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 - Chris Child

Former Vice Principal and Director of Post 16 at Belfairs with teaching experience of 35 years at five schools in the north and south of England. Subjects taught include P.E., Business and Humanities. Currently Extended Project Coordinator in Post 16. Qualifications include M.A. (Ed) and NPQH.

I passionately believe in Belfairs becoming a centre of broad educational excellence and being at the heart of its community. Staff are any organisation's most valuable resource, particularly in a time of an ever changing education and political landscape.


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.

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.