Governors & Trustees

Governors & Trustees


Governors & Trustees

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you to the SHSG website.

I am proud of the achievement of SHSG in developing a site which is informative whilst at the same time user-friendly and modern. Its content does, I believe, reflect the ethos of the school in ensuring that all its students are safe, happy and successful.

The school governing body, of which I am privileged to be Chair, recognises the high performance of the school and are fully invested in the goal that students emerge from their education as academically enriched and confident young people, ready and equipped to face the opportunities and challenges of an ever-changing world. At the same time we understand the need to avoid complacency and to ensure that the school continues to meet its objectives (and beyond). An informative, active and agile website can of course help us all in maintaining this direction of travel.

Alan Bacon

Chair of Governors

Governors play an important role in deciding the strategic aims, direction and policies of the school. In addition to attending formal meetings each half term, Governors are also appointed to sit on at least one of four sub-committees with oversight of: personnel matters, school finance, premises / health & safety, or student matters and the curriculum.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor and would like to know more about the role then please either contact an existing Governor, or a member of the senior leadership team at the school.

To contact our Chair of Governors, please email (FAO Chair of Governors).

At Southend High School for Girls Academy Trust all Governors are currently Trustees, and all non staff governors are also Members of the Charity Trust.

For a current list of the school Governors, trustees and members of the charity trust and their business interests please see below:

Mr J Carey1234

Declared business interests: Headteacher at Southend High School for Girls Academy Trust.

  • Appointed by Governors 01/09/2019
  • Current term of office ends 31/08/2023.

Mr A Bacon1234

Declared business interests:  Director of: The Southend Bid Ltd. Just Mediators Ltd. Headway Essex and Marcus Baum Solicitors Ltd.

  • Appointed by Governors 01/01/2018
  • Current term of office ends 24/06/2023

Alan Bacon is by profession a solicitor. He was formerly a director of BTMK Solicitors Limited and now works as a consultant to another Southend based legal practice. He is the Chair of the Trustees of the charity Headway Essex, He has had a long association with SHSG where both his daughters were educated.


Mr J Perry23

Chair of Premises, Health and Safety Committee.
Vice Chair of Students and Curriculum Committee.

Declared business interests: IT consultant for Royal Bank of Scotland.

  • Appointed by Governors 28/01/2020
  • Current term of office ends 27/01/2024

Mr Alex Bright 14

To be updated

  • Appointed by Governors 13/09/2023
  • Current term ends 13/09/2027

Miss D Brown14

Vice Chair of Pay & Personnel Committee

Declared business interests: Financial Manager at Transport Salaried Staffs Association.

  • Appointed by Governors 23/06/2020
  • Current term of office ends 22/06/2024

Ms H Fernando13

Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Declared business interests:

  • Head of Finance, The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (registered charity number 250397)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (7540346)
  • The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Rayleigh (registered charity no. 1129561)
  • Appointed by Governors 28/01/2020
  • Current term ends 27/01/2024

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Hiranthi currently has a portfolio career with a variety of appointments reflecting her interests.  After two decades in banking & financial services years at Deloitte and Merrill Lynch, she has since used her professional skills in the NHS and third sector.  She is presently the interim Financial Controller at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

As governor of Southend High School for Girls for the past ten years, Hiranthi chairs the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.  Other appointments include Treasurer of her local church and the Mothers’ Union affiliated to her church.

An accomplished pianist who plays from memory, she is a regular at school concerts and performances as well as concert halls in London and keeps active walking her dog and cycling.

Dr J A Ladner24

Chair of Student Matters and Curriculum Committee

Declared business interests: Daughter is a teacher at the school.

  • Appointed by Governors 7/09/2021
  • Current term ends 06/09/2025

I joined the Governing Body in 2017.

I began my career as a teacher and this included a long spell at Southend High School for Girls. I then moved to a senior role within the Department of Children and Learning at Southend Borough Council. Subsequently, as an Educational Consultant, I became a Lead Inspector for OFSTED, visiting professor at the University of Essex and Principal Inspector for Review and Development in the UAE.

Mrs A Leman2

Declared business interests: Assistant Headteacher at Southend High School for Girls Academy Trust.

Husband is a Deputy Headteacher at the school.

  • Appointed by Governors 30/11/2021
  • Current term ends 29/11/2025

Mr D Mylroie

Declared business interests:

  • Appointed by Governors 29/11/2022
  • Current term ends 29/11/2026

Mrs N Slaughter 34

Vice Chair of Premises, Health & Safety Committee

Declared business interests: HR Manager at Ford Motor Company.

  • Appointed by Governors 26/03/2019
  • Current term ends 25/03/2023

I’m an experienced HR Manager at a global organisation and have been a governor at SHSG for 3 years now, having been a governor and chair at another local school prior to that.  As an SHSG ‘Old Girl’ with a daughter at SHSG, I’ve had a long-standing relationship with our excellent school!

Mrs. L. Traynor24

Chair of Pay & Personnel Committee

Declared business interests: Nil. Daughter studies at the school.

  • Appointed by Governors 28/01/2020
  • Current term ends 27/01/2024

“I have been a Governor at SHSG since January 2016 and I am the current Chair of the Pay and Personnel Committee. I have a background in Financial Services and Education. I am an ex pupil and currently have two daughters attending the school.”

Ms V Casson 2

  • Appointed by staff 29/06/2021
  • current term of office ends 28/06/2025

I have had a long association with SHSG. I came here as a student and returned in 2000 as a teacher of English and Media Studies. I am currently Head of Media Studies and Careers Coordinator for KS3 and 4. My daughter also went through the school and left in 2021 after a very happy and successful experience.

Mr T Myers 23

Declared business interests: none.

  • Appointed by Parents 17/05/2020
  • Current term of office ends 18/05/2024

I am one of two parent governors on the board, I am the link for the lower and middle schools. I am fortunate to have two daughters at SHSG. Outside of school I am an operational watch manager for ECFRS.

Mrs D Tapp 12

Declared business interests: none.

  • Appointed by Parents 17/05/2020
  • Current term of office ends 18/05/2024

As a parent of a daughter at SHSG and a son at WHSB, I was elected parent governor in 2020.

Currently a home maker and volunteer at the local foodbank, I previously worked in an investment bank for over 10 years, I also ran my own small business for 8 years and I was the treasury of the parent association of a local primary school for over 5 years.

I took this role because as an Ex- pupil I wanted to contribute to the school’s continued improvement and development and to ensure the best interests of all students are being met.

Mrs V Allen 14

Vice Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee.

Declared business interests: Accountant at Deloittes Chartered Accountants.

  • Appointed by Governors 26/03/2019
  • Ended 28/11/2022

Mrs K Withers 14

Declared business interests:


  • Appointed by Governors 25/01/2022
  • Ended 5/12/2022

    1 member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee
    2 member of the Students and Curriculum Committee
    3 member of the Premises and Health & Safety Committee
    4 member of the Pay & Personnel Committee

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