Governors Pen Portraits

Mr David Cowley - Chair of Governors

David Cowley

David is a sponsor governor. He was involved in the planning for the Academy in the year before the school opened and became Chair of the Local Governing Body in September 2009. He was a governor of the sponsor, Wellington College from1997 to 2008. He lives in Hampshire and is also Chairman of The Not Forgotten Association, a tri service charity which cares for injured and disabled service and ex-service men and women. He retired from a career in insurance broking aged 60 in 2008.



Mr Robin Edwards - Parent Governor

Robin Edwards

Robin is Parent Governor with two children in the Academy. Robin has lived in and worked in Hampshire, apart from a foray to Cyprus for 2 years, for the last 16 years as a chartered surveyor.  He currently works for a membership organisation covering the South East region based in Andover.


Mrs Sarah Evans - Sponsor Governor

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans is the governor focusing on inclusion and students with additional educational needs and has been a governor since 2010. Sarah founded, and is now Chair of Governors at Westside School in Hammersmith; a small secondary school for students who have been excluded from the mainstream system, and wish to go on in education. Sarah has family roots in Wiltshire near the Academy, and a background in psychology, management consulting, and finance.


Mr Tom Hicks - Sponsor Governor

Tom Hicks

Tom is a sponsor governor who has worked at Wellington College since 2009 as a boarding housemaster and since 2014 as Head of Group Boarding. He is also an English teacher who holds a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University. His major educational interests are co-education, boarding and leadership and he sits on the Academic Committee as well as the LGB. Aside from this, he has recently retired from a semi-professional cricket career.


Mr Charles Howard - Wiltshire Country Council Governor

Charles Howard

A member of Wiltshire Council representing the Collingbournes and Netheravon Division, Charles is the Wiltshire Council Governor. His special interest is in maintaining and developing links between the Academy and the local community. After thirteen years in the Army, he spent the next thirty two years in the financial services business in London, retired in 2002 and became a Councillor in 2007.



Mrs Anne Keane-Maher - Sponsor Governor, Chair of Academic Working Group

Anne Keane-Maher

Ann became a headteacher in 2002. The school achieved 4 consecutive Outstanding Ofsted judgements. In 2007 she was asked to take on board a failing school. It had been in special measures for 5 years. It was taken out of special measures the following year and she ran both schools together for 2 years. She was then asked by the education minister to be the first state school to sponsor another school as an Academy; she took both schools into Academy status. She returned to the south of England in September 2011 as a Headteacher in Wokingham. She has worked with Wellington Academy for 3 years  and is very proud of the journey the school has made.


Colonel Steve Lawton - Military Governor

Steve Lawton

Colonel Steve Lawton is the Tidworth Garrison Commander and an ex-officio military governor.



Mr Matthew Oakman - Sponsor Governor

Matthew Oakman

Matt is a sponsor governor primarily through his role as Deputy Head (Academic) at Wellington College. He takes a particular interest in academic matters focusing on data performance and curriculum development. He has worked at Wellington College for the past 18 years and previous roles have included Director of Sport and Head of 6th Form.