Dave is our Chair of Governors at Hartsdown and holds similar roles across a number of schools within the Coastal Academies Trust, which helps to provide alignment and cohesion across the Trust and brings lots of value to Hartsdown Academy. He is a former senior civil servant for the Home Office, where he has worked across multiple roles, cities and countries.
After spending his formative years in Thanet, Dave found himself and his family drawn back to the seaside where he enjoys walking his dog on the beach, spending time with his grandchildren, watching cricket and playing open world computer games.
Dave is passionate about learning with a very strong belief that every child deserves the chance to give of their very best. He views being a governor as a privilege, even more so when able to support the huge improvement seen at Hartsdown with the quality of education (as recognised by Ofsted) and the impressive new building works now completed.
Vicky is our Vice Chair of the Governing board and has been a governor at Hartsdown for the last 5 years. With a background in marketing, Vicky has worked across some of the best known international and national brands such as Guinness, Smirnoff, Maryland Cookies, Jammie Dodgers and now leads the Global Skincare business for Kimberly Clark with brands such as Kleenex and Scott.
Vicky is married with a daughter who is now studying at Lancaster University after attending Hartsdown Academy. She also has two pups that were rescued from Cyprus and who have taken over the home! She is an avid reader and a keen baker and is often found making a mess of the kitchen!
With past experience as a Chair of Governors at her daughter’s primary school in Hertfordshire, Vicky’s passion for making a difference saw her join the board of governors to support the Hartsdown team in delivering improvements and ensuring that all students were able to access the best possible education in order for them to thrive.
Neil counts his wife and four adult children as his best friends and loves spending time with them as well as walking, playing golf and keeping up to date with current affairs.
Neil became a governor to Hartsdown as he felt he had a lot of skills and experience that could help the school to be successful. His favourite part of the role is the opportunity to always learn something new!
Cathy spent 39 years teaching in special educational needs, including as Deputy Head of a residential school for students on the autistic spectrum with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. All of this experience makes Cathy a great link governor for both our SEND provision and safeguarding.
Cathy is married with two adult sons and spends her spare time volunteering in her husband’s community garden which is for people with mental health challenges and special needs. She also practises yoga, meditates daily and likes to attend events focused on the arts.
Cathy felt that although she was retired, she still had a lot to give with her experience and felt that she could benefit Hartsdown through being a governor. Cathy loves seeing the dedication of the Hartsdown team and seeing the difference that is made to students lives.
Lee’s background as a curator and contemporary art specialist working with the Tate and subsequently in the commercial sector has seen him experience art all across the world. As founder of the Sixteen Trust, which gives young people access to mentoring & professional guidance across the arts, Lee came into contact with Hartsdown Academy and worked with a number of students.
Lee’s global work along with his diverse family background from Italy & Africa, has fuelled his passion for travel and experiencing new cultures. Coupled with a love of archaeology, his last birthday was spent scraping around in a Phoenician ruin near the Lebanese border with Syria!
Lee joined the governing board at Hartsdown initially as an extension of his work with the Sixteen Trust and a desire to help the students succeed. Since joining he has seen the deep care that the Hartsdown team has for the students and continues to work to gain insights into opportunities to help our students thrive.
Rachel is a staff governor who is the voice of the staff on the governing body, with a keen interest in staff welfare. Her background is in retail management and then teaching and she has been an integral member of the Hartsdown team for a number of years. She can often be found in the sixth form block at Hartsdown where she provides support, guidance and pastoral care for the Hartsdown Sixth form students as they embark on the final years in their secondary school career amongst a myriad of other responsibilities that fall into her remit.
Rachel has two adult sons, both of whom attended Hartsdown and has a keen interest in arts and crafts as well as reading historical fiction.
Rachel has seen many changes during her time at Hartsdown and loves all of the exciting milestones that the school has achieved.
Michaela has been in the world of education for more than 25 years, firstly in mainstream schools and latterly in specialist education. After three years as Head of the Alternative Curriculum Service, Michaela has been Executive Head of the Enterprise Learning Alliance, Thanet & Dover PRU since 2010 where she works across all of the secondary schools in Thanet & Dover, partnering with Headteachers to offer support for students that struggle within the mainstream setting.
Michaela is married with three grown up children and has spent most of her free time travelling the world supporting her two daughters as they competed for Great Britain in Athletics. Her family also have a farm and keeps horses, cows, pigs & sheep which keep her very busy!
Michaela has partnered with staff and students at Hartsdown for some years and has seen it grow and improve exponentially. She shares the same passion as the Hartsdown team in helping all students reach their true potential through the best possible education and wanted to be part of the team that helped students live their best lives.
Brian’s career has spanned multiple disciplines and environments, starting with IT in the civil service, then into the private sector before moving into Project Management within Children’s Services at Kent County Council where he is currently leading projects for the SEND team.
Brian is married with a daughter who after her secondary school career at Hartsdown is currently studying at Lancaster University and two rescue pups who take up a lot of his time. A passion for sports and music translates to lots of trips to rugby & cricket matches as well as various music events across the country.
Brian wanted to become a Hartsdown governor as he saw the pivotal role that the team played in his daughter’s life and wanted to be able to give back just a fraction of what she received. He loves the interaction and the inclusivity of the school and despite being very new to the governor role, is very excited to see how he can make a difference!