Who are they?

Perry Huntley

Chair of Trustees
Founding Academy Member


I am an MBA graduate with over 20 years’ experience in food service retailing, including senior positions at Whitbread, Mitchells & Butlers and Stonegate where I have led teams delivering significant change programmes, brand transition, product innovation and team skills development. Married with three daughters, a park runner, music lover and avid Portsmouth FC fan.

I've been lucky enough to have been a Governor at two schools within our community cluster and I am one of the founding members helping Henlow to academy status in 2012. Since then I've been the chair of trustees supporting and challenging "our school" through some significant transformational programmes notably, recruiting our Head Teacher, setting and monitoring strategic direction, three Ofsted + two SIAMS inspections and seven annual reports.

I'm even luckier to get a front row seat at many whole school gatherings such as our end of term assemblies, key stage drama productions and concerts from our annual visit from the Watoto (Children's) choir from Uganda, just one of the amazing fundraising events our Children passionately support.

I believe my role is to work closely with the trustees, the SLT and key stakeholders to deliver an exciting long term future for the school, ensuring parents and carers have choice and confidence in pupil progress and attainment. To positively challenge financial and performance management and celebrating our success along the way. 



Mrs C Earp
I am Headteacher and governor. My qualifications (PGCE, MEd and NPQH) are appropriate for a career devoted to educating young people and I have taught, mainly in secondary education, for over thirty years. Since 1996 I have led departments and year teams, performed assistant and deputy headship roles before beginning my headship five years ago. My experience of seven different schools helps me to appreciate what is truly distinctive about Henlow Church of England Academy and guides the strategic and day to day thinking I engage in. As a parent of a secondary school-aged daughter I am able to draw on this experience too as we seek to work in partnership with our parents and our community.
Mrs Tracy Molyneux FCCA
Community Governor

I am a qualified accountant with over 20 years post qualification experience in various accounting roles from auditing, finance management to my existing role as Financial Controller of a £15m business. I am the finance lead governor and my role involves regularly meeting with the finance staff at Henlow Academy, understanding the financial position of the Academy, challenging budgets set and actual results reported. I also assist with the audit process and review the financial accounts before they are presented to the whole Governing Body.

I have 2 children who attend Henlow Academy and have a keen interest in reviewing the performance data of the school, especially progress made for SEN children.

Outside of my role as an accountant I am a keen sportswoman and represent Bedfordshire at Badminton.
Rev. Patsy Critchley
Church Foundation Governor
I qualified as a secondary school English teacher in 1970.I Taught in schools in Basildon, Harlow, Middlesbrough and Reading before taking a career break to bring up my children.
By the time I returned to teaching I was living in Bedfordshire and joined the staff of Samuel Whitbread Community College. During this time I was involved with middle school liaison with Henlow Middle School.

In 2003 I retired from teaching and trained as an Anglican priest. I was ordained in 2007 and became curate in the benefice of Meppershall and Shefford.

I became a governor of Meppershall lower school in November of that year. In 2010 I became curate in the benefice of Henlow and Langford, ceased my governorship of Meppershall, and became a church foundation governor of Henlow Academy. I bring knowledge of the schools in this area from my teaching career.

My main concern as a church governor is to be involved in upholding the Christian ethos of the school. I have the ability to be involved in the taking of Church services and assemblies if required. I believe that my main function is to support the teaching and ancillary staff at the school and to make sure that the community is aware of the unique position of the school in being able to provide parents with choice when it comes to providing a Christian education which is fully inclusive of all faiths.



Revd Shaun Speller 
Vicar of St Mary's, Henlow & St Andrews, Langford - Church Foundation Governor
I graduated in 1987 with a BA (Hons) in Government from Birmingham University. I then worked for H.M. Revenue and Customs for 24 years in a variety of roles including debt recovery, technical casework, people management and training development. In 2011 I trained for full time ordained ministry in the Church of England at Ripon College Cuddesdon, in Oxford. After completing my training as a curate I was appointed Vicar of Henlow and Langford in January 2017.
I am a familiar face around the school, spending most Monday afternoons at Henlow Academy, as well as involvement in collective worship and assemblies. I take a keen interest in pastoral issues and I am the link governor on attendance matters. I am also involved in two other feeder schools - Raynsford Academy as a Church Foundation Governor and Langford Village Academy as a regular visitor.
My key role is to contribute to the distinctive christian character of the school which is expressed in a strong community ethos.
Miss Julia Cave
Staff Governor
In  my 21 years of teaching, I have been a teacher governor for two terms, led departments, managed Key Stages 2 and 3 and  served as a Deputy Head responsible for  pupil engagement and safeguarding. I am motivated by ensuring the young people in my care are given the right opportunities for them to flourish and I believe that pupils who feel safe and valued will thrive. I enjoy working with all stakeholders and am very excited to be given the opportunity to contribute to the strategic direction of our school, as it continues to be a school of choice. Guiding the lives of young people is a privileged position to be in and I am proud to be working at Henlow Church of England Academy, where the sense of community is strong and everything we do is underpinned by our values, providing our pupils with the skills they need to succeed as they grow. 
Mrs Alison Allen
Founding Member
I have been a governor for 12 years, 10 of which have been spent at Henlow. I was initially a parent governor but became one of the Founding Members when we became an academy in 2012. 
During this time I have held many roles including Chair of both the Premises and Finance and Curriculum and Personnel Committees. Most recently I became the link governor on the Continuous Data working party . as this used my degree and previous work experiences in maths and statistics to best effect. 
I help with recruitment interviews, sit on the Staff Payroll committee and am instrumental in the Head Teacher’s Review process. 
Whilst my children left Henlow several years ago, I am still strongly attached to the school and am passionate about helping the school and pupils reach their full potential.
Mr Ed Barnes
Community Governor
I became a governor at Henlow C of E Academy in Spring 2018. There were three main motivators for me to join the governing board, my son is a pupil at the school, I also attended the school soon after its opening in the early 1980's and I feel it important to be able to reinvest in the community in which I live. I am the Link Governor for Health & Safety and take a collegiate approach to working with the leadership team and other governors. In my day to day life I am a Director of a number of property companies specialising in estate regeneration, new build affordable housing projects, community buildings and schools.
Mr Gavin Coombs
Parent Governor

