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Governance 2017-09-14T13:05:13+00:00


The Board of Directors are the accountable body for all Academies within the Trust.  The Board support and challenge school leadership, and meet at least once a term, rotating the meeting location throughout the Trust Academies.

Fergus Macdonald – Member and Non Executive Director (Chairman)

Mr Macdonald is an active Councillor for Burton Latimer Town Council, who has worked in various senior management positions in his career, from which he has now retired. He is a proactive Governor who provides regular support to the Trust’s senior staff on health and safety and premises related matters. Mr Macdonald held positions as Chair of Sir Christopher Hatton Academy Committee and also the Staff & Pay Committee. The Trust benefits from his broad general management experience and his links with local industry.

Suzanne Knight – Non Executive Director (Vice-Chair)

Mrs Knight is the Human Resources Director for Davies Veterinary Specialists and has previously worked in a range of sectors, including two years in Further Education.  Her knowledge and experience enables her to support the Trust in HR related matters.  Mrs Knight is a Parent Director and a former Parent Governor for Sir Christopher Hatton Academy Committee. Mrs Knight resides locally in Wellingborough and has two children at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.

Mrs Knight is the Human Resources Director for Davies Veterinary Specialists and has previously worked in a range of sectors, including two years in Further Education. Her knowledge and experience enables her to support the Trust in HR related matters. She has been a Parent Governor for Sir Christopher Hatton Academy Committee since March 2014. Mrs Knight resides locally in Wellingborough and has two children at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.

David Morris – Non Executive Director (Vice-Chair)

Mr Morris is an active Chartered Quantity Surveyor and currently a Director at Tompkins Robinson Surveyors, in Wellingborough.  He has served as a Governor at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy since 2004 and has chaired the School’s Premises and Health and Safety committee ever since.  Mr Morris is recognised as the Trust’s resident expert for all capital and maintenance projects in the Academy. He is also an ex-pupil of both Oakway and Westfield / Sir Christopher Hatton School, (1986 alumni) and lives in Wellingborough.

Susan Fitzgerald – Non-Executive Director

Ms Fitzgerald is a Managing Partner at the largest medical practice in East Northants and has worked in Healthcare for over 20 years. Previous to her current role, Ms Fitzgerald was on the Board of Directors for Kettering General Hospital as Executive Director of Transformation. Ms Fitzgerald is has also occupied Non -Executive Director positions at Northamptonshire MIND and St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust (Education) and was a former Parent Governor. Ms Fitzgerald lives locally in Wellingborough and has twin daughters at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.

Mr Symon Dawson – Director

Mr Dawson runs R.B.Travel a local family coach company. Mr Dawson is a former Parent/Chair Governor of Oakway Academy since 2008 and lives locally in Wellingborough. He is very passionate about the education and welfare of the children in Wellingborough. Mr Dawson actively supports the Academies within the Trust through his seats on various panels and regularly hosts Trust events.

Mr Graham Lawman – Director

Bio to follow…

Mrs Victoria Bishop – Director and CEO

Mrs Bishop with nearly 40 years of experience in education in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire secondary schools started her career as a Geography teacher and was a Head Teacher from 2004.  A published author on several GCSE and A Level textbooks with one book as a sole author, Mrs Bishop’s accomplishments include:  Principal Moderator for GCSE Geography; one of only two subject leaders selected at national level to be on the working group for subject leader standards; a member of ASCL National Council and currently an elected Professional Development Officer.  More recently Mrs Bishop has worked with other schools as a School Improvement Partner and OFSTED inspector.  

With a strong passion for education and a record of high achievement Mrs Bishop has been the Headteacher/Principal of Sir Christopher Hatton School/Academy since January 2004 and has worked hard to raise the expectation and aspirations of its pupils, leading the school through four inspections, and awarded Ofsted outstanding status in January 2015.  In September 2015 Sir Christopher Hatton Academy was awarded National Teaching School status and National Support School status with Mrs Bishop a designated National Leader of Education.

Colin Hinds – Director of Finance and Operations

Mr Hinds stepped into the role of Business Manager at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in 2006, following a 12 year career in public sector finance and contracting within various Northamptonshire NHS organisations.  A finance and accounting graduate, he has served on the Governing Body of Sir Christopher Hatton Academy since 2006.  As Director of Finance and Operations to the Trust, Mr Hinds oversees all strategic aspects of the Trust’s financial, legal and administrative affairs.  An ex-pupil of Sir Christopher Hatton Academy (1989 Alumni), Mr Hinds resides in Wellingborough with his family.

Rashesh Joshi – Non Executive Director

Mr Joshi is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) having trained and qualified with a Big 4 accounting firm and is the Managing Director and one of the co founders at Alexander Rosse Chartered Accountants.  Mr Joshi’s main expertise is in combining good corporate governance with significant mergers and acquisition experience having worked on a number of corporate transactions totalling some $5.5 billion.

He is member of the Institute of Directors and a former pupil of both Victoria Junior School and Westfield/ Sir Christopher Hatton (1989 alumni) and lives in Milton Keynes.

William Thallon

Mr Thallon is a Mathematics Advisor for ‘Herts for Learning’, a school improvement organisation based in Stevenage.  He has spent a career in education, having taught in Dorset, North Wales, Cumbria and Northamptonshire.  From 2004 to 2015 he was Headteacher of Wrenn School in Wellingborough.

His interests include Music as well as Mathematics, having performed with a number of different groups, both locally and further afield.  He has wide-ranging experience of a range of educational functions, including leaderhip and teaching & learning.  He is also a governor of Bozeat Primary School.

Details on how to contact any Board member are below:

Emma-Jane Harris
PA to the CEO / Assistant to the Board

Tel: 01933 231286


Each Academy within Hatton Academies Trust has a designated Link Director. They are as follows:

Sir Christopher Hatton AcademyOakway AcademyVictoria Primary AcademyEcton Village Primary Academy
Fergus MacdonaldGraham LawmanSymon DawsonDavid Morris

The Trust Safeguarding Director is:
Victoria Bishop

The Trust SEND Director is:
Suzanne Knight