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Governing Board Members

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

It is a huge honour and privilege for us to be the chair of governors at Tibshelf Community School. This school has always been held in extremely high esteem by the local community, which is exemplified every year by the high numbers of applications we receive from parents wanting their children to attend.

The governors at Tibshelf Community School form a broad group of volunteers from different working environments, who together strive to make the school the best it can possibly be. We provide a fair balance of support and challenge to Mrs. Wainwright and the school’s Senior Leadership Team through our various committee meetings and regular school visits, all of which help us understand the school’s strengths and areas to improve. The three core functions of all governing boards are:

    • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
    • Holding senior leaders to account for educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
    • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that it's money is well spent.

As governors, we also work to improve through a robust annual Self Evaluation Programme and by attending Continual Professional Development courses both in and outside of school. To work effectively as a group, we believe it is essential to develop and share our knowledge, skills and experience in order to achieve our vision and the school motto:

‘Alta Pete’ (Aim High)

Pete Wragsdale

Governors Attendance 

Declaration of Personal & Pecuniary Interest

Full Governing Body List 

Governor's Scheme of Delegation

Meet the Governors 

Peter Wragsdale : Chair of Governor, (Parent Governor) 

I am a parent of a student at Tibshelf School. I am in a very fortunate position within my current role at Worcester Bosch as the Manufacturing Operation’s Manager, I have the opportunity to guide and develop many individuals to improve not only the career but help improve their personal lives. I currently offer many apprentice’s roles covering all aspects of Manufacturing and Engineering onsite. On a personal note this is one of the most rewarding aspects to my role-helping and watching the younger generation grow into productive members of society and supporting the community

Jill Smith : Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Curriculum (Co-opted Governor) 

Having spent a very happy career teaching Modern Foreign Languages, initially in Essex and then Derbyshire, I decided to retire from full-time teaching in 2015. I then did a few years of supply teaching in various schools in NE Derbyshire, before deciding to stop paid work completely. However, I didn’t feel ready to hang up my school bag completely!    

Not wanting to waste the skills, knowledge and experience gained over decades in education, I thought becoming a member of a governing body would be an ideal opportunity to put those skills to good use. I am therefore very pleased and honoured to be able to serve as a governor at Tibshelf Community School.   

I have always been a passionate advocate for young people and fervently believe every student, no matter their ability or background, should have equal access to a broad curriculum and be given every opportunity to achieve their best. 

Rachel Nash : Vice Chair of Curriculum (Co-opted Governor) 

I am an experienced school and trust executive leader, having had over 20 years in leadership roles including headship within the secondary sector within South Yorkshire. I have extensive experience in school and trust-wide improvements, specialising in leadership professional development across the school workforce including within primary sector.  

My current role is Leadership Development Strategic Lead for Learners First School Partnership based in Rotherham. I deploy my expertise collaborative networks of teachers, school trust and business leaders across several educational regions through a range of professional learning opportunities including the full suite of NPQ qualifications and bespoke leadership programmes including MAT reviews and curriculum communities. 

Andrew Dennis : (Co-opted Governor)

I attended Tibshelf School myself, as did my mum, my wife and both of my daughters.  

After leaving school, I started off my career in the printing industry, working as a typesetter for 13 years. I left that to do a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies and then trained to be a secondary school teacher and worked in an English department for a number of years. In between all that, I acted in amateur theatre for many years and have also enjoyed writing and directing a number of productions and running my own theatre company. Nowadays, my day job is a complete contrast to everything else I've done as I restore and sell antique furniture from premises just up the road from school in Tibshelf. 

Pieter Eksteen : (Co-opted Governor) 

I was educated in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1997 in 1999 I started in recruitment, later I founded my own business which I sold to an international recruitment company in 2006 when I moved into further education. I have held senior positions with some of the biggest names in apprenticeship provision in the UK.   

I have been with the East Midlands Chamber since 2014 where I am responsible for leading and developing the Chamber’s commitment to enhancing East Midlands businesses and communities, the Chamber is continuing its drive to bring education and business closer together to reduce the skills gap and help ensure a prosperous future.  

My current volunteering roles include Governor at University Technical College Derby and Board Member of Derby Opportunity Area.

Lucie Wainwright : (Headteacher) 

After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University, I started my teaching career in Rotherham before moving to Sheffield as Head of Physical Education.

After 22 years teaching, I secured the Deputy Headteacher post at Tibshelf, and in 2021 I was very proud to become the Headteacher of this wonderful school.

I am absolutely committed to the school and the community and to ensuring that we all ‘aim high’ in pursuit of excellence for our students.

I value the strong team around me, and together we are invested in delivering the very best for our young people.

Kieran Newton : (Staff Governor)

Director of Mathematics/Staff Governor at Tibshelf School

I have lived in the local area all my life, having previously studied at Deincourt School and Tupton Sixth Form before going on to complete my degree in Mathematics at Nottingham Trent University. I began teaching Mathematics at Tibshelf Community School in 2014.I have enjoyed my time at the school, helping to ensure the best outcomes for staff and students. At school, I currently hold the role of Director of Mathematics, and are really proud of the improvement we have made over the last three years. In my spare time I enjoy watching sports such as football and cricket.

Roger Martin : Chair of Resources (Parent Governor)

I am a volunteer Parent Governor and one of my children currently attends Tibshelf School. I am keen to help where I can with the operation of the school. 

My background is in Public Sector Procurement, I have spent several years working to provide legally compliant Frameworks which ensure Public Sector organisations see the most value they can from their expenditure as well as ensuring they help to create Sustainable marketplaces. 

I focus on construction & maintenance projects but also have experience in decarbonisation projects of all sizes.

I am very passionate about the Public Sector and although the financial landscape is increasingly challenging, I still believe there are great opportunities to make a positive difference to people's lives. 

Clearly education and Tibshelf school in particular are one of these areas!

Peter Haywood : Vice Chair of Resources (Co-opted Governor) 

I am an experienced project management professional and for over 20 years worked within the construction industry in various capacities. My current role as Projects Director involves leading and managing teams of various disciplines to collaboratively deliver small and large projects for both UK and global companies. As I am from the local area, being able to support Tibshelf Community School achieve the best for the pupils is a very rewarding opportunity.

Stephen Doughty : (Co-opted Governor) 

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