Haileybury Academy Trust is an academy trust sponsored by Haileybury, the leading co-educational boarding school, and is responsible for Haileybury Turnford. The Trust is responsible for all aspects of Haileybury Turnford and sets the strategic vision for the school, ensuring the school meets the needs of its students and that there is excellence in all areas of school life, as well as financial security.

Haileybury Academy Trust works with the sponsor and the school leaders to provide the best possible education at Haileybury Turnford and that ambition, pride and success are at the heart of everything that Haileybury Turnford does. The governing body has oversight of the educational provision at the school and is responsible for its growth, future direction and development.

The Full Governing Body meets termly.  In addition there are two sub-committees. The Education Committee meets half-termly and focuses on all issues connected to students, including student outcomes, inclusion and safeguarding. The Finance & Resources Committee meets half-termly and focuses on all issues connected to the school’s finances and resources.

Who are our Governing Body at Haileybury Turnford?


Adrian Bradley

Adrian is Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and has a corporate background in Hospitality and Finance.

Stephen Campbell

Currently Deputy Head (Academic) at Haileybury. Having studied English at Bristol University, he spent his first few years teaching at a large comprehensive school just outside of the city, before working internationally and in the independent sector. He is interested in curriculum and assessment, but also in how improving the quality of teaching has a direct impact on the life chances of children.

Martin Collier

Master of Haileybury, Martin read Modern History at St John’s College, Oxford. After Oxford, he immediately took a PGCE at the Institute of Education, London University. He taught in the maintained sector for 10 years in London and Wellingborough. In 1997 he moved to Oundle School where he held a number of posts including Head of History, Director of Studies and Second Master. Martin was Headmaster of St John’s from September 2011.

Martin has been involved in a number of educational projects and initiatives. In November 2011 he was invited to give evidence to the Education Select Committee of the House of Commons which was investigating the administration of public examinations. He is currently the chair of the HMC Academic Committee and Examinations Task Force. Between 2003 and 2005 he was a member of the Historical Association Curriculum Project and he also served on the QCA working group which produced the 16-19 History criteria for the 2008 A level. He has written and edited numerous text books and was, for a number of years, a senior examiner.

John Giesen

John has over 30 years’ experience in senior management positions and was chief executive of a local housing association for 10 years. He has knowledge of the local area and many of the organisations that operate in it.

David Kilgallon

Born, brought up and educated in Lancashire, he has wide experience in school management including Head of Mountwood School, Wigan, transformation lead for Bolton Local Authority and is currently Director of Learning and System Leadership at Waltham Forest. He is also an Ofsted trained inspector. He brings a deep knowledge and experience of the workings of schools, local authority management, school transformation, the local territory and the national educational environment.

Tom Little

Tom is currently employed at UBS working on the trading floor of the Fixed income Business, in the Compliance & Operational Risk team. In his current role, he challenges the way in which UBS carries out Business as well as working collaboratively with all teams to ensure the best service to their clients.

Given Tom’s experience and the fact that he has spent my 31 years living in and around the area of Broxbourne, he would like the opportunity to share and be involved in improving the quality of education in his local area at Haileybury Turnford, as well as see it as a learning experience, to offer more going forward.

Russell Matcham (Chairman)

Russell Matcham has spent most of his career teaching English in two schools: Bristol Cathedral School, a city centre day school, and since 2000, Haileybury. At Bristol Cathedral School, Russell was successively Head of Lower School, Head of Middle School and Head of Expressive Arts, the school’s largest faculty. Appointed to Haileybury, Russell was Housemaster of the school’s largest boarding house for 13 years. He is currently responsible for Haileybury’s Outreach and Partnership work and is also Director of Haileybury Youth Trust, a non-government organization (NGO) working with young people in Uganda.

Ulla Mahaka

Ulla’s parents were both teachers who taught her that serving your community to empower children is a great honour. She is thrilled to be given the opportunity to support the school’s children, fellow parents and Haileybury Turnford as a parent governor.

Her experience includes 15 years working with children, the community and schools in the UK. She welcomes the opportunity to use her knowledge and skills to help ensure Haileybury Turnford’s children have the best educational journey.

Evelyn Pope

As a parent of two Haileybury Turnford students she has seen the school go through many changes. She is excited about the school’s new journey. Together with her experiences as a parent and many years of working in primary education, she hopes that she can offer a voice to those who feel they cannot be heard.

Laura Pugsley

Born and brought up in Wales, she studied at Newnham College, Cambridge where she took a degree in archaeology and anthropology and then a PhD. She has taught history at Haileybury since 2002, been the Oxbridge Coordinator and is now head of Lower School (Years 7 and 8). Her many interests include sport, notably football (a Blue) and also rowing and hockey. She is Chair of the Education Committee, and at Haileybury acts as champion of the girls and oversees induction of all Year 7 pupils.

Ian Richardson

A corporate solicitor for many years, Ian has since 2002 specialised in building up groups of companies in the wellness and beauty sector. He has sold two groups since 2002 and is in the course of building his third.

Neil Taylor

Born and brought up in Hertfordshire, he won a scholarship to Haileybury from Tewin Primary School. Following a degree in Linguistics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he has developed a highly successful career in marketing and communication. Currently he is joint-managing director of The Writer which he founded, a business employing 150 people in Southwark and with offices in New York and Singapore. He leads the communications working group and brings an unrivalled experience of the global economy and the role of marketing, branding and communication. He is a stickler for the correct use of English!

Stuart Westley

After attending Lancaster Royal Grammar School he read law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. That was followed by a brief, unspectacular interlude as a professional cricketer with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and 11 years teaching mathematics as Housemaster and Director of Studies at Framlingham College. He was subsequently Deputy Head, Bristol Cathedral School; Principal, King William’s College, Isle of Man and Master of Haileybury 1996-2009. From then until August 2016 he was General Secretary of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS) and now undertakes part time consultancy work in education.

Robert Whitaker

A former pupil of Turnford School, who went on to read Law at the University of Kent at Canterbury and subsequently obtained a Masters in Law at the University. He is an Executive Partner at Tees Solicitors heading up their business law team and specialising in employment law. Rob is a member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association. A former chair of a West Essex community based charity, Rob is involved in a number of community groups and initiatives including with Rotary and as a co-opted governor at a primary school in Bishop’s Stortford.





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