Pen Portraits

New Mills School Governors Pen Portraits

David Hoult
David Hoult

Term of office 11 December 2018 – 10 December 2022
Responsibilities on board
I am a co-opted member of the Board of Governors and a member of its Resource Management committee.
About me
I have been a governor at New Mills School since 2018.  I live in Mellor, just over the border in Greater Manchester, where I am also a trustee and Chair of the Board of Governors at Mellor Primary School.  I am a musician – a singer and formerly a horn player – and I trained at Manchester University, Lancaster University and the Royal Northern College of Music.  I was principal of Leeds College of Music from 1993 until I retired in 2008.  Before that I was Head of Music at University College Salford, while also working as a freelance singer and broadcaster on BBC Radio 3.  
Email address dhoult@newmillsschool.co.uk

Felicity Wicks
Felicity Wicks

Term of office 6 September 2019 to 4 May 2023
Responsibilities on board
I have been Chair of Governors since September 2019. I have a particular interest in quality of education / curriculum, but attend all the committee meetings to keep myself up-to-date. I am also the link governor for Student Development and the English Faculty.
About me
I have been a governor at New Mills School since 2015, when I applied in order to give something back to my local community. I have lived in New Mills for around seven years since moving here from Manchester, and love the vibrant, artistic and friendly community we have in our town. I work at the University of Manchester in student recruitment and widening participation, where I support young people from all backgrounds to consider university study. When not working, my interests / hobbies include long-distance running, gardening, and choral singing.
Email address chair@newmillsschool.co.uk

Heather Watts

Heather Watts

Term of office From 1 September 2021
Responsibilities on board
As Headteacher, my overarching responsibility is to lead, develop and support the strategic direction, vision, values and priorities of New Mills School to lead to school improvement. My role on the board is therefore to work collaboratively with governors, primarily by reporting on progress on all key aspects of the school.
About me
I took up my post as Headteacher of New Mills School in September 2021 after having gained much senior leadership experience working in Stockport secondary schools. My experience of working with governing boards began in 2002 when I was elected as staff governor and I have been privileged to work collaboratively with a diverse range of governors ever since.  
I am passionate about all pupils, regardless of their starting points, being adequately challenged and supported to achieve their absolute best so that they go on to positively contribute to society.
My husband, also a teacher, and I have two children – one at secondary school and one at sixth form college so education is an important facet of our family life. When not working, we enjoy family holidays from caravanning in Wales to snorkelling in Ibiza. To relax, I enjoy long walks, gardening and reading.
Email address head@newmillsschool.co.uk

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

Term of office  May 2019 – May 2023.
Responsibilities on Board
I am the Staff Governor and also a member of the Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Development Committee. I have a particular interest in our Pupil Premium students.
About me
I have worked at New Mills School for sixteen years and became Staff Governor in May of 2019. I have two roles here, Higher Level Teaching Assistant specialising in English and based in our English Faculty, and I am also part of our brilliant SEND team of Teaching Assistants. My daughter, who attended New Mills School, and I live in New Mills, and we are very much a part of this wonderful community. I am passionate about ensuring all our pupils are provided with an excellent, quality education and with enabling them to fulfil their true potential as they go out into the wider world. Outside of school I enjoy walking, cooking, gardening and a lot of reading.
Email scohen@newmillsschool.co.uk

Sue Fisher

Sue Fisher

Term of office 25 November 2020 - 24 November 2024
Responsibilities on board
I am a Parent Governor and a member of the Resource Management committee. I have a particular interest in improving spaces for sport and physical activity at the school.
About me
I live in New Mills and I am a Parent Governor. I have 3 children, one of whom is in year 8, and twins who will join in September 2022. I am currently PE Coordinator at New Mills Primary School and have been involved in helping children to lead healthy active lifestyles both inside and outside of school, through organised sport and physical activity. Alongside my experience in teaching, I have experience of working in commercial business, the voluntary sector and in the grant giving sector. In a former life, I have been Brand Manager for Persil and Sales Manager to Asda Walmart. After a move into the charity sector, I became Head of the grant giving team at the Heritage Lottery Fund in Manchester for 9 years and have experience of both large-scale capital grants as well as small community projects. Over the last 5 years I have raised around £50,000 for projects to improve our schools and community spaces. Outside of work, I can most often be found up a hill on a bike or on foot. I love the outdoors and take every opportunity to seek adventure in the mountains.
Email address sfisher@newmillsschool.co.uk

Michael Shew

Term of office December 2018 to December 2022
Responsibilities on board
I am the link governor for the Open Faculty (Art and Design, Business Studies, Music, Media, Drama, Design and Technology) and a member of the Quality of Education Committee.
About me
I have been a governor at New Mills School since 2018. I worked full time in secondary education as a science teacher, head teacher, inspector and assistant director of education for forty years before downsizing to part-time and voluntary work a few years ago. I’m currently a part-time assistant lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University Institute of Education, working with trainee teachers in Sheffield schools. My interests include writing fiction, hill-walking and cycling.
Email address mshew@newmillsschool.co.uk

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Chris Furness

Term of office 14 Jan 2021 – 14 Jan 2025
Responsibilities on board
I have no particular responsibilities on the Board at the moment but have Chaired the Resources Management Committee in the past
About me
I am the Local Authority representative on the Board. I am a Derbyshire Dales District Councillor, where I Chair the Communities and Environment Committee.
I have been a governor of the school since 2013. I am Chair of Governors at Bradwell Infants School. I was a pupil of the school when it was a Grammar School and have fond memories of those times
Email address cfurness@newmillsschool.co.uk

Sam

Sam Monteath

Term of office October 2020 – November 2024
Responsibilities on board
I am a Parent Governor and a member of the Quality of Education committee
About me
I’ve been a governor at the High Peak Federation (Newtown and Thornsett Primaries) for many years, and Chair for a good number of them. As my children move on from primary to New Mills School, I wanted to bring that experience here.
I run my own consultancy business from New Mills, and I love this community and its surroundings. I also support young people in my role as Junior Co-ordinator of the cricket club. You might know my face as one of the regular Quizit charity quiz hosts.
Email address cfurness@newmillsschool.co.uk

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