The Governors are a dedicated team of volunteers who work closely with the Headteacher to set the strategic direction of the school and support the school in providing the best possible education for our pupils.
Chris Argent is the Chair of Governors, and a Chartered Accountant who has worked in Private Practice in Accountancy and Law, in Consulting and in senior Finance, Operations, Marketing and General Management roles in Construction, Engineering, Paper & Board and Private Education. He has also served in the Regular and Reserve Armies retiring as a Colonel. Chris is also a Director of Coastal Academies Trust, of which Hartsdown Academy is a member school. Chris has two grown up daughters and his interests include the wines of Burgundy and Military History.
Susanne Murphy is retired and has experience in finance, sales and admin. Susanne has three grown up children and was a parent Governor at Herne Bay High when the school was undergoing massive change. She believes the same success will happen at Hartsdown Academy under the new leadership, which encouraged Susanne to fully support the school, and become a governor to help see the change through.
Lesley Johnson has been a governor at Hartsdown Academy since September 2015 and will serve until 2018. Her areas of special interest are assessment, student outcomes and humanities. Lesley is the chair of the Education Group and joint Vice Chair of the Governing Body. She is retired but worked in education in Kent for many years. She lives near Canterbury.
Cathy Evaristo-Boyce has been a governor since September 2016. She retired from full time teaching in July 2015. Her last job was as deputy head at Bradstow School for children on the autistic spectrum with severe learning difficulties and associated challenging behaviour. I have worked full time in special needs schools since 1977.
Cathy is married with 2 grown up sons and currently works on a voluntary basis at The Garden Gate Community Garden in Northdown Park in Margate for 2 days a week. This is for people with mental health issues and learning difficulties. They grow vegetables, fruit and run art and craft activities. Her hobbies are yoga, dancing, reading, going to the theatre, spending time with family and friends and going away in her camper van. Cathy is also vice chair of the Education committee.
Yvonne Barnes lives locally in St Nicholas at Wade and has one adult son. Yvonne works full time in the pharmaceutical industry and has been a school governor since 2015. Her interests include travel, sport and photography. Yvonne also sits on the Education and Progress committee.
Anne McNulty is a member of the Finance and Resources Group, and has worked in both the private and public sector, is CEO of a charity that strives to give young people experience and connectivity with the World of Work while they are still at school. This work includes Apprenticeships, Work Experience, and Careers inspiration.
Anne has a strong belief that every child has the right to a great education, in a safe, caring school community and is therefore delighted to be associated with Hartsdown Academy.
Rachel Hill is a staff governor who has worked at Hartsdown Academy as cover supervisor and BTEC tutor for many years. Rachel has two grown up sons, and has hobbies including crafting which she shares with the students. Rachel is a very supportive member of the governing body, and helps provide a link between the governing body and the staff of the school.
David Silman is a staff governor, who runs the EAL (English as an additional language) department at Hartsdown Academy. David has a degree in Sport Science and Leisure and Tourism, which he completed at Canterbury Christ Church and the University of Malta. David is a keen footballer and has represented a number of local clubs, including Canterbury City FC for three seasons. David has travelled extensively; he married his wife in Beirut and frequently visits California where his in-laws live. David is passionate about improving the outcome for minority children in Thanet and helped set up the unaccompanied minor project that Hartsdown delivered in 2016. Rachel and David both sit on the Education and Progress committee.