Governing Body

Governance and School Leadership at Greensand Federation

The Greensand Federation operates under the leadership of its dedicated Federation Governing Body. This body not only ensures cohesion across our schools but also underscores the core values and objectives shared by the federation.

Key Responsibilities of the Federation Governing Body:

  • Recognising the distinct contexts and environments of each school within the federation.
  • Supervising academic standards and achievements across all schools.
  • Addressing the specific needs and aspirations of the communities we serve.
  • Drafting and steering strategic plans and initiatives federation-wide.
  • Ensuring consistent implementation of policies across all schools.
  • Solidifying relationships with stakeholders to facilitate optimal outcomes.
  • Collaborating closely with the Leadership Teams of each school, offering support and constructive assessment of practices.


Every member of the Federation Governing Body adopts the role of ‘Link Governors’ for specific areas. These Link Governors are tasked with holding each school’s leadership accountable, tapping into local insights, and integrating their broader experiences. Their dedication ensures that they always champion the federation’s collective best interests. The Federation Governing Body convenes six times annually and does not work through subcommittees.

For a deeper dive into the governance structure of Greensand Federation, delegation guidelines, and crucial legal and financial documents, kindly refer to the information provided below.

Farah Stones

Farah has been a veterinary surgeon for 28 years. For the past 18 years she has been working at a veterinary practice in Upper Caldecote, where she is currently the Clinical Director. Farah has two children attending Sandy Secondary School. Farah initially joined the Governing body as a parent Governor at Moggerhanger Primary School when her children started there. As a parent Farah has a keen interest in education and enjoys being able to make some contribution to support the school in their mission to provide all their students with the ability to achieve their full potential.

Parent Governor

Ceri Rose

I have recently been elected as Parent Governor at Sandy Secondary School. I have 5 years of Executive Board, Governance and Charity experience. I work in Marketing and Communications for The Open University, and I have been an executive board member for the last 5 years, previously with the NHS. I previously served as Vice Chair of Potton Federation Schools, on the governing body for 4 years, to support the mission of 'every child can'. During this time, I chaired the Standards Committee with oversight of the school improvement plan and took part in a successful 'Good' Ofsted inspection. I attended regular training from Central Bedfordshire Council. I can support with oversight on areas such as communications handling, digital, finances, audit, safeguarding and health and safety (having worked in a regulated environment).

Parent Governor

Tracey Hinson

Tracey has spent most of her working life at Sandy Upper School, joining in 1991, and she is the last remaining teacher who has worked under all of the Head Teachers the School has ever had. Tracey has held a number of positions in the school; she is a Science teacher and has previously been Head of the Science department for more than 10 years. She is now employed as an Assistant Principal with responsibility for the Sixth Form and Community.

Tracey has two daughters who both studied at Sandy Secondary School. Whenever Tracey plans or observes a lesson, evaluates strategy or employs a new member of staff she has one simple question; “Is this good enough for her child?” If the answer is “No” then something needs to change! Sandy Secondary School has been a big part of Tracey’s life for a long time and she is very pleased to be serving as Staff Governor during the next exciting phase of the school’s development.

Staff Governor

Sue Bell

A retired teacher, Sue has lived in Sandy for over 30 years, and worked at several local schools, including Sandy Secondary (when it was an upper school) and Sandye Place. She now works part-time for Cambridge International Examinations. Prior to teaching, Sue worked for Hertfordshire Police and in residential social work and she also has experience in governorship. Sue joined the Governing Body in June 2023, having recently become a Central Bedfordshire Councilor and is also an active member of St. Swithun’s Church community, Sandy Community Choir, Ampthill Town Band and Quintessential Brass. She is looking forward to being part of a team clearly dedicated to driving the school forward.

Local Authority Governor

Michelle Courtney

Michelle joined the Governing Body in 2018 as she wanted to be involved in the evolution of Sandy Upper School into Sandy Secondary School. Michelle qualified from Trinity College, Cambridge and is a veterinary surgeon working exclusively in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care. She has lived in Sandy with her family for many years and is a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy. Michelle’s driving ambition is to empower students of all abilities, backgrounds, and aspirations to release their full potential; she hopes to achieve this by working with the rest of the Governing Body to create an inspiring learning environment which enriches of all who attend Sandy Secondary School.

Co-Opted Governor / Vice Chair Of Governors / Chair of Standards Committee

Tim Gardiner

I am a proud dad to boys in Years 10 and 12 and have been a member of the Governing board of Sandy Secondary School since November 2020, being voted in as Vice-Chair in Oct 2021 and Chair in Sept 2023. I am passionate about all children fulfilling their educational potential in a safe and fun environment, especially in the areas of STEM and the performing arts - and in Sandy Secondary School, we have a school the town should be proud of. In my day job, I am a freelance IT consultant, designing cloud-based systems for big retailers such as Sainsburys and Argos. In my spare time, my interests are music, cycling and musical theatre.

