Local Governing Body


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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. 

MS LOUISE BOXER – VICE CHAIR – Pronouns: she / her / hers / herself

Louise has been has been a local governor of Frances Bardsley Academy since July 2018.

Louise holds a Batchelor of Arts in Informal and Community Education from Canterbury Christchurch University and has twenty six years’ experience working with vulnerable children, young people and their families.  Louise has a passion for inclusion in education and communities and is a lifelong campaigner for equality of opportunity.  Louise has worked for the London Boroughs of Redbridge and Waltham Forest and Essex County Council in residential settings and schools, alternative education and community inclusion projects, the children’s charities Action for Children and Voice for the Child in Care and has been an independent supervisor for degree students at the YMCA George Williams College.

For the last eleven years Louise has worked for The London Borough of Havering as a mentoring and befriending co-ordinator for children and young people with disabilities and children looked after in a project that she was commissioned to set up on behalf of the local authority, a vulnerable children’s co-ordinator for education working with schools and alternative provisions to maximise the engagement in education of the borough’s most vulnerable children and young people and those at risk of exclusion. Louise is now employed as a senior case officer in Havering’s Children and Adults with Disabilities Assessment and Placement Team who are responsible for the assessment and education placements of children and young people with SEND and complex needs.


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.


Father Hingley has been a priest in The Church of England for 45 years.  A graduate of St Chad’s College in the University of Durham he completed his 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 30 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 and is currently Vice Chair of Governors. Until its closure in 2009 Father Hingley was 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 served as Chaplain to and an Executive Committee member of The Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1996.  He has served as Chaplain 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


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 in 1995, 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 is currently Vice Chair of LIFE Education Trust and sits on the Board’s pay & personnel committee and finance & facilities committee.


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 in Nottinghamshire; planning, resourcing and delivering visits for educational establishments. The role also involved managing and training a team of over 100 volunteers. 

Emma is currently employed by Chelmsford Diocese as Children, Families and youth Missioner, part of the team 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 a Master’s degree in children’s mission focusing on children’s spirituality and faith in the family.


Perninder holds a BA Hons in Applied Economics from the University of Hertfordshire, he 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.


Nichola is a parent of a student at FBA and a Deputy Head at a school in Redbridge where she has been a member of SLT for the past twelve years.  Nichola has recently completed her NPQH (National Professional Qualification in Headship) and looks forward to working with Governors to ensure the school is providing the utmost optimal educational provision for young people.


Asma is a parent of a student at FBA and works for n.family club as an educator preparing children for school.  She is also their wellbeing and happiness specialist for staff. 

Asma is a qualified forest school leader and has previously been a governor at a primary school in Hackney and had an active role with the Parent Staff Association. Asma has also worked as a Brand Ambassador, a marketing agent, an administrator and also runs a small business.


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.


Emilie Darabasz

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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