The Local Governing Body of the Sir John Colfox Academy

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


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.



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. 


Anna Ledgard

anna LAnna Ledgard MA, PGCE is a governor at The Sir John Colfox Academy and a Trustee of the Minerva Learning Trust.  She began her working life as a secondary school teacher and has been a school governor in London and Bridport for 20 years.  Her children attended Bridport Primary and The Sir John Colfox School.
Today Anna is an award-winning producer developing public engagement projects with artists and bio-medical scientists in UK hospitals. Her pioneering work is internationally respected and Anna is the recipient of multiple Arts Awards from the Wellcome Trust.  She brings skills of strategic planning for inter-disciplinary partnership, financial management, administration, human resources and public engagement.  Anna is committed to education in this community and sees informed governance in genuine collaboration with staff as key to promoting breadth and equity of educational opportunity for all children in the MLT.



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.


Nesta Davies


nesNesta Davies joined the Sir John Colfox Academy board of governors as a parent governor in April 2015.  Nesta has an MA in English and Art History and with twenty-five years’ experience of teaching in adult education has seen at first hand the difference an outstanding learning environment can make. She is an experienced departmental and tutor coordinator and enjoys working as part of a team.

Nesta is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy with experience in working with adult and child bereavement.

She brings to the board a belief that providing children with the opportunity and environment to flourish and the tools to become fulfilled human beings is crucial to the wellbeing of society.  Nesta runs her own business and has one child who attends the Sir John Colfox Academy.


Sue Berry

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Sue Berry has worked at The Sir John Colfox Academy since September 2000 and whilst now principally a teacher of Textiles she also teaches PSE and Art. Sue has held a variety of roles within the school during her time which has enabled her to see a clear overview of the areas of governorship from the point of view of a member of the teaching staff.  Sue has two children – both of whom attended The Sir John Colfox Academy and until recently she lived in Bridport.  She believes strongly in the importance of a school that meets the specific and varied needs of the students within its community.


Peter Clifton

peteePeter has been the Support Staff Governor at The Sir John Colfox Academy for 8 years.  He spent the majority of his working life in engineering and project management and following early retirement joined The Sir John Colfox School (Academy) as a Senior Technician.

Peter is keen that engineering should be seen as an important and worthwhile career.

He is now responsible for the co-ordination of trips and visits and also sits on the Governors’ Health, Safety and Premises sub-committee where he feels he is able to make a useful contribution.


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.

Julian Piper

Julian has worked in schools and youth work for over 40 years qualifying initially as a chemistry teacher and starting work in Oxford.  After a spell as a youth work manager in the same area of Oxford, he became a Vice Principal (Community) of one of Leicestershire's 11-18 Community Colleges and then, for 7 years prior to retirement in 2008, worked for an educational charity on a contract to the Department for Children Schools and Families (now DfE) supporting local authorities and schools across the country in implementing the Extended Schools policy as well as similar developments internationally, especially in the US and Eastern Europe.  He was awarded the OBE for services to Children and Young People in 2009.  Having previously been a governor of three schools in Leicester at various times, he moved to Burton Bradstock in 2011 and became chair in 2013.  He completed the NCTL training for chairs in 2014-5.  One of the members of the steering group that worked for several years on proposals for a local Multi-Academy Trust, he became a member of the Trust Board when it came into existence in April 2016 and currently chairs the Performance and Standards Committee. 

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.

David Herbert

DHDavid is the Headteacher of the Sir John Colfox Academy having taken up the position in April 2016.  Prior to that he worked on the leadership team at Colfox for 10 years, firstly as Assistant Head and then as Deputy Head.  David began his teaching career in Cornwall in 1999 after completing a Sports Science degree at Loughborough University and his post graduate studies at Exeter University.  David is a registered OFSTED Inspector and carries out inspection work in the South West of England.  David will sit on the Performance and Standards Committee of the Minerva Learning Trust.  David has three children, two of whom are students at Colfox with one more to come to the school soon!   David is an enthusiastic sportsman and still plays a variety of sports when he is free of injury!