About Sandy Secondary School

Achieving Excellence Beyond Belief

About Us - Governing Body

Governing Body

Parent Governors

Staff Governor

Local Authority Governor

Alistair Ramsay

Gill Deans

Tracey Hinson

Co-opted Governors


Foundation Governors

Michelle Courtney

Nigel Adis

Farah Malik

Tracey Stock

Ian Smith

Executive Principal

Clerk to the Governors

Karen Hayward

Lorraine Norman

Mark Martin

My name is Mark Martin, I’m 45 years old and married with four children.  We have lived in Sandy for the past 11 years, having worked in the city since my early 20s. I started my first business, MDM Consultants, a recruitment firm now celebrating its 14th year and currently re-inventing itself for an exciting new chapter.  My second business, MDM Compliance Systems, was founded in 2013 to provide a Regtech SAAS based compliance monitoring solution for banks and asset managers, which I successfully developed and sold in November 2019.  This has freed up some time, which I am looking to put to good use and for opportunities to give back locally.  


I am delighted to have worked with Sandy Secondary School recently to help facilitate the building of new bike shelter.  Exercise has always played a big part in my life and, as an ex professional tennis player, I believe exercise plays a huge part in our mental wellbeing.  For over 25 years I’ve had a passion for personal development and keen to play a part in helping the future of the young people in our community.  My youngest son, Harry, is currently enjoying his 2nd year at the School.



Michelle Courtney

Michelle joined the Governing body in 2018, as she wanted to be involved in the evolution of Sandy Upper School into Sandy Secondary School.  Michelle qualified from Trinity College, Cambridge, and is a veterinary surgeon working exclusively in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care. She has lived in Sandy with her family for many years and is a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy.  Michelle’s driving ambition is to empower students of all abilities, backgrounds, and aspirations to release their full potential; she hopes to achieve this by working with the rest of the Governing body to create an inspiring learning environment which enriches all students who attend Sandy Secondary School.


Alistair Ramsay - Vice Chair of Governing Body

Alistair joined the Sandy Secondary School Governing body in September 2016.  He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years with informatics teams and has a keen interest in science, analytics and drug development.  His ambition is for the school to continue on its journey towards an Outstanding OFSTED rating.  Alistair has 3 children, all attending the school in their senior years and is a member of the British Computer Society. He volunteers for STEM activities through his work when time allows.


Tracey Hinson

Tracey has spent most of her working life at Sandy Upper School, joining in 1991, and she is the last remaining teacher who has worked under all of the head teachers the school has ever had.  Tracey has held a number of positions in the school; she is a Science teacher and has previously been Head of the Science department for more than 10 years.  Tracey is now employed as an Assistant Principal with responsibility for the Sixth Form and Community.


Tracey has two daughters, who both studied at Sandy Secondary School.  Whenever Tracey plans or observes a lesson, evaluates strategy or employs a new member of staff she has one simple question; “Is this good enough for her child?” If the answer is “No” then something needs to change!


Sandy Secondary School has been a big part of Tracey’s life for a long time and she is very pleased to be serving as Staff Governor during the next exciting phase of the school’s development.


Farah Stones

Farah has been a veterinary surgeon for 25 years.  For the past 15 years, she has been working at a veterinary practice in Upper Caldecote, where she is currently the Clinical Director.  Farah has two children, attending a local primary school, and she became a Governor at Moggerhanger when her children started there.  Farah has since been co-opted onto the board at Sandy Secondary School.  As a parent, Farah has a keen interest in education and enjoys being able to make some contribution to support the school in their mission to provide all their students with the ability to achieve their full potential.


Nigel Aldis

This is Nigel’s second term as a Governor of the School.  He spent over thirty years in education as a teacher, working in all phases – primary, lower, middle, upper, secondary and in two special schools; one for MLD and the other for hearing impaired pupils.

Employed mainly as a class teacher, Nigel has also held specialist posts for Mathematics and History.  Previously, he was the Chair of Governors at Maple Tree Lower School, from when it opened, and subsequently at Sandye Place Middle School until it became an academy.

Nigel has been a Sandy Town Councillor since co-option in September 1999 and a Blunham Parish Councillor since his election in May 2015.   He was an elected member of Mid Beds and then Central Bedfordshire Councils from 2003-2015.  He is heavily involved in the local community holding committee positions of several groups.

Tim Gardiner

Tim is father to boys in Years 7 and 9 and his wife is a Learning Support Assistant at Sandy Secondary School.  He is passionate about children fulfilling their educational potential, especially in the areas of STEM and the Performing Arts - and in Sandy Secondary School, we have a school the town can be proud of.  Tim is new to being a school Governor, but is looking forward to supporting the school in whatever way he can.  In his day job, Tim is a freelance IT consultant, designing cloud-based systems for large retail companies such as Sainsbury’s, Argos and Tesco.  In his spare time, his interests are running, cycling and musical theatre.


Tracey Stock

I’ve been a Governor in Sandy for over 20 years and at Sandy Secondary School since 2006. I’ve seen the school go through some extraordinary times, some quite challenging, and I am proud that it continues to go from strength to strength, offering excellent education and pastoral support to all students.  I sit on the Standards Committee, which monitors school performance and achievement and the wellbeing of staff and students, and I’m also the Safeguarding Governor.  I live locally, with my husband and our three children,, who have all attended Sandy Secondary School.  I previously worked in the sales industry, in both corporate and smaller business settings.  I am currently a Central Bedfordshire Ward Councillor for Beeston, Blunham and Sandy and Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing and Communities.


Gill Deans

I first joined the Governing Body in January 2012, and I am currently the Chair of the Standards Committee.  The Standards Committee is responsible for looking at achievement, as well as the wellbeing of all staff and students.  In addition to this, I am the Link Governor for Special Educational Needs and regularly met with the SENCo, as well as the link for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium, all of which involves meeting with members of the Senior Leadership Team on a regular basis.  

Name-Declaration of Interest-End of Term of Office

Gill Deans - Parent - March 2022

Nigel Aldis - Member of Sandy Town Council  and Blunham Council - March 2022

Farah Malik - Parent - March 2022

Michelle Courtney-Parent - November 2022

Alistair Ramsay - Parent - March 2022

Tracey Stock - Executive at CBC for Health and Wellbeing - March 2022

Tracey Hinson - Staff - June 2022

Ian Smith (Chair) - Chair of Blunham Parish Council - March 2022


Attendance to Meetings 2019

Ian Smith - attended 3 out of 4 meetings

Tracey Stock - attended 4 out of 4 meetings

Nigel Aldis attended - 3 out of 4

Tracey Hinson - attended 4 out of 4

Alistair Ramsay - attended 4 out of 4

Farah Malik - attended 0 out of 4 (Farah attended all committee meetings and communicated her opinions to FGB meetings but due to work commitments was unable to attend in person).

Michelle Courtney was on maternity leave.


Register of Local Governors 2020