Karen Grant

Chair of Governors

Address - Prince Avenue Academy, Hornby Avenue, SS0 0LG - 01702 311411


I am a parent of 2 daughters, one at Prince Avenue and one that has just left to start Secondary School. I became a Parent Governor in 2012 and am now a Sponsor Governor and Chair. I work part time and run a local rainbow and brownie group.


Phillip Underwood

Vice Chair

My name is Phil Underwood and I’ve been a parent governor since 2017 and I am your current vice chair of Prince Avenue Academy and Nursery’s Local Governing Body.

I’ve lived in Southend and the surrounding area for all of my life and currently have a son in Y3 with my daughter having left PAAN back in the summer of this year (2019).

After completing my Master’s Degree in Geophysics at the University of Leicester, I now work in Corporate Real Estate for a large Financial Services organisation and in my spare time, I enjoy fishing, photography, family time and STAR WARS!

My goals as a parent governor are to ensure we continue to provide a safe, nurturing and sustainable environment to support our children’s education and personal development as they grow to become the best version of themselves and achieve success.

Matthew Pax

Staff Governor


Cllr Daniel Cowan


Diane Wilderspin


Rev Tom Vernon


I am minister of Earls Hall Baptist Church, I am married to Christine, and we have 4 children all of whom who have attended Prince Avenue. We moved to Southend from Scotland in 2015, following a call to serve at Earls Hall Baptist Church. As a church we are part of the local community and are always happy to engage more effectively with all that is going on. As a family who are part of the community and as a parent of children who have been part of the school it is great to be able to get involved in the life of the school as a sponsor governor.


Debra Day

Staff Governor

I have worked at Prince Avenue for 18 years; the last 10 years as Office Manager and PA to the Head Teacher. I have seen many changes over this time and all for the good of the school and the community. One of my fondest memories to date is the opening of the Sure Start Children's Centre in 2011 and the huge success that followed. Barr teaching, I cover most areas of school life; becoming a Staff Governor is a new journey and another way for me to show my commitment to what I consider to be an amazing school.

Carol Dolman

 I was a Company Secretary in our family business, now retired, although still do some accounts work at home. I am a great grandmother and two of my great grandsons attend Prince Avenue.

Suzanne Mattingley

Moved to Southend from Oxfordshire in 2013. Trained and worked as a Secretary in Luton. Later employed by the Dioceses of St. Albans and Gloucester; in various roles for the NHS at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital; at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and now ‘retired’. Formerly a foster carer in Bedfordshire. Grandma to three school-aged children and a volunteer listener to PAAN Class readers. Governor at Prince Avenue Academy.

Lesley Malyon


Catrina Lambert

Having taught for four years in two North London Comprehensives I was appointed Head of English and Drama at Edmonton County, serving for ten years and teaching CSE, GCE and A Level English and Drama.

The last fifteen years of full-time employment was as Deputy Head of Hockerill School, an Essex boarding, 11-16, co-educational comprehensive.

Following retirement in 1996 I served several periods of part-time teaching at Cecil Jones, Prittlewell, Chalfont College and finally at King Edward VI Grammar in Chelmsford, where I was responsible for Years 8, 11 and 12 English..

During my time working in schools and since, I have been involved in a number of community projects from arranging tea parties for the elderly to fund raising for charities, organising and participating in Interview practice for sixth formers at Cecil Jones, organising youth competitions on behalf of Southend Rotary and during the past four years, supporting students at Prince Avenue Academy as a reading mentor. On behalf of Southend Rotary, my husband Mike and I have run quizzes at Prince Avenue and have raised sufficient funds to be able to present Dictionaries to each of the year 5 students in 2017, 2018 and to year 6 in 2019.

Jacqui Gibson

Clerk to Governors