Meet the Governors


I’m Alex Hemp. Moorlands has a special place in my heart, as it was my school as a lad. I really enjoyed my time there. My daughter now attends and is also enjoying her education. As well as being a parent governor, I also chair the Friends group where we aim to raise money for fun and activity outside the normal curriculum.

I live in Belton with my wife and daughter and I am an AFOL. For normal people, that means I’m an Adult Fan of Lego. To pay for my Lego, I work as a Continuous Improvement Engineer for a local Microelectronics company. Prior to that I was a Quality and Environmental Test Engineer.

As a parent governor, it is important to me that parents and carers can contact me with any concerns or feedback they may have about school life. I would also love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved with the Friends group to help support the school with vital fund raising. I can be contacted at


Hi I’m Ian McInally, Vice Chair of the Governing Body at Moorlands Academy. I am an Assistant Principal at Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston and have been a teacher for over 15 years. I chair the Curriculum and Standards board. I am an avid Spurs fan and still (attempt to) play football and run when I can, which isn’t as often as it should be! I am married and have 3 children, 2 of which are at the primary school where we live; so I think I have a fairly good understanding of primary schools and what children are experiencing on a daily basis. I love pretty much all sports, going to Norwich and holidays in different countries – preferably somewhere hot!.

I am excited to continue to see, and hopefully help shape, the direction and journey this Academy is on, so that all students can truly follow their dreams!


Hi, I am Andy Cooper, Chair of the Resources Committee at Moorlands Academy. I am the Assistant Principal at East Norfolk Sixth Form College and have been in post there since 2010. I have responsibility for IT Services, Management Information, Exams, Estates, Catering, Cleaning and Health and Safety at the College. My background and training is in IT, covering infrastructure, hardware (server and desktop) and software development.

I am a resident of Belton and my daughter attends Moorlands. As you can see I have a vested interested in helping the school to develop and thrive.


Hi, I’m Kim Fitchett-Smith, a trust governor with SEND responsibility here at Moorlands. My daughter also currently attends the school.

I trained as a Primary School teacher, 9 years ago (having my first teaching experience on placement here at Moorlands!) but very quickly realised that it wasn’t for me so now I still work in Education, but within the Education Inclusion Service.

Outside of work, I have two main hobbies that are quite closely linked. Firstly I’m a huge fan of Disney, Disney World in-particular. I love the rides and will quite happily hang upside down, travelling backwards in the dark, but it also feeds my second hobby which is simply people watching! This in tern links to my real interest in psychology and I hope in the future to be an Educational Psychologist.

I have been a governor at Moorlands since 2013 and have seen many changes in that time. I’m looking forward to continuing to help the school grow into the school it wants to be.


Hi, I am Philip Eke, Chair of the Governing Body at Moorlands Academy. I am delighted and privileged to have this opportunity to be a governor at my local school.

We have been resident in the village for 19 years although for the majority of this time I have worked away in London and the South West returning at the end of 2016 to take up the post of CEO at Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind.

In my spare time I like walking with my wife and our Springer spaniel and trying my best to attend the gym and keep fit.

Primary school education is the foundation stone that helps shape our lives and I want Moorlands children to have every opportunity to fulfil their potential.  I will help shape the academy to maximise this.