Who We Are
Meet the Governors
Martin Atkinson, Headteacher – Governor
Having been born and raised in St Albans, Martin went on to study at Kings College London University (KQC) where he gained a 2:1 in Mathematics and went on to gain a PGCE. He trained at Beaumont School and also started his teaching career here. He went on to become Head of Year 7 before moving schools to become Head of Mathematics and then Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School. Martin was delighted to return to Beaumont as Deputy Headteacher in April 2005 and was appointed Headteacher in September 2017. Martin recently gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Brenda Austin – Staff Governor until 12 September 2020
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a BSC (Hons) Management , Brenda moved to the UK after graduation. Working in investment technology and banking sector, Brenda has twelve-year history of leadership and management with global financial institutions and switched to a teaching career to fit better with her responsibilities as a parent.
Brenda lives in Hertfordshire and joined Beaumont as Head of Economics Department in Sept 2015. She has previous teaching experience in teaching Economics, Business and Accounting and was Deputy Head of Sixth Form at Queens’ School in Bushey. Brenda was appointed to the Beaumont Teaching and Learning team in 2016 with a specialist focus on effective assessment and student feedback.
Anna Battaglia-Geymonat – Parent Governor until 12 September 2020
Anna has arrived in the UK with her family in 1999 from Italy and lives in St Albans since then. She is married with three sons, Leonardo and Stefano, twin boys who attend Beaumont school and an older son, Niccolo’ an LLB graduate; her husband Marco works at the University of Cambridge. Anna is a neurobiologist with international research experience (Rome, Paris, Naples, Stanford, London). She holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Turin and a PhD in Neuroendocrinology from the University of Milan; in the United Kingdom she obtained a BSc in Psychology from the Open University in 2005 and a MA in Academic Practice in Higher Education (KCL, 2017; Dissertation title: Critical thinking from students’ perspective: a mixed method research study).
Anna has been working at King’s College London in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine since 2001; her research led to important discoveries in the field of chronic pain. Now a Reader in Bioscience Education she is involved in educational projects and leads 3rd Year UG ‘Perspectives on Pain and Nervous System Disorders” and “Behavioural science” modules. Anna is also an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Science at the Open University since 2007, where she teaches on two online courses – ‘Biological Psychology: Exploring the Brain’ and ‘Science of the Mind: Investigating Mental Health’ – to mature students, students with disabilities and students in prison. Anna is a STEM ambassador in the UK since 2009.
Mike Cameron – Parent Governor until 19 September 2022 – Chair of Governors
Mike has lived in St Albans for the past 25 years. With an ex-Beaumont daughter due to start university this year and a son still in the school it is likely he will be linked to Beaumont School in one way or another for a few years yet.
Having graduated in Mathematics from Kent University in 1983 Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. From there he joined an international publishing company as Finance Director. After the business was sold he took a short career break before entering teacher training and then working his way through to Deputy Head in a Bedfordshire Upper School. Mike then had a 5 year spell at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust working nationally with secondary schools, particularly on technology programmes, and latterly as part of the team delivering the Workforce Support Programme for the DCFS. Mike is now back where he belongs, teaching mathematics in secondary school.
For pleasure he likes to read and by his own admission spends far too much time doing geeky things with computers.
Catherine Davies – Staff Governor until 10 September 2019
Catherine has lived in St Albans since 2003. She is married and has two young children. She obtained a Maths degree from the University of Wales – Aberystwyth and went on to obtain a PGCE at the University of York.
Catherine joined Beaumont as Second in Maths in September 2005. In her limited free time she enjoys playing the violin, running and trying to keep fit.
Andy Gray – Staff Governor until 28 September 2021
Andy completed his teaching training at Beaumont under the Schools Direct programme in 2013, having attended the school previously as a student in the BSV consortium. Prior to his training, Andy studied for his Philosophy degree at the University of Kent. He has served in a range of positions of responsibility at Beaumont to date, having recently been appointed to oversee the newest entrants to the school and the primary transition process as Head of Year 7.
