Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Board

Purpose: Meeting termly, one of the main goals, in support of the Academy’s Leadership Team, of the Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Body (LAB) is to offer independent insights across a range of areas affecting the day to day operation and future of the Academy.  A key focus during the early stage of the LAB's development will be stakeholder engagement to ensure the broad views of the Goffs-Churchgate Academy Community are represented. 

Members: As a result of the nomination process at the end of the Summer 2017 term, the LAB membership comprises the following Trustees and volunteers:

Joanna Formoso: has been a Governor at Goffs Academy since 2014 and in addition to her role on the Trustee Board is Chair of the Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Body.  Joanna has a background in Recruitment and Executive Search.  She has also had many years’ experience as a Samaritan’s volunteer and has a strong interest in the mental health provisions within The Generations MAT. As a parent of four children, she has personal experience in many aspects of education from nursery through to university and admission appeals through to exclusions. Joanna believes that every student is an individual and has a right to the best education. Joanna is looking forward to working with the parents, students and staff at Goffs-Churchgate Academy to achieve this.

Bernard White: Bernard is Vice Chair of the Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Body. Bernard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is passionate about colleagues development and welfare.   He now works with Sainsburys within their Data and Analytics team. He wants to do as much as possible to ensure that students receive the best possible education they are able and therefore start their careers as well equipped as possible.  He loves travel and competes in in Half Marathons.

Sarah Allen: has worked predominately in the Education sector and also has a background in Sales & Marketing. Sarah worked at Goffs Academy as a Lead practitioner for eleven years teaching within a variety of subject areas and led on the schools vocational provision including BTEC subjects, college placement, extended work placements, etc. Sarah has one child currently studying at Goffs Academy. Sarah currently runs her own Educational Consultancy as well as working in various roles for a major examination body. Sarah is looking forward to sharing ideas and working with the team to support staff and students at Churchgate to raise achievement and help develop further improvement.

Kacey Brown: I enjoy serving on the LAB as a counter-balance to my role working as an Internal Audit and Risk Manager in London. I live in Cheshunt with my wife and our three children, and outside of work I support a Beaver Scout group and lead a Cub Scout group in Hertfordshire.  As an Internal Auditor and Chartered Accountant since 2004, I have experience undertaking internal and external audits, alongside risk management and project assurance. My audit work balances the ‘inspector’ role with a ‘critical friend’ to ensure that a process/system is reviewed to document both the positive controls in place as well as highlighting improvements to enhance the controls in place, all whilst maintaining a positive relationship with the process/system owner and officers. These skills I apply to my role on the LAB.

Christina Meleka: has a background in marketing and IT. Most recently a qualified Teaching Assistant, active member of two PTA’s and currently  a Governor of Dewhust St Mary C of E school for the past 6 years and volunteers at the school. She has two children, one at Goffs-Churchgate in year 8 and one in primary school in year 5. She feels her insight into primary school governance will be of use to Goffs-Churchgate and is looking forward to getting involved with the school.

Janet O'Brien: is an Ofsted registered professional Childcare practitioner with over 11 years of experience in and around the Cheshunt community. Caring for children from age 1 to around 12 years old at various stages of their development.  In additional to having a managerial background and over 34 years of experience raising my own children I have been able to set up and run a successful childcare business in which we implement enrichment programmes for children from the local community throughout the summer working in partnership with local sponsors and volunteers. I am passionate about children reaching their full potential and having respect for themselves and their community which is the reason why I have embraced the role on the Local Academy Board. 

Karen Wilson :has a background as an event organiser in the Engineering Sector and is now a Legal PA at a magic circle law firm.  She is currently Secretary of a PTA and has been a Governor of Dewhurst St. Mary Primary School since 2010.  She feels that the experience she has gained as a Governor over the past 8 years, will be of benefit in working as a member of the Goffs Churchgate LAB.  Karen has two children.

Watch out for more information on the work of the Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Body or to get involved with the LAB please contact Tom Sparks, Principal in the first instance