Peterborough City Council director appointed chair of governors at academy

Simon Machen

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Nene Park Academy has appointed Peterborough City Council Corporate Director Simon Machen as its new Chair of Governors.

The position is the first governing role for Mr Machen, who is the council’s Corporate Director of Growth and Regeneration, and he will oversee progress and ensure excellence on all levels at Nene Park Academy.

What really impressed me about Nene Park Academy is the enthusiasm and passion of teachers, staff and governors.

Simon Machen

Mr Machen said: “Through my work with the Council, businesses constantly stress to me how important it is that the education system provides future employees with the right skills and qualifications. This is key to the future prosperity of Peterborough.

“What really impressed me about Nene Park Academy is the enthusiasm and passion of teachers, staff and governors. They work tirelessly to create and cultivate the best opportunities for students.

“The fantastic learning and sports facilities and development programmes, like the brilliant Pledges scheme, help to create a truly well rounded student.”

Steve Howard, Principal at Nene Park Academy, spoke of his pleasure to have Mr Machen as the new Chair of Governors, adding: “His experience and input will be of huge benefit to Nene Park Academy. It was important to us that we have someone that comprehends Peterborough and its needs, both in the present and future. I can’t think of anyone better than Simon to provide that understanding.”