Meet our Governors
Who are the Holbrook Academy Governors?
We have sought out a broad range of experiences, skills and talents to create a governing body which we feel best supports Holbrook’s mission and vision.
Adrian Marr, Chair of Governors
Adrian joined Holbrook Academy as a parent governor in 2012. Adrian has twin daughters who left Year 11 in July 2016 and are now at Colchester Sixth Form College in Year 12. He lives in East Bergholt. Adrian is a qualified accountant and works for NHS England as Director of Finance covering the East of England. As well as sitting on the governing body, Adrian is a member of Finance & Personnel committee of the school.
Louise Cullen, Vice Chair of Governors
Louise Cullen has three daughters, one in Year 10 and two now at Suffolk One in Years 12 and 13. Previously she served as a Community Governor at Chelmondiston Primary School for eight years, and was Chair of Governors during their Ofsted inspection in 2013 receiving ‘outstanding’ for governance. Prior to that she served for four years at Chair of Chelmondiston Playgroup, also awarded an outstanding rating from Ofsted during this time. Louise has considerable experience in senior management and communications as head of communications at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, and previously as head of communications at Ormiston and at the National Union of Students. Her current portfolio of work includes presenting the latest research assessing the impact of policies on education and social mobility to policy makers and opinion formers in the world of education. Louise is also an award-winning journalist and editor, and has written for many national publications including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the Independent. She was a commissioning editor at Marie Claire in the 1990s and still writes reviews in her spare time. Louise has a degree in History of Art and History from UCL. She is also a trustee of the Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust.
Chris Graham, Chair of Quality and Monitoring Committee
Educated in Liverpool, Christopher went on to gain a honours degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Coming from a family of teachers it wasn’t surprising that he followed his father into mathematics teaching. Starting his career in the Cotswolds, Christopher started teaching at Holbrook High School in March 2000 and spent three and a half years at the school latterly as head of mathematics. He has spent the last twelve years of his career at The Royal Hospital School, in a variety of roles but is currently Head of Sixth Form and Careers. He has two daughters at Holbrook Academy, in Year 7 and 9. Christopher spends his free time watching Rugby League, reading Scandinavian crime novels and spending time in France. He is also a member of Holbrook Parish Council.
Jo Hazelwood, Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee
Jo Hazlewood is a Community Governor and Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee. Prior to motherhood and with a background in drama, administration and finance, Jo worked in various subsidised theatres around the country, her last role being Company Administrator of The Old Vic in London. Before moving up the road to the Old Vic, she set up and ran a Theatre in Education Company at The Young Vic Theatre. She moved to Holbrook in 1979 and, after having her first child in 1981, worked extensively with children of all ages – running playgroups, toddler groups, drama groups, after school and holiday clubs, etc. and for the last 26 years has been Bursar at Stutton Primary School. Whilst at Stutton she has undertaken several business management qualifications with the National College for School Leadership, including being part of a pilot for the Advanced Diploma of School Business Management in 2009. She has been a staff governor of Stutton Primary School for a number of years and is a committed to expanding her knowledge by reading extensively and attending training courses and conferences as and when the opportunity arises. A keen tennis fan, she is Secretary and Treasurer of Suffolk Schools Tennis Association and helps to organise a programme of tennis competitions for schools across the county. Jo enjoys spending time with her four grown up children (all of whom attended Holbrook Academy) and looking after her dogs, rabbit and chickens. She also enjoys reading, listening to Radio 4 and Radio 4extra. She likes cooking for her family, as well as occasionally cooking in large numbers for private functions.
Barry Jones Barry has over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector, working for various insurance companies, including Willis Towers Watson in Ipswich. Whilst Barry has a professional insurance qualification he has spent most of the last 20 years of his career majoring in change management; helping to shape strategy, raise business cases for change, implement projects and track their benefits. Barry is also familiar with the topics of corporate governance, auditing and risk management. Recently early retired, Barry has more time now to pursue his non-work interests. A confirmed ‘outdoors’ person, Barry is an active member of Ipswich Golf Club, Ipswich Sports Club, Shotley Swim Club, Woodbridge Camera Club and the local TVR Car group. Barry has a daughter at the Academy (currently in Year 9) and has lived in the North Essex/South Suffolk area for over 40 years. He harbours an ambition to walk the 52 mile Suffolk Coastal Path from top to bottom.
