Governor Profiles

  • Mrs Suzanne Broome

    Chair of Governors

    I have lived in North Duffield since 2002. Our daughter was born here and attended the school during her primary education. We felt the school was caring and neutering whilst pushing her to achieve her best and I became a governor to promote these very reasons in 2014, initially joining as a parent governor and then being co-opted when I no longer had a child in school.
    I most recently worked in school administration for 7 years and specifically in school attainment data for 5 years. Before this I worked in different areas of Estate Agency and behind the scenes helping my husband build his business. In all these areas my main focus was to provide excellent service to all stakeholders and I strive to maintain this focus on the governing board.
    In my spare time I enjoy an eclectic mix of interests; dog walking, swimming, theatre, reading, music and much more.

Appointed by Governing Body Term in Office 09.11.2016 - 08.11.2020
Committees currently serving on Performance Management Other positions of responsibility
Chair of Governors
EYFS Link
Business Interests Spouse of proprietor of Rustique restaurant Relationships None
 
 
 
  • Dr John Spindler

    Vice Chair of Governors

    Having retired after a career in education, being a school governor seemed a productive way to spend some of my free time and to make use of my experience. I started my working life teaching English and Drama in secondary schools, and working as a part-time Youth Leader in Sheffield and London. I then became an Advisory Teacher for Drama, supporting teachers in primary, secondary and special schools. This was followed by work in Higher Education, where I spent most of my career, initially at the University of Northumbria and then at York St John University. I lectured in Arts Education and later taught educational research and evaluation to postgraduate students. My own research focused mainly on professional learning.
    I am committed to the idea that schools should centre their provision on the needs, aspirations and experiences of individual children. I share with other governors the ambition for our school to be second to none, offering a distinctive and high quality educational experience for each child.

Appointed by Governing Body Term in Office 10.11.2016 - 09.11.2020
Committees currently serving on Performance Management Other positions of responsibility
Vice Chair of Governors
KS1 Link
Business Interests None Relationships None
 
 
 
  • Mr T John Benson

    Co-opted Governor

    I joined the Governing body in 2010, shortly after retiring and moving to North Duffield. I wanted to engage with, and contribute to, the local community. Since then three of our grandchildren have started at the school, so I am especially keen to ensure that our school delivers the best possible outcomes for all pupils.
    Having been fortunate to receive a first rate education, I progressed from electrical engineer to manager in different parts of the country, to international consultant for several years, and then to civil servant in central London. In mid career I spent a year as a mature student at Sterling University, gaining a MSc in Environmental Management to add to my engineering degree from Bristol and management qualifications. I am therefore mindful of the need to equip our children to be “Learners for Life”.

Appointed by Governing Body Term in Office 01.10.2016 - 30.09.2020
Committees currently serving on Finance Other positions of responsibility Health & Safety and Premises Link
Business Interests None Relationships None
 
 
 
  • Mrs Jo-Anne Smith

    Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body Term in Office 01.10.2016 - 30.09.2020
Committees currently serving on   Other positions of responsibility
Parish Council Link
 
Safeguarding Mentor
Business Interests None Relationships None
 
 
 
  • Mrs Gillian Vollans

    Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body Term in Office 06.01.2016 - 05.01.2020
Committees currently serving on Finance,Standards & Performance Management Other positions of responsibility SEND & WI Link
Business Interests None Relationships None
 
 
 
  • Mr Andrew D'Arcy

    Co-opted Governor

    Having both a daughter working as a teacher at the school and a granddaughter starting her first year here, I had been in the school several times to visit and even enjoyed the new starters lunch. This gave me the idea that if I could become involved in any way then I should take the opportunity to do so. Low and behold an advertisement for new governors was posted, and a couple of months later I am being warmly welcomed by the Chair of Governors & Mr Russel to my first governors meeting.

    I have worked in education for the past 30 odd years, and I am the Domestic Bursar at Pocklington School in Pocklington. My day to day role at the school sees me being responsible for all the catering providing about 1000 meals a day, plus all the domestic services and laundry facilities within the school. As the school is also a boarding school with excellent accommodation it is also my role to make the best use of this during holiday periods and hire out the premises to all manner of organisations. Working in a school albeit not as an academic does give me a great understanding of school life in general, what it all entails and seeing tiny young people grow into young adults ready to face life beyond the school gates.

