Parent Governors

  • Gill Deans (Vice-Chair)
  • Alistair Ramsay

Co-opted Governors

  • Tracey Stock (Chair)
  • Julie Devereux
  • Catherine O’Brien
  • Mike Johnston
  • Ian Smith

Principal (Staff Governor)

  • Karen Hayward

Staff Governor

  • Tracey Hinson

Local Authority Governor

  • Denis Galvin

Associate Governors (Lead Students)

  • Rosie Barrows
  • Max Deans

Clerk to the Governors

  • Margaret Walker


  • Gill Deans - I have been a Parent Governor at SUS since January 2012. I am the link Governor for DSEN (Disability and Special Educational Needs) and Pupil Premium, and I am the Chair of the Welfare Committee. I have 4 Children, one is in her first year at University, (having attended SUS), one is in his final year at SUS, and I have 2 at Lower School in Sandy. Since May 2015 I have also been a Parent Governor Representative on Central Bedfordshire’s Children Services, Overview and Scrutiny Committee, giving me a better understanding of local and national changes and challenges.

  • Tracey Stock - I’m the Chair of Governors at Sandy Upper School and have been involved with the Governing Body for the last 10 years. The school has been through some extraordinary circumstances, some challenging, it’s now going from strength to strength and remains in the top 100 state schools in the country. I’ve been a governor in Sandy for seventeen years and have served on two lower schools and the middle school governing bodies. I live locally with my husband and our three children, our youngest son is in yr11 at Sandy Upper, our daughter is in her first year at uni and our eldest son works in Medical Recruitment. I’m a Deputy Executive Member for Corporate Resources for Central Bedfordshire Council responsible for Stronger Communities and a Ward Councillor for Beeston, Blunham and Sandy.

  • Julie Devereux - I have been a Governor of Sandy Upper School for the past 20 months. Whilst I am a "Co-opted Governor", I am also a member of staff at Sandy Upper, having been employed for over 16 years in various roles. I am currently House Achievement Leader for House of Determination and Excellence and am totally committed to ensuring our students achieve well in order to maximise their life chances. I also have vast experience of safeguarding procedures and have also recently taken on responsibility for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. Being the mother of two boys in their early 20's I have also had experience of education, through to University, from a parent's perspective. I am passionate about Sandy Upper School, having been part of the recent, and sometimes difficult, journey - I strongly believe we deserve to maintain our current position in the top 10 schools list - I will certainly play my part in ensuring we achieve this.

  • Denis Galvin - My name is Denis Galvin and I am a co-opted Governor at Sandy Upper School. My background is in Finance and I am currently the Head of Financial Performance at Central Bedfordshire Council where I have been for the last four years. I have also previously held Finance Director and other senior finance roles within the Royal Mail Group. I am a qualified account. I am married, with one daughter and two grandchildren and I live near Milton Keynes. My hobbies include rugby union and clay pigeon shooting.

  • Catherine O’Brien B.Ed (Hons) MA - I am a well-qualified English specialist and hold an MA in English Studies in Education from the Institute of Education. I have been employed as Director of English and Whole School Literacy at Sandy Upper School since January 2014 and am delighted to say that GCSE English end English Literature results are outstanding. Prior to commencing employment at Sandy Upper School, I worked in similar roles and have a track record of raising achievement in different school contexts. I have been a governor for two years and currently sit on the Welfare Committee.

  • Mike Johnston - I am the Director of Shuttleworth College which is the Land Based College in Old Warden. My main interests are in Countryside activities, Agriculture and working with young people so my job is as good as it can get. I have 4 children who have all recently left home and are making their own way in their own lives and I am enjoying seeing their careers develop. I am interested in our local community, in helping make things as good as they can be and in making a difference.

  • Ian Smith - I have recently joined Sandy Upper School as a Co Opted Governor and look forward to using my knowledge and experience gained through employment in both private and public sectors. This includes working with the governing body and staff to provide benefits in all areas as well as improve working relationships with all public and private bodies. I have over twenty years’ experience in local government, both County and Unitary Councils with experience of dealing with all departments including highways, education and social care. Over three years on Blunham Parish Council, two as Chair and member of all committees. I have Private Sector experience including Construction, Highways and IT and I am a School Governor of John Donne Lower School (Parish Council representative). My professional experience; full Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Chartered Member of the British Computer Society and Full Member of the Chartered Management Institute. With over thirty years’ experience in the IT in both public and private sectors covering all areas from operations to procurement and finance/budget control to people and contract management. Expert knowledge of Procurement, contract and supplier management identifying efficiencies and managing supplier performance at all levels including PFI contracts over £130m.

  • Tracey Hinson - I have spent most of my working life at Sandy Upper School, joining in 1991, and am the only remaining teacher who has worked under all of the Head Teachers the School has ever had. I have held a number of positions in the school and was promoted to Head of Science approximately 9 years ago. I have two daughters who have both studied at Sandy. Whenever I am planning or observing a lesson, evaluating strategy or employing a new member of staff I have one simple question; “Is this good enough for my child?” If the answer is “No” something needs to change. I have previously served two terms as a Governor at our local Lower School and took an active role in the selection of their Head Teacher. I am currently the Lay Chair of Elstow Abbey Parochial Church Council.

  • Alistair Ramsay - I am the newest member of the Governing Body and joined SUS as a parent governor at the end of 2016. I have 3 children each attending a lower, middle and upper school in the area. I am passionate about young people and education. I want Sandy to have an end to end educational journey that enables every child to progress and reach their potential - I know SUS are excellent at achieving this. I have been a parent governor in the past at a lower school for six years and I volunteer locally for the charity Groundwork East in the local education and youth team. I have over 17 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry working in I.T. I am currently managing IT Systems for drug safety scientists.

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