Academy Governors



Chair of Governors - Paul Smith

Paul is a Head at South Essex College where he manages a cohort of around 1,200 learners. He holds a Degree in Music and a post graduate qualification in post 16 education. Paul has always lived in the Southend area and in the past a number of his family have attended Belfairs. He has a son currently in year 8, a nephew in 7 and a niece in year 9. He is extremely thrilled to have the opportunity of being a governor at Belfairs and is eager to ensure that students get the very best experience possible.


Governor - Emma Baldock

This is a very exciting time for the Academy. We have a wonderful building and a highly energetic and loyal staff all of whom are committed to working hard for the benefit of the students. It is the aim of the Governing Body to become an outstanding Academy very soon and we will support the staff and students in every way possible in order to achieve our objective.


Governor - Dominic Carver

I joined Belfairs Academy as a Governor at an exciting time. I hope to be able to see and help the academy continue to go from strength to strength and share its successes with others.

I have a strong interest in and dedication to education, both as a parent of two Belfair's pupils and as a serving local primary school headteacher.

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Governor - Aideen Sadler

Aideen has over 15 years' experience in employability and skills where she has project managed national back-to-work programmes for government. In her current role at the University of Essex, she leads employer engagement for the Southend Campus working with national and international employers to create work opportunities for students as well as collaborating on start-up enterprise projects. Holding a degree in marketing she has recently worked with businesses in delivering digital marketing apprenticeship frameworks. Aideen is aware of the opportunities and challenges that face our children in the ever-changing workplace and is committed to supporting Belfairs to become an "Outstanding" Academy where both staff and students can achieve their full potential.

Governor - Michael Upton

Michael has lived in Leigh on Sea for 15 years and he has a daughter at Belfairs Academy. He is very excited to be joining the Academy as a governor this year and contributing to the ongoing success of its students and community. Michael is Head of Student Recruitment at London Metropolitan University and was previously Head of Marketing and Communications at South Essex College, Southend. He holds a Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, a Masters in Film Production and is a CIM Chartered Marketer.

Meetings Per Year

Belfairs Governing Body comprises of 10 Governors which include the CEO, staff Governor and parent Governor and they meet 11 times a year.