Academy Governors

Chair of Governors – Dominic Carver

I have lived in Leigh for over twenty years and have two children, one currently at Belfairs Academy. I am delighted to have been on the local Governing Body of Belfairs Academy for five years and been able to watch the academy grow and develop during that time. I myself work in education and am currently a primary school headteacher. I am committed to doing all I can to helping the academy do the best for all its students as Chair of Governors.

Governor – Aideen Sadler

A Southend resident for more than a decade, Aideen has long been immersed in the towns business and enterprise community and has a keen interest in digital skills and technology. Currently working as City Manager for CityFibre where she is responsible for rolling out a full fibre broadband network to transform Southend into one of the world’s best digitally connected towns. Aideen is aware of the opportunities and challenges that our children face in the future digital workplace. Aideen is committed to supporting Belfairs become an “Outstanding” academy for both staff and students to thrive in.

Governor – Michael Upton

Michael has lived in Leigh on Sea for 17 years and he has a daughter at Belfairs Academy. He has been a governor since December 2017 and is proud to contribute to the ongoing success of the school’s students and community. Michael is Head of Academic Portfolio at London Metropolitan University where he is presently also teaching on the BA Education course. He was previously Head of Marketing and Communications at South Essex College, Southend. He holds a Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, a Masters in Film Production and is a CIM Chartered Marketer

Governor – Ross Williams

I currently hold the position of Assistant Principal and have worked at Belfairs Academy for 16 years. I have had the pleasure of being a part of its road to success during this time.

I look forward to bringing my expertise in Primary Transition, Behaviour Management and student Enrichment to the LGB.

I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to succeed and I hope that with my role on the LGB we will continue to make this possible for all children that pass through the doors of Belfairs Academy.

Governor – Leanne Hahn

I have lived and worked in South East Essex for the past seventeen years. The last three as Vice Principal at Darlinghurst Academy. I have two children, one of whom attends Belfairs Academy. I am honoured to be a member of the Belfairs Academy Governing Body, looking forward to working alongside the Academy’s parents, students and staff – being part of its journey growing from strength to strength.

Governor – Sarah Sipple 

Sarah has lived in Leigh-on-Sea since 2003, having been raised in Suffolk.  After working in London for many years for organisations including Disney, Sarah changed careers in 2008 to work in a Social Care setting with vulnerable children. She is currently an Administration Manager for a not-for-profit Fostering Agency. Working in this field has given her valuable insight into how important a stable educational environment is for all children.  She believes that Belfairs Academy is able to offer this to all of its students and looks forward to helping the Academy to continue to grow.

Governor – Jane Le Marie

I live locally and have two children, one currently at Belfairs Academy. I have worked in education myself for over 20 years as a primary school teacher. I have recently been appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education for Early Years. I am delighted to a member of the Belfairs Academy Governing Body. I am committed to doing all I can to enable all young people to achieve the best they possibly can.

Meetings Per Year

Belfairs Governing Body comprises of 6 Governors which includes the Principal/CEO, staff and parent Governors. The Governing Body meet 6 times a year.