Governing Body


Anna qualified as a general nurse in 1995 and gained a BA (Hons) in 1998. Anna has worked at King George Hospital since 1997 and has been a clinical nurse specialist in endocrinology at BHRUT for over 20 years. Anna has also worked as a part time practice manager for a medical clinic from 2008-2019. Anna is currently the clinical lead nurse for the diabetes and endocrine specialist nurses at BHRUT.

Anna has served 4 years as a Parent Governor for Southwood Primary in Dagenham until 2012 and 7 years as a Parent Governor at Frances Bardsley Academy from 2014 – 2021.

Anna is the mother of three children and both she and her husband have been registered foster carers for Havering.  Anna has been involved in The Bridge since its inception and became the Chair of governors in 2018 when it was granted Independent School status.


Father Hingley has been a priest in The Church of England for 44 years.  A graduate of St Chad’s College in the University of Durham he completed this Theological Training at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. Having moved around the country experiencing industrial, rural and urban ministry, Father Hingley has been the vicar of St Alban, Protomartyr, Romford for 29 years. He is the longest serving Incumbent in the Deanery of Havering.

Father Hingley has been a Governor at Frances Bardsley since 1996 and Chairman of Governors from 2008-2018.  In 2013 the Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls joined The Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Education Affiliated Schools Scheme.  He has been a Governor of Squirrels Heath Junior School since 2004.  Until its closure in 2009 Father Hingley as a Governor of The Manor Primary School for 13 years, 10 of which he was Chairman of Governors.

Engaged in the life of the local community and beyond, Father Hingley has been Chaplain to and an Executive Committee member of The Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1996.  He has served as Chaplin to The Mayor of Havering 2012-13 and 2016 – 17

St Alban’s Romford is a leading major Commissioner of Outstanding Contemporary Ecclesiastical Art holding twenty-five Design Awards. 


Julian studied Law at Exeter University and qualified as a barrister in 1996. After a year working as a Crown Prosecutor he completed a PGCE at Anglia Ruskin University and began teaching. He has taught in 5 state schools in 3 local authorities. At Chelmsford County High he was Deputy Headteacher when the school was graded Outstanding by Ofsted and gained the highest GCSE results in England in the January league tables.  He is in his 11th year as Headteacher at Frances Bardsley Academy, a Good school with Outstanding features.  He is CEO of the LIFE Education Trust which runs 7 schools in Havering and Essex.  Julian holds a 1st Class honours degree in English, a Masters in Educational Leadership, A Masters in Business Administration and the NPQH. He is currently part way through his doctorate.  He is Joint President of the Association of State Girls Schools for the second time and a Board member of the North American National Coalition of Girls Schools.  As well as chairing the cross phase Havering Festival of Education, and being a member of the Education Strategic Partnership, he is a trustee for the Epping Forest Trussell Trust Food Bank.


Lisa was brought up in Kent and was educated in both the Comprehensive and Grammar school system. Her first degree is in Psychology gained from UCL, she studied for her PGCE at Leicester University and holds further qualifications in Special Educational Needs and the Education of Children with Hearing Impairment. She began her career as a Primary Teacher in the London Borough of Redbridge before going on to be a Specialist Teacher for Learning Difficulties for the Redbridge Advisory Service and, later, as a Teacher of the Deaf. Lisa was part of the Paediatric Cochlear Implant Team for Great Ormond Street Hospital, a role which took her all over the country training schools, families and other hospital teams in the rehabilitation of babies and children with cochlear implants. She then returned to advisory work in the London Borough of Havering when family life dictated a more predictable working life! She is the proud mother of three step sons and one daughter.

Lisa has now worked in the area of Special Educational Needs and Disability for over thirty years; she is passionate about inclusion for all children and young people. Her current role is as Assessment and Placement Manager in the Children and Young Adults with Disabilities Service for Havering, previously managing the 5 to 19 Support Team in Havering. Prior to this Lisa worked in the Learning Support Service for Havering as Deputy Head. Lisa’s current goal is to continue to focus on the development of EHCPs and the processes surrounding them to ensure transparency and timeliness for participating families and professionals.


For over 15 years, Toni worked for a number of London based Advertising Agencies as a Media Manager and Media Director. Toni left to set up a promotions company working with Sodexo, implementing promotions across their client portfolio: The NHS, BP, Ford, and News International.   After selling the business, Toni retrained and worked as a Home School Support Worker for the London Borough of Havering,    engaging hard to reach families, raising attendance of disadvantaged students and helping set-up the My Time Project, the pre-cursor to Pupil Premium.  Toni joined Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls as Inclusion Manager and Deputy Safeguarding Lead for the School, and established an Alternative Provision for those students who struggled to attend mainstream school on a fulltime basis, with the focus on offering timetables best suited to their needs. Following the success of this, Frances Bardsley was asked to take over the Havering Medical Tuition Centre. In 2018, the Trust was granted Independent School Status for the Bridge and Toni became Head of School. The Bridge    currently has 25 students attending on a regular basis.


Matthew studied at St Mary’s University, Twickenham before starting his Teaching career in Havering in 2004. Matthew was quickly promoted to Deputy Head Teacher in 2008. Matthew then embarked upon his first Head Ship in 2013 in Havering before joining The Federation of Towers Schools in 2018 as Executive Head Teacher.

Matthew is forward thinking, proactive and has experience in strategic leadership, building hardworking, loyal and confident teams with high expectations and aspirations. In addition he has experience in schools finance, reviewing structures, organisational change, driving and implementing change at both a fast and steady pace. Matthew is passionate about ensuring that all children achieve the best they possibly can and have opportunities to succeed.

Matthew is active in several local clusters and represents colleagues at ESP and PIN. As an experienced leader Matthew supports many new heads informally and mentors Deputy Head Teacher.

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