Meet the Governors

Chair of Governors – Phil Haywood

I have been a Governor at Heathfield for 10 years.  I am a former pupil and I am passionate about this school.  My goal is to ensure that every child gets the best education and start in life.  I will be challenging the school in my role as Chair to ensure that this goal is achieved.

Vice chair – Julie Nicholson

I first became a governor when my son started at Heathfield in Y1….. He’s now 17. I really wanted to be part of his education journey and felt being a Governor would be the best way. To have an insight into the inner workings of the school and the amazing job the staff do is truly amazing. 

After working in Banking for 35 years I took voluntary Redundancy to venture into something new and I now have  two day jobs! I work at Nottingham Trent University as a student financial advisor, where I support students with the complicated matter of student finance and managing their money, which is a challenge. I also work as a Business Growth Advisor, support businesses with their planning for growth. 

My finance background really adds value to the governing body when we are discussing budgets and how the money will be spent.  In my time as a governor I have seen the school grow and become two fantastic campuses not just for education but a place for lasting friendships to be made.

Parent Governor – Amelia Fraser 

I was re elected as Parent Governor in October 2018 and I have loved being part of the team. I have two sons, my eldest left Heathfield last year and my youngest is currently in Year 2 at the Scotland Road Campus. My role as Parent Governor is extremely important to me and it is a responsibility I feel very lucky to have. Our children are very precious and they deserve the best opportunities we can give them. Heathfield is an exceptional school with a very committed staff. Each one of them, whatever their role, has the very best interests of the children at heart. Being a member of the Governing Body gives me an insight into how the teachers and staff aim to achieve the goals. I hope to continue fulfil my role to the best of my ability and representing your views as parents to help Heathfield continue to improve and become an even better school that it already is.

Co-opted Governor – Sarah Thornton

Co-opted Governor – Clair Taylor

I am co opted  governor, I have 2 daughters, aged 19 and 14. I was impressed with the wonderful ethos and learning environment that Heathfield provides from when I first registered my eldest daughter at the nursery in 2003. When a governor vacancy came up in 2009 I embraced the chance to learn more about how the school is run and how I could support staff in championing the high standards and opportunities that are available for the children and families of Heathfield. Professionally I am a senior staff nurse, with 20 years experience of team work, leadership and management. I think healthcare and education have lots of parallels, giving me an understanding but a different perspective, my insightful contributions,  I hope, help with decision making and plans that can enable the school to go from strength to strength and promote the safety, well being and  educational success of the children.

Co-opted Governor – Pete Cumberland

I was appointed as a Co-opted governor of the school in 2016. I have been a governor in several schools within Nottingham over many years. I was a pupil at Heathfield many years ago when I think it used to be called Scotland Road School. I was pleased to become involved with the school again as a governor after so many years and have found it to be interesting to see how the school now operates in today’s ever changing political and financial climate.

My main aim as a governor at Heathfield is to support the senior management and staff  in providing the children with the best possible education in order for them to achieve their potential, before moving on to secondary education. Also, for the children to be happy and feel safe within the school.

Co-opted Governor – Gareth Hicks

I have taught at Heathfield since 2007 and have been Head of School at the Scotland Road campus since 2016. I am proud to work at Heathfield and am passionate about the school. As a member of the school’s senior leadership team and governing body I feel I am well placed to support the school moving forward to build on the fantastic provision that is already in place for our pupils. I am delighted to be part of a board of governors that has such a passion for Heathfield and that continually challenges each other to ensure the very best outcomes for the school.

Staff Governor – Julia Dickens

On appointment as Deputy Headteacher of Heathfield Primary in September 2014, I welcomed the opportunity to become a member of the Governing Body of the school.  I value the importance of having a group of individuals, with a range of skills and backgrounds, representing the children, parents, staff and community of the school.  I hope to support all stakeholders in ensuring we provide the best possible education for the children at Heathfield.  I am currently Head of School at our Kersall Drive campus and was re-elected as Staff Governor in 2018.

Co-Opted Governor – Dean Farrelly

I have been a co-opted governor since early 2019.  This is my first experience as a governor and in my first year I have been consistently impressed by the ethos, passion and student focus displayed by all involved in making Heathfield what it is.  My priority in my capacity as governor is to support and enable the senior leadership of the school in continuously improving the experience of our pupils.  I hope to bring an external perspective that challenges and contributes to growth across the key success criteria identified by the school, ranging from pupil experience, inclusion and academic progress.  I am very proud to be a Governor of Heathfield.

Parent Governor – Ian Wood

I have been a Governor since October 2018 and by having a daughter at the Scotland Road Campus, I experience first-hand the dedication and professionalism of both the teaching and support staff across the school.  It is a real privilege to serve as a Parent Governor, representing the parent body and working alongside other talented and committed governors in helping ensure a high quality of education for all our children at Heathfield for many years to come.

I belive passionately that all children, irrespective of their social, economic or cultural upbringing are entitled to an outstanding educational experience, giving them the knowledge they need to make a success of their lives in the 21st Century.

I have been a science teacher and worked in school leadership for over 20 years and know how important Governing boards are in supporting and encouraging the leadership and management of a school.  I enjoy using my professional experience and knowledge to support our fantastic school and help drive its continued development and aspiration.  The aspects of the role of Governor I relish most are those that require us to provide fresh insight, ask challenging questions and provide necessary checks and balances to important financial, curriculum and school improvement decisions that help ensure that the academic progress, happiness and welfare of our children remain at the heart of all our plans.