Margaret Wallis - Chair of the Joint Secondary LGB

As Director of The University of Brighton in Hastings I was appointed to establish a university campus in Hastings to attract and encourage participation in Higher Education in the local area. As Chair of the Local Governing Board of the Secondary Academies I am delighted to continue my involvement in the work of raising educational attainment and aspirations in Hastings.

Julie Eason

I began my career in the NUS, serving as a Vice President. I then worked in the Cabinet Office and later Department for Communities and Local Government, running the Permanent Secretary’s office. After working in Australia as Director of Housing for the New South Wales Government, I moved to Hastings in 2006 and worked for seven years in the local Voluntary sector. I am now a self-employed consultant in the charitable sector, I serve as chair of the Hastings & Rother Rainbow Alliance and am a member of the East Sussex Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Hastings Local Strategic Partnership and a Director of 18 Hours, a local not-for-profit company promoting community cohesion and inter-cultural understanding through education and events.

Kayleigh McEwan

Kim Forward

Alan Matthews - Parent Governor, THA

Formerly a Primary Vice Chair and Secondary Technology and Maths Governor in Northamptonshire, with 8 years’ experience, I am now responsible on the HASLA Board for Finance, Budgets and Staff Reviews, with specialist subjects Mathematics and IT. I am a member of MENSA and a STEM Ambassador.

Paula Matthews

David Towsey

Is a parent governor representing Hastings Academy. He has a number of years of experience in the education sector, both as a senior A-Level examiner and in his current role as Head of Sixth Form at an East Sussex school. He is the joint link governor for Pupil Premium.

Gareth Matthews

Julie Jones - Support Staff Governor

I have been employed at The St Leonards Academy for the last four years as the Examinations Officer. My role within the Governing Body is Support Staff representative for The St Leonards Academy, linked to the SEND Department. I work closely with this department as an Exams Officer, ensuring that the students entitled to have Access Arrangements have the help they need to complete their exams without disadvantage.

Jennie Shearer - Staff rep TSLA

I have been a part of the LGB for two years, since joining The St Leonards Academy. I have worked for the Trust for over 4 years, starting at Hastings Academy and now as Assistant Head of Darwin at St Leonards Academy. With connections to both sites, I felt I could be a strong link governor and so have taken on the role of Curriculum Link.

Jenny Jones

Executive Principal of The Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy
I have been the Executive Principal of the Hastings Academies Trust's two secondary academies since September 2015, having previously been the founding Principal of The St Leonards Academy and head teacher of its two predecessor schools, The Grove and Filsham Valley. I have over 35 years experience in secondary education – working in a range of state schools in the south east, including over fifteen years in senior leadership. I have experience of strategic leadership and change management strategies for effective and sustainable school improvement in schools in challenging contexts. I am a Local Leader of Education and Chair of Education Improvement Partnership working across Hastings. I have recently completed training as an Ofsted inspector.

Michael Brett

Principal of The Hastings Academy
I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Building Surveying, working in both the private and public sector, before deciding to train as a teacher at Nottingham Trent University, and I have since been teaching for twenty years in schools along the East Sussex coast.

I became The Hastings Academy Principal in September 2014, having previously been the Interim Principal at The Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and, prior to that, the Vice Principal Teaching Learning & Experience. During my five years at the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy I oversaw a continued and sustained improvement in standards, leading to a record 50% 5A*-C including English and Mathematics in 2014. I am committed to working in schools in challenging circumstances - being appointed as the Principal is a privilege and I am determined that our highly trained and committed staff will work in close partnership with the community and Hastings Academies Trust in order to provide the best possible outcomes for all of our students.

Jon Francies

Principal of The St Leonards Academy
I am delighted to be starting my second year as Principal of The St Leonards Academy. I began my teaching career in London and then moved to be an assistant headteacher in Surrey. I have been in Hastings since 2005 as a deputy head teacher helping The Grove School to become one of the most improved schools in the country. In 2011 I became Vice Principal of the new St Leonards Academy. I had the exciting opportunity to be appointed early to work with the university and help set up a dynamic and forward thinking organisation.

Helen Beeney

I am a Librarian at The Hastings Academy, I have been in post for two years. Being an ex-Hillcrest student I have a particular interest in the students at The Hastings Academy achieving as highly as they possibly can. I am keen to support the work of the school and act as a Governor to be involved in delivering a positive contribution to our students’ education.

John Hodges - Ex Member

My role as a governor is to deliver the advice, and liaison between academia and industry, that will provide a route for school leavers to seek employment within the private sector of business. My career was spent within industry, with the last twenty years as a director of a $30 billion multi-national company.