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.

Our Governance Arrangements can be found here.

Mr William Thallon – Non Executive Director – Chair

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 leadership and teaching & learning.  He is also a governor of Bozeat Primary School.

Mr Graham Lawman – Non Executive Director – Vice Chair

Graham Lawman is a Wellingborough Borough Councillor for Rixon Ward & County Councillor for Croyland & Swanspool Division and very active in the community.  Graham is keen to see excellence in education everywhere and is delighted to be able to support the Trust in achieving this – our children are our future!

At NCC, he has been Chairman of the £2.4bn Pensions fund, Finance Scrutiny Vice-Chairman and an Assistant Cabinet Member, Finance and is now Chairman of the Council. For the Borough, he is a past Mayor and current Services Committee Chairman, with community and health responsibility, as well as having held other posts and sits on the Development and Planning Committees.

He is also a Governor at Croyland Primary School, Board Chairman of the Wellibus (Shire Community Services Ltd), Board member of Hemmingwell Community & Skills Centre, Governor at Kettering General Hospital, Trustee at Victoria Centre and Wellingborough Sea Cadets and Secretary of Northants Cricket League as well as supporting Wellingborough Town FC. He was previously a Board Member of the former Wellingborough, now Greatwell, Homes.

Now semi-retired, he was a self-employed finance broker and is married to Lora, a fellow Councillor.

David Morris – Non Executive Director

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.

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.

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.

Mrs Kerry Bishop – Non Executive Director

Mrs Bishop is an experienced Senior Learning and Development Manager who is passionate about helping people and organisations explore and achieve their full potential, she has worked closely with Chief Executives, political leaders and senior managers, building a trusted expert reputation based on first class results and honest pragmatic advice.

Supporting local communities to thrive is important to Mrs Bishop, as well as being a non-executive director at Hatton Academies Trust, Mrs Bishop is involved with Wellingborough Football club where she is Club Welfare Officer responsible for DBS checks, mandatory training and safeguarding children, these activities support the club to continue to offer grass roots football to young players.

Mrs Bishop lives in Wellingborough and has a son who attends Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.

Rob Hardcastle – Chief Executive Officer

Mr Hardcastle, has 25 years of experience in education in Northamptonshire primary and secondary settings. He has worked in roles such as Advanced Skills Teacher, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher and Head of Primary Education. He is currently CEO of Hatton Academies Trust.

Mr Hardcastle has a track record of successfully improving schools and securing educational excellence. Sir Christopher Hatton Academy is the highest performing secondary academy in the Northamptonshire and in the wider region and its primary academies are amongst the most improved in the county over the last three years.

In 2016, Mr Hardcastle was shortlisted for the Pearson Teaching Awards in the category of Primary Headteacher of the Year. He has secured judgements by Ofsted of Outstanding in every category in 2015. He is the senior partner for Challenge Partners Northants Hub and delivers NPQSL training for University College London.

Colin Hinds – Director of Finance and Operations

Colin 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, Colin Hinds oversees all strategic aspects of the Trust’s financial, legal and administrative affairs.

Mr Chris Brown – Director

Mr Brown is a qualified certified Accountant with over 20 years experience and has worked in a variety of industries giving him a well-rounded business experience. He has always lived in Wellingborough attending Wrenn School as a student and has a child who attends Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.

Mr Brown is currently a Chief Financial Officer at Eden UK in Wellingborough.

Please find below details on how to contact any Board Member:

By Post: c/o Debbie Felce, Hatton Academies Trust, The Pyghtle, Wellingborough, Northants.  NN8 4RP

By Email:

By Telephone: 01933 221428


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
To be appointedGraham LawmanTBCDavid Morris

The Trust Safeguarding Director is:
Susan Fitzgerald

The Trust SEND Director is: