areas of Engineering and Facilities Management. Outside work John lives in Macclesfield and is married with two daughters, both of whom attended King’s and progressed to university.

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