Governing Body

Anna Hawkins – Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor

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 has 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.


Katrin was a member of teaching staff at Frances Bardsley Academy and has previously held the responsibilities of SENDCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Katrin started her career in Wholesale and Retail of livestock running her own business before considering a change of career.  Katrin volunteered in a Primary school and through this decided to pursue a career in teaching. Katrin studied for her Degree with The Open University and worked part-time as a Foreign Language Assistant in the Europa Centre, Havering Sixth Form College and Ursuline Brentwood High School. Having gained a First Class in Language Studies (English Linguistics and Social Science) and completed her Graduate Teacher Placement at Coopers Company and Coburn School with the Havering Teacher Training Partnership in German with French, Katrin completed her NQT year at St Martin’s School, where she was promoted to Head of Year in 2009.

In 2011 she joined Frances Bardsley Academy as Head of Year and was seconded to SLT i/c Behaviour for Learning.  Katrin left Frances Bardsley in 2014 to become Standards Progress Leader at Moulsham High School and Aspiring Senco, where she completed her NASENCO qualification and her Masters in Education. Katrin returned briefly to Frances Bardsley in 2015 and now works for Tutor Doctor providing tutors for students.


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. 

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.

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