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Five Islands Academy is a proud founder member of the Leading Edge Academies Partnership, a small Multi-Academies Trust located in the South-West.

Five Islands Local Academy Committee (LAC)

Jeremy Brown


Jeremy is the Chair of the Local Academy Committee and is our Whistleblowing Governor. To contact him, please email or call 07732 126105 (phone number for whistleblowing only, please).


The Rev’d Elizabeth Burke




Paula Conlin


Paula is a retired headteacher and CEO of an academy trust. Paula lives on the mainland but is a regular visitor to Scilly. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience that both supports and challenges the leadership and outcomes of Five Islands Academy.


Dr Rob Lambert


Rob is a co-opted governor. Rob is a multi-disciplinary ‘environment’ academic at the University of Nottingham, previously at the University of St Andrews. He has published a number of books, and numerous articles and book chapters on the past and present relationships between nature and people, conservation conflicts, species history, rewilding, wildlife television and ecotourism/wildlife tourism. He has a keen interest in sport, sustainability, outdoor education and student career pathways. Indeed, in 2012 Rob co-founded A Focus on Nature (AFON), the youth conservation network in the UK which now has 3,000+ members nationwide. Rob is Vice-President of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and served as Vice-President of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust from 2012-2017. In 2019 he was appointed as Independent Person to the Council of the Isles of Scilly.



Rachel Gibb


Rachel sits on the Local Academy Committee in her role as Headteacher of Five Islands Academy.




Jackie Eason


Jackie is a governor consultant who has worked in special measures schools supporting improvement and academy conversion. Jackie is a National Leader of Governance and works as an independent governor consultant. Jackie also develops and delivers training on behalf of the National Governors Association.


Jackie led on the academy conversion process and remains part of our "family" as Chair of Trustees for Leading Edge.



Helen Peerless


Helen is Clerk to Governors. She works as Director of Governance at Leading Edge.