Welcome to our Governors’ section.
The 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. We aim to support the school in its ambitions to ensure the best possible educational experience for all children. Any correspondence for the Governing body can be directed to the school office and will receive our prompt attention.
Peter Cochrane - Co Chair of Governors
Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee
“I have lived in Radcliffe on Trent since 2011 and have four children with the eldest in college and the youngest at the Infant School. I am an Engineering Management and Leadership Consultant and currently the Chief Operating Officer for Coldharbour Marine bringing a new innovative product to market that treats marine ballast water. I have worked in many industries including Marine, Defence and Oil & Gas and delivered many projects such as relocating the Royal Navy Submarine School, to manufacturing pyrotechnics, to delivering LPG handling equipment to customers worldwide. When I get the time, I spend it with my family and friends!”
Mary McCarthy – Co-opted
Chair of Well being and Safeguarding committee
Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor
I am a children’s Speech and Language Therapist working in community clinic, schools and Early Years settings. I have a particular interest in children’s experience in the Early Years Foundation Stage as the basis for all later education.
I live in the village and have been a governor at Radcliffe-on-Trent Infant & Nursery School since 2000. My two children attended the Radcliffe schools.
Sally Taylor – Co-opted
Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
I have lived in Radcliffe on Trent all my life, married with one child who is currently at the Infant and Nursery School. I am qualified FCCA accountant working with a mix of organisations from the self employed to charities, corporate bodies to quasi government departments, spending over 12 years working for a large accountancy firm and now running my own accountancy business in Nottingham.
With my accounting back ground I bring experience of budgeting, financial reporting and analysis to the school, in particular I have been working with a charity organisation within education whereby I have gained an understanding of some of the funding for schools, for example, EFA/DFC and LCVAP.
I am keen to get involved and support the school, working together with the governors as a team, utilising my skill set to the benefit of the children both now and in the future to ensure they receive the best education.
What free time I have, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and learning Spanish.
Jackie Simpson – Co-opted
Chair of Pupil Progress and Quality of Teaching 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
Vicky White – Co-opted
Member of Well being and Safeguarding committee
I have lived in Radcliffe on Trent for 12 years 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 leader 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 currently the Deputy Head teacher and Foundation Stage Leader and teach in Reception ( 3 days a week). I am the SENCO, SMSC leader, Outdoor Education leader and I am involved in the school choir, which I love. I have been a member of the governing body for 5 years.
Nicole Amoabil – Parent
Member of Pupil Progress and Quality of Teaching committee
I grew up in Nottinghamshire but moved to Radcliffe five years ago to bring up a young family. My eldest daughter is in Reception and the youngest will start nursery next year. I am currently an infant teacher at a large primary school in the city where I am part of the Senior Leadership Team as KS1 manager, Literacy leader and mentor for trainee and newly qualified teachers. I previously taught in East London and more recently in Ghana. I am passionate about infant education and believe the curriculum should be enjoyable, broad, balanced and academically challenging. I enjoy spending time with my family exploring the outdoors both locally and further afield.
Martin Kearns – Parent
Member of Finance and General Purposes committee
I have enjoyed living in Radcliffe since 2015 with my wife Helen and 3 young boys. I hold a Business Degree and have spent most of my working career in Commercial roles within industry. I am also a qualified management accountant, so it’s fair to say I know my way around a spreadsheet! In my spare time I love to listen to live music and play football. I am passionate about contributing to improve our local community and have enjoyed being part of the dedicated team of governors.
Mike Powell – Parent
Member of Finance and General Purpose committee
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.
Jane Smith - Staff Governor
Member of Well being and Safegaurding committee
I have lived in Radcliffe On Trent since 2009. I have two children, both whom have gone through the schools in Radcliffe On Trent. I started working at the school in 2012 as a Teaching Assistant and then moved into the school office in 2018. Having been promoted to School Business Manager in 2019. Through my experiences as a parent, TA and office staff, I have a wide knowledge and empathy for all sides.
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.
I have two children at the Infant and Nursery School and 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 look forward to 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.
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.
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