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For further details on how Hatfield’s local governance fits into the wider Astrea governance arrangements, please follow the ‘Trust Governance’ link in the ‘About Us’ section above.

Meet the Transition Management Board

Tomas Thurogood- Hyde


Tomas is Astrea’s governance and policy lead and has worked in education for five years, as well as having been vice chair of a primary school in South London. Tomas has a degree in law and volunteers for a homeless charity. Tomas’ priorities as chair are to build up the local committee so that it can continue to support and challenge the school as well as to build more links with parents and the community.

Nicola Crossley

As Executive Director for Inclusion, Nicola Crossley has significant experience of working with schools to enhance the learning experience for all vulnerable learners; but particularly those who are disadvantaged and/or have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Nicola’s previous experience is varied having worked across Primary, Secondary, Mainstream and Specialist provision; she has also worked as a Consultant Principal to two Special schools and as a School Inspector.

With a Masters (MA) in Educational Leadership and Management and a Masters (MEd) in Practice-Based Educational Research, Nicola’s areas of professional expertise includes: school improvement through action planning and impact analysis; and leadership development through coaching and mentoring.  She is currently a volunteer coach for the NCTL ‘Women Leaders in Education’ programme.

Nicola has written and led leadership development training for middle and senior leaders in Primary, Secondary and Special education in England, Wales and Jersey.

Having achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), Nicola is nearing completion of her Doctorate in Education (EdD) where her research focuses on conceptualisations of professionalism for Head teachers and teachers in compulsory education in England, considered through the lens of Critical Discourse Analysis.

Nicola’s specialist interest are around Autism and SEMH and she is passionate about improving understanding and provision in these areas, in particular.

Jim Garbutt

Principal – Hartley Brook

Katy Beech


Liz Lingard

Parent member

Simon Wigfield

Co-opted member

Simon Wigfield is our newly appointed co-opted member of the Transition Management Board here at Hatfield, and went to school locally going to Hartley Brook and then Firth Park Schools.

He has been a Civil Servant for over 18 years holding various responsibilities, currently working in a policy role for the Department of Education in the Higher Education Directorate on Student Funding.

He passionately believes that all children should have the best start in life, gaining the skills and knowledge to help them thrive, and feel happy and safe during their school life. Primary School Education being the most important time in a young person’s life being the foundation to their learning informing not only their Secondary School Education, but their further and higher educational aspirations in later life.

Jill Gibson

Staff member

Jill has worked at Hatfield Academy since 2017 as the Education Welfare Officer, a role which challenges and inspires her, allowing her to work closely with our children and parents.

Prior to this, Jill has had a varied career working overseas for the Royal Military Police & Army Intelligence/Special Operations Corps, before working as an Investigator for South Yorkshire Police.

Jill was recently appointed as the Staff Member on Hatfield’s TMB, which has given her a fantastic opportunity to have an impact on education, and positively influence our children’s lives.

Jill aims to make a positive contribution to the school, and is keen to ensure that the views of the staff, parents and most importantly the children, are shared and valued.


The terms of reference for the TMB can be found here.

The register of interests and attendance can be found here.

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