Our Governors

 

Ros Clayton, Trust Chair and TDS Governor

Ros has spent her whole career in education. Having started as a teacher of English in a grammar school, she later worked in secondary modern schools and in comprehensives. Ros was Principal of a comprehensive school in Cambridgeshire for 14 years, which during the 1990s left Local Authority control to become a Grant Maintained School, and which was recognised as an 'outstanding' school by Ofsted. Ros later took on the role of Director of Education and Children's Services in a failing Local Authority. Having led the local authority to a 'good Ofsted category', Ros then spent six years as an education consultant working mainly for the DfE as Chair of School Improvement Boards in challenging areas.   She also spent time in the Treasury, working directly to 10 Downing Street on the Prime Minister’s education priorities.  Ros considers her priority as Chair of the Trust and the Governing Body, to be ensuring strong strategic development and goals for the Trust and the school, developing outstanding governance by attracting and training governors with high level skills, attracting and developing outstanding teachers and leaders, setting targets, monitoring progress, challenging and supporting all aspects of school improvement, and ensuring the highest quality in all areas of the work of the Trust, and the best education for all students in The Duston School. 

 

Glenn Daly, Trust Member and TDS Governor and Nominated Governor for Health & Safety and Financial Matters

Glenn has 3 daughters who all currently attend The Duston School.  He has lived in Duston for 12 years. Glenn is a Managing Director for a local construction company and has over 23 years of experience in the construction industry and 5 years experience in  Financial Services. Glenn has been a Governor at The Duston School for 7 years and Chair of Governors at a feeder primary school for almost 11 years.

 

John Murray, TDS Governor and Nominated Governor for Child Protection/Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Children Looked After (CLA)

John Murray has over 20 years of experience of teaching in and working with schools. He has held a number of senior management roles within schools, delivered training to support professional development on a range of behaviour management issues, and led and managed a team in the Local Authority while providing strategic direction and developing policy. He has ensured schools have access to appropriate models of behaviour management. John possesses an in-depth understanding of relevant legislation and guidance on both a national and local level  He enjoys being part of, as well as motivating and training, a successful team, and thrives in challenging working environments. John is a trained Ofsted Inspector.

Janice Peach, TDS Governor and Nominated Governor for Child Protection/Safeguarding

Janice recently retired as a member of staff following some years at The Duston School after a lengthy career in retail customer services and finance management.

Having lived in Duston for over 22 years and she resides only 2.5 miles away. She believes that TDS purpose is to service the local community and having been a Governor for a number of years (7), and with a particular interest in Safeguarding, she always wants and need to feel confident that every student feels safe and secure in a close knit environment

Janice feels passionate about being part of the Governing Body in an outstanding school.

 

Gabrielle Knowlton-Maile—TDS Governor

Gabrielle recently joined the Governing Body, taking up a position of parent governor.  As a Duston resident and mother of two young children, Gabrielle has a keen interest in the local community and continuing success of both the primary and secondary phase at TDS.   Her clinical background in healthcare, and medical sales and training experience, whilst not being directly linked to school education, does have transferable skills and the ambition to always achieve the best means that Gabrielle really looks forward to making valuable contributions for the benefit of TDS pupils and staff.

Elizabeth Wilson—TDS Governor

Elizabeth runs a retail business and acts as a coach and mentor to others who are developing their own businesses.  She originally qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and spent a number of years developing and delivering training programmes at Thomas Cook.  Elizabeth is also a Governor of Beachborough Preparatory School in Northamptonshire. 

Diane Stewart, TDS Governor

Diane joined TDS as a governor in September 2015. Having spent her whole career in the National Health Service, she qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1976 and progressed through the ranks of Staff Nurse, Sister and Matron in the operating theatres. Latterly, she was a Project Manager for a £20m Treatment Centre and became the Clinical Nurse Manager of the Treatment Centre before retiring in 2010.

With a background in healthcare, she has a particular interest in the Safeguarding of Children and feel that her skill sets (although from a different part of the public sector ) are transferrable to the education setting. She hopes her enthusiasm and strong interpersonal skills will contribute to the governing body of The Duston School, and ensure that every child is given every opportunity to the highest quality of education.

Fiona Cole —TDS Governor

Fiona was appointed as a Governor in October 2015.  She is an Associate Lecturer at Northampton University and has a passion for facilitating and encouraging opportunities for young people to reach their potential. Fiona's professional background spans almost 20 years within marketing, communications and business strategy and has lived in the Northampton area during this time. She started her career within the motorsport arena at Silverstone Circuit, moving into Formula One and then with a Malaysian petrochemical company leading the commercial activation for Petronas’ sponsorship of a world superbike racing team. A complete change then moved Fiona into a role as the marketing and communications lead for an international charity/NGO. She was then tempted back into the automotive sector by Honda, where she remained for over five years. The last few years have seen Fiona successfully work for herself within marketing, communications, events and business strategy consultancy for a diverse range of clients and sectors. Fiona is also a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) and foster carer, and enjoys the challenges and rewards these bring.

 

Brenda Bignold – TDS Governor

Brenda has spent her whole career in education as a teacher, Local Government officer, adviser, consultant and governor. She has worked in four Local Authorities, including as Corporate Director in Northamptonshire, and has undertaken national level roles as Education Director for the Building Schools for the Future programme, as adviser with the Local Government Association and , in the private sector, as Partner and UK lead on Children’s Services for Veredus, an executive recruitment company. In recent years she has worked in education overseas, including in Ethiopia, India and Kazaksthan, and is currently undertaking research on teacher training in developing countries. Brenda is also a JP and Board member for two small education charities.

 

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