Catrina Lambert

Chair of Governors

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


Having taught in two North London Comprehensives, I was appointed Head of English and drama at Edmonton County, serving for ten years before taking a position of Deputy Head of Hockerill, an Essex boarding, 11-16, co-educational comprehensive. Following retirement in 1996 I accepted several periods of part-time teaching at Cecil Jones, Prittlewell, Chalfont St. Peter and finally at King Edward VI Grammar, Chelmsford, teaching years 8, 11 and 12.

During my time in schools and after I have been involved in numerous community and charity projects, most latterly as a member first of Southend Rotary and subsequently Thorpe Bay Rotary Clubs. In 2015 I began supporting students at Prince Avenue Academy as a reading mentor and in October 2018 was pleased to become accepted as a Governor.

During the years since, I have enjoyed being involved with the development of learning schemes including RWI in EYFS and the improvement achieved in children’s reading. This I continue to do as well as being responsible for the Wellbeing of the PAAN community. As a Governor I hope to support the staff, children and parents in the path to continued success, ensuring that each child has the opportunity to reach its true potential in a happy, healthy and secure environment.

Rev Tom Vernon


Vice Chair of Governors

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.

Karen Grant

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. I work part time and run a local rainbow and brownie group.


Phillip Underwood

Hi, I’m Phil Underwood, a Sponsor Governor on your Prince Avenue Academy and Nursery Local Governing Body and a member of the Finance and Premises Committee for South East Essex Academy Trust (SEEAT).

I’ve lived in Southend / Rochford and the surrounding area for over 30 years and have two children that have attended the school, one of whom is still currently in Year 5.

I work in Technology for a major Financial Services company and have a background in Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management.

Emma Callowhill

Staff Governor

Hi, I am Miss Callowhill and I can be found in Year One. I am also the Read Write Inc, Lead for Prince Avenue. I am passionate about creating experiences and opportunitites for our children to develop. I am also a keen baker and regularly stock the staff room with new creations!

Cllr Daniel Cowan

Daniel Cowan is the father of two primary and nursery aged children. He has a background in IT Training and working with people with additional needs, and currently works in Cyber.


As a care leaver, Daniel has special interest in the attainment of looked after children, as well as ICT and English skills.


He is an elected councillor on Southend-on-Sea City Council and represents St Laurence ward where PAAN is located.


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.

Dan Turpin

A true resident of Southend having been educated locally and having over 14 years experience in the voluntary / charity sector, based in the area. Having originally trained in childcare (Child Care and Education Level 2) diversified into Charity and Social Enterprise Management working for SAVS for 10 years before moving to SSAFA. Working both as a volunteer and a paid employee I have a strong understanding of the challenges and demands of the voluntary sector. I have supported many local charities and am a Trustee of Aspirations. Southend Pride and Southend Community Events. I am grateful for the opportunities my own education has given me and am passionate about helping young people to develop and grow. I served as a Governor of Edwards Hall where I was Link Governor for EYFS. I am keen to help PAAN develop and succeed in its plans to assist the pupils prepare for happy and successful lives ahead of them.


Jacqui Gibson

Clerk to Governors