Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Board

The Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Board (LAB), plays a key part of providing a link between the school and the Board of Trustees.  The Board meets at least every half term with one of the main goals, in support of the Academy’s Leadership Team, being to offer independent insights across a range of areas affecting the day to day operation and future of the Academy. The committee focus on Pastoral matters, as well as having an oversight of the tracking data of the school.  The LAB also maintain links with Heads of Department, to quality assure the quality of their work.

Should you wish to get in contact with the LAB please contact Bernard.White@generationsmat.com

Members: The LAB membership comprises the following Trustees and volunteers:

Bernard White: Bernard is  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.

Janet O'Brien: Vice-Chair of the Goffs LAB. She 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.  She is passionate about children reaching their full potential and having respect for themselves and their community which is the reason why she has embraced the role on the Local Academy Board. 

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.

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 had one child who studied at Goffs Academy. Sarah currently runs her own Educational Consultancy as well as working in various roles for a major examination body. 

Kacey Brown: enjoys serving on the LAB and as a Trustee as a counter-balance to his role working as an Internal Audit and Risk Manager in London. He lives in Cheshunt with his wife and three children, and outside of work he supports a Beaver Scout group and leads a Cub Scout group in Hertfordshire.  As an Internal Auditor and Chartered Accountant since 2004, he has experience undertaking internal and external audits, alongside risk management and project assurance. His 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 he applies to his role on the LAB.

Dino Direnzo:  is a father of four children, with two sons currently at Goffs-Churchgate Academy, and two sons planning to join after primary school. Dino is an Area Manager operating in the Hertfordshire & Essex area for an Energy & Home Services provider. He is responsible for everything from operational efficiency to customer satisfaction, so understands the importance of delivering great results without compromising the quality of service. Dino specialises in root cause analysis and uses his skills in critical thinking and incident management to aid the school on its journey of continuous improvement. 

Sandra Skinner: is our Student Support Manager at Goffs-Churchgate and works closely with all of our students, and in particularly, our SEND students, to provide them with the support and encouragement to be the best that they can be.  Sandra has a wealth of experience in the education sector and provides a valuable insight on the LAB.