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The Adeyfield Academy

Governing Body

The Governing Body complement and enhance the leadership at The Adeyfield Academy by providing support and challenge, ensuring that all statutory duties are met, appointing the Principal and holding them to account for the impact of the school’s work on improving outcomes for all students.

The Governors bring a wealth of experience from a cross section of the community. They meet throughout the term at Full Governing Body meetings. 

The Adeyfield Academy Governing Body has 9 core members

  • The Principal
  • Chair of Governors
  • Executive Headteacher
  • 1 elected Staff Governor
  • 5 Governors appointed by the Trustees

The Academy Trust Members (‘Trustees’)  appoint the Governors who bring relevant experience to the Governing Body.


Margaret Chapman

Atlas Director 

Term of Office: 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2023                                      

Appointing Body: Trust Board



I began my teaching career in 1988 in north London, becoming Head of Geography and leading assessment in two schools, introducing a range of measures to track student performance and raise standards, prior to my appointment as Deputy Head of The Priory School in Hitchin. 

We introduced the raising boys’ achievement programme and having successfully written Specialism bids in 2003, the school profile and outcomes gained considerable strength, culminating in an Ofsted Good Rating. During this time I began school improvement work with the London Challenge and within the Local Authority which I continue to do today.

I have been Headteacher at St Albans Girls’ School since 2010 and following an Outstanding judgement in January 2013, I led the team to further raise standards and challenge underperformance.  Appointed as a National Leader in Education and National Pupil Premium Assessor, myself and my team have supported a number of schools to raise standards. SEND provision is devolved within Hertfordshire and I lead the Higher Needs allocation for the St Albans and Harpenden areas for all young people aged 0-25. In addition, I am Governor at a Local PRU Academy as well as being a Board Member of the local Teaching School’s Alliance and Education Advisor with the DFE. Most recently, I have become Executive Headteacher of ATLAS MAT. 

Contact email:

Dawn Mason 


Term of Office:  14 June 2018 to present                          

Appointing Body: Trust Board



I became Principal at The Adeyfield Academy in 2018 and since my journey here began, my vision has been wholly centred around 'learning without limits' which is embedded and reflected in every policy and decision made for our children. Students flourish in a safe, happy and vibrant learning environment, with parents and staff feeling supported and confident. Prior to joining the Adeyfield Academy, I worked at an inner London school in Ealing with responsibility for a number of areas such as behaviour, attendance, inclusion, staff professional development and safeguarding.  Before this, I was a senior leader at The Marlborough Science Academy in St Albans for 9 years.

It is my firm belief that schools with both strong parental and excellent staff support provides the key foundations and environment for our young learners to develop into motivated and resilient adults. It is crucial we all develop the skills required in an ever-changing environment to secure a successful future. I entered education to contribute to making that difference; ensuring outstanding teaching, culture for learning and student progress are at the core of my teaching philosophy. It is essential these drive all that a school does. I believe in providing for the education of every student, regardless of ability or background, and developing the whole child to ensure that they are socially and emotionally aware, armed with the skills to maximise learning opportunities and the resilience to work independently and creatively.

My international rugby career has underpinned and fine-tuned my determination to always be the very best I can, and I continually seek to extend this mantra to our students. We are all aware of the growing concern regarding our children's mental health and I truly believe there is room to use my elite sports experience with students and staff, inspiring and encouraging them to take on new challenges, be confident to overcome barriers and work together to achieve the best for each individual at The Adeyfield Academy.

Contact email:

Kim Bristow 

Chair of Governors          

Term of Office: 4 October 2021 to 3 October 2025                                        

Link Role: Leadership & Management,  Heads of Key Stage, Appraisal,                            Performing Arts

Appointing Body: Trust Board

My association with Adeyfield School has been a long and happy one. Whilst teaching at the school I had a number of roles within the school which allowed me to teach a large number of children. But also gave me access to the wider community of Adeyfield and beyond. These experiences have been invaluable to me.

In recent years I have been teaching at another school – Ashlyns in Berkhamsted. This has provided me with another opportunity to meet with new exciting challenges and to meet new children.

I live within the catchment area of The Adeyfield Academy and am very proud of its recent achievements.

