About Schoolsworks – The Directors

Schoolsworks is primarily governed by a Board of Directors that bring together a range of skills and experience from within and around the education sector. A full organisational chart including the Board, committees and local governance structures can be viewed within the Trust Documents on this website.

Sue Hawthorn

Sue Hawthorn

Chair of the Board

Sue became a Governor of Downview Primary School in December 2003, Chair of Governors in September 2008 and still holds that position today. Following an Ofsted rating of Outstanding in 2011 Sue helped with the conversion of the school to a stand alone Academy in September 2013. She is a founder member of the Chairs Information Exchange Group, a member of the Governance Group for the FAB locality MOU and work as an Associate Tutor in Governance support for WSCC. Schoolsworks invited Sue to join as a Co-opted Director in September 2014.

Adam Hackett

Adam Hackett

Director

Adam is a Director of Schoolsworks Academy Trust, having been appointed in December 2016. Adam has founded three successful sales and service businesses, has forty five years’ experience of managing capable and creative people and has a record of driving outstanding results. He is a passionate supporter of young people of all ages.

Adam has held board responsibilities in large businesses, is a business mentor and is Deputy Chairman of P3 Social Inclusion Charity which improves lives and communities by delivering services for socially excluded and vulnerable people to unlock their potential and open new possibilities.

Stella Turner

Stella Turner

Director

Stella is a retired Teacher/Special Needs Coordinator who has worked in a range of schools across three Local Authorities with her most recent experience being working with West Sussex Special Needs and Assessment Team.  Stella worked closely with Downsbrook Primary school, the Local Authority and the Trust during the school’s conversion to an Academy and increased her knowledge and understanding of school Governance during this time.  Stella is passionate about giving children and adults the best chance in life and her work as Chair of Downbrook School Community Council, and West Sussex Mediation Service, as a Community Mediator, gives her plenty of opportunities to fulfil this ambition!

Norman Rose

Norman Rose

Director

Norman Rose is an experienced solicitor with a particular interest in corporate governance in not-profit organisations.

One of Norman’s personal interests is vocational education and training where, from 1998 to 2010, he was an active participant in developing and implementing government policy.

In December 2016 he was appointed a non-executive director of Schoolsworks.

Paul Jones

Paul Jones

Director

Paul is a Headteacher at Orchards Junior School and CEO of the Sparkle Multi Academy Trust in Worthing. He has been a Headteacher for 20 years.

Paul gained a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Southampton in 2001 and in 2017 he was awarded the position of National Leader in Education. He is also a qualified School Improvement Partner and Performance Management External Advisor supporting many schools in the West Sussex locality.

Paul has also made several high profile presentations to colleagues on a range of subjects including a TEDx talk on creating a school culture and on behalf of the Department for Education.

Stuart Collins

Stuart Collins

Director

Stuart Collins works as the Transport Provision Manager at West Sussex County Council, where he has been employed since 2005. Stuart was a parent at Rose Green Junior School, where he also serves as a community member of the School Community Council there.

The Board appointed Stuart as a Director and his management experience in the public sector is a welcome addition.