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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: 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. 

Annie Thomson 

  •  Member Governor          
  • Term of Office: 31 January 2019 to 30 January 2023                                    
  • Link Role: Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning 
  • 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.

Kim Bristow

  • Member Governor          
  • Term of Office: 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2021                                        
  • Link Role: Safeguarding (DSP), Blended / Remote Learning, Racial Incidents, Prevent, Attendance, Behaviour, Anti Bullying, Appraisal, CPD, Physical Education                                                                                   
  • 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, Student Leadership, Enterprise, Character Development, CLA, Student Voice, 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.

Jacquie Hime

  • Member Governor
  • Term of Office: 24th June 2019 to 23rd June 2023                                      
  • Link Role: Scholars Programme, Literacy Programme, Staff and Pupil Wellbeing, Careers
    Education, PSHCE, Word Rich Strategy, Curriculum, Standards and Assessment
  • 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.

Bernard Smith 

  • Member Governor
  • Term of Office: 5th February 2020 to 4th February 2024                              
  • Link Role: Pupil Premium, Covid Catch up Fund, Maths and Numeracy, English, Literacy
  • 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.

Kirsten Beaven 

  • Parent Governor
  • Term of Office:  5 Oct 2020 to 4 Oct 2024
  • Link Role: EBacc, ADT, Business Studies, Computer Science
  • 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.

Tony Pepper

  • Parent Governor
  • Term of Office:  5 Oct 2020 to 4 Oct 2024
  • Link Role: Premises, Health & Safety, Performing Arts, Post 16 – Student Personal and Academic development, ECT, Coaching
  • Appointing Body: Trust Board

With 3 daughters I am pleased to be a parent at The Adeyfield Academy for several years. We relocated to the surrounding area for work in 2005 before starting our family.

I volunteer in junior football and referee up to u-18 matches.  

I’ve worked as in-house HR Consultant for Centrica/British Gas in the energy/in-home services sector for 18 years. Before this I started my working life as a management trainee with Tesco in the retail sector from the shop-floor up.   As a result, I have interviewed and supervised many graduates, summer students and apprentices, helping them to shape their career aspirations. My drive for being a parent governor is to support the school’s aspirations at the heart of the community.

Vicki Blackburn 

  • Trust Board Governor
  • Term of Office:  
  • Link Role: tbc
  • Appointing Body: Trust Board

I am a teacher who has progress and achievement are 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.

I enjoy keeping an active and healthy lifestyle. I also enjoy all forms of art and have a passion for learning. I often use my free time read and develop my own knowledge and understanding in an array of areas.



Get in touch

Miss Sam Rogers, School Business Manager

Hemel Hempstead

(01442) 406020