Governance and Academy Documents

Governance at Hockerill

The trustees (governors) of Hockerill Anglo-European College have responsibility for raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and acting as a critical friend.

The full governing body meets four times per year, and on further occasions if required.  Most committees of the governing body meet half termly to cover the following areas:

  • Curriculum
  • Pastoral and Boarding
  • Resources
  • Staffing
  • Steering

In addition there are committees for discipline, hearings and exclusions.  Membership of the discipline and hearing can be made up of any three governors (except in some cases staff governors) and membership of the admissions committee is agreed by governors annually. 

 

Contact:  Joint Chair of Governors, c/o Hockerill Anglo-European College, Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford, Herts CM23 5HX. Telephone 01279 658451 or email admin@hockerill.com

 

 

Hockerill Trustees (Governors)

 

JB
Dr Judith Braeckman
Community Governor
Joint Chair of Governors

 

As Joint Chair of Governors it is an honour to lead the strategic development of the College for the benefit of all our students and to ensure that the school continues to offer a world class education.

My professional life has taken me to many parts of the world where I have been involved in financing large scale sustainable development projects with the aim of extending access to electricity and safe water. I currently combine this with research and teaching roles at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. 

I was originally appointed a Parent Governor in 2014 and serve on the steering, staffing, resources and curriculum committees. I had two sons at the school and we live on a farm in Stansted.

Positions & Committee Membership:

Chair of Governors
Chair of Steering Committee
Member of Staffing Committee
Member of Curriculum Committee
Member of Resources Committee

Current Term of Office:

17th March 2018 - 16th March 2022

 

MR

Marie Roberts
Community Governor
Joint Chair of Governors

 

I joined the Governing Body in March 2018 and am the link Governor for Maths, SEN, Pupil Premium and Looked After Children. I believe that education is the engine that drives social mobility and  want to help our wonderful school to continue to deliver the best  outcomes for all of our students. I have also served as a Governor at Little Hallingbury School and have worked in a number of local primaries, including as part of my PGCE, which I obtained in 2017. 

I have had a varied career, working as a Management Consultant for twelve years and a Financial Services Regulator for eleven. After over 10 years of working in education, I have recently returned to Regulation, working in consumer policy at the FCA. 

I was Chair of Hockerill Parents and Friends from 2017 to early 2019. 

In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, cooking and quiz nights. 

Positions & Committee Membership:
Chair of Governors
Chair of Steering Committee
Member of Staffing Committee
Member of Curriculum Committee
Member of Pastoral & Boarding Committee
Member of Resources Committee
Link Governor for Maths, SEND, Pupil Premium and Children Looked After

Current Term of Office:
17th March 2018 - 16th March 2022

 

SB

 

Stephen Beach
Partnership Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

 

I joined the Hockerill Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2005 and in 2013 I became a Partnership Governor. Over the years I have been a member of the Student/Staff Committee, Health & Safety, Finance and Curriculum Committees and Acted as Chair of the former Premises Committee. After working in banking operations in places as diverse as the Cayman Islands and Stockholm, I transferred to the education sector , most recently (before retirement) as the Bursar at a large secondary school in East London. I have lived in Bishop's Stortford for over 35 years and am a member of the Bishop's Stortford Baptist Church. A keen allotment holder, I am on the committee of the Much Hadham Horticultural Society.

Positions & Committee Membership:

Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Staffing Committee
Member of Steering Committee
Member of Admissions Panel
Link Governor for Sixth Form
Link Governor for Catering

Current Term of Office:
28th February 2017 - 27th February 2021

 

   

 

TA

Dr Tareq Abouharb
Community Governor

 

I am a GP working in Epping, with a keen interest in medical education and continuing professional development having been an Associate Director in medical education at the University of London.

As an IB entrant to medical school, I appreciate the breadth of learning offered by the Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma.

I have three children who attended as day-boarders at Hockerill. Two have now completed their IB and started university. My son is studying Medicine and my daughter Anthropology and Social Science.