Alex Hall – Community Governor until 28 November 2019
Alex Hall is a solicitor specialising in education law, in both the secondary and higher education sectors. Having previously worked for nearly a decade in the City of London, focusing on high-profile commercial litigation, he now holds the post of Director of Legal & Compliance Services and University Solicitor at the University of Hertfordshire.
Alex was Chair of Governors at Beaumont School from March 2013 to August 2018, and has been a governor since 2010. His main focus as Chair was preparation for Ofsted inspection in 2014, and the FAB project to improve Beaumont’s facilities. In November 2016, Alex was named Outstanding Governor of the Year by the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors.
Alex studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford. He is an avid amateur musician and composer, having held organ scholarships in Edinburgh and Oxford. Alex’s wife, Hanh, teaches Music at Beaumont, so he can often be found in school, accompanying students for concerts and exams.
Ian Johnston – Parent Governor until 21 November 2018
Ian has lived in St Albans for the past 15 years and has one daughter in Beaumont. Ian is a Human Resources Director at Barclays and has also held senior leadership roles at companies such as GE Healthcare and BT. He has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Occupational Psychology from the Queen’s University of Belfast. Ian is passionate about the opportunities afforded by a great education and is delighted to be able to support Beaumont as a governor. In his limited spare time Ian enjoys cooking and watching football (Liverpool) and rugby (Ulster).
Gary Kellett – Community Governor until 5 February 2021
Gary has lived in Hertfordshire since 1996 with two periods in St Albans being divided by living in Watford between 2002 and 2010.
Gary went to school in Colchester and completed a MEng in Civil Engineering at Surrey University. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and works in London. He has two sons of school age. His outside interests are participating in and watching a range of sports with current focus on triathlons.
Simone-Kilka-Green – Community Governor until 7 March 2022
Simone Kilka-Green is a Solicitor specialising in commercial contracts, at the University of Hertfordshire. Having gained her LLB from Nottingham University, and trained at Herbert Smith (London), Simone became a Partner at Russell Jones and Walker (now Slater and Gordon), based in the firm’s London office.
During a break from her legal career, Simone was Clerk to the Governors at Beaumont from January 2010 to March 2018. She worked closely with the school’s Leadership Team on the school’s Academisation, its Fields Access and Building project (as part of which the school built its wonderful sports hall!), and the SEC2 project creating the new Science buildings.
Simone is passionate about Beaumont’s successes, and is proud of its ethos and focus on bringing out the best in all its students and staff.
In her spare time Simone enjoys walking, cycling, badminton and yoga, and is an unpaid taxi service for her two teenage daughters, both of whom are thriving at Beaumont.
David Lee – Parent Governor until 21 November 2022
David has lived most of his life in St Albans. He is married and his three children Joseph, Matthew and Charlotte have all attended Beaumont School. He attended Verulam School before studying Cell Biology at Aberystwyth University and obtaining a PhD at UCL.
He is Professor of Cell and Tissue Engineering and Deputy Vice Principal for Research (Enterprise) at Queen Mary University of London. He has a keen interest in Medical Ethics and has served on University and NHS Ethics committees for over 15 years. David is a co-owners and Director of Ladybirds Nursery, based in Highfield Park, St Albans and he is also Director of a University spin-out company Nanoforce Technology Ltd. He is a keen cyclist and is a member of the St Albans Choral Society
Michele Lloyd – Parent Governor until 21 November 2022
Michele was born and brought up in St Albans. She started her research career in higher education in 1994 and gained her PhD in equality discourses in initial teacher education at the University of Chichester in 1999.
Interested in multi-disciplinary work and social justice issues she has researched and published across the fields of education, health and social work.
Her research interests include multi-agency working, safeguarding, multimedia communication, and policy analysis. She is married to Nick and they have four sons, all of whom attend or attended Beaumont School.
