Lee is a partner in Stone King LLP solicitors in the Education Team. He was also previously the Registrar of the Diocese of St Albans and Joint Registrar of the Diocese of Guildford. He specialises in a mixture of ecclesiastical, education and property matters, with a particular focus on the Church of England. He has expertise in historic educational and ecclesiastical trusts and has advised numerous Church of England dioceses and schools on such issues. Lee has acted for a variety of diocesan boards of education and multi-academy trusts on general educational issues, on the implications of the Academies Act 2010, as well as the conversions of Church schools to academy status. As part of this he has developed an expertise in the School Sites Acts and associated tax issues and issues to do with the development of church school sites.
As a former Diocesan Registrar, Lee has dealt with the day to day legal activities of a Church of England diocese as well as giving advice on more contentious issues to senior staff and others on such issues as clergy discipline, safeguarding and data protection. He has acted for individual clergy and parochial church councils on property and purely ecclesiastical matters.
He is a member of the St Albans Diocesan Board of Education and a governor at a Church of England secondary academy.
Norman Hoare OBE
Norman Hoare was, between 1988 and 2012, the Head teacher of one of the country’s most successful non-denominational Voluntary Aided secondary schools, St Georges School in Harpenden. He led the school through major growth and a £10 million expansion programme, including conversion to Academy status, responding to popular demand and the exponential growth in sixth form numbers. Norman has also worked with the DfE and MoD on strategic planning for maintained boarding schools, staff development and responses to Forces schooling, contributing in his role as Chairman of the Boarding Schools Association and founder of the State Boarding Association. As a governor of a prestigious Sixth Form College (Welbeck, the Defence Sixth Form College) he continues to be involved in strategic planning and standards in the classroom.
Norman has also worked as a consultant to the Governors and Head of St Clement Danes School in proposing and establishing a new Free Secondary School in the Rickmansworth/Watford area. Employed as a Senior Consultant he contributed to the preparation of the bid which was successful in December 2015. The new school, Croxley Danes, which is due to open in September 2017, will serve a local area which is experiencing huge population growth and will eventually educate 1200 pupils and be a member of a newly established Multi-Academy Trust.
The Revd Janet Mackenzie (Diocese of St Albans Educational Trust)
The Revd Janet Mackenzie is the Archdeacon of Hertford (designate) and Chair of the Diocese of St Albans Educational Trust. Prior to being ordained Janet had a career in education as a Headteacher and as senior LA school improvement adviser.
Andrew Wellbeloved is the Headteacher of Townsend School in St Albans, an Church of England School graded Good by Ofsted. He is a member of the Board of Education. He has extensive experience of leadership and management, both in an education setting and externally having in the past supported other schools. He represents other school leaders on the executive of the Hertfordshire Association of Secondary School Headteachers and for many years has represented the Diocese on SACRE. For nine years Andrew was a Trustee of a national youth organisation/charity for children/young people aged 6 to 18 providing strategic leadership, maintaining accountability, ensuring legal compliance, and creating a strategic vision. Andrew is also a non-executive director of Herts for Learning, a significant not for profit organisation supporting the school improvement of Hertfordshire Schools.
Shirley Whales is the Headteacher of Northaw CE VA Primary School having previously been Headteacher of Broxbourne CE VA Primary School, an Church of England School graded Outstanding by Ofsted.