Our Governing Body is made up of staff, parents and other members of our local community. We have two Co-Chairs of our Board who share the responsibilities of the role equally. 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.
Peter Cochrane (Co-opted Governor) - Co-Chair of Governors
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!
Stephanie Spencer (Co-opted Governor) - Co-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.
Nicole Amoabil (Parent Governor)
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.
Kirsty Hird (Parent Governor) - Chair of Leadership and Management Committee
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 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.
Mary McCarthy (Co-opted Governor) - Chair of Wellbeing and Safeguarding committee
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.
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.
Jackie Simpson (Co-opted Governor) - 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.
Jane Smith (Staff Governor)
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.
Sally Taylor (Co-opted Governor) - 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 background 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.
Vicky White (Co-opted Governor)
I have lived in Radcliffe on Trent for 17 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 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 currently the Deputy Head teacher and Foundation Stage Leader and teach in Reception (3 days a week). I am also the school SENCO and have been the staff representative on RAINS - our wonderful Parent/ Teacher association for over 10 years. I am actively involved in the school choir, which I love - especially when we perform at community events.
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