Meet the Governors

Martin Atkinson, Deputy 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 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 lived in St Albans since then. She is married with three sons, Leonardo and Stefano, twin boys who attend Beaumont in Year 8 and an older son, Niccolo’ who studies LLB Law; 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. Since 2001 Anna has been working at King’s College London; her research led to important discoveries in the field of chronic pain. More recently, as a senior lecturer, she has been involved in educational projects and leads Pain and Nervous System Disorders and Behavioural science modules. Anna is following a Master in Academic Practice educational pathway, which will be completed in January 2017 with a pedagogical piece of research on critical thinking from the students’ perspectives. Anna is also an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Science at the Open University since 2007, where she teaches two 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.


Mike Cameron - Parent Governor until 31 March 2020

Mike has lived in St Albans for the past 20 years. With a daughter in Year 7 and a son still in Year 3 it is likely he will be linked to Beaumont School in one way or another for the next 10 years.

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. For the past couple of years he has been working with ex-SSAT colleagues to build their own company.

For pleasure he likes to read and by his own admission spends far too much time doing geeky things with computers, and now West Ham are back where they belong he may finally get to spend some time in the Olympic Stadium.


Alison Curran - Parent Governor until 29 November 2020

Alison is an executive level business leader with 30 years’ experience in financial and business management, project and programme management and systems integration work across a wide range of industries. She trained as a Certified Accountant in industry before moving to an accounting software house where she combined her business and technical skills.  She spent 18 years at IBM, Coopers & Lybrand and PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting, undertaking a wide variety of assignments across multiple industries and disciplines.

She recently worked for  three and a half years as Director of Finance and Operations at a local Prep School, with over 500 pupils, having overall responsibility for the entire back office operations including Finance, HR, IT, Health & Safety, Estates, Catering, Cleaning  and acted as Company Secretary and Clerk to the governors. In this role she project managed the construction of new changing rooms and a retractable glass cover to the (previously) outdoor swimming pool and the construction of a new nursery building amongst other things.

She has two sons at Beaumont currently in Years 10 and 8, they are both active sportsmen and she spends all her free time on football pitches in the winter and at cricket matches in the summer. She is an FA level 1 football coach and ECB level 1 cricket coach, manages the U13 North at St Albans City Youth FC and is Director of Junior cricket at Old Albanian.


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.




Alex Hall - Community Governor until 28 November 2018 - Chair of Governors

Alex Hall is a solicitor specialising in education law, in both the secondary and higher education sectors. Having worked for nearly a decade in the City of London, focusing on high-profile commercial litigation, he now holds a post at the University of Hertfordshire, with a focus on intellectual property, dispute resolution and commercial work. Alex has been Chair of Governors at Beaumont School since March 2013, and a governor since 2010.  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, 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.                 

Hannah Henry - Community Governor until 11 September 2017

Hannah was born in St Albans and has recently returned to live in the area. She studied English Literature at Cambridge University, then worked in sales and marketing across a number of well known beauty brands. She is now a strategic marketing consultant, specialising in the consumer goods industry and developing marketing capabilities. Hannah is married with 2 small children, and in her very limited free time enjoys playing the piano, singing and swimming.



Elizabeth Hitch - Headteacher - Governor

Elizabeth Hitch was appointed as Headteacher at Beaumont in 2004 following three years as Deputy Headteacher, also at Beaumont. Prior to that she was Humanities Advisor in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham combined with the role of Ofsted Team Inspector. She qualified as a Geography (and PE) teacher at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and started her teaching career in Sawtry Village College, Cambridgeshire, moving to Edmonton County in the London Borough of Enfield as second and then head of a large and successful department. She counts herself privileged to lead such a superb school and to work with such positive and enthusiastic students and staff, governors and parents.


Catherine Hopkin - Staff Governor until 11 September 2017

Catherine was born and brought up in Islington, London and has lived in St Albans since 1999. She has a son in Year 11 at Verulam School.  She studied Textile Design at Central School of Art and Design. Taking her knowledge of furnishings and design for a brief stint of working in retail furniture and furnishing sales where she managed one of the shops in a small chain.  Catherine started working as a Craft, Design and Technology teacher in Barnet before moving to Hertfordshire to take a post as a peripatetic Support Teacher for Ethnic Minority Students. She worked across several areas and schools in South Hertfordshire. Catherine started working at Beaumont initially in this role but stepped into her present role as SEN teacher in 2010.


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 St Albans. He has two sons currently at primary school. His outside interests are participating in and watching a range of sports with current focus on triathlons.



David Lee  - Parent Governor until 21 November 2018

David has lived most of his life in St Albans. He is married with two sons, Joseph and Matthew, who attend Beaumont, and a younger daughter Charlotte. He attended Verulam School before studying Cell Biology at Aberystwyth University and obtaining a PhD at UCL. He is currently Professor of Cell and Tissue Engineering and head of the School of Engineering & Materials Science 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 and his wife Bernadette are co-owners and founders 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.


John McAlister - Parent Governor until 21 November 2018 

John has lived in St Albans for the past 18 years. He has two daughters in Beaumont (Years 7 and 10) and a son on his way via Fleetville. For the past 17 years has worked in professional services advising clients on business strategy, operational improvement and investments - prior to that he worked in Oil/Gas industry. He has degrees in Physics from Durham University and the University of British Columbia and attended Westfields comprehensive school on Teeside. Interests include all sports (mostly watching now), mountains, skiing and - unfortunately - Middlesbrough FC.


Rena Prindiville - Community Governor until 6 July 2018

Rena lives in Hemel Hempstead and has three children and five grand-daughters. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with nearly 30 years experience of the education sector, 20 years of these in FE. She was appointed as Senior Post Holder and Director of Finance Information at Harrow College in April 2002. Harrow is a general FE College with a staff complement of circa 400 and an annual budget of £22m. Her role within the College includes the provision of strategic financial management, advice and guidance to the Principal and to members of the College Corporation. She is also responsible for ensuring that the College meets its key financial targets each year and for the long-term continued financial liquidity of the College. Prior to this she worked for over 12 years as Director of Finance at West Herts College.  She is delighted to have joined the Governing Body at Beaumont School and hopes that her skills and knowledge will be of benefit to the school and its community.


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 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 2018 - 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.


Simone-Kilka-Green - Clerk to the Governors

Simone took over the role of clerk to the governors in January 2010. She graduated from Nottingham University with a 2:1 in Law and then gained a first class honours at the College of Law in Guildford. She qualified as a solicitor with a large partnership in the City in 1994 and was promoted to Partner in a London firm, specialising in company/commercial law until 2006. After 18 months spent with a St Albans practice she now concentrates on looking after her two young daughters, Matilda and Jemima. The role of clerk involves arranging and recording governing body and committee meetings, and helping the governors keep abreast of the mass of rapidly evolving legislation and guidance aimed at schools. In her spare time Simone enjoys gardening, cinema, Garden Fields School PTA, keeping fit and is learning to make increasingly complex birthday cakes!


A list of the Governors' (and teachers') designated roles within Safeguarding can be found here.


Former Governors:





Carolyn Morris




Chris Aikman




Morag McCrorie




Josephine Chu




Steve Jump




Kevin Doyle




Natasha Armstrong

Parent 30-Nov-12 15-Mar-16

Khalid Mirza

Community 07-Jul-15 17-Mar-16

Natalie Moody 

Staff   12-Sept-16

Karen Trounson

Parent   29-Nov-16