I am proud to be a Parent Governor at Henlow C of E Academy and have held this role since May 2018.  I have two children at Henlow and they both are benefiting from a superb value-based education. I feel privileged to be in a position where I can help provide strategic leadership to ensure we deliver an outstanding education for all the children in our school community. Henlow’s Church of England ethos is strong and really helps the school to be a ‘school of choice’.

I have been the Chair of Governors at one of Henlow’s feeder lower schools for over 5 years.  This school is in a hard federation with another lower school so I also the Chair of Governors there. I am able to use my knowledge and experiences from the lower schools to enhance my role at Henlow. I have substantial experience in Local Government with many years as a senior manager with responsibility for Facilities, Property Management and Health and Safety.



Paul Hayward
Parent Governor
I was appointed as a parent governor in January 2017 and over the best part of three years have been proud to be a "critical friend" of the head and her senior leadership team and support them in their drive to offer the pupils of Henlow Academy an excellent all round education on their path to adulthood.
I currently have two children at the school (and one who has left), all of whom prospered at Henlow and benefitted from a great values based education.  I was previously a parent governor at one of the feeder schools, and have seen first hand the effort the school puts into prospective pupils in the lead up to the move to Henlow.
Over my time as a Henlow governor, I have been involved in the Curriculum committee, the building programme for the next sports hall and classroom block, and the Maths Focus governor as part of the school priorities.
I am an engineer by trade, working in the offshore oil and gas sphere for too long to remember, so I lean towards maths and science rather than the arts, and having had a traditional education, I am keen to see that the 3 R's are not forgotten in the education of today's children.
Mrs Naomi Matthiae
Parent Governor

I am a BACP registered counsellor, providing therapeutic support for children who are struggling with mental health problems, accessing education or family difficulties, many of whom have a diagnosis of ASD and/or ADHD. I have worked for many years with children and their families in a variety of settings including specialist schools and a children’s hospital. I can provide support for the Governing Board through my extensive experience of working with children with a range of special educational needs and disabilities

I applied to become a Parent Governor as I wanted to support the school at this time of uncertainty and potential change. My daughter attends Henlow and she is thriving and very settled at the school.



Mrs Karen Evans
Staff Governor
I joined Henlow C of E Academy in December 2017 as Business Administrator and became a Staff Governor in February 2018. Having worked in schools for 5 years, I was keen to gain greater knowledge of how schools work, the challenges they face and to be a part of the team that takes this wonderful school forward.
My main role as a Staff Governor is to represent the staff and put their views forward reasonably and faithfully. 
I have worked in several education settings and hope that the administrative skills and practical working knowledge I have helps the Governing Body to deploy strategies on the ground.
I attended Henlow as a child and I could not be prouder to work here as an adult. 
Mrs Nicola Cooper
Staff Governor
I am excited and proud to be a Staff Governor at Henlow, I  have a strong background of working as a School Governor.  I have been a staff governor in another school I worked at  and more recently was on the Governing Body of one of our feeder schools for almost ten years.  During that time,  I was Chair of Governors for five years.  This was an excellent opportunity to work as part of a team with different people and stakeholders, it was thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable.  It gave me a working  insight of the everyday, medium and long term challenges and opportunities facing our schools.
I have been  Head of Geography in three schools and have taught Geography at GCSE and A- Level.  I have  also had a pastoral management role as Assistant Key Stage Three manager in a large Secondary school in Buckinghamshire.  I currently enjoy my role as a Key Stage 3 Form Tutor at Henlow.
I also have some business experience,  having been a partner in an Equine Forage and Bedding company up until recently.  This, along with my previous governance experience helps to give me a wider perspective and understanding of school strategy and direction.
I have two daughters, both have attended Henlow Academy.  My youngest daughter is currently in year 7.