Meet Our Governors


Chair of Governors - David Pearson

On 1 September 2017, I was invited to joint WISE Academies as a trustee. I very quickly learned the ethos of WISE Academies and their agenda to give every pupil the best possible education in a safe and supported environment.

On 8 March 2018, I was given the opportunity to join the Governing Body of Bexhill Academy. This would give me a real opportunity to see first-hand that ethos being delivered in a school. I was immediately taken by the extent and depth of commitment given by the staff and Head Teacher and the education and nurturing of the pupils in their charge. It was reassuring to see WISE academies ’practise what they preach’!

On 21 April 2018, I was appointed Vice Chair of Bexhill Academy and became Chair on 16 January 2019, a position that I can consider to be an honour.

In my private life, I am a Chartered Surveyor and the Managing Partner of a medium-sized Regional Consultancy practice here in the North East, helping to deliver construction projects ranging in value from £1M to £80M across the region.

If you have any suggestions as to how you think the governing body can improve its role or ideas/thoughts on the strategic direction of the school I would welcome your thoughts, please contact me via the school. If you have any concerns regarding daily matters in school, then please direct your concerns to the Head who will be delighted to work with you to resolve your concerns.


My name is Harold Braley and I first joined a governing body in the 1980s, my first school was Castle Town Primary school and then at Castle View Comprehensive School.

I have always lived in Sunderland my wife also comes from Sunderland. I've had jobs in my time ranging from the merchant navy to a local taxi driver and  I'm now retired. I have three sons and four grand children, two have attended Bexhill Academy.

I joined Bexhill’s Governing Body because, I have always taken a keen interest in my son's and grandchildren's education and a keen interest in how the school is being managed.

I've got to say that being a governor Bexhill Academy is a great honour and would highly recommend the school  to all parents and grand parents. 


My Name is Mike Finlay and I joined  Bexhill Academy’s Governing Body during the summer term in 2019 as a Co-opted Governor. I have previously been a trustee for a North East art based charity and am keen now to offer support to Bexhill Academy.

Originally from Worcester in the Midlands, I completed a degree and Masters in Fine Art at Newcastle University and Northumbria University respectively. I then moved to France for 3 years to work as a snowboard guide in the winter and surf instructor in the summer. On my return to the UK, I moved back to the North East and am proud to call it home, having lived here for longer than anywhere else!

I now work as a senior leader within a Trust of 4 Academies which cater for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). I am a reviewer within SEND, supporting schools across the country through Challenge Partners, and also sit on two working groups for Durham Local Authority, tasked with improving opportunities for and understanding of Autistic individuals. I work closely with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership as well as individual businesses and training providers to develop learning opportunities and improve working environments for neurodivergent staff. I feel that this experience will assist me in supporting the Governing Body to improve upon the already excellent work that has been implemented.


I’m Leigh Young and I have recently started as a Parent Governor in 2020. I am hoping that interacting with the Governing body will give me: an insight into the decision making process of the school; and an understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. As two of my children attend Bexhill, I already believe that the staff put the children at the centre of everything they do, but I still felt it was important to understand how the school is run.

I currently live in the local area and work in a secondary school in South Shields. I enjoy working in the role of parent governor and hope I can be an effective member of the team. 


I’m Adelle Steinberg and I joined the Governing Body at Bexhill Academy in 2018 as a Parent Governor. The reason I wanted to be a member of the governing body was to get a full understanding of the school and how it was ran. This is important to me as my son is currently in year 4 of Bexhill Academy and I wanted to make sure the school was able to support and meet the needs of the children. From attending governor meetings I have been able to see how well Bexhill is run and understand why decisions are made. I can now greatly appreciate the extensive efforts the staff goes to in order to ensure the children are at the centre of their decision making. 


Laura Hood - Staff Governor

I joined the Governing Body of Bexhill Academy as a Staff Governor in November 2019. I am excited about my role as Staff Governor as I feel it will provide me with further opportunity to work alongside staff, parents, pupils and our community to ensure our pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum.  Staff governors offer a unique insight as their position allows them to see the link between practice and theory.  I can provide this link and also be the voice of the school staff on the Governing Body.

I started work as a teacher at Bexhill in January 2013. Over the past 7 years, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience of our children, our school and its needs.  I have been part of the team, and seen firsthand, Bexhill grow from strength to strength, and want to continue to contribute and ensure that we persistently strive in order to inspire excellence and improve our offer for all our children at Bexhill, so that each individual reaches their true potential.

My roles in Bexhill include; being a class teacher with experience across both Key Stage 1 and 2, leading the school council, organising enrichment across the school, and mentoring both students and newly qualified teachers.  I also have experience of leading a phase within the school, and leading a curriculum area.  I couldn't pick a role that I prefer, as each brings with it unique experiences and opportunities. I hope my knowledge and experience will put me in good stead to work alongside fellow governors to continue to push our school to be the best it can be!


My Name is Diane Jeffries and I’m delighted to be part of Bexhill Governing Body. I am very experienced in Early Years and hold a key position throughout Wise Academies Trust to support Early Years in its development.

I have been heavily involved in supporting Bexhill Academy throughout the years and Bexhill is in my blood. I also take responsibility for safeguarding and visit school regularly to ensure its policies and procedure are up to date and are in use.

As a governor I aim to continue supporting Bexhill Academy to becomes an outstanding academy.