Mark Hayes


Mark Hayes qualified as an architect and 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 Local 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.


Sarah Dignasse

Trustee, and Chair of SWCHS’s LGB

Sarah is a former Essex secondary Headteacher who remains involved in educational improvement initiatives through her on-going work with schools in both Essex and Newham. She has extensive experience of curriculum development through her work with the Uttlesford schools, aiming to ensure that that the educational needs of all young people are met. She has served as an Interim Executive Board member with schools facing challenging circumstances and is chair of the management committee of an Adolescent Psychiatric Unit. Sarah also chairs Families In Focus (Essex), a local charity which supports families who have a child                                                             with Special Education Needs or Disabilities. She sits on the SAT Standards                                                       Committee.


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 SAT                                                                  Standards Committee


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.