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New Mills School Governors – November 2016

(including term of office end date)

All our governors are members of one of the two main committees, Teaching, Learning and Community Links or Resource Management. They may also have lead responsibility for a key school issue e.g. Health and Safety, or role as a Faculty/Subject Link Governor

Jo Charles (22.09.17)
Staff Governor
Resource Management
Link Governor for Humanities

I have worked at New Mills School for over 10 years and have been a staff governor for 3 years. I am fully committed to the drive to get this school to ‘Outstanding’.

Maggie Cole, Chair of Governors (21.10.18)
Co-opted Governor
Resource Management
Teaching, Learning and Community Links
Safeguarding and SEN&D

I’m a director of Torrs Hydro New Mills, a Community, Renewable Energy Co-operative. Passionate about all young people reaching their true potentials and about all matters environmental.

Chris Furness (14.01.17)
Local Authority Governor
Resource Management, Vice Chair

I am a Derbyshire Dales District Councillor and Peak District National Park Board Member. I was a pupil of New Mills School in the 1950’s when it was a Grammar School and hold Masters Degrees from Oxford and Sheffield Universities.

David Hanney (17.05.20)
Parent Governor
Resource Management
Link Governor for Pupil Premium

I have lived in the area for 20 years and very much want to see a vibrant school were all pupils have the opportunity to achieve their potential. Work wise I have worked in the ‘Outdoor’ industry for many years after originally qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

Debbie McGloin (duration of headship)
Resource Management
Teaching, learning and Community Links

Nicola Parsons (28.04.19)
Parent Governor
Resource Management
Link Governor for Maths
Health and Safety

I have 3 children attending NMS and I passionately believe that every child has the right to an excellent education in a safe stable environment.  I'm proud to be involved in the journey that will see our school achieving an Outstanding status.

Philippa Peatfield, Vice Chair of Governors (21.10.18)
Co-opted Governor
Teaching, Learning and Community Links
Link Governor for English and Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)

I was born and have lived in New Mills all my life. I have also worked at New Mills Dental Practice for almost twenty five years.
I attended New Mills School as have all three of my children, and have spent the last six years as a Governor doing what I can to support the school, the community and its young people.

Jeremy Poulter (12.10.20)
Parent Governor
Teaching, Learning and Community Links

I live in New Mills and my son is a pupil at the school. My other son will be a pupil in the near future. I am also an architect and run a small practice based in Stockport working on residential and commercial projects, many of them locally. As a governor, I wish to help the school with its continued improvement and to seek new opportunities to foster links to the local community and enterprise.

Freda Rashdi (11.11.20)
Parent Governor (Second term)
Teaching, Learning & Community Links
Link Governor for Science

I have been a parent governor since 2012 and have lived in New Mills for 15 years. I have three children aged 22, 18 and 9. As a female Chartered Civil Engineer I have a strong interest in ensuring
equality and diversity across all subjects, but in particular making a difference in Science.

Chris Sharples (10.09.19)
Co-opted Governor
Resource Management, Chair
ICT Services

My background is Engineering and IT and I am currently working at The University of Manchester in the IT services department.
My professional role is focused around finance, staffing, communications and supply management which supports my role at New mills as a member of the Resource committee.

Felicity Wicks (05.05.19)
Co-opted Governor
Teaching, Learning and Community Links, Chair
Link Governor for Communications
Sixth Form Link Governor

I moved to New Mills from Manchester two years ago, looking for somewhere with a sense of community and beautiful scenery, which this town has in abundance! By day, I work at the University of Manchester as a Communications Manager. I am passionate about education as a force for personal and social good, and I feel privileged to be able to help ensure this for the young people in the town where I live.