Mark Hayes


Mark Hayes qualified as an architect as his career progressed via consultancy work into development, moving on to strategic responsibility and leadership when he commenced his current employment as Chief Executive at Christian Action Housing in Enfield. Mark has been a secondary school governor for over 20 years, chairing the SWCHS Governing Body for 14 years. Mark is also an elder, lay preacher and youth club leader in the United Reformed Church. He enjoys the theatre, music, hill walking and writing crime novels.

Caroline Derbyshire

CEO, and Executive Headteacher, SWCHS

Caroline Derbyshire was first involved with Saffron Walden County High School as Deputy Headteacher (2000-2006). She left the school to become Principal of nearby Linton Village College, a role she enjoyed for ten years. In her decade at the helm the school achieved an Ofsted grading of ‘Outstanding’ on two occasions. Caroline took up the position of CEO of SAT, and Headteacher at SWCHS, in January 2016. She is a music lover, a keen theatre goer, a fan of cricket and tennis, and a trustee of Oakley Holiday Parties, a ‘not for profit’ organisation providing activity holidays for teenagers.

Barbara Calland

Trustee, and Chair of SWCHS’s LGB

Barbara trained as a teacher and then went into management consultancy. She joined Price Waterhouse Coopers in London and became Head of Human Resources. Since leaving PwC, Barbara has worked for a number of educational charities including CRAC (the organisation for career development in education) and a charity supporting teacher wellbeing in schools. She is currently Programme Manager with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity working with education and business to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Barbara has chaired the SWCHS LGB since January 2014.

James Keeler


James is a university lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He is also the Senior Tutor and Admissions Tutor of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, and a Director of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. James’s areas of experience are: scientific research, scientific and academic publishing, teaching in a higher education context,curriculum development in higher education, university admissions processes (mainly of Russell Group universities), pastoral care in a higher education context, student finance, and secondary education in general terms especially assessment systems. James chairs the Alec Hunter Academy Education and Performance Committee.

David Barrs


David is Co-Headteacher of the Anglo European School, a co-educational comprehensive school near Chelmsford which was the first state school to introduce the International Baccalaureate.Diploma in 1977. He currently chairs the Heads Council of the IB and sits on the IB Board of Governors. His school also teaches A levels. David is chairman of both Saffron Walden Cricket Club and the Yellow Car Charitable Trust, and a trustee of Saffron Hall Trust.David started his teaching career at SWCHS. He has lived in Saffron Walden for nearly 40 years and has two children, both of whom attended Saffron Walden County High School.

Linda Vincent


Linda’s professional life has mainly been in banking, both in the City and abroad. She has a degree in Modern Germanic Languages. Following a career break Linda works at a secondary academy school in North Essex providing pastoral support. Linda has been a governor at a nursery school, at one of SWCHS’s feeder primary schools, and is currently a community governor at SWCHS. Linda sits on the SAT Finance Committee.

Peter Whent

Trustee, and Chair of Alec Hunter Academy’s LGB

Peter is Managing Director of a company specialising in forensic crime investigation. He is also a qualified university teacher and assists with planning and developing MSc BSc degree courses. Peter is a former high ranking police officer, with extensive expertise in security issues and anti-terrorism measures. He also has experience of providing victim support.

Ian Murphy


Owner, Founder, Director Plextek Ltd, Plextek Services Ltd, Blighter Ltd, Redtail Telematics Ltd, Pale Blue Group Ltd, RedCloud Ltd. Over 35 years’ experience in the design and development and mass production of complex electronic products from commercial devices to Defence systems.

John Kerr


John Kerr is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in commercial property throughout the UK. He holds a degree in Urban Estate Management.  John is also a Trustee of two pension funds. Prior to joining SAT, John was a governor of RAB schools where he chaired the Resources Committee. He has lived in Saffron Walden for 15 years and has three children, all of whom attended Saffron Walden County High School.

Jane Marshall

Jane is a Consultant Statistical Programmer working on clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry. Her background is in maths, statistics and programming. Jane is currently Chair of Governors at R A Butler Academy where she sits on the Finance and the Pupils and Standards committees. Jane has lived in Saffron Walden for more than 20 years. She has four children, all of whom have attended RAB and SWCHS where the youngest two are still pupils.


Paul Sinnott


Paul Sinnott has been a governor at Katherine Semar Schools for six years and is the Chair of the Resources Committee. He has one son at SWCHS and one at Katherine Semar Junior School. He has a degree from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Open University. He lives in Saffron Walden and works at director level in IT Business Services.

Jackie Sweeting


Jackie Sweeting started her career at Johnson Matthey in sales and marketing.  Part of her 18 years with the company were spent working in a sales office in Germany.  Subsequent years were spent travelling the world as a Sales and Marketing Manager. Having started a family she set up a business working from home before studying for a Certificate in School Business Management and moving into a role in education, as Business Manager at Thaxted Primary School.  Whilst working from home, Jackie was Clerk to 7 Governing Bodies and she was Chair of the Governing Body at Katherine Semar Junior School for 3 years.