The Local Governing Body of the Sir John Colfox Academy

Martin Stones

Martin SMartin is the Managing Director and founder of Minster Joinery Ltd.  Minster is a highly successful and respected company operating at the highest level within its market.  With a turnover exceeding £2.25 million.  Martin has considerable experience in negotiating high value contracts, managing client’s expectations and delivering successful outcomes.  Martin has been a governor of the Sir John Colfox Academy for 17 years and has chaired the Trust Board for the last six years.   Martin also chairs the Attendance and Behaviour committee and has an interest in the whole school community

Martin will remain as the Chair of the Local Governing Body of The Sir John Colfox Academy and Chair the Finance Committee of the Minerva Learning Trust.



David Powell

David Powell lives in Burton Bradstock. He has two daughters, Elisabeth and Josie who live and work in Bristol and Bournemouth. David has been the Headteacher of three schools, the first in High Wycombe and the others in Dorset. In the last five years in education he was Dorset’s Senior and then Principal Primary Advisor, responsible for developing creative approaches to leadership, teaching and learning. David was an accredited School Improvement Partner supporting schools in England, Spain and Mumbai. David has helped develop and has promoted the Rights-Respecting School award. He is qualified to train and accredit schools at both levels of this nationally recognised award. David also writes and performs songs in his spare time, and has just discovered the joys of becoming a grandparent. He is Chair of Bridport Primary School.

Charlotte Chandler

CharPrior 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


Hilary Cunningham

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. 


John Wright

John lives in Bothenhampton and has two children at The Sir John Colfox Academy. Over the last thirty years, John has held senior managerial positions in local government and the housing sector. John has  significant experience in governance, finance and operational management.

John has degrees in political theory and institutions and business administration.

Samantha Wakely

Samantha lives in Bridport and has a daughter at The Sir John Colfox Academy.  Samantha works in Bridport at her husband’s family business which has been established since 1897 and has a long standing family history with Bridport.  Prior to joining the family business, Samantha worked in Finance for nearly twenty years at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan where she was fortunate to help international institutional asset management clients achieve their investment objectives.  During her time at JPMorgan, Samantha became a Govern of the JPMorgan UK Pension Fund representing the UK employees. 

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.


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.


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.