Contact email:

Annie Thomson 

Member Governor          

Term of Office: 31 January 2019 to 30 January 2023                                    

Link Role: Teaching & Learning, Scholars Programme, Literacy

                         Programme, Staff & Student Wellbeing, Careers Education, 

                                                                            PSHEE, Word Rich Strategy, Student Recognition, Equity                                                                                    Working Party

                                                    Appointing Body: Trust Board

I qualified as a teacher of Food Technology in 1987 and was lucky enough to get my first job in my teaching practice school which was in Widnes, Cheshire.  I moved to St Albans in 1990 to take up post in Beaumont School as Head of Food Technology and after a year I was appointed as a Head of Year also.  I really enjoyed my Pastoral role so my next post was at Sandringham (1996) as an Assistant Head with responsibility for pastoral care and then on to what used to be Francis Bacon as Deputy Head from 2000 to 2004.

I am passionate about ensuring that school should be a kind and nurturing place to be whatever a child’s background or ability.  As Head at Marlborough my mission is simple in that I want all children in school feeling safe, inspired and motivated to make exceptional progress, my staff will tell you I won’t allow shouting and heaven forbid that you refer to the students as 'kids'!

I love my job and my school, I have been privileged to be guided and supported by some fabulous mentors and teachers and that’s exactly what I want for all our school community.

Contact email:

Nicola Winch

  • Member Governor
  • Term of Office: 11 December 2018 to 10 December 2022                                  
  • Link Role: Inclusion, SEN, EAL and Mental Health, CLA, PCLA, Science / Stem                 
  • Appointing Body: Trust Board

I grew up in St Albans and I have lived in Park Street for over 10 years with my husband. We have 3 little girls, our 2 elder daughters attend Park Street CoE Primary and our youngest is at Old London Road Pre-School

During secondary school, I was lucky enough to be chosen to organise our MENCAP activities and to support the primary children with reading, maths, science and swimming. At Oxford University, where I studied Biochemistry, I continued the volunteering in primary and secondary schools. I particularly enjoyed supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with Special Educational Needs. During my PhD I interviewed potential students, supervised lab work and was a tutor for undergraduate Biochemists and Medics.

For the last 15 years I have continued to volunteer in schools whilst working as a strategy consultant. This has involved advising very diverse companies (from pharmaceuticals to energy to payments to home holiday rentals).

Recently I joined the governing body as a community governor as I was keen to combine my business background with my passion for education. I am also a governor of a local primary school. When not working, volunteering or looking after children I love to read, watch films, do puzzles and play games.

Contact email:

Jacquie Hime

Member Governor

Term of Office: 24 June 2019 to 23 June 2023                                    Link Role: ECT, Coaching, CPD, Post 16 - student Personal                                 and Academic development, PSHE, RE

Appointing Body: Trust Board

I am married with 3 grown up children and live in Hitchin.  Before moving to Hitchin in 1992, I was a HR professional at Reuters.

I was Chief Executive Officer at North Herts Centre for Voluntary Service for 15 years and have supported a large number of voluntary and community sector organisations during my time there.

I currently deliver training on governance and funding advice, provide advice sessions on business plans and fundraising strategy as well as providing general support to small and medium sized charities.

I am a trustee at Phoenix Group for Deaf Children and CVS Uttlesford.

Contact email:

Bernard Smith 

Member Governor

Term of Office: 5 February 2020 to 4 February 2024                              

Link Role: Pupil Premium, Covid Catch up Fund, Finance & Resources, Student Leadership, Enterprise, Character Development, Student Voice, Careers Education, Maths and Numeracy, English, Literacy,                                                               Reading, PP, ADT

                                                   Appointing Body: Trust Board

My business career has been varied but mainly in the technology sector. For ten years from 2005, I held the position of Vice President of TIBCO software, a US publicly quoted software business where I was responsible for finance and operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa. I retired from full time work in July 2015 and now have a number of business and leisure interests. Post retirement, I co-founded an advisory business focussing on enabling organisations to innovate and grow. Fundamental to this is a strong relationship with the Sutardja School of Entrepreneurship at the University of California in Berkeley. Jointly, we work with clients to help build cohesive leadership teams and also advise on the relevance of emerging technology, how it can be best implemented and how it impacts individuals and organisations. 