Martin is a Community Governor. He is now retired after a professional career spanning some 40 years in teaching and education in schools and colleges in Liverpool, Essex & Suffolk, culminating in 11 years as Principal of Bilborough Sixth Form College in Nottingham and two years as Director of High Pavement SFC in the City centre. Martin knows Suffolk well as Director of the Federated Sixth Form in Felixstowe in the 1980s, and more recently as Strategy Manager for the County’s 14-19 programme in the period 2007 – 2010. This post involved developing the County’s 14-19 curriculum with its 35 secondary schools and 4 FE colleges and creating the two new post-16 institutions in Suffolk – Suffolk One in Ipswich and the Sixth Form college in Lowestoft – to raise attainment and aspiration across the county. Martin is married with two children, two step children and five grandchildren, one of whom recently left Holbrook Academy at the end of Year 11. He is currently completing a substantive publication on Ageing in the 21st Century and travelling with his wife, (outside the school holidays) to such faraway places as Vietnam, Cambodia and, hopefully, South America.
Marek is the Holbrook Academy Link Governor for the local Primary Schools. He has two sons, one at Holbrook Academy and the other at Holbrook Primary School. Marek works as a Strategy Analyst for BT Group developing and implementing commercial mathematical models. Prior to working in Strategy he worked in BT’s Research Department as a Principal Scientist. Marek has expertise in computerised speech recognition, biometrics, computer vision, statistical modelling and identity security. He has several journal and conference publications spanning a range of technology fields and is the registered inventor of nine patents. He has supervised numerous PhD students and has delivered guest lectures for MSc courses at UCL and The University of Kent. Prior to joining BT, Marek worked in the North Sea oil industry specialising in sub-sea navigation. He holds degrees in Theoretical Physics, Offshore Engineering and Software Engineering. In his spare time he enjoys sailing with his family.
David Marsh BA, MSc, C.Eng, started out in the City on the development of early computer models, subsequently joining British Telecom’s London head office. He has worked throughout the mobile communications industry both in the UK and overseas, returning to BT Laboratories Ipswich as account director for mobile and broadband. He now has more pastoral pursuits running the family farm and until recently PYO and shop in the local village of Tattingstone. He is a parent governor.
Helen is a Community Governor. She lives in Woolverstone and has three daughters, two of whom attend Holbrook Academy. Helen has been a Primary School teacher for 24 years. She is currently the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Deputy Headteacher at Handford Hall Primary School in Ipswich. Prior to this, Helen worked as a Parental Community Partnership Teacher in North London, supporting newly-arrived ethnic minority, refugee and asylum-seeking families to access the UK education system. Helen has considerable experience in the field of inclusion in education and regularly contributes to Local Authority training for teachers on the National SENCoAward. She also works with colleagues across the county through the ‘School to School’ support programme. Helen is a member of the National Association of Special Educational Needs and has an additional qualification in Autism Studies. She joined the Governing Body in January 2016.
Mark is a Community Governor and member of the Finance and Personnel Committee. Mark lives close to the Academy in Holbrook and his daughter is currently at Holbrook Primary School. He has previously held the position of Chair at Holbrook Pre-School and is an active member of the peninsula community. Mark is a director at Firebrand Creative, a Suffolk based design consultancy specialising in Educational Marketing and Brand Management. He is also an HE Professional Studies Mentor at University of Suffolk on the Graphic Design BA and involved in various regional Arts initiatives. When not buried knee deep in design you may find him pretending to be able to play a multitude of instruments or engrossed in the latest nature writing tome.
The Holbrook Academy Staff Governors are:
Julie Crabtree, Andrew Clarke, Rob Lay and Sean Wright