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The Deanery CE Academy Shadow Local Board Members

Until the Academy opens a Shadow Local Board is working to make decisions and shape the development of the school.  The Shadow Local Board operate within a scheme of delegation agreed by DBAT's Board of Directors.  

Current Membership

Type of Local Board Member                                                         

DBAT Members Richard Parker, Chair                                                                                 
Foundation Members Paul Woolley, Vice Chair                              Vacancy
Revd David Howell
Teresa Townsend
Revd Owen Green
Revd Canon Simon Stevenette                    Vacancy
Ex-officio Foundation Members Revd Dr Phill Harrison
Shadow Parent Members Sibo Hakata
Principal Designate Linda Culling
Staff Member Vacancy
Community Members Emma Leake
Maria Hamlett
Duncan Whinton-Brown
Total 16

Suzanna Miles

We currently have a vacancy for Foundation Governor.  If you are interested in joining the Deanery in this capacity and would like to find out more about the role of the Local Board members should contact the Clerk, Suzanna Miles, at:

Who we are

Foundation Members

Richard Parker

Richard Parker has been a youth worker, a researcher, and a secondary school teacher in Inner London. He worked for many years in local government within education and children’s services, in a number of different authorities. In 2010 he 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 still works there as a part time lecturer in Education Studies. Richard has a particular interest in the education of children in care, and has 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.  Richard was a trustee of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust from 2011 to 2018, and chaired the Trust for two years. He recently stepped down from this role to concentrate on teaching and research, but continues to work with the Trust as chair of The Deanery local board.

Paul Woolley

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

Revd. David Howell

Revd. Teresa Townsend

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. I am 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. We enjoy, as a family, visiting the coast and walking our Tibetan Terrier dog locally.

Ex-officio Foundation Member

Revd. Dr Phill Harrison

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
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