I believe Hockerill offers a world class educational opportunity to students and has some of the finest educators I have had the privilege to meet. Maintaining this standard is part of the role that I am immensely proud to serve in.

My hobbies include supporting Tottenham Hotspur !

Positions & Committee Membership:

Chair of Pastoral & Boarding Committee
Member of Steering Committee
Link Governor for Safeguarding
Link Governor for Equality

Current Term of Office:

17th March 2018 - 16th March 2022

 

 

SD

Shamiela Davids
Staff Governor

 

I am a Staff Governor: at the College, I am Director of Innovation, responsible for the Leadership.

The role includes setting up partnerships with other educational institutions, overseeing educational projects and developing our work with UNESCO.

I was inspired to consider the role because of my interest in student development and organisational development.

I have worked in Europe and the Middle East and I am committed to using my experience to enrich the educational experience of the students.

Positions & Committee Membership:

Member of Resources Committee

Link Governor for Democracy, Liberty, Rule of Law (British Values)

Current Term of Office:

20th November 2018 - 19th November 2022

 

 

 

JD

Jane Dewhurst
Staff Governor

 

I am a Staff Governor: at the College as well as the Examinations Officer, Boarding Tutor in Durham Boarding House & have recently joined the College's Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

My 3 children were students at the college, all successfully completing the IB. It was during their time at the college that I grew to understand the significance of the MYP and IB programmes and very much wanted to contribute to the continuing ethos of Hockerill.

In my spare time I look after my 4 dogs (challenging), attempt yoga classes and of course support West Ham !

Positions & Committee Membership:

Member of Curriculum Committee
Governor Training
 

Current Term of Office:
14th January 2019 - 13th January 2023

 

 

CD

 

Christopher Dunne
Parent Governor

 

I am guardian and parent to four Hockerill day students ranging from Year 7 to Year 12.

Before taking early retirement in 2015, I was a Senior Foreign Exchange Sales Executive working at leading global Investment Banks, including JPMorgan & Morgan Stanley. 

Since retiring, I joined the board of governors at Howe Green House School and am currently Deputy Chair of the Finance & Premises Committee.

More recently, I worked as a script advisor/series consultant for Bad Wolf Productions on ‘Industry' an eight-part drama series commissioned by HBO about the world of Investment Banking. This was the first show HBO commissioned outside of North America for the North American audience. It premiered on BBC2 on 10 November 2020.

In my spare time, I enjoy skiing, gardening, American politics and fish & chips.

Positions & Committee Membership:

to be confirmed shortly
 

Current Term of Office:

1 February 2021 – 31 January 2025

   

 

 

 

SH

Simon Hutley
Parent Governor

I have two sons at Hockerill – in years 9 and 11 – and one who has gone from studying the IB Diploma to Durham University.  I became a Governor in March 2018 after retiring as the Chair of Governors at Howe Green House School. Being a Governor at Howe Green House School for nine years gave me a huge range of experience and insight – having been involved in all aspects of the school’s development. It is an incredibly exciting time for Hockerill and it is an honour for me to be on the Board of Governors and working with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure the school has a clear mission and strategy in place. .

I am the Client Services Director at a leading design and communications agency in London specialising in corporate reporting, branding and digital communications. Prior to that I worked in marketing and PR – both agency and client side. I live in Bishop’s Stortford with my wife Emma and our three sons.

Positions & Committee Membership:

Vice Chair of Staffing Committee
Member of Steering Committee
Link Governor for Art, Design & Technology and Music

Current Term of Office:

17th March 2018 - 16th March 2022

 

RL

Rachel Lawson
Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor in 2006. I sit on each of the Governing Body Committees and I have been Link Governor for English, Careers, Art and Oxbridge applications. I support College recruitment, and in the early years I was responsible for setting up Hockerill Parents and Friends, for people to get involved in College and offer much needed fundraising support.

Having three children who have completed their journey through the College and a daughter in Year 9, I see the impact of the unique education on offer at Hockerill through their development. This motivates me to work to help Hockerill sustain such opportunity for all.

