Chairs of Governors

Chairs Forum

Each year our Chairs of Governors nominate from their group a chair for the Chairs Forum. The elected Chair becomes a Trustee for a period of 12 months. This provides a link between the Board and the Chairs of Governors.

Chairs of Governors

Allenton Community Primary School | Cathy Sheehan

  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/17
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • governors@allenton.derby.sch.uk

“The local governors understand their roles well. They support and challenge school leaders to continue to raise standards. The local governing body is well informed about the school’s priorities and successes.”

Allenton Ofsted, 2017

Breadsall Hill Top Primary School | Adrian Sutton

  • Date of Appointment: 26/11/19
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • sheila.laithwaite@transformtrust.co.uk

Brocklewood Primary School | Graham Byers

  • Date of Appointment: 10/07/19
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • mary.farmer@transformtrust.co.uk

“Governors are conscientious, prioritising the areas for improvement identified by senior leaders. The Transform Trust has provided effective training which has brought increased rigour to governors’ actions. They use the school’s performance information well to challenge school leaders and hold them to account. They visit the school regularly to check on leaders’ actions and work closely with staff to be better informed.”

Brocklewood Ofsted, 2017

Bulwell St Mary’s C of E Primary School | Karen Slack

  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/16
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Contracted to provide LLE services to Transform Trust Schools
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • sheila.laithwaite@transformtrust.co.uk

“The governing body provides effective support to the school. Governors are ambitious for the school. They have a good understanding of what the school does well and what it needs to do to be even better. They make regular visits to check on the school’s work towards meeting its priorities and they understand the importance of holding leaders to account.”

Bulwell Ofsted, 2019

Burford Primary & Nursery School | Rob Denzel – Local Leader of Governance (LLG)

  • Date of Appointment: 01/08/16
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • mary.farmer@transformtrust.co.uk

“In 2016, the school became an academy with the Transform Trust (the trust) and has put in place a skilled and experienced local governing body. The trust allows the governing body great autonomy to ensure that the school engages and reflects the unique needs of the Burford community. Governors fully understand the need to gather information beyond the headteacher and seek information from other school staff, trust representatives and an external consultant.”

Burford Ofsted, 2019

Edale Rise Primary & Nursery School | Claire Smith – National Leader of Governance (NLG)

  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/16
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Employed by Transform Trust to work at Transform central office.
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Child Welfare Officer Keyworth FC.
  • Mary.farmer@transformtrust.co.uk

“Governors have a sound overview of the work of the school and they are especially mindful of the needs of the local community. They are rightly focused on pupils’ well-being and progress and are ambitious for the school. Governors fulfil their statutory responsibilities effectively and have undergone all of the appropriate checks and training. The new chair of governors works closely with senior leaders to monitor standards and oversee statutory duties, striking an appropriate balance of support and challenge.”

Edale Rise Ofsted, 2017

Highbank Primary School | Les Sullivan

  • Date of Appointment: 06/11/18
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Governor at Whitegate Primary School
  • sheila.laithwaite@transformtrust.co.uk

Parkdale Primary School | Dennis Jones

  • Date of Appointment: 01/07/18
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Governor at Edale Rise Primary School
  • sheila.laithwaite@transformtrust.co.uk

Pear Tree Junior School | Jill Wilkinson – National Leader of Governance (NLG)

  • Date of Appointment: 24/07/18
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Chief Operating Officer of Transform Trust
  • jill.wilkinson@transformtrust.co.uk

Ravensdale Junior School | Mike Jackson

  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/19
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • M.Armstrong@ravensdalej.derby.sch.uk

Robert Shaw Primary & Nursery School | Rukia Shaffi

  • Date of Appointment: 10/07/19
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • mary.farmer@transformtrust.co.uk

Rosslyn Park Primary & Nursery School | Alex Norris MP

  • Date of Appointment: 01/11/2018
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • mary.farmer@transformtrust.co.uk

“Governors are at the forefront of the decision-making process. They are highly ambitious for the school and its pupils.”

Ofsted, November 2017

Sneinton St Stephen’s C of E Primary School | Matt Jones – Acting Chair

  • Date of Appointment: 23/11/19
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • sheila.laithwaite@transformtrust.co.uk

South Wilford Endowed CofE Primary School | Alex Taylor – Local Leader of Governance (LLG)

  • Date of Appointment: 23/05/18
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Chair of Chair′s Forum and Trustee of Transform
  • sheila.laithwaite@transformtrust.co.uk

Whitegate Primary & Nursery School | Stewart Powell – Local Leader of Governance (LLG)

  • Date of Appointment: 01/07/17
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Employed by Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Related by in-law to another governor on Whitegate Governing Body
  • admin@whitegate.nottingham.sch.uk

William Booth Primary & Nursery School | Steve Oakley

  • Date of Appointment: 23/05/18
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Employed by Nottingham City Council
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: Governor at Newton Burgoland Primary
  • mary.farmer@transformtrust.co.uk

Zaytouna Primary School | Arshed Ahmed

  • Date of Appointment: 21/01/19
  • Appointed by: Trustees of Transform Trust
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Trustee at Zia ul Ummah Foundation Director at Hasnat Consultancy Ltd
  • Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions: None
  • Sheila.laithwaite@transformtrust.co.uk