Sutton House Academy is governed by an Eastern Regional Academy Executive Committee.

The concept of the Committee is based on a belief in the importance and power of shared leadership. Parents, faculty, administration, and the community work together to provide advice regarding academy policies in accordance with the mission of the academy and the policies of the Parallel Learning Trust.

The primary function is to provide advice and assistance to Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team

Committee members offer their experience and expertise to strengthen the decision making process. This assistance is provided through the function of committees such as: planning, policy development, finance, public relations/marketing, development/fundraising, and assessment.

Our Governors

Lorne Stefanini Chair
Anne Sturman Governor
Marc Nuttall Governor
Liam Ford Governor
Johnathan Sandling Governor
Daniel Emmerson Governor

Lorne Stefanini

Lorne Stefanini is Chair of the Academy Council, bringing expertise from 20 years experience in teaching. Lorne currently works in a senior independent school with responsibility for pupil learning and progression following many years teaching in London. Lorne holds Chartered Teacher (leadership) Status, and is committed to ensuring excellence for all learners, of all abilities through development excellent classroom practitioners. Lorne is focused on the importance of balancing high expectations with expert support, encouragement and recognition of potential in all teachers who in turn can bring out the best in our young people.  

Anne Sturman

Anne worked in education from 1988 until her retirement in 2023. She spent 23 years working in AP -19 years as Headteacher during which Anne led the team through 4 successful Ofsted inspections. She has extensive experience of supporting pupils, families, colleagues and primary schools in the area of SEMH and for 18 years was also part of a behaviour support advisory team –which also included delivering CPD to schools, SENDCos and newly qualified teachers.

For the last 2 years of her service, Anne was part of the PLT Central Team -leading on Primary Education, Safeguarding and Literacy.

Jonathan Sandling

Jonathan is a senior leader with almost twenty years' experience in the further and higher education sectors. Currently working for Coventry University, he oversees the academic provision across two London campuses. His specific areas of knowledge and experience are associated with teacher development, curriculum design, quality assurance and learning analytics. Jonathan is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, a member of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the International Society of Humour Studies and a reviewer for the European Journal of Humour Research. In addition, Jonathan is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of Cambridge. Jonathan is proud to be working with the Senior Leaders and Governors at Victory Park and Sutton House Academies. 

Liam Forde

Liam is an experienced HR professional having worked in both private sector and government organisations. He specialises in the straight forward design and implementation of change management that improves organisational effectiveness. Liam is passionate about developing people capability and helping organisations achieve better HR practice - with experience in all HR specialisms. Having graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a bachelors degree in Human Resources Management, whilst he will always consider himself a ‘Northerner’, Liam is now a Southend resident and enjoys living by the coast.

Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

Academy Council Attendance

The Chair of our Academy Council is, Lorne Stefanini. She is contactable by the means below:

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