Mr Stephen Haigh – Chair

Stephen Haigh  has been involved with education across the primary, secondary and Post 16 sectors for the last 18 years in a variety of roles.

Stephen is a Foundation Trustee for Abbey Academies Trust and Chair of the Bourne Abbey C of E Primary Academy Local Governing Board. Capitalising on Stephen’s strengths and experience from a former role in Post 16 learning, his link roles at Bourne Abbey include Health and Safety, SEND, Safeguarding and LAC.

Stephen is also a governor on a secondary school Local Advisory Board.



Fr Chris Atkinson

The Revd Father Chris Atkinson is vicar of Bourne and Rural Dean.  Fr Chris is a Trustee of Abbey Academies Trust.

Fr Chris regularly visits Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park schools to lead Collective Worship and Confirmation classes. He actively nurtures a positive and meaningful relationship between the two schools and Bourne Abbey Church.

Fr Chris is also a governor at Bourne Grammar School and holds charity trusteeships with Bourne United Charities; Bourne Education Trust; Bourne Old National School Trust and Bourne PCC.


Fr Peter Lister

Father Peter is married to Pauline and is Associate Priest at Edenham with Witham on the Hill and Swinstead.

Before his ordination he spent thirty years working in agriculture as a farmer and in the grain trade.

A former pupil of Bourne Abbey Primary and Bourne Grammar Schools he has been a school governor since 2011 and is currently a Trustee of the Abbey Academies Trust and local governor at Bourne Abbey C of E Primary Academy.

Fr Peter is a life-long supporter of Nottingham Forest FC and enjoys cricket, birdwatching, all things Italian, and the poetry of John Clare.


Mrs Amelia Eggleston

Amelia is Deputy CEO and CFO of Landau Forte Charitable Trust, a family of six academies across Derby and Tamworth, which she supports to provide a high quality education to the students in their care. Amelia has extensive experience in compliance and service delivery having worked within highly regulated industries prior to working in education.

She first started working in the education sector in 2015 with a large Multi-Academy Trust as Strategic Assistant to the CEO and joined Landau Forte Charitable Trust in 2017 as Operations Manager. Amelia is passionate about education and is committed to supporting the academies within her trust to reach their full potential, ensuring that every child receives the highest possible quality of education. She places real emphasis on developing staff and ensuring the teams she leads have a positive impact across the trust. She is also committed to ongoing professional development, and regularly refreshes her own training in GDPR, Safeguarding, and Health and Safety.

Alongside a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Derby Amelia has qualifications in project management and IT service delivery, is a governor for Colsterworth CofE Primary School and is a Trustee for Abbey Academies Trust.

Revd. Neil Griffiths

Neil is Rector for the Colsterworth Group of Churches, a role he took up in September 2018, since when Neil has also been a governor at Colsterworth Primary School. Before moving to Lincolnshire he was a Curate in Coalville in Leicestershire, serving at St. David’s Church, Broom Leys. Whilst in Coalville, Neil worked with Castle Rock High School, helping to deliver innovative RE lessons and after school activities.

Before his ordination in 2014 Neil had worked for many years with Housing Associations to deliver new social housing across the country.

Outside of work Neil has been a keen and busy charity fund raiser including, running 2 London Marathons and cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Neil undertook these adventures to raise much needed funds for Leicester YMCA, an organisation where Neil was also Chair of Trustees. Since arriving in Lincolnshire Neil has continued some of this activity including shaving his head, sleeping out in the churchyard and walking between all 7 of his churches.

Neil is married to Lesley, and has two grown up sons, a granddaughter, and a grown up step-daughter.

Mrs Sarah Moore – Executive Head Teacher/CEO

Sarah is a National Leader of Education.  She has been Executive Head Teacher of Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academies since January 2016 and Colsterworth C of E Primary Academy since September 2018. She led Bourne Elsea Park to a ’good’ Ofsted judgement in its first inspection as a new school in April 2017 and to ‘outstanding’ in its first SIAMs inspection in June 2017.

Sarah was previously Head Teacher at Orston Primary School in Rushcliffe, leading it from ‘good’ in 2007 to ‘outstanding’ in 2010. She was also Head Teacher at Oak Tree Primary, a school serving a large area with high levels of deprivation in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, which secured a judgement of ‘good’ in February 2014.

Sarah is developing a Trust-wide approach to securing high achievement and working closely with both Heads of School. She has a vast experience in governance and working collaboratively with other schools. In her role as National Leader of Education since 2012 she has a proven track record in successful school-to-school support in Nottinghamshire, Derby City and Lincolnshire. After two years as Executive Head Teacher, she is now focusing on leading Abbey Academies Trust’s development of infrastructure and educational vision.