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Mill Chase Academy


Local Governing Body

Governance of Mill Chase Academy is from a Local Governing Body (LGB) appointed by the University of Chichester Academy Trust. Further information about the multi academy trust can be viewed on the following link:

Jane Evans - Chair of Local Governing Body

linked to Principal

Jane has nearly 30 years of experience of working in education. She taught Mathematics across the 11 - 16 age range for 14 years and was a pastoral leader within a secondary school. She has also worked in Initial Teacher Education supporting the development of new teachers joining the profession. Her experience gives her an in-depth understanding of secondary schools and the wider education sector.

Jane has over 20 years experience of school governance including the role of chair in two schools. She has been involved with the University of Chichester Academy Trust since it formed and was delighted to be asked to join the LGB at Mill Chase Academy.

Throughout her career in education Jane has been driven by her belief in the power of education to change lives and this underpins her work as a governor at Mill Chase Academy.

Mr Hemmings - Principal

Mr Hemmings has been a school leader for almost 20 years. Beginning his career as a Teacher of Economics and Business Studies, he then held the position of Director of Sixth Form in a Cambridgeshire school before moving to Hampshire where he took up his post as Assistant Headteacher in 2004. In 2007 he moved to another Hampshire school as Deputy Headteacher before becoming Mill Chase Academy's first substantive Principal in 2014. Within our Academy Trust, Mr Hemmings is a Trust Leader in Education. As part of this role he is a member of the Chief Executive Officer's Strategy Group.

Peter Hurst - Deputy Chair of Local Governoring Body  
- linked with Deputy Principal (Safeguarding and SEND) 

Peter has worked in education for over 40 years. Nearly 40 years of this was based in secondary schools. He mainly taught Mathematics and also taught Computer Studies, Information Technology, Religious Studies, English, Technical Drawing and PE. He was the Head of Mathematics and ICT in two secondary schools before moving on to become Assistant Headteacher. In his post as Assistant Headteacher he had the opportunity to take on a number of responsibilities including performance management, staff professsonal development, assessment and target setting, timetabling and off-site activities.

Peter retired from teaching and started working part-time at the University of Chichester within Initial Teacher Education, supporting new teachers joining the profession and lecturing. He also works for the University of Chichester Academy Trust.

Peter has more than 15 years experience as a school governor. This has been in both primary and secondary education and included being vice-chair and chair of various committees.

Peter has enjoyed a range of volunteering opportunities in his retirement. He believes in lifelong learning for all.

Nicola Kingsley - linked with Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning)

Nicola has worked in education for nearly 20 years. She taught English, Media Studies and History of Art in 3 colleges in South London and Surrey before moving to Alton College as Head of English. She has now worked at Alton College for 13 years and currently holds the position of Director of Learning. She is also staff governor. Prior to teaching Nicola worked in marketing, planning and delivering strategic public and press relations for campaigns for technology companies.

Having lived locally, Nicola's 3 children have progressed through local schools to college and on to university; Nicola's aim is to help ensure a consistantly high standard of education is available to all local children from primary to post-16 education and training, and is particularly interested in ensuring transition from one sector of education to another is supportive, provides clear pathways and enables all children to realise their ambitions.

Mike Gaston - linked with Senior Leader (Stakeholder Engagement and Community Liaison)

Mike has over 25 years experience in both Further and Higher Education. He is presently Principal and Chief Executive of Havant and South Downs College having led both Havant Sixth Form College and South Downs College to a merger in August 2017.

Mike is a leader who is passionate about education and creativity. As a founding leadership fellow at St Georges House, Windsor, Mike has a particular interest in leadership and also works as an executive coach to challenge and facilitate leaders in their own development.

Having trained both as a Fine Artist and in Business Administration, Mike ensures a creative means to problem solving. He believes it is a privilege to serve as a governor at Mill Chase Academy. He also serves as a co opted governor to an additional secondary school and as a trustee of a Single Trust Academy.

James Child - linked with the Principal (Leadership)

James has had a variety of roles in construction and property companies in the UK and overseas. He is currently leading the regeneration of the Price Phillip Barracks in Whitehill and Bordon delivering a new town centre, housing, new schools and new community spaces. James is delighted to be a governor of Mill Chase Academy school and to be involved in shaping its future. His work has focussed on large regeneration projects where community building is vital for their success. To quote James, "Schools are at the heart of these projects and are pivitol in shaping them".

Elizabeth Puttock - linked with the Business Manager (Health and Safety, Finance and GDPR)

Elizabeth has nearly 20 years experience of working in finance with 9 years recently spent in higher education focusing on project accounting. As a qualified management accountant her roles have focused on financial controls ensuring financial stability and maximising benefits from funding. Elizabeth's current role involves managing a finance team in te construction industry.

Elizabeth is mother to a child currently attending a local primary school. She is committed to ensuring young people receive the best possible start through a challenging, varied and fulfilling experience at Mill Chase Academy.


  1. LGB Attendance 2018-19
  2. LGB Attendance 2017-18