Governor Profiles


Governor Name Governor Profile Information
Mr Derek PriceMr Derek Price

I moved to Barton Seagrave 30 years ago and have worked in Finance and IT with Weetabix since then, finally retiring last summer.  I joined the Governing Body 2 years ago as a Foundation Governor and have used my experience as a qualified accountant to support the Governing Body with a more commercial view to supplement the strong educational skills already present.

During my first 2 years I have been chair of the resources committee which is focused upon the practical aspects of Finance, Property Management, HR etc required for the effective running of the school. I have also been a member of the SIAMS team within the Governing Body. As a member of St Botolph’s Church I also hope to support the links between the school and the local church community.

Louise WillisLouise Willis

As a Foundation Governor, I believe nurturing children to follow the teachings of a Christian ethos gives them experience and confidence and this helps them to deal with life in a balanced and rounded manner. I am a lifelong life Christian, with a Godson at Hayfield Cross Church of England School.

I am a member of the Church of Christ the King, in Kettering, where I have been involved in many areas and it was through the Church, I saw the opportunity to serve at the School.

Following a successful career in the commercial sector I moved into the education sector where I was appointed as a School Business Manager. My major areas of experience are all those you would expect from a qualified School Business Manager.  My specific area of expertise are Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity and Disability Advocacy. With over 25 years’ experience in both industry and education, I feel well placed to understand the complexities of excellent education and the need for prudent monetary value within a growing school community.

I am married with a Daughter and one Grandson, who I naturally adore spending time with. Our house is filled with two Labradors and a Jack Russell who give endless joy to all who meet them.

Emma HalesEmma Hales

Profile to follow.

Helen Tilney Helen Tilney

I am thrilled to be a Foundation Governor and I hope to serve the children, parents, staff and all those connected with Hayfield Cross school to the best of my ability.

I have many years’ experience as a PA in the Civil Service after which I joined Rock UK Adventure Centres (who own and operate the Frontier Centre at Irthlingborough) as PA to their Chief Executive. I am currently employed by St Botolph’s Church, Barton Seagrave as their Families and Children’s worker and I am looking forward to building strong links with the staff and families of Hayfield Cross School. I have been a regular member of St Bot’s since my family and I moved to Northamptonshire in 2007.

My husband, Graham, and I have one teenage son and we are also long-term foster carers for another teenage boy. I have always been a supporter of my children’s schools and throughout their time at primary school I was closely involved with helping wherever I could – I particularly enjoyed school trips to interesting places and doing one to one reading sessions.

I have a particular passion for encouraging children to read and this, along with a focus on the use of the Sports’ Premium, are my particular areas of responsibility as a governor.

It is my belief that we give children the best start in life by teaching them what Jesus taught and enabling them to explore questions of faith in relation to everyday situations.

Paul TonksPaul Tonks

I joined the Governing Board in September 2018 as a local authority governor.  I have lived in Northamptonshire for over 15 years and have two grown up children.  I strongly believe in learning and development and seeing children achieve their full potential.

I am a qualified accountant and work in the strategy team at Weetabix - based locally in their head office in Burton Latimer.  I have extensive experience in project management and in governance and look to contribute these skills in serving as a Governor.  For over 12 years I have led a junior church group for 8 to 11 year olds at my local church.  I wish to be part of Hayfield Cross’ ongoing development and currently am a member of number of Committees – including Resources (Finance), Pay and Performance and SIAMs (Church schools inspection).

Lindsey AtkinsLindsey Atkins

My appointment as a Foundation Governor started in January 2019, previous to this I had experience of being a co-opted Governor for an Infants school in Wellingborough overseeing safeguarding.

I am a Mum to two children currently attending Hayfield Cross C and E School. In my spare time I enjoy baking, walking, crafting and have a passion for learning new skills.

Having worked in the secondary school sector for 18 years as a teacher of creative arts I became an advocate for the importance and benefits of Arts Education. During this time I developed my career to become curriculum leader, lead on whole school pedagogy training and took great pride in being part of teacher training programmes.  

As a teacher and foundation governor I am passionate that every child, no matter what their starting point, has the right to a well-rounded education that provides them with the skills, tools and opportunities to be the best version of themselves. 

