Manshead CE Academy is part of the Diocese of St Albans Multi Academy Trust (DSAMAT).

DSAMAT was founded by the Diocese of St Albans, and is a Trust working with schools across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.  The DSAMAT community has a strong commitment to a shared mission.

This is underpinned by our shared values:

Enabling all to flourish: Rooted in God’s Love

Hope, nurture, collaboration, equality, respect

Our Trust is governed by a range of bodies. Members have strategic oversight for the work of the Trust, include representatives from the Diocesan Board of Finance and Diocesan Board of Education and reflect the range of skills required to oversee an Academy Trust.  Directors of the Trust are appointed by the Members and are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Trust.  The academies are accountable to the Directors who make strategic decisions impacting them.

Regional Hub Boards and Governing Bodies

Individual academies are governed at a local level either by their own Local Governing Board (LGB), or by a Regional Hub Board (RHB).  RHBs govern a number of academies within a geographical footprint.  RHBs and LGBs have the same level of delegated responsibility from the Directors.

Currently, Manshead C of E Academy has its own LGB.  The Eastern RHB is responsible for Roxton, Caldecote and Churchfield Academies.  Our Western RHB is responsible for Totternhoe, Kensworth and Thomas Whitehead Academies.

For more information about the Trust, including our shared policies, procedures and contact information, please visit:

To contact Ali Brabner, Chair of the Local Governing Board, please email or write to  Diocese of St Albans Multi-Academy Trust, c/o Manshead CE Academy, Dunstable Road, Caddington, Luton, LU1 4BB.  Tel: 01525 840183

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Mike Bailey -
Vice Chair
Gill ShortSue HowleyRich HaddockTonie Laurance TaborGemma BarberMr McBurnieJ ByrneMr Moore
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Ali Brabner, Chair of Governors

My passion for education was sparked when my own children started on their educational journey within my local community in recent years.  Having spent over 15 years in senior sales roles within the Food Industry, I was keen to offer support to my local school as it started on its journey as an Academy, where I felt my business skills may be of use. However, I soon developed a real passion for education and for ensuring the best possible outcomes for all our young children. I love being involved in helping the Academy to continue to flourish, and so support all the children in achieving their potential. I have been Chair of Governors since 2015, and previously served as Vice Chair.

Whilst working with the school I have also been involved in supporting the Local Education Authority deliver education within the wider community through the Schools Forum. I continued this wider support by joining a Regional Hub Board of DSAMAT in 2018 and more recently the Local Governing Body for Manshead Academy

I am passionate about the education of children – every child deserves the commitment of a dedicated governance team and structures that ensure robust accountability.  The children deserve the very best education in its widest sense to allow them to flourish.

Sue Howley MBE

I am an experienced governor with 30 years’ experience.

I chair a Regional Board for the Diocesan MAT. I am Chair of the Local Governing Board at Pix Brook Academy, a Free School in BEST.  I am a governor at Fairfield Park Lower School where I was Chair of Governors from 2007 for 10 years. We were awarded the prestigious NGA award for outstanding governance in 2017.

I am a governor at Vandyke Upper School and at Shelton Lower School.

Since May 2012 I have been a designated National Leader of Governance (NLG) and have successfully supported a number of schools in Central Bedfordshire.

I was delighted to be awarded an MBE for voluntary services to education in the 2009 Queens Birthday Honours.

I have a very thorough understanding of education having previously been an Ofsted Inspector for 12 years, an External Advisor for Headteacher Performance Mgt and a governor trainer. I am a member of the Partnership Vision for Education Board and was previously a member of the Central Bedfordshire Children’s Safeguarding Board for over 5 years and until recently the Schools Forum for 10 years.

I have a background in HR with extensive experience of strategic planning, recruitment, organisational management and training at a senior level with a major retailer.
I am committed to high standards in schools through professional development, challenge and support and keep up to date with the changing education landscape.
I am very committed to ensuring that all students have the best possible experience whilst at school and I have a reputation for being demanding and having high expectations. I am retired from paid employment which gives me the capacity for my governance work.

Gill Short

I’m Gill Short. I was born in Dunstable and know it and the area well. I am a retired teacher – I taught at Downside Junior for a while, then moved to Ashton Middle School, where I mostly taught RE, History and Geography. I am passionate about education and I am still involved with schools as a Governor. I am married with one son who attended Manshead and thrived at the school. I am one of the Churchwardens at Dunstable Priory and in my spare time I enjoy walking, reading and helping with a Beaver Colony. I look forward to being involved with Manshead C of E Academy.

Rich Haddock

I have over 20 years experience in senior leadership positions for Virgin Media, Orange, Teleperformance and currently with Deliveroo and the vast majority of my career has been focused on managing outsource operations and commercial relationships with organisations based all over the world, from India to South Africa , from the Philippines to Madagascar.  The main focus of my roles has been to ensure that the organisations we partner with are fully supported and have the right tools, talent and processes to do the job and then holding our partners to account for their performance. Experience and skills which are valuable and transferable when it comes to Governance in schools.

That’s a brief insight in to what I do, the next question is “why be a Governor?”. Well, making a positive and lasting difference to the world is a massive motivation for me and I saw there was an opportunity to make a positive contribution by giving my time and sharing my experience and applying my skills with the Academy trust.  “

Tonie Lawrence-Tabor

I believe that every child,young person and adult deserve the very best opportunity to thrive. My ambition is to be the difference to make a difference in peoples’ lives and as a result of my personal challenging academic history I am well aware of how important social, mental and emotional well being is to enable a young person to benefit as much as they can in the overall academic environment.

In 2002 I trained as a counselor and in 2015 qualified as a child psychotherapist. I currently work as a child practitioner within the children’s mental health sector supporting young people and their families and carers as well as working with couples and their relationships. I run self-awareness workshops and programmes for teachers, foster carers and parents with particular emphasis on practical applications.

My childhood experience of the education system has given me the determination and knowledge to help provide a structured, consistent environment for our young people so they feel appreciated and valued. I believe every child has the right to learn, to develop, and feel that they are heard and seen. They should be encouraged to grow in confidence and to become self-reliant young adults.

Most important of all, every young person has the right to feel safe, secure, understood and cared for in school. We should give them the best opportunities we can and in so doing build trust and faith in our mutual core values.