Oakfield Governors

Our Chair of Governors Mr Tim Cutting can be contacted through the Academy on 01373 462539.

Tim Cutting
Tim Cutting
Chair of Governors, Parent Governor Appointed 1.1.2009. Health & Safety Committee.
Tim Cutting is 66 years old, retired and lives in Frome. In 2001 he sold his share in a manufacturing business that he started with his wife and which grew to become a thriving commercial success. Since coming to Frome in 2006 he has studied for and gained an MSc in Architecture (Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies) at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). He was a trustee and Board member of ECOS Trust and ECOS Homes, and is currently a director of Frome Renewable Energy Cooperative (FRECO), Frome Cohousing CIC and the Carley Development Trust CIC.

He became an Oakfield governor in 2007 and was elected as chair of governors in September 2009

Barry Edwards
Barry Edwards
LA Governor- appointed 1.5.2015. Personnel Committee.
EDUCATION - JOHN LYON SCHOOL, HARROW and TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

QUALIFICATIONS - M.A. (Cantab) - 2.1 in English 1973
PGCE 1974

CAREER - 6 schools in all, including HIGHGATE (Head of English) 1986-92
SHIPLAKE COLLEGE, HENLEY (Deputy Head) 1993-2002
EDGEHILL COLLEGE, BIDEFORD (Head) 2002-4 - school subsequently closed
EXETER SCHOOL (Head of English) 2005-2008

Worked as an Educational Adviser to the Singaporean Government from 2008-2010.

Governor of Shiplake C of E Primary School 1997-2002

Currently self-employed - Tour Manager with Great Rail Journeys since 2011.

INTERESTS - Theatre, Reading, History, Travel, Walking

Ms Lesley Peat
Ms Lesley Peat
Year Head PTL, Staff Governor appointed 1.2.2014. Curriculum Committee.
Worked at Oakfield since 2002 when I started my teaching career. I am a Pastoral Team Leader in KS3, DT Co-Ordinator and also Child Protection lead. Prior to this I worked in the catering industry after completing a HND in Hotel Management which led to me running my own business for a number of years. I have also done voluntary work for Oxfam and other organisations before embarking on my University degree.
Claire Hopkins
Claire Hopkins
LA Governor appointed 1.9.2007. Personnel Committee.
Claire Hopkins runs her own consultancy business providing expertise in stakeholder and business engagement, programme management, marketing and communications. She has over 20 years’ experience and is currently contracted as Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Mydex CIC. Claire has previously held senior roles in both the private and public sector including as Head of Internal and Executive Communications for Dell EMEA and as a Director at international marketing agency Hill and Knowlton.

Recently Claire worked on the Technology Strategy Board funded Smart Transport Internet of Things Data Ecosystem (Stride<http://www.stride-project.com/>) programme as a business analyst and business engagement lead for Ctrl-Shift, one of the consortium partners. She worked with complex group organisations to realise the value from the emerging Internet of Things market. Claire has an MBA with distinction from the Bath School of Management and is certified Prince2 Practitioner.

She is Chair of the Personnel Committee at Oakfield Academy and is delighted to be part of its governing body.

David McGrath
David McGrath
Assistant Head Teacher & Head of Humanities, Staff Governor- appointed 1.5.2013. Curriculum.
Huge enthusiast of all sports and music, these dominate my spare time away from the Academy.
Kaine Dixon
Kaine Dixon
Parent Governor- appointed 1.10.2016.
As a parent governor I am eager to contribute to the continued progress and success within Oakfield Academy, by working in partnership with the senior leadership team and other governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children. As a dual professional I bring skills from business and education, having established my own electrical contracting company in 2004 and from my more recent work as a Further Education Lecturer at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge. Having fond memories of being a former pupil at Oakfield, it is most satisfying to know that my children and their peers will be attending an academy striving to provide an outstanding educational experience. I want the academy's pupils to enjoy their Oakfield journey as much as I did, and for them to be suitably well-prepared for their next steps.
Jill McGuinness
Jill McGuinness
Finance Officer & Administration; Staff Governor - appointed 1.3.2009. Health & Safety Committee.
I was born in Frome and attended Frome Grammar School (before it became Frome College). I worked in the Civil Service based in Warminster and Trowbridge for ten years prior to my marriage when my new career as my husband’s book-keeper began.
I have worked in the finance department here at Oakfield since September 1997 and prior to that used to help as a parent volunteer. I have a keen interest in painting and drawing and therefore appreciate the opportunity to be linked to the Art Department through my role as Governor.
I have three children all of whom attended Oakfield and I have had a long attachment to the school. I am proud of its history as a Middle school in Frome, the success it has had as an Academy and the good relationship we have with the local community.
Sarah Hynds
Sarah Hynds
Vice Chair & Community Governor- appoined pre 2000. Pay & Personnel Committe and Finance Committee.
I have been honoured and proud to be associated with Oakfield Academy since 1993, first as a parent and then as a Governor. I have held the office of Vice Chair and also Chair. I live and work in Frome as a Child-minder and also as a Family Support worker for Somerset getset services. I am passionate about ensuring that at Oakfield Academy we provide opportunities and support for all our young people in the community, to enable them to flourish and be the best that they can be.
Emma Wilkes
Emma Wilkes
Headteacher, Staff Governor- appointed 1.2.2014
Emma Wilkes was appointed as Headteacher of Oakfield Academy in January 2014. She has previously been the Acting Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher at King Arthur's School in Wincanton, responsible for the whole school curriculum, timetables, staffing, options, examinations and results in particular.
Prior to that she held the position of Head of Maths at Kingdown School in Warminster and Head of Year at Hengrove School in Bristol. She lives in the centre of Frome with her son Alex.