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 as a clinical nurse specialist in endocrinology for over 15 years.  Anna also works as a part-time practice manager for a medical clinic.

Anna served 4 years as a Parent Governor for Southwood Primary in Dagenham until 2012 when in 2014 she became a Parent Governor at Frances Bardsley Academy.


Father Hingley has been a priest in The Church of England for 40 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 25 years. 

Father Hingley has been a Governor at Frances Bardsley since 1996 and Chairman of Governors from 2008.  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.

St Alban’s Romford is a leading major Commissioner of Outstanding Contemporary Ecclesiastical Art holding twenty-three 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 5th year as Headteacher at Frances Bardsley Academy, a Good school with Outstanding features.  Julian holds a 1st Class honours degree in English, a Masters in Educational Leadership and the NPQH. He is currently Joint President of the Association of State Girls Schools for the second time, has chaired the cross phase Havering Education Strategic Partnership and writes for the National Education Trust.


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

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 fully grown step sons and one teenage daughter.

Lisa has now worked in the area of Special Educational Needs and Disability for 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.

MR BARRY READ Barry has been the Headteacher of The RJ Mitchell Primary School for the past 13 years. During this time he has managed the transition from a 1 to a 2 form entry school and successfully led the school through a very positive Ofsted inspection in 2017. Barry studied History at Sussex University before completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education. He has taught at 5 schools across 4 local authorities. Many of the schools faced challenging issues and this helped to shape Barry’s philosophy of creating a truly inclusive school. Barry enjoys writing and has had articles/letters published in the Guardian and TES. He is also delighted that the RJ Mitchell Primary School has featured in the Independent newspaper and Financial Times. Barry would welcome the opportunity to become part of the Bridge Local Governing Body and to contribute towards its continued development. He hopes that some of the knowledge and expertise that he has gained in over 25 years of educational experience will be beneficial to the Board.


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.

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