Some of our governors are parents/carers, some are staff, and some come with a range of experience in business, the creative sector or the local community.   The whole governing body is crucial to the success of the school and holds the school leadership accountable for the progress of students and the quality of education provided. Having a governing body with a wide range of backgrounds allows different points of view to be heard as we try to improve the school still further. Sometimes the governors have to make difficult decisions about budgets or choosing priorities for the school. Ofsted's judgement is that our governors provide exemplary support to the school.  Our Chair of Governors is Bernard Hawes, who can be contacted via the school.
Current school governors:
Bernard Hawes - Community Governor 
Bernard has been a governor at Stormont House School for over 15 years . As Chair of Governors for most of that time he has been part of the team that has seen the school achieve 3 outstanding Ofsteds. He currently chairs the Resources Committee (Finance, Human Resources and Premises). As a trustee of the Kench Hill Charity he is an avid supporter of the Hackney residential centre located in Tenterden, Kent and all that it offers and gives to the inner city children of Hackney.

Having served on the Hackney Schools Forum for several years and other Governor and Head-teacher groups within the Hackney Learning Trust he has a wide understanding of school governance and the role and responsibilities of a Governing Body.

After a long career in finance he now enjoys a busy life participating in many outdoor activities and grandparent responsibilities. Notwithstanding these a passion to ensure Stormont House School continues to be best in class and that all students achieve at the highest levels as individuals is at the centre of his commitment to the school.


Lynn Dalton - Community Governor

Lynn has been a governor at Stormont House School for over 5 years. She is currently Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and also sits on the Resources Committee. Lynn’s background is in education and she has taught in the East End of London for over 30 years, most recently as Deputy Head at Clapton Girls’ Academy. Lynn was seconded from Clapton to Linklaters (a city based global law firm) in 2007 to set up their ‘Learn for Work’ community investment programme which focuses on raising achievement and aspirations for young people in Hackney. While remaining as part of the Corporate Responsibility Team at Linklaters, Lynn is now semi-retired but retains responsibility for the firm’s Work Experience programmes for Hackney and works for Inspire Education Business Partnership, where she is involved in delivery of Primary Mentoring schemes for city companies and Hackney schools. Lynn is currently training to be a Magistrate for the North East London Judiciary Panel and regularly volunteers for business and enterprise events in local schools.


Yvonne Packer - Associate Governor


Hans Hirt - LA Governor -

Hans joined Stormont House School governing body in 2012 as a Local Authority governor and is also a member of the Resources Committee. He is a qualified UK solicitor with a background in business administration and additional qualifications in accounting (ACCA) and fund management (IMC, SIID). Hans completed his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics in company law and after practising law for two years has lead corporate governance activities around the world for over a decade working primarily with listed companies. As such, Hans is a specialist in organisational and management issues. He has always been very interested in education at all levels and is delighted to contribute to the success of Stormont House School and its students.


Hannah Lilley - Co-opted Governor

Hannah joined Stormont House School governing body in 2016 as a Co-opted Governor and is also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. She has a diverse vocational background having studied Architecture, Science and Law at University, and is now an Australian qualified solicitor working in commercial litigation at Linklaters LLP (a city based law firm). Hannah has a keen interest in education and providing career-focussed advice, and is delighted to be given the opportunity to contribute her analytical and organisational skills to the success of Stormont House School and its students.


Parent Governors

  • Emma Kingsley
  • Ann Hollingworth
  • Mary Slocombe


Staff Governor:

  • Claire Napier
  • Katie Foster 



  • Kevin McDonnell