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.
Helen Caston, Acting Vice-Chair of Governors
Helen is a Community Governor. She lives in Woolverstone and has three daughters, one of whom attends Holbrook Academy. Helen has been a Primary School teacher for 25 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 SENCo Award. 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.
Louise Cullen, Chair of Governors
Louise Cullen has three daughters, all of whom attended Holbrook Academy. 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.
Dr Lucill Curtis
Lucill has lived in Holbrook for more than 15 years and has a son at Holbrook Academy. She works as a lecturer in marketing at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia (UEA). Lucill has expertise in digital marketing, specifically social media management, within the B2B sector. She has several journal and conference publications and has written a book chapter focusing on business school strategy and social media management. Prior to working in academia, Lucill enjoyed a successful career in marketing communications, where she achieved seven awards relating to excellence in PR, marketing and management. Lucill has a degree in English Literature, post-graduate diplomas in journalism, PR and education, as well as an MBA with distinction. She has most recently completed a PhD in management studies (digital marketing) at the University of Essex. She is also a member of the eastern regional board of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Educated in Liverpool, Chris 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, Chris 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. Chris 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 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.
Lucy is a Community Governor on the Finance & Personnel Committee. She grew up near Haverhill and returned to Suffolk four years ago after twenty years divided unequally between Liverpool, Berlin, Nottingham and London. She lives on the peninsula and has two daughters, aged four and seven. Lucy is a solicitor, having studied English and German Law and German Language at the University of Liverpool and Humboldt University in Berlin. She qualified in a large City practice in London and many years later works as a Consultant Commercial Lawyer, specialising in digital media. She has held senior legal roles in-house in the music and television industries, as the Director of Legal Affairs at EMI Music and more recently as the Senior Lawyer in charge of BBC Worldwide’s Digital Publishing and Digital Entertainment division. Before marriage and children, Lucy travelled extensively and loves learning about different cultures. She has spent time exploring over 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, South America, the Caribbean and North America. When time allows, Lucy can be found pottering in her garden, on her bike or generally messing around on the river.
Marek Pawlewski, Chair of Quality and Monitoring Committee
Marek is the Holbrook Academy Link Governor for the local Primary Schools. He has two sons, one at Holbrook Academy and the other at Northgate 6th Form. 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.
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 attended Holbrook Academy. 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.
Dan is originally from Capel St Mary, and moved to London to study (BA Graphic Design from Middlesex University) and start a career in graphic design; first with Getty Images, then for ten years as an Associate at Conran & Partners (Sir Terence Conran’s architecture and design practice). There he worked on branding for many projects including the opening of the Bluebird ‘gastrodrome’ in Chelsea; the re-opening of the Great Eastern Hotel, at Liverpool Street Station; Roppongi Hills development in Tokyo; and the launch of Uniqlo in the UK. He moved back to Suffolk, to Holbrook, in 2005 where he and his wife, Lisa, an art director, established their own graphic design studio, Come Hither Design, in 2008. Their extensive client list includes Nespresso, PizzaExpress, The Galley Woodbridge, and Ipswich’s SPILL festival of performance. Come Hither Design have also helped with the marketing of The Alton Water Run. They have two children, one of whom attends the Academy. When the children were at Holbrook Primary School, Dan was Chair of the school’s PSA for over three years where he built the infamous Gunge Gallows and hosted numerous pub quizzes to raise funds for the school. He and Lisa are both season ticket holders at Ipswich Town and in his spare time he enjoys building props and costumes for his children and playing Ultimate Frisbee at Holbrook Sports Centre on Thursday nights.
The Holbrook Academy Staff Governors are:
Julie Crabtree, Andrew Clarke, Rob Lay and Matt Le Marrec