Local Board members

Richard Cherry

I have lived in Burgess Hill for many years and have always been actively engaged with the community here. As well as my interest in schools and education, I am also the West Sussex County Councillor for Burgess Hill East and am involved with a local neighbourhood charity.

My initial interest in education stemmed from the fact that my children went to school locally and over the years I have been on the board of governors for several local schools.

I also have a professional interest in education, having worked for the Learning Trust and the National Association for Head Teachers.

These days my main interest in education is The Burgess Hill Academy, where I chair the local board. It is an exciting and privileged position to hold. I am very proud of the academy’s continuous journey of improvement and the hard work it puts in to teaching and caring for all its students.

I believe that whatever challenges our teachers have to face, there is commitment, determination and a mood of optimism that drives them and all of us involved in The Burgess Hill Academy to do the best for our students and offer them the best quality of education and care for their future. 

Helen Lewis

  • I am Sussex born and bred, having moved to Burgess Hill from Brighton in 2013.
  • I have worked in advertising and law but am now a classical soprano.  I am heavily involved in the Sussex classical music scene, both as a performer and in running events and music competitions. 
  • I am a Governor at Southway Junior School and run a local Brownies unit. 
  • My hobbies include all things Italian, extreme hiking, keeping fit, design, history, gardening, live music and travel...in particular, having exciting adventures with my family. 

Mustak Miah

I have lived in Burgess Hill for the past 21 years and my children go to The Burgess Hill Academy.

I am an active person involved with the Burgess Hill Mosque (secretary/trustee) and the Mid Sussex Bangladeshi Welfare Association (secretary). I am also a member of the Burgess Hill Residents Forum along with other members. Previously I was a member of the Burgess Hill Running club.

I have been running my own restaurant business for the past 12 years. I am keen to work hard and take on new challenges. Over the years I have supported many charities, organisations, schools and clubs to raise funds for their great cause by donating free meal vouchers for raffle prize draws through my business.

As a local businessman I do sit with other business owners and the town council to discuss various issues. I am very delighted to be involved with The Burgess Hill Academy as all my children have or currently attend. I am very passionate to work with the staffs and pupils of the Academy, to learn and make a difference.

Rob Stanbridge

My name is Rob Stanbridge and I am a parent governor for the local board of The Burgess Hill Academy.

I currently have 2 children currently in the Academy and so wanted to be able to offer my help and volunteering for the board is a great way to give something back to the local community and the Academy.

I have been involved in school governance for some 10 years now having been a governor at a local primary school since shortly after my eldest son started school… fast forward to today and I can honestly say it’s a rewarding varied role and it certainly brings to life the challenges and rewards of being involved in education these days!

Rob Stanbridge

Jon Francies, Lead Principal

Since May 2021 It has been a pleasure to lead across the amazing St Leonards and Burgess Hill Academies.  I have been at Burgess Hill Since 2016. I am incredibly proud of students as staff as the school has grown from 750 to 1100. I have worked in The Trust since it began and I was a Vice Principal and Principal at The St Leonards Academy. It has been great to return! I began my career in London as a drama teacher moving into a head of year role and then into senior leadership.