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Governor and Member Pen Portraits

Sheila CopemanParent Governor – Sheila is Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Community and Strategy Committees. She is link governor for Wellbeing, Pupil Premium, Looked After Children, PE and Drama and has been instrumental in the School Travel Plan. She represents the Governing Body on the Hardenhuish Educational Trust. Sheila has been a school governor since 2009 and she helped establish and served as a trustee on a local primary multi-academy trust board. Previously Sheila had a career in managing government contracts but now runs her own dance and fitness business.]




Sally DellarParent Governor – Sally joined the board of governors in December 2017. She is the SEN governor and the Responsible Officer. Sally is a member of the Community committee and also sits on the Resources committee.  Sally’s background has been in administrative and quality management within education. She is interested in all young people achieving their goals both academically and though their extra-curricular activities.





Trevor EddollsCommunity Governor – Trevor has been a governor since 2000 and is a member of the Resources Committee. He has also conducted the Headteacher’s performance review many times, acted as investigating officer and chaired numerous governor panels. He played a leading role in setting up the Hardenhuish Educational Trust.  Trevor is the link governor for English and ICT. He writes about IT issues and looks after social media for a number of international IT companies. He’s also a solution-focused hypnotherapist sitting on the executive of the AfSFH.





Stephen Elsby – Parent Governor.  Steve joined in 2020 and is a member of the Community  Committee and link governor for Geography. He has a Chemistry based PhD and has spent the last 20 years working for the UK Government’s principle funder of University based research and training in a diverse range of research portfolio and policy roles.  This includes five years as Director of the RCUK USA office in Washington DC, a role that reinforced his appreciation and interest in a huge range of topics from Arts & Humanities through to Fundamental Physics.





Rob Head
Vice Chair of Governors and Community Governor – Rob joined the board in 2014. He is chair of the Resources Committee and a member the Strategy Committee. He is link governor for Sixth Form, and for Support Staff.  in 2019 Rob led a review of the working practices of the governing body and established links with other governing bodies. Rob is a chemist with a career spanning growth of international businesses and higher education senior management.  He volunteers at Westonbirt Arboretum. He is particularly interested in institutional performance and pupil destinations.




Kirsty MartinChair of Governors and Community Governor – Kirsty joined the board of Hardenhuish as a parent and was a founding member of the academy trust when the school changed status in 2010. She is a member of the Resources and Education Committees and chairs the Strategy Committee. She is link to Year 7 and sits on the Hardenhuish Educational Trust. She is a regular at NGA conferences and in 2019 was appointed to the board of the Wiltshire Governors’ Association. Kirsty has worked all her adult life as a journalist and has a strong interest in continued professional development, mental health and well-being.




David Rousell
Parent Governor –  David is a past pupil at Hardenhuish and joined the governing body in December 2017. He is Link governor for Year 7, Business Studies and Economics.  He sits on the Education Committee. He is a past Chair of Governors at Frogwell Primary School. He is widely experienced in retail management and held senior roles within stores for a major High Street retailer and also at senior regional level. He has now established his own removal company.





Isabelle Semichon Community Governor – Isabelle  re-joined the governing body in October 2018. She sits on the Education Committee. French by nationality, she has spent her entire life living abroad and has learned six languages. Unsurprisingly she is now Link Governor for French and Spanish. She has a business degree and is an extremely experienced governor at nursery, primary and secondary level.






Spencer Shaw Parent Governor – Spencer is Chair of the Community Committee and sits on the Strategy Committee. He is link governor for for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education. He worked as an industrial physicist before becoming a church minister. He has been Pastor of the Emmanuel Church in Chippenham since 2005. He regularly participates in lessons at Hardenhuish.






Michael Smyth – Community Governor – a member of the Education Committee, Michael is a teacher and moved to Wiltshire in 2018 to take up the post of Deputy Head Academic at St Mary’s Calne. He was keen to contribute to the local community, becoming a Hardenhuish Community Governor in 2020. Michael has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Newcastle University, a PGCE from Homerton College, Cambridge and more recently completed a Masters in Learning at the University of Oxford. He hopes to add an insider’s view of education to the Governing board to better serve the staff and young people of Hardenhuish.



Lisa TitcombParent Governor – Lisa joined the school’s Governing Board in 2015.  She is a member of the Community and Curriculum Committees and is Link governor for Maths and Years 8 and 9.  Lisa is a biologist by training and has spent most of her career, thus far, managing environmental science research programmes.  Her particular interest as governor is in ensuring all pupils are taught well and inspired to reach their potential as well as being supported to succeed.





Phil Townsend
Community Governor – Phil has been on the board since 2013. He is a member of the Resources Committee. He is link governor for Science, Careers, Able Gifted & Talented and Health and Safety. Phil is a physicist by training and is a research and development engineer in the power semiconductor industry. He is particularly interested in careers education.






Nicola Wood – Community Governor – Nicola  joined the board in 2019 and is link governor for History and Government & Politics, and KS4. She has more than 20 years IT senior executive experience managing large business transformations, including change management and P+L responsibility. She is particularly interested in equality in education, and empowering children to fulfil their full potential.






Viv Vines Community Governor – Has been a governor at Hardenhuish for more than 30 years and sits on the Resources Committee. He is Link Governor for Art, Music, Dance and DT and maintains a keen interest in sport and PE having served on regional and national sporting organisations.  After many years as a North Wiltshire Councillor he now acts as Clerk to several parish councils.  He has spent his career involved with architecture and planning and runs his own consultancy.  He is committed to ensuring Hardenhuish continues to thrive for the benefit of future generations.

Hardenhuish Members

John Cairns
– John was deputy headteacher at Hardenhuish for fifteen years before retiring in December 2010. His career at the school lasted almost exactly 20 years. He rejoined the school community on becoming a member in June 2019. He brings a wealth of education and leadership experience to his role as a member





Trevor Eddolls – Chair – Trevor was one of the original signatories to the Articles of Association when Hardenhuish became an academy in August 2010. He has been a governor for many years.






Kirsty Martin
– Kirsty is Chair of Governors and will continue as a member while she has that role. She became a member when the academy was established in 2010.





Linda Stuart
– retired as School Business Manager and Chief Financial Officer in the spring of 2019. She became a member in the following June. She worked in a number of schools during her career and brings her school business experience to her role as a member.