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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.


Paul Lerwill 

  • Atlas Director, Chair of Governors                                                                                                                                
  • Term of Office: 5 February 2018 to 4 February 2022                                     
  • Link Role: Leadership and Management, Premises, Health & Safety, Maths and Numeracy 
  • Appointing Body: Trust Board

I was born and brought up just outside St. Albans.  I am a qualified teacher and worked for many years teaching students with learning difficulties, eventually becoming deputy head and then acting head of a special school.  During this time I completed a MEd. in Special Education.

For many years I was a member of the St. Albans Community Health Council and was Chairman for three years.

I then worked as a senior manager in the Health Service and at an FE college with responsibility for a wide range of support and premises staff.  During this time I completed a MA in Educational Management.

I finished my career working at St. Albans Girls’ School for 18 years as Business Manager and was acting deputy head for three years.  During this time I completed an Advanced Diploma in School Business Management.

I retired from full time work in 2017 and now live in Hemel Hempstead where I have more time to spend with my wife, grandchildren and dog. 

Robert Flowers

  • Member Governor                                                                       
  • Term of Office:  24th June 2019 to 23rd June 2023                           
  • Link RolePerforming Arts, Teaching and Learning, CPD and Appraisal          
  • Appointing Body: Trust Board

I was born in Hemel Hempstead and lived in Boxmoor attending The Hemel Hempstead School before my family moved abroad, where I studied at the British School of Brussels.  Upon returning to the UK, I went on to train as a professional actor at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and after a number of successful years I decided to pursue a new career, one in teaching.  I started at Adeyfield School in 2001 as a Drama Teacher and progressed over the years to the posts of Head of Drama, Head of Creative Arts and later on gained my qualification as an Advanced Skills Teacher.  After leaving Adeyfield School I worked at The Cavendish School and Laureate Academy as Head of Drama and Art. I am currently Lead Practitioner for the Performing Arts at Kings Langley School with a variety of additional whole school responsibilities.  On a personal level I’m a keen traveller – I love exploring new places with my family.  I also love to be outdoors and I enjoy looking after my allotment and growing organic food for my loved ones as well as keeping three chickens who supply us with fresh eggs every day!

Margaret Chapman

  • Atlas Director 
  • Term of Office: 5 February 2018 to 4 February 2022                                               
  • 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. 

David Robertson

  • Staff Member
  • Term of Office: 31 January 2019 to 30 January 2023                                           
  • Appointing Body: Staff election

I am David Robertson and staff governor to The Adeyfield Academy. I have been in education for over 10 years and started my career by studying at Southampton University. This is where I achieved a 2:2 in sport science and an outstanding level PGCE in PE. My first teaching job was based in Staines at the Matthew Arnold school, in which I spent 8 years in varying roles. These ranged from SSCO, Head of year, Head of Rugby, Head of  Boys PE. I joined Adeyfield School as Head of CAS and now enjoy a subject change into 2nd in maths. I still have a keen interest in sport and regularly play rugby for Chesham Rugby Club and enjoy park runs on Saturdays. I live in Tring with my wife, son and dog. 

Annie Thomson 

  •  Member Governor          
  • Term of Office: 31 January 2019 to 30 January 2023                                    
  • Link Role: Curriculum, Standards and Assessment, Creative Industries 
  • 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.

Paul Webster

  • Member Governor                                         
  • Term of Office: 5 February 2018 to 4 February 2022                                      
  • Link Role: Finance and Resources                                                                                                            
  • Appointing Body: Trust Board

My name is Paul Webster, my experience as a School Governor started some five years prior to this date when I became a Governor of my children’s primary school, Oakwood School in St Albans, a position I still hold.   My motivation for putting myself forward for the position of Governor was to bring a more commercial view, which was required with the advent of Local Management of Schools.  I have also been a Governor at St Albans Girls' School since 1996. 

By profession I am a Chartered Accountant and recently retired as a partner with Mercer & Hole, a local firm based in St Albans.  My responsibilities within the practice not only includes normal professional work dealing with clients but also that of being one of the Managing Partners of the practice responsible for managing 150 members of staff over three separate locations.

As an employer of graduates and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Education and Training committee I have a vested interest in ensuring that the students coming out of schools and universities are the right quality and aptitude to take their place in the business world and society generally.

In addition to the above I am also a keen golfer, ornithologist and aviculturist.   I am also a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

Kim Bristow

  • Member Governor          
  • Term of Office: 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2021                                        
  • Link Role: Global Studies, Key Stages 3, 4 & 5 Safeguarding, Racial Incidents, Anti-Bullying and Looked After Children, Prevent, Pupil Premium                                                                                         
  • 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.

Nicola Winch

  • Member Governor
  • Term of Office: 31 January 2019 to 30 January 2023                                   
  • Link Role: Inclusion, SEN and EAL, Science                                                                                                               
  • 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.

Jacquie Hime

  • Member Governor
  • Term of Office: 24th June 2019 to 23rd June 2023                                      
  • Link Role: Student personal Development and Behaviour, English, Literacy, Media      
  • Appointing Body: Trust Board

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

I was Chief Executive Officer at North Herts Centre for Voluntary Service for 15 years before leaving at Christmas. The medium sized voluntary sector organisation supports the development of local charitable activity, provides strategic and operational advice as well as runs several projects e.g. Breakaway Disabled Children’s’ Playscheme and Holiday Clubs, a countywide volunteering project and a community car scheme.

I have a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

I qualified as a Hertfordshire Steps trainer in 2017 (renewed in 2018) which a colleague and I were responsible for delivering to all Breakaway play assistants.

I also delivered a Managing Volunteers short course.

In January, I set up a small business which writes funding bids for voluntary sector organisations.  I also deliver training on governance and charity development.  I am currently one of the Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s governance trainers delivering the Building Better Boards initiative and currently deliver courses on outcomes, impact and how to win high value grants and contracts.

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Trust Business Manager

Hemel Hempstead

(01442) 406020