Professionally I work full time for St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, in alumni relations.

I also sit on the Development Committee for The Queen's College, Oxford. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, running, gardening, reading and am a member of a wine tasting club.

Positions & Committee Membership:

Member of Curriculum Committee
Member of Pastoral & Boarding Committee
Link Governor for English, Careers and UCAS incl Oxbridge

Current Term of Office:

7th March 2019 - 6th March 2023

 

RS

Dr Robin Saunders
Parent Governor

 

I became a parent governor in 2019 and have two day student children at Hockerill.  I was previously a parent governor at Richard Whitington and Manor Fields primary schools.

Professionally, I am a co-founder of a Building Engineering and Sustainability consultancy in town where we measure our success by the improvements we make to the overall efficiency and sustainability of buildings. I gained a degree in Civil Engineering at Southampton University and then was awarded my PhD following my research on the interaction between flow and sediments around shipwrecks.

At home I specialise in the "Sunday Roast" and walking it off. I also enjoy an active involvement with Bishops Stortford Swimming Club as a parent of two competitive swimmers.

 

Positions & Committee Membership:

Member of Resources Committee
Link Governor for Health & Safety

Current Term of Office:
19th March 2019 – 18th March 2023

 

 

 

JS

John Stenhouse
Partnership Governor

One of the great things about being a parent is that you can continue to grow and learn with your children. Both my sons went to Hockerill, and I had the privilege of being a part of their journeys from years 7 to 13. I am continually impressed by the dedication and professionalism of all the staff, and how the experience of being a pupil at Hockerill creates aspiring, creative, global citizens that I am sure will pass on these values to their kids. When asked to be a Governor, it was a very simple decision. I believe in Hockerill and want to support and be part of the future development of this great school.

I have lived and worked in the US, Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK. My area of expertise are Information Technology, new business start-ups and M&A. I live in the village of Henham, and am a keen supporter of Bishops Stortford RFC as well as an appalling pianist.

Positions & Committee Membership:

Link Governor for Data

Vice Chair of Resources Committee
Member of Steering Committee

Current Term of Office:
1st September 2017-31st August 2021

 

JT

Jim Tatchell
Parent Governor

 

I have two Hockerill educated sons, both at Durham Universtiy (one studying Modern Languages the other Philosophy). Before joining the governing body here, I gained 8 years’ experience as a school governor, having served at Thorn Grove School in Bishop’s Stortford as Vice Chair, as well as link governor for languages and music.

I have a degree in German, Swedish and Economics and have worked for several companies in finance – with experience in both very large and very small organisations, where I have seen the advantage of language ability at first hand. I currently run my own consultancy business.

I am keen to play my part in helping the College to stay at the top of its game academically, to look to find areas for improvement where appropriate and to encourage, support and enthuse wherever possible.

 

Positions & Committee Membership:

Chair of Resources Committee
Member of Steering Committee
Link Governor for Humanities and Hockerll Parents & Friends

Current Term of Office:
7th March 2019 - 6th March 2023

 

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Chris Wall
Partnership Governo

My two children both attended Hockerill as day students. During their time at the College, I was one of the founder Members of the Hockerill Parents and Friends (HPF) Committee. I was delighted to become a Community Governor recently and have the opportunity to ‘give back’ to the College, for the wonderful education and experiences my children received as pupils. 

I have lived in Bishop’s Stortford for 20 years and my work background is comprised of many years in the Financial markets, in varying roles at differing sized companies. I am currently a Head of Market Surveillance. 

I look forward to becoming an active Governor, supporter and contributor to the ongoing development of the College. 

In my spare time I have a passion for sport, the Outdoors and hold a TESOL qualification. 

 

Positions & Committee Membership:
Member of Resources Committee
Link Governor for PE

Current Term of Office:
9th September 2019 – 8th September 2023

 

 

SW

Simon Waring
Community Governor

After studying Modern Languages at Oxford University, I followed a marketing and international business career, operating across Europe, Asia and North America. I set up an international food and drink strategy and marketing consultancy 9 years ago, which I run in partnership with offices in 10 other markets, and also act as a Board Adviser to a leading independent London PR agency and an exhibitions company.