Among other interests, sport features highly (mainly football, golf and cricket).  I have recently stepped down as Chairman of Berkhamsted Cricket Club after 4 years in that role and have, since 1994, been a board member and trustee of the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association. I am also a board member of Ashridge Golf Club.

My wife and I are both active members of the Lords Taverners, a national cricket based charity providing disadvantaged and disabled children with sporting opportunities. On a non-sporting front, we are both members of the RNLI.

I have very little specific experience in the educational sector apart from having just completed a two-year Intermediate German language course at the Bucks Adult Learning Centre in Amersham. 

Having been in the business sector throughout my working life, I have acquired, (if nothing else!) broad experience of what makes individuals, teams’ and organisations work best.

I would like to think that this could be of value to the educational environment where I believe it is important that young people are best prepared for the competitive world they will face ahead, no matter what vocational route they choose to take.

Contact email:

Kirsten Beaven 

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 5 October 2020 to 4 October 2024

Link Role: Business Studies, Computer Science, Child Development

Appointing Body: Trust Board


Having been born in Scotland, I relocated to Hemel Hempstead in the year 2000 and have been a local resident in Adeyfield since 2005. My two sons, Finlay and Andrew, are both currently attending The Adeyfield Academy and I am pleased to have this opportunity to support the school in the role of parent governor.

I spent 16 years working in Finance and Change Management roles working for Shell International, but have more recently changed careers and now work in the education sector in the role of School Business Leader, where I have responsibility for steering the financial strategy alongside managing the day to day operations and support services for a three-form entry Primary School based in West Harrow.

Having held a number of governance roles over the years, I am fully committed to ensuring that our school is able to challenge and develop all pupils to enable them to confidently develop as active members of our community.

Contact email:

Vicki Blackburn

Trust Governor

Term of Office: 4 October 2021 to 3 October 2025

Link Role: Curriculum, Standards & Assessment, Attendance, Behaviour, Anti-Bullying, Safeguarding (DSP), Racial Incidents, Prevent

Appointing Body: Trust Board

I am a teacher who has progress and achievement at the heart of my philosophy of teaching, education and leadership. My own journey in education has provided me with the ambition and drive to overcome barriers. It is my desire as an educator and leader to ensure students meet their maximum potential in all areas no matter what barriers individuals may have to overcome. All education environments should be safe, support risk-taking, and invite a sharing of ideas which promote learning and achieving for every student. I am passionate about excellence in education and my work as a leader in education has given me the ability to lead change and explore new ideas. I have extensive knowledge of the curriculum having been a school leader for a number of years.

Contact email:

Phil Starr 

    Staff Governor

    Term of Office:  26 June 2021 to 25 June 2025

    Appointing Body: Trust Board



I began teaching in 1998 in Telford, Shropshire.  I spent three years teaching science before moving to London and spent the next five years teaching at a large comprehensive all girls school in West London.  I then spent 10 years as Head of Year at a large comprehensive school in North London.

In  2016-2017 I completed an MSc Psychology and in 2017 took on the post of Head of Psychology which I held for two years teaching A level Psychology.

I joined The Adeyfield Academy in 2019 as Head of Science and became staff governor in July 2021.  I am keen to contribute to the journey the school is on and to ensure that the students at Adeyfield are given every opportunity to develop into successful young adults.

Outside of school I am a qualified PADI scuba diving instructor and enjoy teaching a variety of different courses and a keen rugby player/fan being a Saracens season ticket holder.

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Darren Southam 

Parent Governor

Term of Office:  first appointed on 21 March 2022 

Link Role: Blended / Remote Learning, Premises, Health & Safety, Physical Education

Appointing Body: Trust Board

My wife and I have lived in Adeyfield since 2010 having moved here to start our family. Our son, Adam is a student in Year 7 at The Adeyfield Academy and our daughter Katie will hopefully join in September. 

I am a senior paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service and have been for 19 years. As a paramedic I have a wealth of skills and experience from the ambulance service that I hope will assist greatly in the role of governor. 

This is the first time I have undertaken a governor role, and I'm excited to be part of the journey that The Adeyfield Academy are on and ensuring the high standards set by the school continue. 

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Get in touch

Miss Sam Rogers, School Business Manager

Hemel Hempstead

(01442) 406020