Local Governing Body


Retired in 2015 after 37 Years with Ford Motor Company and Visteon holding various jobs in procurement and logistics within both companies. Paul was promoted to buyer and then Purchasing Manager, responsible for Facilities Management across 15 European sites with a $2bn budget. Paul was elected as a Parent Governor of Frances Bardsley School for Girls in 2004 and was co-opted as a Governor in 2008.  Paul served on the Finance and Facilities, Curriculum Welfare and Pay and Personnel committees and was elected chair of Curriculum and Welfare committee in 2010 and have served continuously since.  Paul has participated in several project committees during the period for building projects such as the sixth form centre and the new Library and has participated and chaired additional committees for staff disciplinary appeals as required.  Paul is the Secretary of the Romford Youth tenpin bowling club based at City Limits and he is a qualified tenpin bowling coach participating in national and county events annually.


Tony worked for a major UK clearing bank for 31 years where he gained his ACIB banking Diploma and rose to the position of Senior Business Manager. Tony has experience in analysing business plans and lending propositions and arranging finance for the Bank’s business customers. Tony spent 2 years working in the Bank’s Major Corporates Team where he was involved in putting in place multi million pound financial packages for major international corporates. During this time Tony also enjoyed a 3 year secondment to the Inter Bank Research Organisation which was a consulting “think tank” funded by all of the UK clearing banks and worked on major projects of interest to the financial industry as a whole covering such areas as the setting up of a debit card payment system and cash availability systems in the UK.

Tony is currently a manager of the Witness Service at Romford Magistrates’ Court where he leads a team responsible for supporting witnesses through the Criminal Justice System with particular emphasis on the process of giving evidence at a criminal trial

Tony joined the Governing Body of FBA 20 years ago, initially as a parent governor and then a community governor and subsequently a partnership governor. He has been a member of several working parties including a small group tasked with looking at a PFI project to merge the 2 previous school sites onto the one site that the Academy currently occupies.

Tony currently sits on a number of the Academy’s sub-committees including Finance and Facilities which he chaired for a number of years before taking on the role of chair of the Pay & Personnel Committee.


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. 


Rob has been a Governor at FBA since 2013 and is also chair of the LIFE Education Trust Standards Committee.

Formerly a Deputy head then Vice-principal, he is currently serving as a Development Lead at TeachFirst in East London schools responsible for trainee teachers entering the profession. He also lectures on the Teach First Education Masters programme at UCL. Rob has also worked in a County Education Department developing 14-19 curriculum and as a School’s Commissioner.

Building on his first career in Industrial Computing, he trained as a Technology Teacher and has taught ICT, Engineering, EPQ, PE and PSHE. His teaching qualifications include a BSc, PGCE and NPQH and has taught in 3 schools.

As a member of a Christian Outward Bound Centre in North Wales, he is committed to extending young people’s experience of the outdoor world with all its challenges and opportunities for character building and leadership training. He has arranged and led sailing trips, outward bound activity weeks, mountain biking and a wide range of sports activities during his teaching career. Leading the ‘First Give’ charity programme in his school with Sixth Form students is also a keen interest, as it enables young people to engage in local groups that serve the needy in society. He is qualified as a sailing instructor through the RYA.


Louise holds a BA in Informal and Community Education from the University of Kent.  With 23 years’ experience working with vulnerable children, Louise has worked in a range of settings including children’s homes, after school clubs and alternative provisions in Essex, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Havering Boroughs.

Since 2002, Louise has worked at the London Borough of Havering as a Children’s Rights Advocate, a Mentoring and Befriending Co-ordinator and is now the Vulnerable Children’s Co-ordinator working with primary and secondary schools in Havering to maximise the engagement in education of the Borough’s most vulnerable young people and those at risk of exclusion. 


Alison holds a BSc(Hons) in Computer Software Technology from the University of Bath.  Following graduation, she worked at Barclays Capital as an Associate Director in the Risk IT department. 

Whilst raising her family, she sought to use her skills and background to support and develop young people (particularly in IT/Computer Science skills) and was a Parent Governor at Gidea Park Primary School. After 4 years spent in various paid roles within Teaching & Learning and Educational Data Management at local secondary schools, Alison has now returned to Financial Technology. 

Alison is currently a Vice President within Group Architecture for Deutsche Bank. Her new role includes mentoring female Technology graduates which follows on from her recent educational focus and fits perfectly with her desire for more girls to realise the vast number of exciting, interesting & challenging opportunities STEM careers have to offer. 


Nisha was born in Tanzania and finished her schooling there and went on to University in India where she graduated with a degree in child development working with mentally handicapped children.  Nisha has been married for 38 years to Cllr Dilip Patel who currently serves the borough as Mayor

Nisha has been running a small business with her husband in Collier Row for the last twenty-seven years and is currently a Councillor for Romford Town and Mayoress for Havering.

Nisha is a senior member of the Lions Club International; largest voluntary service organisation in the world where she has taken the lead in organising fundraisers for numerous local, national and international causes. She has two daughters who are both doctors, one of whom  is a surgeon at King George’s Hospital and the other daughter is training to be a General Practitioner.

Nisha enjoys traveling, reading, enjoys sports and loves cooking. She is very passionate about helping those less fortunate than ourselves.


Emma Anderton has worked in education since the early 1990s, teaching in primary schools in ex-mining communities in Nottinghamshire and in Nottingham City.
Following that Emma worked as Cathedral Education officer at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire for 13 years where she was responsible for planning, resourcing and delivering visits for educational establishments from pre-schools through to university students. The role also involved managing and training a team of over 100 volunteers.

Emma is currently employed by Chelmsford Diocese as Children and Families Missioner, offering support and training to churches. As part of this role, Emma sits on Barking and Dagenham SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education).

Emma has recently gained a Master’s degree in children’s mission.


Perninder holds a BA Hons in Applied Economics from the University of Hertfordshire, he then went onto study professional accountancy and is a qualified chartered management accountant (CGMA). He has held positions at a senior level as Finance Director, CFO & COO. He has worked across a number different industry sectors including, Law, healthcare, Telecomms, Marketing and Technology.
Perninder is currently CEO of a software development business specialising in the healthcare sector. He joined as Parent Governor at Frances Bardsley Academy in September 2019.


Joint Headteacher at Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls, David has been teaching Geography since 2000 at Clacton County High School and then Chelmsford County High school as Head of Department.  In 2008 he became Head of Humanities at Chelmsford County High School and joined Frances Bardsley in September 2012 as Assistant Headteacher where he leads on standards and assessment, curriculum, teaching and learning and development planning.


Following completion of French as a foreign language master and PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University, Emilie started her career in a school in Essex where she gained 10 years’ experience and during which time was promoted to various positions including a Head of Year, a Pastoral Lead and Head of 6th form.

Emilie joined FBA in September 2015 as an Assistant Head overseeing the school’s behaviour and pastoral system but also the pupil premium provision. After three years of positive trends and a very strong track record, Emilie was appointed joint Head of School in September 2019, then joint Headteacher in 2021. Emilie loves cooking, travelling and has a passion for working with young women and helping them to become empowered strong women

Clerk: Mrs Chris Gentle

Unless stated none of our governors have any relevant business interests nor do they have any relationships with members of staff. Father Hingley is also a governor of another school in Havering. 

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