Not only did I choose Hayfield for my children when I moved to the area but when I had the opportunity to become a Foundation governor I was delighted to part of the schools journey as I believe in not only their Christian Values but also what the school wants to achieve and its vision.   

Rev Eleanor Jeans Rev Eleanor Jeans

I became a foundation governor in 2015 but am now an Associate to the governing body (I can’t vote!) and Chaplain to the school. I run our SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools) group and you’ll find me leading Wednesday Worship and occasionally on the school gate. I really enjoy and am passionate about helping us be the best church school we can be.

Before becoming a vicar I worked as a professional musician and violin teacher. Now, I am Associate Vicar at the Church of Christ the King in Kettering, which is  one of our two link churches as a school and my work there involves looking after our pastoral ministry and small groups as well as doing the usual vicary things! I have written a musical for primary school children telling the Easter Story and am in the process of trying to get a course on singleness published.

In my spare time (vicars DO work more than just Sundays) I enjoy playing badminton, going swimming, meeting up with friends and organising trips abroad. I might also occasionally play my violin!

Mrs Helen Cracknell Mrs Helen Cracknell

My appointment as a Foundation Governor  started in the Autumn 2015; before this I was a member of the Shadow Governing Body. I have been reappointed by Peterborough Diocese for a second term.

In my spare time, once a week, I support the National Trust as a room guide telling visitors about the history of the property.  I am a Christian and an active member of Gleneagles Church Wellingborough where I support several groups  including the role of church treasurer.   I am married with two grown up married sons and now have three grandchildren who all attend Hayfield Cross Church of England School.

My experience as a teacher for over 30 years and a  Head teacher in several schools finally retiring from my last headship in August 2013. After  which I worked part-time for four years at Northampton  University in Initial Teaching Training supporting trainee teachers in their training.

 As a  Foundation Governor at Hayfield Cross Church of England School I am focused on ensuring we develop, with the staff team, an amazing school which is outstanding in all areas through which we can promote Christian values and beliefs.  Every child has the right to high quality education in an effective, creative environment

Steve AtkinsSteve Atkins

Having joined as a Foundation Governor in 2018, I am delighted to play a strategic role in both the present and future of Hayfield Cross. As such I am committed to striving to help to achieve best use of all our resources to achieve sustained excellence, embedding learning as a lifelong process for all whilst actively promoting the Christian beliefs and values underpinning the school’s ethos.

My current roles include that of Vice-Chair of Governors, being our Safeguarding Governor and chairing the Admissions Committee. I sit on the Quality and Standards Committee and link with the science curriculum throughout the school. Already I am proud of the dedicated, committed team delivering high-quality education in a creative, supportive and inspiring way for each and every child – features confirmed in the 2018 Ofsted inspection.

After over thirty in the teaching profession, culminating in fourteen years in Senior Leadership as Assistant Principal in a large Academy, I have recently taken early retirement. My background was in leading on best use of performance data and timetabling along with curriculum/staffing planning and delivery.

Beyond the Governor role I am a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) in the Church of England, currently serving as PCC Vice-Chair and in several leadership roles at Christ the King Church in Kettering. My leisure interests include compiling/competing in quizzes, especially as charity fundraising events, whilst being a fan of almost all sports, having previously been a National Level hockey umpire, coupled with collecting whisky and related ephemera.

Kate ExallKate Exall

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in July 2019.

I am a member of the Church of Christ the King Kettering where I have been involved in the Children’s work for over 15 years and I am a founding team member of Mish Mash, our monthly service for families of children with disabilities.

I qualified and practiced as a solicitor locally but now work as a Law Lecturer at the University of Northampton where I specialise in Employment and Discrimination Law and Property Law.   This role allows me to help students raise their aspirations and achieve their potential and I hope to use this experience to support Hayfield Cross with their aim of every child achieving their full potential.

Outside of my work, I am married with 2 daughters, one who is at University and the other currently finishing her A levels and both of whom have been educated in Kettering.   I enjoy walking and travelling both in the UK and overseas.

I can bring a range of skills to the role of Foundation Governor at Hayfield Cross Church of England School and will support the School in providing the highest quality of education in a Christian setting.