I am currently Chair of the Curriculum Committee, past chair of Marketing and Business Development Committee and a member of the Steering Committee. I have been an active partnership governor for 17 years and live nearby in Takeley with my wife and 3 children, all of whom have attended Hockerill (one still does) . Spare time usually means enjoying food, theatre, music and (some of the time) Spurs.

 

Positions & Committee Membership:

Chair of Curriculum Committee Member of Steering Committee
Link Governor for Languages
Link Governor for International

 

Current Term of Office:
17th March 2018 - 16th March 2022

 

 

JW
Jonathan Williams
Partnership Governor

Hockerill College played a huge role in the life of our family over the twelve years that our son (now a pilot in the RAF) and daughter (now working for an equine veterinary professional body) were students. Thereafter I maintained my involvement with the College through the Hockerill Parents and Friends, assisting at Open Days and other activities and before deciding to take a step further and become a Community Governor.

I am a chartered shipbroker and have spent my entire working life in the maritime sector. I now run an international membership organisation covering 63 countries and more than 30 languages, so in many ways it is just like Hockerill - only bigger! I have been fortunate to have spent many years in the international, multi-lingual and multicultural industry that is world shipping and this convinced me many years ago of the importance of the outwardly focussed global mindset that is so deeply embodied in Hockerill’s core ethos. I enjoy contributing to the work of the Governing Body and by so doing ensuring that the College maintains its excellent and well-deserved reputation for academic, pastoral and boarding excellence.

Positions & Committee Membership:

Member of Curriculum Committee
Vice Chair of Pastoral & Boarding Committee

Member of Curriculum Committee Member of Steering Committee
Link Governor for Boarding

Current Term of Office:

2nd October 2017- 1st October 2021

 

RW

 

Rebecca Williams
Community Governor

Hockerill College provided an excellent all round education to both my sons - the elder having recently graduated from the University of Manchester after studying History and Politics, and the younger currently studying Law at the University of Nottingham. For this reason and having come to value thoroughly their time at the College, the special international community that is Hockerill, I am delighted to be a governor of the College. I was previously a primary school governor in Furneux Pelham.

I work as a planning lawyer in a local authority shared legal service based at Norfolk County Council which acts for local authorities throughout Norfolk and East Anglia. Prior to working with local authorities, I was for many years a civil service lawyer based chiefly at the Communities and Local Government Department in London.  I have a keen interest in education and have volunteered in a couple of Hertfordshire special schools as well being a regular volunteer helper at Riding for the Disabled.

 

Positions & Committee Membership:

Member of Pastoral & Boarding Committee
Member of Steering Committee

Current Term of Office:

4th January 2021 - 3rd January 2025

 

 

 

DW

Dr Debra Williams-Gualandi
Parent Governor

I have just recently joined the Hockerill Board as Parent Governor and am looking forward to contributing to the College and to the Hockerill community. I have a daughter who is currently a boarder in Year 12. 

I am a lecturer and researcher at NHL Stenden University in The Netherlands, in the area of international education and teacher development. Before that, I worked for many years as Director and Principal of the International School of Florence. 

I also produce organic wine and olive oil on our small family farm in Tuscany. 

Positions & Committee Membership:

to be confirmed shortly
 

Current Term of Office:
1 February 2021 – 31 January 2025

 

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David Woods
Principal

The Principal is de facto a governor of the College, sitting on the Board of Governors (Trustees) and all committees as follows:

Member of Steering Committee
Member of Staffing Committee
Member of Curriculum Committee
Member of Pastoral & Boarding Committee
Member of Resources Committee

   
   
   
   
   

 

Further details on the compositon of the governing body, categories and appointment of governors can be found in Hockerill College Academy Trust's Articles of Association published on this site.

