Our Chair of Governors Kate Hellard and the Clerk to the Governors can be contacted through the Academy on 01373 462539.


Kate Hellard

Chair of Governors, appointed 11.9.18
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Kate Hellard comes into her governing role with over 20 years experience of working with children and young people; in schools, for a local authority as a development worker for disabled children and their families and with national and local charities. She has worked across B&NES, Somerset and Dorset with disabled children and young people, new travellers and more recently ran a large play organisation delivering play ranger sessions and other play services. Kate now works for Frome Town Council, where she is a Community Project Officer; supporting local organisations to become resilient to changes in funding and meet the challenges of rising demand for their services. She is also building participative projects across the town together with local organisations and residents. She is passionate about inclusion and participation and believes that experience is the key to enable children and adults to making informed choices; enabling everyone to affect positive change in their immediate and wider communites. Kate has four children at various stages of their education journey in Frome and has been a parent at Oakfield for 10 years with many more to come.

Barry Edwards

LA Governor- appointed 1.5.2015
Personnel Committee

After a long career teaching English and in senior management roles in various schools, it is a great pleasure to be involved with Oakfield Academy as a Governor. Since my retirement from Exeter School, I have become a Tour Manager for Great Rail Journeys and I am still actively involved in tutoring and examining. My main hobby is singing: nothing gives me greater pleasure than performing lovely music in cathedrals or other fine venues!

Ms Lesley Peat

Year Head, Staff Governor appointed 1.2.2014
Curriculum Committee

Worked at Oakfield since 2002 when I started my teaching career. I am a Pastoral Team Leader in KS3, DT Co-Ordinator and also Child Protection lead. Prior to this I worked in the catering industry after completing a HND in Hotel Management which led to me running my own business for a number of years. I have also done voluntary work for Oxfam and other organisations before embarking on my University degree.

Claire Hopkins

LA Governor appointed 1.9.2007
Personnel Committee

Claire Hopkins runs her own consultancy business providing expertise in stakeholder engagement and change management, business development and customer success, project management and marketing. She has over 25 years’ experience and currently works with several software-as-a-service growth-stage businesses. She is currently a Director of RIVIAM Digital Care. Claire has previously held senior roles in both the private and public sector including as Head of Internal and Executive Communications for Dell EMEA, a Director at international marketing agency Hill and Knowlton and Marketing Director at business consultancy Ctrl-Shift. Claire has an MBA with distinction from the Bath School of Management and is a certified Project Manager. She has a great interest in digital and tech, privacy and trust, and how to help children build the skills they need to thrive in our increasingly digital and connected world. She is Chair of the Pay and Personnel Committee at Oakfield Academy, link governor for Quality of Education, and is delighted to be have been part of the governing body for the last 10 years.

William de Bolla

Co-opted Governor - appointed 11.7.2017

Will became a governor at Oakfield Academy in 2017, as part of a personal desire to use his skills to help the local community. With a Maths degree and a professional career covering Management Consultancy and now Data Science, he is approachable, analytical, and likes using data to drive decision making. He is a big believer in opportunity for everyone, and that every child is capable of achievement with the right support. Outside of work he loves playing and watching sport, and enjoys explaining maths, science and programming to anyone who’ll listen.

Gary Smart

Parent Governor- appointed pre 2000
Personnel Committee

Gary is a member of the Personnel Committee & enjoys all the challenges being a governor brings. I have run 3 businesses and managed others, so that is more my area of expertise. First and foremost I am a parent of a pupil of Oakfield Academy and that is the reason I got in touch about being a Governor. I would like to make a positive difference for my daughter and her peers that was the impetus of my interest.

Sarah Hynds

Vice Chair & Community Governor - appointed pre 2000
Pay & Personnel Committee and Finance Committee

I have been honoured and proud to be associated with Oakfield Academy since 1993, first as a parent and then as a Governor. I have held the office of Vice Chair and also Chair. I live and work in Frome as a Child-minder and also as a Family Support worker for Somerset getset services. I am passionate about ensuring that at Oakfield Academy we provide opportunities and support for all our young people in the community, to enable them to flourish and be the best that they can be.

