Governor Profiles


Hayley Evans - Chair of Governors

I am a research scientist working in the Oxford Centre for Neuroinflammation at the University of Oxford. I am passionate about education and believe that every child deserves the chance to learn, make friends and be inspired. I have previously been Chairperson for a local charity and took on the role of Chair of Governors in January 2021. I am a parent governor and both of my children have attended Glory Farm. I am currently the link governor for safeguarding.

Kirsty Ford - Trust Governor

I have over 15 years’ experience in the non-for-profit sector, working for a variety of national and local charities. I have held a number of leadership roles across fundraising and marketing. Currently I lead the fundraising team at Helen & Douglas House, a children’s hospice. I have been a governor at Glory Farm for around 2 years and am the finance lead governor. This role is a perfect for me, as I have gained significant budgetary experience throughout my career, having managed budgets of up to £25 million annually.

Sarah Turnock - Trust Governor

Sarah originally trained and practised as a lawyer and later retrained as a music teacher. She works for the Music Trust in Northamptonshire and Bloxham School. She has held various governor and Trustee positions in other schools before joining the team at Glory Farm. She is the link governor for Cultural Capita and Policies.

Zoe Joiner - Parent Governor

My name is Zoe Joiner and I currently have 3 children at Glory Farm school. I’ve always been passionate about education and learning and I believe all children deserve a good education. I feel that primary school is the perfect place to encourage children to foster a lifelong love of learning and if a school is the best it can be, then in turn, the pupils will be the best they can be. That is why governance appealed to me. It felt like a way for me to help achieve this without working in a school and I love it. I’ve learnt so much about things I’d never considered before and I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone to consider it.

Jane Ward - Trust Governor

I have been a Geography teacher for over 18 years and joined The Cooper School in 2017. I have recently been promoted to head of department and have an excellent background in education. I have two children who are currently at Glory Farm School and have lived in Bicester for 14 years. I have previously been a trustee for a local preschool and am keen to bring my skills to this new role. I will be the link governor responsible for monitoring the use of Pupil Premium and Sports Premium. 

Steven Hazell - Trust Governor

I have been working as a Health and Safety Professional and Consultant for over five years which has given me the benefit of working with a wide range of different industries. Some of my fondest experiences have been working within the education sector including work at the University of Liverpool, Birmingham's King Edwards VII Schools and the Orchard Hill College Academy Trust. Helping create a safe and secure environment for children to learn and grow is immensely rewarding because in many cases, my work is playing a significant role in enabling them to improve, learn new skills and make life-long friendships in a place they will not forget. In my career, I specialise in helping organisations redesign their health and safety management systems so they can meet their operational needs, improve workplace culture, and realise their potential for change. 

Staff Governors

Melissa Gibson and Charlie Nix are our current staff governors. Melisa is an experienced teacher who has done a huge amount to ensure the international Erasmus program has been a great success at Glory Farm. She is currently the link governor for SEND. Charlie is our Early Years representative and is currently leading the nursery at Glory Farm. 

Advisors To The Board

Andrew Jeffrey is the Chief Finance Officer ('CFO') of the Bernwode Schools Trust. In this role he oversees both the short and long term financial planning across the Trust. Andrew works closely with the Head teachers at both schools and other managers to ensure that the funds we receive are appropriately spent and that we get the best value out of this funding to maximise the impact on the pupils under our care

Joanne Weeks is the Senior Operations Manager of the Bernwode Schools Trust.  She is responsible for the daily operations of both Glory Farm and The Cooper School ensuring a high standard of support services is provided.  She works closely with the Head Teachers and CFO on strategic planning focussing on attaining the long term objectives of the trust's vision and developmental aims.