Academy Council

To contact the governors directly, please email governors@suacademy.co.uk

For governor attendance records, 2016/2017 click here, for 2017/2018 click here, for 2018/19 click here

For governor register of interests, please click here.

For more information on the structure and function of the the Board of Trustees and Trust Local Academy Councils, please visit the Staffordshire University Academies Trust website.

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


Stephen Taylor
Staff Governor

Steve joined the academy in January 2018 and is Director of mathematics


Date of Appointment:  4.5.18

Term of office ends: 3.5.20

Julie Reynolds
Staff Governor

Julie has worked at SUA since July 2014 in various roles initially joining as a cover supervisor and is currently Examinations Manager.

start date: 14.7.18

end date: 13.7.20

Heather Holyhead
Chair of Governors

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.  Having retired from the academy in August 2018 Heather has rejoined the Local Academy Council as a Community Governor and was elected as Chair in September 2018..

Date of appointment: 1.9.18

Term of office ends: 31.8.22

Lynn Small
Vice Chair of Governors

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.  Lynne was elected as Vice-Chair in September 2018.

Date of appointment: 01.09.16

Term of office ends: 31.08.20

Claire Collins
Parent Governor

Claire joined the Local Academy Council in November 2017 as a Parent Governor.

Claire is employed at a secondary school in the Stafford area as an Exams Officer.

She has a management background in the retail and customer service sector and considers her skills  will assist her to support the academy and students alike to aspire and believe in themselves to achieve their full capacity at SUA.

Date of appointment: 30.10.2017

Term of office ends: 31.10.2021

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: 29.04.22

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: 20.07.22

Bryan Jones
Community Governor

Bryan joined the local academy council in September 2018 as a community governor.  Bryan is a county councillor representing Cannock Chase - Hednesford and Rawnsley and has demonstrated a keen interest in the work of the academy in connection with mental health.  Bryan is a former police officer and brings a wealth of experience and community links.

Date of appointment 1.9.2018

Term of office ends 31.8.2022


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