The Local Board

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.

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 University of Brighton Academies Trust.

Paula 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.

Stuart Smith

Principal of The Hastings Academy