Meet Our Senior Leadership Team

Mr Phil Lloyd

Executive Principal

Mr Lloyd joined the Senior Leadership Team here at NLA, to work alongside the Principal as Executive Principal in September 2020. He was previously Principal of Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and North Birmingham Academy

Mrs Emily Vernon


Mrs Vernon has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team since the school opened in 2006. Prior to that she was an Advanced Skills Teacher of Mathematics at Anfield Comprehensive.

Mr Iain Robinson

Vice Principal & DSL

Mr Iain Robinson has been teaching for over 25 years, working at various secondary schools across the north-west of England. In 2004, he lead a sports college as Director of Sport, and he has held a full range of senior leader roles since. He joined NLA in 2020, and is currently the NLA Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Mrs Helen Darlington

Assistant Principal – Curriculum and Vocational Learning

Mrs Darlington is a Geography and Travel and Tourism teacher who joined NLA in 2013. She is the Quality Nominee, taking the lead for all of the vocational qualifications as well as leading on our ever developing curriculum across the school.

Ms Alex Kennedy

Assistant Principal – The Learning Hub, Community, Enrichment and Wellbeing

Ms Kennedy is a Sports teacher who joined NLA in 2010. She runs our Learning Hub and works with our community partners to ensure that NLA is an active member of our local community. Through enrichment programmes and wellbeing strategies, her teams ensure that NLA is a nurturing and supportive place to be.

Mr Steven McGhee

Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning

Mr McGhee joined our school in 2016 as the Curriculum Leader for Science. He now leads the variety of pathways for the development of Teaching and Learning, which are open to our staff.

Mr Chris Welch

Acting Assistant Principal – Data and Outcomes

Mr Welch joined our Senior Leadership Team in September 2019 in an acting role. He is leading the area of data, tracking and analysis of outcomes in order to target different groups of students and ensure that all students reach their goals.

Mr Ian Mooney

Strategic Lead on Partnerships & Assessment

Mr Mooney leads on assessment across the Trust to analyse reading and ability. He also develops strategies for enhancing literacy and oracy. This has included the introduction of Latin at NLA. Separately, he works on forging links with other schools with a view to staff working together on projects and students gaining access to scholarships to further their education.

Mrs Kelly Johnston

Senior Leader of Lower School

Mrs Johnston has worked at NLA since 2009 as a member and leader of the MFL department. She is now working as a Lower School Senior Leader and leads on our strategic priority, the NLA Scholars Programme. Mrs Johnston also focuses on the transition from primary to secondary as well as tracking the progress in Key Stage 3 in preparation for Key Stage 4.

Mr Jonathan King

Senior Leader of Lower School

Mr King teaches PE, is a qualified SENDCo and has been a senior leader for over 12 years. He has held positions within the pastoral, Inclusion and SEND areas of school life, both here in the UK and also overseas. He is now leading Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9) to ensure that the students are ready and prepared for the rigours of Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Meet our Director of Inclusion

Ms Gemma Perischine

Director of Inclusion

Ms Perischine has been a member of the Inclusion team since the school opened in 2006. She began as Head of Redmond House and now leads the team of House Managers, Inclusion Support Staff and the Attendance Team.

Meet our SEND Co

Mrs Linda Parkes


Mrs Joanne McDonald

Assistant SENDCo

Meet our Support Staff

Mrs Vicki Davies

Senior Office Executive / PA to the Principal

Mrs Davies joined our school in 2013 as a member of the Reception team and is now the senior member of the admin support team, she supports Mrs Vernon our Principal and SLT as well as managing the day to day running of our admin team.