The Local Governing Body of the Sir John Colfox Academy

Hilary Cunningham Chair

Prior to her recent retirement, Hilary Cunningham BDS MSc LDS RCS(Eng) was a career dental officer in the Defence Medical Services in the rank of Colonel.  She was an enhanced practitioner and latterly in a senior clinical management role. Here she developed and lead clinical teams providing both primary medical and dental care in UK for military personnel from all three armed service and in Germany which also included looking after the spouses and families of military personnel and MOD civil servants and their families.  Working in the Armed Forces which was reducing in size gave numerous management challenges especially change management, in personnel and budgetary areas together with the expectation of providing a first class clinical provision both at home and foreign bases and on deployments to war zones. 

Although not local she has had associations with the area for over 40 years.  She is now an Education Volunteer with the RNLI and this obviously involves giving presentations for school children mainly regarding beach safety. 


Leeann Boon



Charlotte Chandler Vice Chair

Prior to joining KPMG in 1998 Charlotte worked at Ernst & Young and also had her own company providing consultancy event advice to different organisations such as Amex and Allen & Overy.  Charlotte has many years’ experience of events and hospitality and since joining KPMG, has been focussing on "corporate relations", which in a nutshell, is ensuring KPMG meet and build sustainable strong relationships with key work influencers; the "good and the great" within the business community; Government; the "City" and other relevant organisations within UK Plc.  In addition to the above, Charlotte has overall responsibility for the senior client entertaining programme.  Over the last two years Charlotte has been very involved in launching Number Twenty, KPMG’s new client building in the West End of which she is hugely proud!  Charlotte’s family have lived near Bridport for a couple of hundred years and now her husband, Simon, and her live in Uploders

Suzanne Dampney

Suzanne Dampney is a parent governor, joining the Sir John Colfox Governing Body in 2016 and was previously Chair of Governors at Burton Bradstock Primary School. Sue has been a long term supporter of the school, having had children at Colfox since 2007 and will continue to do so until 2022! Her interest in joining the governing body is to support the school to continue to meet the needs of - and play a key role in - a diverse and vibrant community.
With an MA in Geography and a background in countryside management, Sue works for the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Team and Botanic Gardens Education Network. Sue has a particular interest in outdoor education and, through project work and training, has been successful in making connections between schools and their local landscapes and outdoor spaces.


Terri Davies

Terri Davies has worked at The Sir John Colfox Academy since 2015 as an Administrative Assistant in the busy school office. She interacts on a daily basis with students, parents, teachers and the other schools in the academy trust and understands very well how the school community functions. Her admin work involves organisation of Taster Days for Y5 children, the transition from Y6 to Y7, parents’ evenings and pupil progress reports.

A conscientious and highly flexible member of staff, Terri is taking over the important role of Exams Officer in September 2019, a position she is very much looking forward to. Terri has lived in Bridport for 7 years and has two daughters who currently attend The Sir John Colfox Academy.  


Helen Farmer


Helen is a recently retired Headteacher and has been a teacher and a Headteacher in Dorset for the past 16 years. Prior to that she taught in Devon and worked with the Local Authority on developing qualifications for Teaching Assistants.

Helen’s three children all attended local primary schools as well as the Sir John Colfox Academy. Helen and her family have been Foster Carers for Dorset for over 25 years and have met some amazing young people throughout this time.

She is now involved in a number of volunteer roles as well  as continuing to work at St Mary’s Primary School as a Teaching Assistant.


Travis Feather

Travis moved to the Bridport area in 2012 after being wounded in Afghanistan whilst being deployed in the British Army. Throughout his 10+ years in the military he spent time as part of the Airborne units, Surveillance troops and eventually ended as part of Intelligence and Surveillance technology development. Travis now works for JP Morgan managing one of there Global teams working in Financial Product development, as well as training and supporting NGO’s as part of JP Morgan Charity division helping to develop needed technologies for the Charities out there. In his spare time Travis enjoys teaching adaptive sports to disabled children and Adults and also kickboxing


Sumeeta Vij

Sumeeta lives and works in Burton Bradstock.  She has 2 children aged 19 and 22, who both attended The Sir John Colfox Academy. 
Sumeeta moved to the area 25 years ago and has been working in the family business Burton Bradstock Cars ever since.  As everybody knows, working in your own business means taking on number of different roles.  Her main role now is focusing on the running of the Accounts and Admin department.  She hopes that she can bring some of her business knowledge and experience to the board. 

Lucy Wright

Lucy Wright is Head of English at The Sir John Colfox Academy, where she has been a valued member of the teaching staff for 20 years. As well as leading a happy English Department, Lucy has also been Head of Year and was one of the four original Heads of House (Fleur de Lys). Lucy has a degree in Psychology and Education and a PGCE in English and Special Needs.  She worked as a Teaching Assistant and as a Traveller Support Worker before training to become a teacher, so has an understanding of what it is like to be supporting in lessons as well as the different needs of children.  Lucy has contributed significantly to staff well-being both formally through her work on the staff committee and informally through numerous lunches, gatherings and fabulous cakes.  She is a keen cyclist and a member of a local choir.


Adam Shelley Headteacher

Adam has worked in education for more than 20 years in many different roles, most recently as Acting Head in another local school. Before this his roles have included Deputy Dead, Assistant Head, Head of Department and a Maths and Computer Science teacher. During his time in teaching Adam has always been happy to teach subjects outside his specialism and has taught A level Psychology and Philosophy as well develop Citizenship and the PSHE curriculum. In 2005 Adam published a resource book for Maths teachers called “ICT links – Maths”. He has also had articles published in computer teaching magazines as well as creating teaching resources for various companies including the National grid.

Adam first moved to Dorset in 2001 where he became part of the National Strategy consultant team for Dorset County Council working with secondary schools including The Sir John Colfox Academy to develop their ICT curriculum.

Adam achieved a Masters of Education (MEd) in 2015 at the University of Exeter where his dissertation focused on metacognition and motivation of students. He gained a postgraduate National Professional Qualification in Headship in 2007.

Adam’s main focus is improving the quality of education for all students in Bridport and giving everyone the best opportunities possible for them to succeed in the future.  Adam lives in Bridport with his wife and two children