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 various committees. The Education Committee meets half-termly and focuses on all issues connected to students, including the quality of education (curriculum intent, implementation and impact), student behaviour and attitudes, personal development, sixth form provision, inclusion and safeguarding. The Finance & Resources Committee meets half-termly and focuses on all issues connected to the school’s finances and resources.  The Pay Committee meets annually, and focuses on staff pay and the appraisal process.  The governors’ Disciplinary Committee meets when necessary to consider specific student disciplinary matters.

The Governors can be contacted directly

Written correspondence will be forwarded to the Chair of Governors.  This will result in a longer delivery time than emailed correspondence.


Governance roles


Members hold the governors to account for the effective governance of the school.

Mr Simon Boyden
Mr Michael Gatenby
Ms Catrin Mills
Mr Stuart Westley
Haileybury & Imperial Service College

Haileybury Turnford Trust Members Business Interests 2021



Russell Matcham (Chair of Governing Body)

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.

Mr Robert Whitaker (Vice Chair)

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.

Mr 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.

Mr 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.

Mr 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.

Mr Ian Hodges-Jackson

Ian is one of the founding directors of JCA. As chairman, he has overseen the growth of the company from its formation in 2004, to its current position as an extremely successful building services provider.

With over 25 years’ experience in the mechanical and electrical industry, Ian began his career with British Aerospace, where he served a five-year mechanical and electrical engineering apprenticeship. During his time, Ian worked at the cutting edge of engineering, gaining experience within critical environments including clean room and hybrid semi-conductor build facilities, data center and process engineering environments, specialist military engineering facilities and commercial and industrial building services engineering.

Mr 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.

Ms 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.

Ms Dawn Mathews

Dawn works in the school office of a local Primary School, and previously worked for Which? (The Consumers’ Association). Dawn enjoys ties with the local community, and is an administrator for her youngest son’s age group at Cheshunt Rugby Club. Dawn’s three sons have attended Haileybury Turnford, and she welcomes the opportunity to be a Parent Governor, sitting on the Education Committee. Dawn is committed to helping support the students and staff of Haileybury Turnford, and is very happy to have the opportunity to engage with the school community.

Ms Lisa McKeown

Lisa is a leader of strategic investment planning and portfolio for the Markets business within the Barclays Corporate and Investment Bank.  Responsible for multi-year strategic investment planning with a focus on technology together with on-going portfolio performance evaluation Senior strategic planning, risk management and transformation specialist with extensive commercially and regulatory led global investment banking experience spanning Trading, Risk and Middle Office Functions gained at Barclays, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Mitsubishi.

Mr Colin Parry

Colin is the CEO of ISSA. He is responsible for creating & executing the ISSA strategy, growing the membership, and ensuring that ISSA continues to help the Securities Services industry develop solutions and reduce risk. He also runs his own consulting business. Prior to joining ISSA in September 2019, Colin co-founded a fintech (Atomic Wire) and set -up his own consulting business after almost 25 years at UBS. At UBS he held a number of senior roles in the US, UK and Switzerland in both Operations and Finance, including running the global investment banking Operations and creating Finance Shared Services.

Colin served at Bridge Academy, Hackney as a Governor and Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee between 2012 and 2018. Colin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Money, Banking and Finance from Birmingham University (UK) and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Dr 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, has been the Oxbridge Coordinator and 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 is currently Deputy Head i/c safeguarding and wellbeing at Haileybury.

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Co-opted Committee members

Ms Olivia Firek (Education Committee)

Olivia sits on the Education Committee.  She holds the position of Assistant Head at Haileybury with responsibility for the Heads of Year 7 to 11.

Mr Stephen Hehir (Education Committee)

Stephen sits on the Education Committee, and has a background in education, currently working for Burnt Mill Academy Trust as Executive Headteacher.

Mr Martin Rayfield (Chair of Finance & Resources Committee)

Martin is Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and has a corporate background in Accounting. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the UK Martin spent some years in Bermuda managing offshore insurance companies. Returning to the UK Martin was a Managing Director at Marsh insurance brokers where he specialised in risk management and insurance strategies for multinational companies. Martin has a BSc in Economics from the University of Hull.  He is a current Haileybury parent.

Mr Michael Schofield (Finance & Resources Committee)

Brought up in Leeds, he spent his working life in Yorkshire and the North East before his appointment as Bursar and Clerk at Haileybury in February 2019. Michael is a Chartered accountant, qualifying in private practice before moving into the manufacturing sector as a Finance Director.  Michael moved into the education sector and took the role of Bursar in a boarding school on the moors between Leeds and Manchester in early 2000.  In February 2020 Michael will have been a Bursar for 20 years and has found working to support teaching and learning in schools to be an incredibly rewarding way to apply his training and professional experience.

Mr Dominic Shibli (Education Committee)

Dominic sits on the Education Committee, and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.

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Mr Robin Newman (Accounting Officer)

Principal of Haileybury Turnford since September 2016.

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Governor attendance 2020-21
Governor attendance 2019-20
Governor attendance 2018-19
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