Peter Mayne – Parent Governor until 7 March 2022
Peter has lived in St Albans since 2002. He has one child in the school. A self-employed business consultant, specialising in database and direct marketing. Peter has worked with a variety of marketing services providers and media owners over the last 20 years. He has an MBA from Leeds University Business School and a degree in English and History from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Peter is a director of Home-Start Herts, a local charity supporting families with young children. His other interests include cooking and entertaining, squash, cinema, poker, backgammon and quizzing.
Jonathan Mounstevens, Deputy Headteacher – Governor
Jonathan is currently Deputy Headteacher at Beaumont School, overseeing the curriculum and monitoring the standards attained in examinations. He also teaches History and is a Specialist Leader of Education with the Alban Teaching School Alliance.
Jonathan took his PGCE after gaining a degree in History at Churchill College, Cambridge. He worked as a teacher and then Head of Department at The Highfield School in Letchworth for seven years, before moving to Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden, where he spent nine years as Assistant Headteacher and then Associate Deputy Headteacher. He was a member of the Senior Leadership Team during Sir John Lawes’ successful transition to academy status and its establishment of a multi-academy trust.
Most of his spare time is taken up by his young daughter, whom he is trying to convince that going for long walks in the countryside is an enjoyable leisure activity. He also enjoys watching sport, especially rugby and cricket, following the fortunes of Bath and Somerset.
Yvonne Powdrell, Deputy Headteacher – Governor
Yvonne was raised in Surrey and has a passion for sport. Having represented England U18 and U21 squads for hockey, Yvonne went on to graduate from Bedford College of Education with a BED Hons. Yvonne’s first teaching post was at Dame Alice Owens School. While there she played for St Albans Hockey Club and the Midlands region, and starting to coach County and British College teams. She came to Beaumont as second in Physical Education in Sept 1992. Promotion to Head of Physical Education, achieving Advanced Skills Teacher Status, Assistant Headteacher, and Yvonne is now delighted to have been appointed Deputy Headteacher in September 2017. Spare time is spent watching her sons play sport and being a dedicated Saracens fan.
Lisanne Sherwood – Parent Governor until 31 March 2020
Lisanne has lived in St Albans for almost 15 years. She is married and has three sons, all of whom attend or attended Beaumont School. She gained a Maths degree from Sheffield University and went on to train as a Certified Accountant in London, working for many years in the Group Head Office of a major Financial Services organisation. Lisanne now works part time as a Teaching Assistant in a local primary school. In her spare time she enjoys watching her sons playing sport and when time permits she enjoys cycling, reading and trying to keep fit.
Torie Stewart – Staff Governor until 10 September 2019
I was born and brought up in London and moved to St Albans in 2005. I have two children in primary school. I went to drama school and after working in the business for a couple of years I moved into the retail sector.
I set up my own shop in Crouch End, London before moving to St Albans. Having started work at Beaumont as an exams invigilator I gained a role in the SEN department in 2013.
Alison Wallis – Community Governor until 21 November 2019 – Vice Chair of Governors
Married to Nick, a Finance Director, and mother of three children all educated at Beaumont. Prior to having her family, Alison worked as a Human Resources Manager in the City in the banking sector for ten years and was a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Nowadays she is involved in various areas of the school through the governor role, being Chair of the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Committee and a member of the Resources Committee, using her HR background. She was appointed Vice Chair of Governors in March 2013. She is also a member of the HCC Independent Review Panel. Her outside interests are studying Spanish and Spanish life in general, watching football, food, wine and spending time with family and friends.
Sharon Banks – Clerk to the Governors
Sharon has lived in St Albans since 2010 when she moved with her family from Australia. Sharon has a Business Degree (Marketing) and prior to relocating worked at Citibank Australia for 11 years in various senior marketing, project and product development roles. Sharon’s three children attend Beaumont School. When Sharon is not transporting and supporting her children at their many sporting and extra-curricular fixtures, she enjoys running, travel, photography, entertaining and gardening.
A list of the Governors’ (and teachers’) designated roles within matters including Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Children Looked After can be found here.