Our AAC members

St Aldhelm’s Academy has an Academy Advisory Committee, which consists of four members. They hold regular meetings with the Principal and senior leadership team to monitor the work that is being done to drive up standards and maximise progress.

Our AAC members are:

Maria Seabright – Chair of AAC – [email protected]

Maria is Finance and HR Director at Greendale Construction Limited based in Poole. Having started with the company as a receptionist in 1997 she worked her way up to reach board level in 2013. With a passion for working with young people, Maria will bring with her a dynamic mix of enthusiasm and business acumen in her role as AAC Chair. In her spare time, Maria enjoys baking, making jam and taking her dog on long walks around the beautiful Purbecks.

Sue Evans-Thomas – [email protected]

Sue trained as a teacher and worked in Birmingham for 7 years. She taught mainly in Secondary School, but also in a Junior and Primary School to gain more experience. She taught in higher education, and was on the Committee of Birmingham Schools Sailing Association.  She then decided to change direction and found employment with British Gas, working in Customer Services, and several stints in Public Relations. Having taken voluntary redundancy Sue decided to start her own business, which is still ongoing today. She was a Public Governor of Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust and was a Trustee and Committee member of Bourne Valley Action Group which has now become Bourne Big Local Community Group. Along with two others she helped set up and help runs Bourne Craft Group. She served on the now defunct Bourne Inequalities Group, and the Neighbourhood Watch Group. Sue lives on the Bourne Estate.

Sharon Moore – [email protected]

Sharon currently works as a PA to the managing Director of a local engineering business. She is a married mother of 2 children, with a daughter currently at St Aldhelm’s Academy. Sharon’s family have always lived locally and both parents and sisters attended Kemp Welch. She and her family enjoy attending music festivals and walking their 2 dogs. Sharon has a passion to ensure all children obtain the appropriate education to reach their full potential and to enable children to have a holistic education in and out of school.

Tracey Black – [email protected]

Tracey has been the Senior Science Technician at SAA since 2015 having previously worked at other local schools since 2001 including SAA’s previous incarnation Rossmore Community College.  Tracey is passionate about practical science and seeks to improve the quality of the technical service to enhance the learning experience for the students.  Over the years, Tracey has attended many courses and professional development opportunities which have led her to winning two awards and achieving Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) status.  She also runs training sessions for other technicians at courses and conferences as well as continuing her own learning with Open University.  Tracey enjoys living in the countryside, walking her dog and being with her children and grandchildren.

Fiona McSheehy – [email protected]

Fiona is a qualified Coach, Mentor and Mediator with a deep international and humanitarian background. Her diverse experience includes senior leadership, consultancy, and significant positions in organisations such as Save the Children.  Now working as a freelance consultant, the previous 27 years have been spent supporting humanitarian responses globally, directly, and indirectly. Fiona worked for over a decade at Save the Children where her real passion for the rights of children developed. Fiona has worked in emergency situations caused by conflict, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruption, cyclones, food-insecurity, and floods. Her abilities to manage crises, and quickly bring together multi-cultural and multi-national individuals and develop them into strong and effective teams have enabled her to be successful in a wide range of contexts. Known for being an excellent communicator, a distiller of information, and a true leader, she has a deep and rich experience of problem solving, and conflict resolution at both a domestic and multi-national level. Fiona has an ability to build instant rapport, trust, and confidence with those around her.

Peter Fitzmaurice – [email protected]

Peter is a retired Customer Services Director with a local HR Consultancy.  During his working live he enjoyed collaborating and working with individuals and organisations to help achieve their personal and work goals. His working life was spent travelling and working in the UK, Europe and the Middle East working as part of the Armed Forces, for local and Central Government departments and commercial companies.

Nearing retirement he looked for ways to continue his passion for development and training, and, in particular, helping young people grow.  He was invited to apply to become a member of the Board of Governors at a local secondary school in Hamworthy.

On reaching retirement, he decided to leave his role as Deputy Chair of Governors to rest and enjoy taking his westies on walks and practicing a recently acquired skill, cooking!  The lure of helping young people didn’t rest for long and he applied and was successful in joining the governing team at St Aldhelms Academy where he hope to carry on for a long time.