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Our Governing Body


Paul Shepherd - Staff Governor

I joined the governing body in Sept 2023 and I am currently Head of Geography and also the Duke of Edinburgh Manager at Corby Technical School.  I have been teaching since 2011 and I am passionate about helping all students to achieve their full potential and to become confident young adults. Before becoming a teacher, I had many different careers all of which, I have taken something from that I feel has helped me to further support students to achieve academic success.  I joined Corby Technical School in August 2022 and fully support the school ethos and feel a valued member of the school community. In my spare time I volunteer for LIVES in Lincolnshire as a first responder to give something back to the community I live in. In addition I also volunteer my time to being a lighting and sound engineer to my local amateur dramatic group and regularly support local productions.  All these experiences help give me a lot of perspective and I strongly feel I can use my skills to the role of staff governor.

Karen Rust - Parent Governor

Karen Rust was born and educated in Corby at Woodnewton and Lodge Park Schools. She holds a dual honours degree in Pharmacology & Chemistry from The University of Sheffield, and an MA in Creative Writing from The University of Leicester. She has professional experience across the pharmaceutical, charitable, and creative arts sectors. She writes biographies and Young Adult novels, and runs creative workshops for young people through Writing East Midlands. In her spare time, she plays keyboards in a band, reads a lot of books, and tries (and fails) to wear out her Great Dane.

John Shaw - co-opted Governor

John joined the governing body in May 2022 and is occupation is Group Learning & Development Manager for Topps Tiles PLC, reporting into the HR Director on our Executive Board.  John has responsibility for the development of over 2,000 colleagues across 5 business divisions.    John also has a son in Year 8 and sees this role as an opportunity to positively contribute to both the school and the local community.


Ionela Alexandru - co-opted Governor

Ionela joined the governing body in 2022.  She is a passionate and energetic individual, who always strives to improve their knowledge and develop their skills further with the end goal of making a difference and bringing positive change in an educational environment.  Ionela is also a trained Mental Health First Aider, member of British Psychological Society, member of Society for Education and Training, Team Teach trained, and has extensive experience in Safeguarding children, Building Resilience in Children and Young People, Working with Children who have Experienced Trauma.  Ionela enjoys her role as a school governor as believes that with the right support both the school and the students can strive for better outcomes when faced with difficult situations. 

Stephen Griffiths-Murru - Parent Governor

CTS is a fantastic school with talented and supportive staff with a strong community spirit between teachers and families from varied backgrounds. As someone from a working class upbringing, I have built a career within IT, Finance and Telecommunications, I feel I can offer a perspective that strives towards the school’s mission to provide all children with the opportunity to achieve their potential academically, socially and physically in a caring, safe and well-ordered environment where each child can thrive and develop a sense of responsibility and worth. As a Telecoms Build Manager at MBNL, I have experience in communications, planning, data analysis, financial planning and reporting, managing teams and devising/implementing strategy.