Trustees: Photographs and Pen Portraits

Carole Pomfret - Chair of the Board of Trustees

I have an MA in Physics from Oxford, am a qualified Chartered Accountant and spent 20 years doing private client investment management.  I have run a science club for 10 and 11 year olds through my children's junior school and am currently a mentor for young people starting out in business with the Bright Ideas Trust.  I am a trustee of the PDSA charity and at weekends I am a hockey umpire for a local club.

Liz Eksteen - Joint Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

I was closely involved involved in the community as a parent of three children and a pre-school leader with an interest in education and a passion for creating the best opportunities for children. I became a trustee in order to pursue this interest, develop my understanding and to bridge the perceived gap when children move into secondary education. It is a privilege to be part of the school’s development and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Zoe Wright - Joint Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

I originally joined as a parent trustee to understand my daughter’s secondary education as it seemed so different from my own - for the better! We have evolved through foundation trust to academy during my time and the education landscape seems ever changing, providing new opportunities and challenges! However, I thoroughly enjoy being part of the school’s work, which is striving to provide outstanding education and pastoral care in a truly comprehensive school. My spare time is spent involved with the work of the Salvation Army.

Alexis Cheshire - Chair of Resources Committee

I have been an active member of the body of trustees at Monk’s Walk and am currently Chair of the Resources Committee.  During my time at Monk’s Walk I have worked closely with the School Business Manager and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that our resources are well managed and that the Board of Trustees is able to act as an effective critical friend to help the school achieve its goals.  My experiences running a local business and more recently working as the Chief Information Officer for the UK’s largest youth charity, has enabled me to support the school in a number of areas.  My professional experience of running large and small scale ICT projects for both commercial and charitable organisations allows me to support the whole school.  I also recently lead a trustee/staff conference to help paint the long-term vision of the school.

Bev Bevan

I have a Business and Project Management degree from Middlesex University and have worked in the financial industry in London for firms such as Morgan Stanley.  My career has given me more than 20 years' experience of project management.  I have highly developed leadership and motivational skills, demonstrating ability in delivering and implementing strategic projects.  In my spare time I am a senior coach for high board and spring board diving at the Beaumont Diving Academy in Hatfield.

Sanjay Bhasin

I am an accountant and have worked in the property industry for the last 18 years, prior to which I spent 5 years working overseas after I qualified in the UK.  I am currently the Group Finance Director of a property group that is involved in residential and commercial developments.  In addition, the group is also involved in student housing developments and investment in various cities across England and Wales.  I recently joined as a trustee at Monk’s Walk School as I wanted to offer my time and expertise in assisting wherever possible to ensure that the school successfully achieves its aims and objectives.

 Amber Cook

Amber Cook

I have worked at Monk's Walk school for ten years in several different roles including teacher of science, Head of House, Head of Biology and Head of Year.  I am now on the school leadership team and have responsibility for the pupil premium, transition and behaviour.  I wanted to become a staff trustee to bring the views of the wider staff to the committee and help to raise standards across different areas of the school.  I am passionate about diminishing the difference in outcomes between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students.

Adam Lancaster

As well as being a member of staff at Monk's Walk School I am also one of the trustees in the school. For me, the reason I wanted to be involved in the  body of trustees was to be a part of making our school and our school community the best it possibly can be. Having worked on committees previously in different roles, including running a national reading charity, I enjoy the way people from different backgrounds, experiences and professions come together for one joint goal. A big part of my role on the as a trustee is to make sure we as a board of trustees are as trained as we possibly can be making sure that we can lead the school in the right direction with a clear set of aims.

Sally Mileson

Having worked in sales and marketing for many years, I am now a director of a local electronics company, but most importantly I am a parent of three children.  In recent years I have volunteered in a local primary school, helping both in and out of the classroom.  I became a school trustee to gain an insight into my children's secondary education, which is very different from my own, and to provide an essential parent voice within the body of trustees of the school.  I enjoy working with the school to make it the best it can possibly be, so that all students leave the school fully equipped for the modern world.

Alex Paterson

I have worked at Monk’s Walk School since 2005. As Estates Manager I have shown my commitment to the development of the school. I always strive to ensure all students and staff have an effective and safe learning environment. Working as a trustee has allowed me to be involved in the planning and direction of school wide developments. I sought to become a trustee because through the resources committee and body of trustees I would be able to share my experiences of H & S, building maintenance and construction and that this would have a positive impact on school development planning and effective project management.


Kate Smith

I have been the headteacher at Monk’s Walk since September 2011. A great privilege. I have been a trustee (governor) before when headteacher of another school but also as a volunteer governor at my local primary school.

Colleen Stewart

I work in the school’s Reprographics department and have a fashion degree and creative background, with sales and marketing experience. My daughter recently completed her education at Monk’s Walk and my son is still a student here. I have strong links with the local community and combined with the valuable insight to school life as both staff member and parent, I feel well placed to serve as a Trustee. I am immensely proud of the school’s achievements, drive and commitment to providing the best outcomes for the students.

Richard Tucker

My entire career has been in the publishing and bookselling industry mainly as Sales Director of two leading publishers. I was also Retail Operations Director of a chain of Booksellers which included “the best Bookshop in the world” Hatchards in Piccadilly. During that time I have been privileged to have worked alongside some of the leading authors, statesmen, politicians, actors, comedians, musicians, sportsmen and sportswomen of our time. For the past ten years I have run my own publishing consultancy business.  Monks Walk has been a part of my life for over two decades and all three of my children were educated there. I have a natural affinity with the library and sport having been involved with sports clubs in the area since my children were young.

Clive Wilson

As a librarian for 14 years at the London School of Economics, I teach research skills to students from undergraduate through to PhD, so I know what students need in the next stage of their studies. I also have a post-grad certificate for teaching in higher education and will work hard to ensure Monk's Walk continues to develop lifelong skills in our children.  A keen sportsman, I coached minis rugby at Welwyn for six years and once played with four England internationals.

Kate Woodhead

Having gained a French and  Management degree from the University of Leeds, I started my career as a corporate fundraiser in the charity sector.  More recently I have worked for several investment banks in a range of Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability roles, leading global community engagement programmes, including working with school partners. I also have a real interest in education and have experience mentoring University undergraduates, teaching sixth form students in France, as well as regularly volunteering in schools to support the learning of younger children. I was interested to become a Trustee to use my skills and experience to support the school in a number of areas, in a sustainable and impactful way. 


Alex Felthouse

I am a Chartered Engineer and obtained my degree from Loughborough University. I have worked in engineering and general management for over twenty years with experience in leadership, project management and organisation development. I am currently the head of a manufacturing organisation supplying products globally and hold positions on industry groups focusing on skills.


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Year 13 Geography Trip

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