    In a previous life I served in the Royal Navy ending my career as a chef on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, sailing around the world in the company of most members of the Royal family.

    I like the whole idea of getting involved in the school where both my daughter and granddaughter are extremely happy. I am watching one little learner growing in to a new life and enjoying each step of the way. I like the friendliness and feel of the school and would like to support it as much as I can in any way that I can.

Appointed by Governing Body Term in Office 15.12.17 - 14.12.21 
Committees currently serving on Finance Other positions of responsibility Pupil Premium Link
Business Interests None Relationships Mrs K deBethel (daughter)
 
 
 
  • Mr Richard McCart

    Parent Governor

    Hi, I’m Richard McCart and have been a member of the School Governing Body since October 2016.
    I have lived in North Duffield with my wife Caroline since 2007 and we have two children who have both attended or are currently attending the School: Harry (Now Year 7) and Isla (Year 3).
    Before taking up my role on the Governing Body, I previously held the position of secretary at North Duffield Dragons Junior Football Club, whilst also managing one of the football teams and being the lead organiser of the annual club tournament in 2015 that was attended by nearly 1,000 children across two days. All of this means that I’m no stranger to children and sporting activities, and so I was happy to recently take on the role of Sports Premium link governor, a role which oversees the allocation of funds to sporting activity, with the aim of offering opportunities for all children to participate in, and enjoy, a range of sports activities.
    In my day job I have worked as a project manager in the Civil Service for the past 16 years (it was supposed to be my University gap year!), a role which involves monitoring of performance and plans and dealing with a wide range of different stakeholders.
    I therefore felt that the combination of my work and local community experience would stand me in good stead for a role on the School Governing Body.
    Since taking on my Governor role I have been struck by the sense of shared purpose that exists between the Governing Body and School staff, and the amount of sheer hard work and extra hours that the teaching staff put in behind the scenes to help the school to achieve its full potential. It was pleasing to see this reflected in the recent Ofsted inspection – I can certainly vouch for their view that the school possesses a ‘very strong sense of teamwork and collaboration’ and a ‘safe and caring environment’.
    Growing learners for life….
    I’m looking forward to being part of school life over the next couple of years, as our Governing body work with Mr Russell and his team to ensure our children receive the best education they could possibly obtain, and leave North Duffield School with the life skills that will serve them into adulthood.

Appointed by Parents Term in Office 29.09.2016 - 28.09.2020
Committees currently serving on   Other positions of responsibility KS2, Sports Premium & Village Hall Link
Business Interests None Relationships None
 
 
 
  • Mrs Amanda Harrison

    Parent Governor

    I have lived in North Duffield village for 13 years, I am married to Jonathan and we have two children in the school – Evie (Year 6) and Isaac (Year 3). I am a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and after working in global consulting for 17 years, I set up my own business in Jan 2015.
    I bring a wealth of experience to the Parent Governor role, from working in commercial and educational settings, and my focus is always on helping individuals, teams and organisations be the best they can be.
    I have a keen interest in supporting all aspects of school life for our children and the local community, and I am committed to helping create the best possible learning environment for all of our children.
    In my spare time I enjoy exercise and the outdoors – walking, horse-riding, cycling, and spending time with my family. You may even spot me in the village panto!!

Appointed by Parents Term in Office 05.07.2017 - 04.07.2021
Committees currently serving on Standards Other positions of responsibility Safeguarding, Parent Forum & Friends Link
Business Interests None Relationships None
 
 
 
  • Mr Graham Dixon

    Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents Term in Office 12.02.2018 - 11.02.2022
Committees currently serving on   Other positions of responsibility  
Business Interests None Relationships None
 
 
 
  • Mr Anthony Stroyd

    Staff Governor

Appointed by School Staff Term in Office 15.09.2017 - 14.09.2021
Committees currently serving on   Other positions of responsibility  
Business Interests None Relationships None