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Local Academy Council

Roger Williams – Chair of the Board
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.

Rowena Hillier – Principal
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.

Cllr George Adamson
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.

Keith Hollins – Chief Executive Officer & Accounting Officer
Keith was the Headteacher of Westwood College, in Leek, which he led to ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He was also the Executive Principal of four high schools in North Staffordshire from 2007 to 2014. He was a National Leader of Education from 2008 to 2015; supporting several schools out of Special Measures during this time. Keith has also served on numerous steering groups including Building Schools for the Future, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Innovation Unit, the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the Local Children’s Trust. He is presently an Educational Consultant.  Keith attends x 3 meetings per year.

Heather Holyhead – Staff
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.

Vicky Owen – Staff
Vicky joined the academy, as Vice Principal, in April 2013. She has 10 years’ experience working as a senior leader, in schools across the country. Before taking up her role in Staffordshire University Academy, she held a post as Assistant Headteacher in a school in Walsall for seven years and before that worked in a range of schools in Wales. Vicky has experience in leading on a range of issues, including teaching and learning, literacy, behaviour and inclusion.

Madeline Richards
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.

Carolyn Lester-Holman
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.

Mark Jones
Mark is currently a student social worker at Birmingham University and is nominated governor for safeguarding, looked after children, and special educational needs and disability.  Mark has previously been Head of Youth Services in Staffordshire and has a background in Youth Justice and Education Welfare.

John McGallan
John is a Managing partner of McGallen 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.


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