Governors
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.

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.

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.

Kay Tinsley

Principal of The St Leonards Academy

It is both a privilege and pleasure to be the Principal of The St Leonards Academy after working in Hastings and St Leonards in a leadership role for the last eight years. Before working with the predecessor schools, in the role of Director of Improvement, contributing to their rapid improvement, I led two different English departments one of which was an outstanding English department in West Sussex.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working as an English teacher for the past 20 years; I am still utterly passionate about working in the classroom with young people. Recently I completed my master’s degree in education. Currently I am completing my NPQH as I am driven to improve the life chances of children in St Leonards and Hastings; I am totally committed to leading an organisation where creativity and collaboration are just part of the culture. It is therefore a pleasure to work within the Hastings Academies Trust.

Paula Matthews

Gareth Matthews

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.

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.

Stuart Smith

Interim Principal of The Hastings Academy