Kate Stewart

Staff Governor- appointed 19.9.17

I have Worked at Oakfield since 2003 when I started my teaching career following 20 years working in theatre and TV. I am presently both Head of Art and Head of KS3. In my spare time I read, take lessons in pottery, visit art galleries and exhibitions and regularly attend the ballet and theatre.

Tim Cutting

appointed 1.1.09
Business & Finance Committee

Tim Cutting is 66 years old, retired and lives in Frome. In 2001 he sold his share in a manufacturing business that he started with his wife and which grew to become a thriving commercial success. Since coming to Frome in 2006 he has studied for and gained an MSc in Architecture (Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies) at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). He was a trustee and Board member of ECOS Trust and ECOS Homes, and is currently a director of Frome Renewable Energy Cooperative (FRECO), Frome Cohousing CIC and the Carley Development Trust CIC. Stepped down as Chair of Governors July 2018.

Emma Wilkes

Headteacher - appointed 1.1.2014

Emma Wilkes was appointed as Headteacher of Oakfield Academy in January 2014. She has previously been the Acting Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher at King Arthur's School in Wincanton, responsible for the whole school curriculum, timetables, staffing, options, examinations and results in particular. Prior to that she held the position of Head of Maths at Kingdown School in Warminster and Head of Year at Hengrove School in Bristol. She lives in the centre of Frome with her son Alex.

David McGrath

Deputy Head Teacher –Staff Governor
Quality of Education

I am fascinated with learning and continuing to develop my own skill set. Having originally trained as a geography teacher I have now been at Oakfield for over 10 years. I am an avid sportsman and currently play for a number of sports teams across the South West focusing on football, touch rugby, golf and running. I have been playing guitar for almost 20 years and have recently challenged myself to learn the drums and piano with varying degrees of success! My wife and I love to travel and try to incorporate are passion for walking and food into our travels. We have recently returned from Vancouver Canada where we were able to climb Mount Blackcomb and Mount Whistler in a day, an exhausting but exhilarating experience!

Oakfield Governors 

Committees - Attendance 2017-18 and Business Interests

Trustee/Governor Name Position Date of Appointment Date of Renewal Committee Meeting Attendance 2017-18 Pecuniary Interests
Mr Tim Cutting Governor 1/1/09 5/9/22 Business and Finance 4/4 Frome Co Housing CIC
Mrs Kate Hellard Chair of Board 11/7/17 11/7/21 Pay and Personnel
Business and Finance
4/4 Frome Town Council (Employee)
Mr Barry Edwards Governor 1/5/15 24/4/19 Pay and Personnel 3/4 None
Mrs Claire Hopkins Governor 1/9/07 1/9/19 Pay and Personnel 2/4 Claire Hopkins Ltd. Business and Marketing Consultancy
Mrs S Hynds Governor Pre 2000 25/3/20 Business and Finance 4/4 Son teaches music
Mr D McGrath Staff Governor 1/5/13 19/7/21 Business and Finance 3/4 None
Ms L Peat Governor 1/2/14 7/2/22   4/4 None
Mr G Smart Parent Governor Pre 2000 25/3/21   3/4 Son TA at school
Mrs E Wilkes Head Teacher 1/2/14 N/A Pay and Personnel
Business and Finance
3/4 Director Somerset Area Sports Partnership.
Somerset Associated Secondary Heads
Mr William de Bolla Vice Chair of Board 11/7/17 11/7/21 Business and Finance 4/4 None
Ms K Stewart Staff Governor 19/9/17 19/9/17   3/4 None


September 2017-2018

Name of Governor Name of business/charity/educational institution Nature of interest Date when the interest began
Tim Cutting Frome Co Housing CIC Community Housing Projects 2010
Barry Edwards None declared    
Mrs C Hopkins Claire Hopkins Ltd Director  
Mrs Sarah Hynds None declared    
Mr D McGrath None declared    
Ms Lesley Peat None declared    
Mr Gary Smart Son works at Oakfield Academy   1.9.16
Miss E Wilkes Somerset Area Sports Partnership Director September 2016
Mrs Kate Hellard Frome Town Council Employee August 2014
Mrs Marlene Jessop Wiltshire Council    
Mr William de Bolla None declared    
Mrs Kate Stewart None declared