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Our Governing Body

Sponsor and Member

  • Haig Oundjian (2005)


  • John Wilcox (May 2020)
  • Wendy Rice-Morley (Aug 2020)
  • Raj Joshi (Aug 2020)

Co-opted Governors

  • Ash Aggarwal (July 2021)
  • David McVean (Dec 2021) Chair of Governors
  • Paul Shipley (July 2021)


  • Niall McManus - Interim Headteacher (April 2022)

Staff Governor

  • Helen Howley - Staff Governor (2020)

Parent Governor

  • Claire Brooks (Sept 2021)
  • Sue Lowden (2016)

Clerk to Governors

  • Sue Littman

The Harefield Academy Trust - Company Secretary (not a member of the GB)

  • TBC

Finance, HR, Audit and Risk Committee:

  • Ash Aggarwal
  • Niall McManus - Interim Headteacher
  • Paul Shipley
  • Greg Tanner (July 2022)

Curriculum Committee:

  • Claire Brooks
  • Helen Howley
  • Sue Lowden

For all governance related enquiries, or to contact the Chair of Governors, please email

Code of Conduct for Academy Local Board of Governors

What Does a Governor Do?

Our Sponsor

Our Sponsor, Haig Oundjian, is a businessman who first became involved in the development of The Academy through his association with Watford Football Club. He brings to The Academy a passion for backing a high quality independent school within the state sector. He is determined to offer an 11-18 school that is accessible and open to the community.

Governing Body Meetings - 2021-2022

Governing Body Meetings – 2020/2021

Governors' Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2021-2022

Governors' Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

Governors’ Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2019-2020

The Articles of Association

The HAT Articles of Association are linked to this page.

HAT Scheme of Delegation May 2021

Register of Interests (Business and Pecuniary)

Register of Interest