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The Deanery CE Academy Local Board Members

Our Local Board is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who, along with the Principal, has overall responsibility for the running of the school .

Their responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Advising on school policies and procedures
  • Helping to recruit staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent   

The Local Board operates within a Scheme of Delegation agreed by DBAT's Board of Directors.

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please email

Current Membership

Type of Local Board Member                                                         

Foundation Members

Paul Woolley, Chair

Richard Parker           

Revd David Howell

Revd Teresa Townsend

Revd Owen Green

Revd Canon Simon Stevenette

Andrew Smith


Ex-officio Foundation Members Revd Dr Phill Harrison
Shadow Parent Members

Sibo Hakata


Principal Linda Culling
Staff Member Vacancy
Community Members

Emma Leake

Maria Hamlett

Duncan Whinton-Brown

Total 16

Suzanna Miles

We will shortly be recruiting for Parent Members of the local board.  If you are interested in joining the Deanery in this capacity and would like to find out more about the role, please contact the Clerk, Suzanna Miles, at:

Who we are

Foundation Members

Richard Parker

I have been a youth worker, a researcher, and a secondary school teacher in Inner London. I worked for many years in local government within education and children’s services, in a number of different authorities. In 2010 I joined Bath Spa University as Director of the Centre for Education Policy in Practice (EPIP), which aimed use the research strengths of the university to promote improvement in education support for vulnerable groups, and I still work there as a part time lecturer in Education Studies. I have a particular interest in the education of children in care, and have been involved in a range of activities to promote emotion coaching and attachment awareness in schools and initial teacher education, at both local and national level.  I was a trustee of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust from 2011 to 2018, and chaired the Trust for two years. I recently stepped down from this role to concentrate on teaching and research, but continue to work with the Trust as a member of the Deanery local board.

Paul Woolley

I am Deputy Chief Executive of Swindon based, Bible Society. I was previously founding Director of the think tank Theos and has a background in the media and public affairs. I am married to Ruth, and we have three young children.

Revd. David Howell

David is a Baptist Minister by ordination and currently serves as a member of the team at Christ Church, Swindon.  For many years he was the Director of Youth for Christ in Swindon, before moving on to be the National Director at the Centre for Youth Ministry and was involved in the establishment of the first undergraduate degree to provide both theological training and the chance to gain the professional qualification in youth work.  He currently works to support Christian youth and children’s work, including ministry and training, across the UK and is chair of Trustees for Swindon Youth for Christ.  He is a widower who has a daughter and grandchildren in Southampton and a son in Birmingham.  His spare time is filled with photography, and with playing guitar in the worship band!

Revd. Owen Green

I am a resident of Wichelstowe, a minister at ‘The Stowe,’ which is a Baptist Church based in Wichelstowe, a former experienced secondary school teacher, and leader of Wichelstowe Runners. I bring all of this to the role as DBAT Board member, with my passion for young people, education and faith.

Revd. Teresa Townsend

I have been on the Local Board for The Deanery since before there was a building or a name for the school and I remain dedicated to supporting the school as it opens and grows.  I am an ordained minister in secular employment, serving my curacy in West Swindon whilst continuing to teach in a local primary school.  Teaching in Upper Key Stage Two, particularly in Year Six, has given me the experience in supporting Year Six children as they transition from primary to secondary school and is an area that I am particularly interested in with regard to the new students to The Deanery.  Being part of the Local Board has been an exciting journey so far and I look forward to seeing how the ethos and vision of the school truly comes alive when the students arrive.

Revd. Canon Simon Stevenette

I have been Vicar of Christ Church with St Mary’s in the Old Town Partnership of Churches for the last 20 years. I am also Chaplain to Swindon Town Football Club.  I am married to Nicola and we have 5 sons ages from 27 - 14. I am a Governor of 3 local schools in Swindon and also a member of the Swindon Mindful Employer Network and Swindon Rotary Club. I am interested in mental health in the workplace and encouraging people, especially the young, to reach their full potential.  I enjoy running and have participated in the Swindon Half Marathon in recent years.  I enjoy, with the family, visiting the coast and walking our Tibetan Terrier dog locally.

Andrew Smith

I am currently the Housing Lead at a social consultancy - The Good Economy, based in Bath.  I have a background in education, and youth work.  I completed the Teach First scheme - teaching Maths in a central London secondary school.  Since then I've worked for The Challenge, helping to deliver the NCS programme for 17-19 year olds, and also setting up and running an apprenticeship training provider.  I also have experience of working with children leaving the care system.  Outside of work, I enjoying mountain biking and board gaming.  I live in north Swindon and have two young children.

Ex-officio Foundation Member

Revd. Dr Phill Harrison

As the Vicar of Wroughton and Wichelstowe, I look after the Church of England parish that includes the Deanery CE School and am an ex-officio member of the Local Board. I’m really excited about the once-in-a-generation opportunity to open a new Church of England secondary school in Swindon. I hope and pray that the way we run the school will make it a blessing to staff and students of all faiths and none. I have a professional background in management in the financial services industry and an interest in education.

Parent Member

Sibo Hakata

Community Members

Emma Leake

I am a qualified project manager who has 15 years experience working for a Local Authority. I have worked on a range of projects including events and organisational change but my main focus has been on the built environment, including the development at Wichelstowe. I have taken the lead on large scale procurement activities, managed construction projects from concept through to delivery and overseen the communications strategy, website and social media. I hope to bring the skills from my day job as well as my links with the community to my role on the Local Board. I look forward to working with the team at the Deanery to not only deliver an outstanding academic education but also students who grow to become strong, successful members of their communities. 

Maria Hamlett

I live and work in Old Town and I have two children currently in primary school - my main focus for the next ten years will be their education and the local environment where they grow up.  It’s in all our best interests to nurture the children in our Community and give every single one of them the same opportunities to grow into the best adult they can be.  All children deserve a fair and equal chance to succeed and I strongly believe a values-led school like The Deanery supports this and I am grateful for the opportunity to help shape the environment where this happens.

Duncan Whinton-Brown

As an archaeologist/ historian I've following an odd career path and now work at Historic England in their national photographic archive, developing online services and partnerships. I live in Wroughton, a father of two, and I have previously served as a parent governor. 

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The Deanery Local Board Terms of Office... 09th Mar 2019 Download
Declaration of Interests 2017 18 14th Mar 2019 Download
Declaration of Interests 2018-2019 20th Jun 2019 Download
The Deanery Attendance Record 2018 19 23rd Jul 2019 Download