Gail Foster – LA Governor – Chair of Governors - Governor since 1992
Member of: Finance & General Purpose Committee and Curriculum, Attainment & Inclusions Committee
Designated Governor for: Safeguarding, SEND, Staff CPD, Headteacher’s Appraisal
I have been involved in school governance for over 25 years, initially as a Parent Governor and more recently a Local Authority Governor with experience in Primary and Secondary settings. I am currently Vice Chair at Harthill Primary School & Governor Representative at Rotherham Education Strategic Partnership.
I retired from the Police service in 2016 working for South Yorkshire and Humberside Police. From January 2000 until my retirement I worked in the Career Services and Training Department which involved teaching and training Leadership and Management, Training Trainers, Coaching and Mentoring, Promotion, Career and Talent management of staff at a local and national level. I also have experience delivering in Higher and Further Education; this involved teaching Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Foundation degree in Education, Learning and Support for Sheffield Hallam University and Rotherham College.
Although retired, I currently work part time delivering/assessing and mentoring Level 5 Diploma for Leaders and Managers Apprenticeships for Sheffield College with staff within Nottinghamshire Fire Service and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
I am an excellent communicator, dealing with conflict, managing difficult conversations and I am a good listener. My areas of experience include Performance and Change Management, finance, data analysis, Human Resource issues, Project Management, Managing Complaints, recruitment and selection of staff and senior leaders, including Heads, Deputies and Assistants.
I became a National Leader of Governance in May 2014, in order to improve the quality of governance and to aid better outcomes for children. This work is allowing me to coach and mentor other Chairs of Governors and to improve the standard of governance within schools in the Sheffield, Rotherham and East Riding of Yorkshire areas. I have recently completed training to become involved in External Review of Governance.
In December 2018, I was appointed as the governor representative on the Rotherham Education Strategic Partnership. This board reviews the educational needs of all children across the borough.
Ann Hughes – Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair – Governor since 2004
Member of: Finance & General Purposes Committee (Chair) and Curriculum, Attainment & Inclusion Committee
Designated Governor for: Looked after Children, Pupil Premium, Speech and Language
Finance and Headteacher’s Appraisal
Originally a support staff governor. Both my children attended the school, many years ago. My daughter was very quick to volunteer me to help in school and so the journey began. I have worked in many classes in school over the years until I joined the office team and was eventually promoted to Bursar. I am passionate about the school and as a governor I hope to be able to continue to contribute to the visions and values of the school and to provide support to the Headteacher, staff and pupils. I retired from school in August 2015, after being at the school for over 25 years. The skills I bring to the governing board are Finance and a long involvement with the school. I hope to help on a voluntary basis with any aspect of school life.
Richard Allen - Staff Governor, appointed April 2018
During my time in this role I have attended all LGB meetings, discussing all aspects of the school and its daily running. I am a class teacher in year 5 and maths lead for the school. I became a governor because I wanted to be a part of a group who could make changes that positively impact the school. To make informed and relevant decisions that have a positive impact on the children. I believe I am able to provide an inside view of the school and its position during the day to day running.
Martin Ladbrook – Co-opted Governor – Governor since 1990
Member of: Finance and General Purposes Committee
Designated Governor for: Finance supports with Headteacher’s Appraisal
Both my daughter’s attended this school. They both obtained their university degrees and now have children of their own. I was asked about 29 years ago to help with auditing some accounts for the school, and was subsequently co-opted as a governor and have remained on the governing board ever since. I want to help the school within my capability, to be an outstanding school for as long as possible for the benefit of the attending children. I am a retired independent financial adviser and feel I bring to the governing board a common sense attitude, life experience and a level of financial acumen.
Craig Smith – Co-opted Governor – Governor since 2014
Member of: Finance and General Purposes Committee
Designated Governor for: Health & Safety and Parent and Pupil Voice
I have a child that currently attends school. I want to help to continue to make the school a happy and safe place for its pupils, staff and all other visitors to the school. I work for the Emergency Services as a Fire Fighter and I have experience relating to Health and Safety to bring to the governing board, as well as communication and listening skills, fairness, integrity and honesty.
Jackie Brand – Parent Governor since 2015
Member of: Curriculum, Attainment and Inclusion Committee (Chair)
Designated Governor for: Foundation Stage, Curriculum (inc. SMSC), Behaviour & Attendance and Assessment
I am a parent of a past and present pupil at the school. I became a governor as I wanted to support the school to ensure the highest quality of education is delivered. As a governor I want to ensure a safe and happy environment for pupils and staff, in order to achieve high standards in education. I work in Clinical Effectiveness within NHS – ensuring the right things happen at the right time for patients. I believe I bring to the governing board an ability to review and analyse data, and I approach all tasks in and organised and methodical way.
Jackie Scott – Associate Governor – Governor since 1974
Both of my children attend this school. I was asked to be a governor and was very proud to be considered. I have always found Anston Hillcrest to be an amazing school. The standards the children reach are always outstanding and whenever I visit I have always been impressed by how polite and cheerful the children are and how confident they appear. I have been a part of every Ofsted panel at the school and I am happy to say we have always had a good report. Before retirement I was a secondary school teacher and have also been a parish councillor. I would say I bring to the governing body wisdom, common sense and continuity/stability.