Meet our Governors
Our Governing Body is made up of staff, parents and other members of our local community. Each of our four committees is chaired by a different governor – as noted in the details below. More information is provided about the structure of our board and committees on the Governance Structure page.
Governors always look forward to meeting our children, parents and carers and intend for at least one of us to be present at all formal and informal school events. Please say hello – and let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for the work of the Governing Body.
Stephanie Spencer (Co-opted Governor) - Chair of Governors
I lived in Radcliffe on Trent for two years, from 2017-2019 – I have recently moved and now live a short journey down the road, in my home town of Bingham. My connection with Radcliffe on Trent Infant School is still very much strong, due to close family and friends living in the village, whose children attend the school. My partner and I have been together since 2010 and have two wonderful children together. Our son has William’s Syndrome and in turn, individual and unique special educational needs. Our daughter was born with Pierre Robin Sequence, meaning she was born with a cleft palate which required surgery at a young age. I feel my personal experiences support my role as Governor, as I have direct involvement of receiving support from various agencies and personal challenges to overcome, regarding their learning, development and general happiness and well-being. My experiences have made me passionate about SEN and a true advocate for inclusion for all that have a perceived disadvantage. Whilst at university, I studied Youth Justice and have since worked in Substance Misuse Services, supporting individuals with multiple and complex needs. In our spare time, my family and I enjoy getting outdoors, visiting the farm or a park. I personally enjoy swimming, horse-riding and watersports.
Jackie Simpson (Co-opted Governor) - Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of Education and Development Committee
Jackie has worked in education for 38 years. The last 24 years at Senior Leadership level. Whilst based in Nottingham City, Jackie has been associate Head, and Headteacher working in school improvement in Walsall and Nottingham City. Working for a MAT specialising in turning around schools deemed to be failing, Jackie has been Executive Principal of a 3-19 all through Academy and Executive Principal for academies in Northampton, Derby and Luton.
Jackie has lived in Radcliffe on Trent for thirty three years.
Peter Cochrane (Co-opted Governor)
I have lived in Radcliffe on Trent since 2011 and have four children with the eldest in college and the youngest at the Junior School. I am an Engineering Management and Leadership Consultant for complex engineering projects and currently the Programme Director for Ferguson Marine delivering two new ferries to service the Scottish Islands. I have worked in senior management teams for Marine, Defence and Oil & Gas industries and delivered many projects such as relocating the Royal Navy Submarine School, manufacturing pyrotechnics and delivering LPG handling equipment to customers worldwide. When I get the time, I spend it with my family and friends!
Hazel Ebling (Associate Member)
I have lived in Radcliffe-on-Trent for twenty-one years, and have two grown-up sons. They both went to the old Dayncourt School and my youngest spent two years at Radcliffe Junior School. I have recently retired from teaching after a career of twenty-three years. Before this I worked in various university departments as a medical researcher, in Edinburgh, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Cambridge. I decided to change careers because I felt I needed a new challenge, teaching certainly gave me that.
During my teaching career, I taught mainly in Foundation and Key Stage 1, but I do have some experience of teaching Key Stage 2. I am keen to get involved and support the school, using my relevant skills to support the staff in ensuring the children receive the best education. My main pastime is golf, I’m a member at Radcliffe on Trent Golf Club and I spend a lot of time on the course. My husband and youngest son are members of various bands and I love to go and watch live music.
Kirsty Hird (Parent Governor) - Chair of Leadership Committee
I have two children, one at the Infant and Nursery School and the other at the junior school in the village. I have lived in Radcliffe since 2012. I am currently a stay-at-home-mum but my professional background is in project and service management. I have delivered significant Government IT projects and worked with a wide range of stakeholders to focus on service delivery and improvement. I am enjoying using these skills, alongside my experience as a parent, to contribute to the work of Governing Body of our school and help to drive continuous improvement.
Helen Marshall (Parent Governor)
I have lived in Radcliffe on Trent since 2016 with my husband and two children, both of whom attend the school. I have a surveying degree which has seen me work on numerous construction project across the world. I currently work for the Department for Education within the capital directorate. I am delighted to be given this opportunity as Governor to expand my own knowledge and experiences together with ensuring the school is functioning effectively for my own and future children. In my spare time I enjoy spending lots time with family and friends, and have recently discovered a love of running.
Sarah Mayfield (Co-opted Governor)
My interests lie in Education having worked in Further Education Colleges as well as Universities. My current role involves heading up a new site increasing access to Higher Education, ensuring pathways are in place from local Further Education Colleges and ensuring ease of progression for students, increasing opportunities. I am looking forward to bringing my experience and interest in education, along with lots of enthusiasm to learn new elements, to the Governing Body.
Mike Powell (Local Authority Governor)
I have lived in Radcliffe on Trent since 2007, and have 2 children, both of whom attend schools in the village. I work in HR and am currently the Head of Recruitment for British Business Bank, working between Sheffield and London. Outside of work I am also a qualified Rugby Union Coach and Referee.
Faye Sibley (Co-opted Governor)
I have lived in Radcliffe since 2012 and live with my husband Paul, we have 3 young children.
I am a secondary school teacher in Leicestershire and have a degree in Secondary Teaching and also a Master's degree in Education. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sport, baking and lots of family days out.
Jane Smith (Staff Governor)
I am the School Business Manager, a Designated Safeguarding Lead and member of the Senior Leadership Team. I have worked at the school since 2014 and became the School Business Manager in 2019. Having worked within the classrooms as a qualified SEN teaching assistant I decided to utilise my many years previously within management and admin and took a role within the admin team leading to the role of the School Business Manager. I believe this helps me represent the staff on the governing body from a classroom, leadership and business perspective. I am passionate about our school community and I truly believe in our values and providing the best experience we can for all of our children.
Sally Taylor (Co-opted Governor) - Chair of Resources Committee
Born in the village, I am married with one child. I am a qualified FCCA accountant, working on a broad range of clients. I joined the governing body in 2016 as a co-opted governor; with a background in finance I am now the Chair of the Resources Committee. I bring experience of budgeting, financial reporting and analysis to the role of governor - utilising my skill set to the benefit of the school and children.
Cate Wade (Parent Governor)
I live in Radcliffe with my husband and our three children, two of whom attend the school. I have been a civil servant since 2010, starting my career as a linguist and now working in HR. I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring my skills and experience to the governing body and look forward to broadening my knowledge as a governor.
Vicky White (Co-opted Governor)
I have lived in Radcliffe on Trent since 2004 with my husband and 2 boys, and have taught at the Infant and Nursery School since 2009.
Before teaching at the Infant and Nursery School, I worked for 12 years at Hempshill Hall Primary School in Bulwell, where I taught lots of different age groups from year 2 to year 6. I was the curriculum lead for PE and Humanities across 3 Key stages and was also actively involved in organising the staff pantomime for the children each year!
I am the Deputy Head teacher and teach in Year 1 (2 days a week) and also in Reception and Nursery covering PPA time. I am also the school SENCO and have been the staff representative on RAINS - our wonderful Parent/ Teacher association for over 10 years.