Please direct any enquiries to Claire Waring, Clerk to the Governing Body, at waringc@hockerill.com

 

 

Register of Interest for Board of Governors

 

Name

Position

Interest

 

Date of Registry Entry

Tareq Abouharb

Parent Governor/Trustee

Nil declaration

 

10.10.2020

Stephen Beach

Partnership Governor/Trustee

Nil declaration

 

3.11.2020

Judith Braeckman

Parent Governor/Trustee

Nil declaration

 

1.11.2020

Shamiela Davids

Staff Governor/Trustee

Spouse is a member of Hockerill's teaching staff

 

12.10.2020

Jane Dewhurst Staff Governor/Trustee Nil declaration   12.10.2020

Rachel Lawson

Parent Governor/Trustee/ 

Nil declaration

 

10.10.2020

         
Marie Roberts Community Governor/Trustee Nil declaration   19.10.2020

Bran Radukic

Parent Governor/Trustee

Nil declaration

Term ended 10.20

19.10.2019

Simon Hutley

Parent Governor/Trustee Nil declaration   10.10.2020

Rebecca Williams

Parent Governor/Trustee

Nil declaration

Term ended 6.6.20

17.03.2019

Robin Saunders Parent Governor/Trustee Nil declaration   10.10.2020
John Stenhouse Partnership Governor/Trustee Nil declaration   3.11.2020

Jim Tatchell

Parent Governor/Trustee/ 

Nil declaration

 

10.10.2020

Simon Waring

Community Governor/Trustee

Spouse is Claire Waring who is a member of SLT with responsibility for HR and Marketing

 

1.11.2020

Christopher Wall Partnership Governor/Trustee Nil declaration    

Jonathan Williams

 

David Woods

Community Governor/Trustee

 

Principal

Nil declaration

 

Nil declaration

 

15.10.2020

 

10.10.2020

 

 

Governing Board Meeting Attendance 2019-2020
   

Oct-19

Dec-19

Feb-20

Mar 20

Jun 6 20

Jun 13 20  
                 

Tareq

Abouharb

Y

X

X

Y

Y

Y

4 OF 6

Stephen

Beach

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

6 OF 6

Judith

Braeckman

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

6 OF 6

Shamiela

Davids

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

6 OF 6

Jane

Dewhurst

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

5 OF 6

Simon

Hutley

Y

Y

X

Y

Y

Y

5 OF 6

Rachel

Lawson

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

6 OF 6

Sarah

Pearson

Y

Y

Y

X

Y

Y

5 OF 6

Bran

Radukic

X

Y

X

X

Y

X

2 OF 6

Marie

Roberts

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

6 OF 6

Rob

Saunders

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

6 OF 6

John

Stenhouse

Y

Y

Y

Y

X

Y

5 OF 6

Jim

Tatchell

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

6 OF 6

Chris Wall Y Y Y Y X Y 5 OF 6

Simon

Waring

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

6 OF 6

Jonathan

Williams

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

6 OF 6

Rebecca

Williams

Y

Y

Y

Y

END OF TERM OF OFFICE

 

4 OF 4

 

 

Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2020-2021
   

Oct-20

Dec-20

Jan-21 Extraordinary 

Mar 22

Jun 22

             

Tareq

Abouharb

Y

X

X

 

 

Stephen

Beach

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Judith

Braeckman

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Shamiela

Davids

Y

Y Y    

Jane

Dewhurst

Y

Y Y    

Simon

Hutley

Y

X Y    

Rachel

Lawson

Y

X Y    

Marie

Roberts

Y

Y Y    

Rob

Saunders

Y

Y Y    

John

Stenhouse

X

Y Y    

Jim

Tatchell

Y

Y Y    
Chris Wall Y Y X    

Simon

Waring

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Jonathan

Williams

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Rebecca

Williams

na

na

Y

 

 

David  Woods Y Y Y    

 

 

Hockerill Members

The Members of the Academy Trust are:

Dr Robert Guthrie
Mrs Sally Havers
Dr Deborah Outhwaite
Mr Peter Scarlett
Mr Simon Somerville