Academy Council

For Governor attendance records, 2016/2017 click here, for 2017/2018 click here.

For Governor register of interests, please click here.

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Rowena Hillier

Rowena is the Principal of Staffordshire University Academy 11-19 year provision. Previously Vice Principal at the academy for eighteen months, Rowena became Principal in October 2014. Prior to this Rowena worked as an Assistant Headteacher for five years in a high school in Burton upon Trent during which time she was seconded to lead a Pupil Referral Unit for six months. Before moving to teach in Staffordshire Rowena spent the first 12 years of her teaching profession working in schools in Birmingham.

Date of appointment: 31.10.14


Heather Holyhead
Staff Governor

Heather has worked at the academy in a wide range of roles for many years. These roles have included Exams Officer, Network Manager, Cover Coordinator, Office Manager and she is currently the Data Manager and Admissions Officer within the academy. Heather works very closely with students, parents, the local community and local schools.

Date of appointment: 06.03.17

Term of office ends: 05.03.19

Jamie Andrews
Staff Governor

Jamie joined the academy, as Head of Humanities, in April 2015. He has been teaching for 5 years in two schools in the West Midlands area. Jamie recently took post as a Head of Faculty leading on developing teaching and learning, the curriculum and marking and feedback within the Ebacc subject areas. His interests lie in ensuring all students enjoy their time at the academy progressing in an environment that promotes challenge and achievement throughout.

Date of appointment: 05.06.17

Roger Williams
Chair of Governors

Roger is Director & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at EMS Chemie (UK) Limited, a Swiss firm based on Staffordshire Technology Park. He lives in Lichfield and has previous experience of vocational training and two children who are now at Uni. He wants to contribute and wishes to do it in the education sector.

Roger is contactable as a member of the Local Academy Council via: rwilliams@suacademy.co.uk

C/O - Staffordshire University Academy, Marston Road, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 4JH

Date of appointment: 30.06.15

Term of office ends: 29.06.19

Lynn Small
Parent Governor

Lynn has been a teacher at Littleton Green, previously Huntington Primary, since January 2000. Since 2006 Lynn has been Headteacher at Littleton Green Community Primary school before the academy joined the Staffordshire University Academies Trust in January 2017. Lynn has worked in a number of schools as ICT Co-ordinator, Maths Co-ordinator and co-ordinating teaching assistants and has taught in every primary year group. Lynn's role on the Local Academy Council is to be a critical friend and support our Principal with strategic direction and vision.  This means challenging ideas and keeping the children’s education as our main focus.  

Date of appointment: 01.09.16

Term of office ends: 31.08.20

Cllr George Adamson
Community Governor

George put down his roots in the Black Country working for the Department of Work and Pensions and latterly West Midlands Police where he retired after 18 years dedicated service, attaining the rank of Sergeant. In 2010 Cllr Adamson was elected to Cannock Chase Council, representing Labour in the Hednesford Green Heath ward. He became Leader of the Council following local government elections in May 2011, passionate about housing and economic regeneration.

Date of appointment: 26.11.15

Term of office ends: 25.11.19

Madeline Richards
Community Governor

Madeline was a member of the teaching profession for nearly forty years and taught at four secondary schools in the Cannock Chase area.   Since retirement she has done lots of voluntary work for Age Concern and the NHS to acquire new skills and tackle different challenges from the career world where she had belonged.  Madeline found these new experiences satisfying and exciting but  knew that her real love lay with education and trying to do her bit to ensure that every child matters.

Date of appointment: 30.04.15

Term of office ends: 29.04.19

Carolyn Lester-Holman
Community Governor

Carolyn recently retired from Staffordshire University Academy after 27 years, teaching Religious Studies, Citizenship and other Humanities subjects. She is also is an assistant examiner for GCSE examinations. She was responsible for raising money by our students for local and national charities, such as AgeUK and Oxfam. She is interested in helping students to be the best that they can be and raising their awareness of the world in which they live. She is also interested in the health and well-being of the staff and promoting a sense of community in the academy.

Date of appointment: 26.11.15

Term of office ends: 25.11.19

John McGallan
Community Governor

John is a Managing partner of McGallan Partnership and is a highly experienced consultant in talent acquisition and development.   Valued for experience, understanding and empathy of business and organisational requirements together with excellent listening and coaching skills, judgement, incisiveness, work ethic and high integrity.  John has a proven track record of working closely with large blue chip and smaller organisations to define and refine needs, understand their culture and objectives, shaping and implementing strategies to attract, reward and develop talent to deliver business success.

Date of appointment: 21.07.15

Term of office ends: 20.07.19


SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership.  The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support.  In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.

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