Co-Opted Governor / Chair of Governors / Chair of Business Committee / Chair of Pay Committee

Mark Martin

Mark Martin, a dynamic and experienced professional, contributes his extensive knowledge to Sandy Secondary School as a Co-Opted Governor. With a background in local government, IT, and business, Mark founded MDM Consultants and MDM Compliance Systems. He's actively involved in community projects like facilitating new facilities at the school and emphasizes the importance of exercise and personal development. Mark, an ex-professional tennis player, brings a unique perspective to the Governing Body, focusing on the well-being and future of the students.

Co-Opted Governor

Ben Truppin

Hi there, my name is Ben Truppin and I’m a recent addition to the Governing Body at Sandy Secondary School, sitting on the Standards Committee. My wife, children and I are happily settled in Sandy having moved here 6 years ago with all our kids attending a local primary school before the eldest started at Sandy Secondary School in September 2020. My interest in governor matters is firmly seated in my desire to support the school in driving the educational and pastoral outcomes for all children and ensuring it is a school we can continue to be proud of. Professionally, I hold a directorship at a management consultancy, where I focus on helping large organisations improve their digital customer experiences.

Co-Opted Governor

Andy King

I joined the Governing body in July 2022. I've been a parent-governor at Maple Tree Primary school since 2017, recently becoming co-chair. My eldest child attends Sandy Secondary School and I will have a second child joining in 2023. I am passionate about the school curriculum and how we equip our children with the skills they'll need to thrive in today's modern economy, whilst still having a rounded education. I work at Tesco in WGC as a Senior Product Manager, a role that has taken me across Europe and Asia in the 26 years I've worked there. In my spare time I'm a Cub Scout leader, looking after 1st Sandy Saxon Cub Pack. I am also a keen karate student.

Co-Opted Governor

Nigel Aldis

Nigel Aldis is in his second term as a governor of the school. He spent over thirty years in Education as a teacher working in all phases – primary, lower, middle, upper, secondary and in two special schools; one for MLD and the other for hearing impaired pupils. Employed mainly as a class teacher but also had specialist posts for mathematics and history. He was previously the Chair of Governors at Maple Tree Lower from when it opened and subsequently at Sandye Place Middle School until it became an academy. Nigel has been a Sandy Town Councillor since co-option in September 1999 and a Blunham Parish Council since election in May 2015. He was an elected member of Mid Beds and then Central Bedfordshire Councils from 2003-2015. He is heavily involved in the local community holding committee positions of several groups.

Foundation Governor

Ian Smith

Ian Smith, a seasoned educator and co-chair of Maple Tree Primary School's governing body since 2017, joined Sandy Secondary School's Governing Body in July 2022. His eldest child is a current student, with a second child joining in 2023. Ian, passionate about equipping children for the modern economy, works as a Senior Product Manager at Tesco in WGC. He brings over 26 years of international professional experience. In his spare time, Ian leads 1st Sandy Saxon Cub Pack and practices karate.

Foundation Governor

Sharon Kane

Sharon Kane serves as the esteemed Finance Director for Sandy Secondary School, a position she embraces with both professionalism and personal connection. Over the years, not only has she diligently overseen the school's financial operations, ensuring its stability and growth, but she has also watched her own children thrive within its walls. This dual perspective has afforded her a unique insight into the intricacies of school management and the genuine impact of its educational programs on students. Sharon's commitment extends beyond ledgers and balance sheets; it's rooted in a deep-seated desire to contribute to an institution that has given so much to her family. Her extensive financial acumen combined with her personal investment in the school makes her an indispensable member of the Sandy Secondary School governing team.

Finance Director

Karen Hayward

Karen Hayward stands at the helm of Sandy Secondary School as its Executive Principal, leading with a vision that amalgamates innovation with tradition. With years of experience in education, Karen's leadership is characterised by her unwavering commitment to academic excellence, holistic student development, and staff empowerment. Her strategic approach, coupled with her genuine passion for education, has steered the institution with privilege. Beyond her administrative expertise, Karen possesses a deep understanding of the school community, often going the extra mile to ensure that every student feels seen, heard, and supported. As Executive Principal, she is not just a figurehead but the very heartbeat of Sandy Secondary School, constantly striving to elevate its standards and reputation for the benefit of our students and the community we serve.

Executive Principal

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