Meet The Governance
We are proud of our team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to support us in achieving our goals.
The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust as sponsor, is responsible for a number of schools and colleges, including De Salis Studio College. As part of its remit, The Trust continues to drive up standards, being fully committed to the further development of its provision for its stakeholders. The De Salis Studio College Local Advisory (Governing) Body (LAB) is therefore required to meet formally each term before reporting to the Academy Board as part of Governance Day, involving the Members and Directors.
The LAB consists of community (co-opted) members, parents, guardians, carers and staff. The skills set, expertise and commitment of each individual are fundamental, as the LAB is critical to the work of De Salis Studio College and overall governance arrangements of The Trust. Accordingly, the De Salis Studio College LAB is made up as follows:
Stewart Duguid, Chair [Email: Stewdug@gmail.com]
Homayon Zeary, Community
Heidi Faure, Chief Officer - Operations
Sarah Driscoll, Chief Officer - Standards
Puneet Bhandal, Parent
Inga Oprea, Parent
As an IT Manager at BP, Stewart Duguid has first-hand experience of financial reporting requirements and risk management; he is qualified in both Business Continuity Management and also auditing management systems to ISO standards. With strong organisational skills, he has been highly successful in running his own business and also a diverse career with a number of multi-national organisations. Using his project management skills, he has demonstrated his ability to deliver complex projects to budget and on time. His business acumen benefits the work of the LAB as will his wider interest in rugby, both as a qualified referee and Level 2 coaching experience at Wasps.
[01.09.14 to 01.09.23] [No pecuniary interests declared]
Heidi Faure is an accomplished leader with a proven track record of success. As a former Mathematics Teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management, Heidi moved into the role of Vice Principal, before becoming College Principal in January 2013; and Executive Principal in February 2018 with responsibility for the secondary phase. She remains accountable for the College provision. As Chief Officer – Operations, she continues to be an advocate of clear targets and monitoring of progress. She continually strives to secure fantastic outcomes for all learners. As a former governor of a local primary school, she has an absolute understanding of the needs of the community and is resolute that all children should fulfil their potential.
[01.01.18 to 01.01.28] [No pecuniary interests declared]
Homayon Zeary has been working to support educational establishments in an IT capacity for over twenty years. In this time, he has developed a deep appreciation of the work undertaken by staff in the face of daunting challenges and barriers that need to be overcome. As a member of the De Salis LAB, he expects to do his utmost to ensure the vision and strategy empowers the true potential of the students and enables them to take full advantage of the College offer.
[13.02.20 to 13.02.24] [No pecuniary interests declared]
As a parent involved in school life, Inga Oprea is looking to contribute to the LAB and secure continued improvement in education. Having a medical background enables her to identify key factors that could potentially assist important topics in today’s world, particularly in terms of mental health and wellbeing. Being associated with The Trust for a number of years, she is well placed to highlight experiences, talk through ideas and serve to implement change, as required.
[30.03.21 to 30.03.25] [No pecuniary interests declared]
As a parent, Puneet Bhandal is keen to serve the community and support the College. She has a keen interest in governance and as a member of the Local Advisory Body, will develop this role in order to provide a good educational experience for all children.
[16.06.20 to 16.06.25] [No pecuniary interests declared]
Sarah Driscoll has vast experience in educational leadership in both the primary and secondary phase, as well as Studio Colleges and UTCs. Starting her career as an English teacher, Sarah has worked in various leadership positions previously, as Principal, School Adviser and School Inspector. She is passionate about maximising opportunities within The Trust for cross-collaborative working and ensuring all children are supported to reach their potential from the moment they arrive in Nursery through to Post 16. Indeed, as Chief Officer – Standards, she is committed to ensuring that all stakeholders are well placed to maximise their potential.
[01.06.19 to 01.06.23] [No pecuniary interests declared]