The Academy is part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, a multi academy trust which is sponsored by the University of Brighton.

The trust’s Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the educational and financial performance of all of the academies in the trust; the trustees are the statutory governors of each academy and the company directors & charitable trustees of the University of Brighton Academies Trust.

Further information about the University of Brighton Academies Trust’s governance arrangements, including its Board of Trustees, Scheme of Delegation, Articles of Association and Funding Agreement, are available on the trust’s website.

A series of committees, including a Local Board for each academy (or group of academies), supports the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its responsibilities.

The Federated Local Board of The Hastings and St. Leonards Academy

Local Board members are volunteers representing different aspects of the academy community including parents/carers, staff and local people. The members contribute to the academy’s vision and future strategy, ensuring they complement the trust’s vision and values. They are responsible for keeping the academy at the heart of the community, maintaining strong community links and effective communication with all stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees. Local Board members ensure the celebration of staff, pupils and parents and carers is a priority to the academy. They are also responsible for monitoring pupil wellbeing, admissions, complaints and concerns.

Local Board members can be contacted through email at or in writing c/o the Academy. Local Board meeting minutes are available on request.

Five co-opted members nominated by the Local Board: David Towsey - Chair of the Local Board
Sandi Buttrey – Safeguarding Link
Bernadette Huggins
Suzie Stanley – Behaviour and Attendance Link
Hilary Carter
Two parent representatives, elected by the parents of each Academy: The Hastings Academy - Anita Pope, Parent & Community Engagement Link member
St. Leonards Academy - Jessica Snyder, Parent & Behaviour & Attendance Link member
Two staff representatives elected by the staff of each Academy: The Hastings Academy - Nathan Russell - SEN Link member
St. Leonards Academy - Alice Hillen
Academy Principals: The Hastings Academy - Hilary Morawska
St. Leonards Academy - Neil Moir
Clerk to the Local Board: Caroline Spender
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David Towsey

Chair of the Local Board, Co-opted member

Mr. Towsey is a Co-Opted member and interim Chair of the Federated Hastings and St. Leonards Academy’s Local Board. 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.

Sandi Buttrey

Co-opted member

Suzie Standley

Co-opted member

Bernadette Huggins

Co-opted member

Hilary Carter

Co-opted member

Nathan Russell

Staff Member

Jessica Snyder

Parent member

Neil Moir

Principal of The St Leonards Academy

Hilary Morawska

Principal of The Hastings Academy

Alice Hillen

Staff Member