Governors - Biographies

Andrew Coates

Parent Governor

Chair of the Governing Body

Chair and Member of the Ashover Governors Extended Services (AGES) Committee

Director of Ashover Governors Extended Services Limited

Member of the Resources Committee

Member of the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee

Subject Governor for Children in Care

I am married to Cathy and we have two children - both attended Ashover School but are now at secondary school.

I am a Chartered Accountant and the owner and a director of Strategic Corporate Finance Transactions Limited, which advises on corporate disposals, corporate acquisitions and management buyouts. I have over 25 years’ transaction experience gained across a wide range of industries and I am very proud of the large number of deal making awards that the firm has won.  

I became a parent governor at Ashover Primary School in October 2012 and was elected as the Chair of Governors in September 2014.

Annie Rhodes

Staff Governor

Subject Leader for English and PE

Teacher for Year 3

Member of the Education & School Performance Committee

I am a teacher at Ashover Primary School and have been teaching for 15 years, both in KS1 and KS2.  I am the coordinator for both PE and English.

I am the Staff Governor and a member of the Education and School Performance Committee.

I have three children at school age; Year 2, Year 5 and Year 6, so understand the importance of striving to ensure all children are happy and reaching their full potential.

Ellen Hardwick

Ellen Hardwick

Parent Governor

Chair and Member of the Education & School Performance Committee

Subject Governor for Anti-Bullying, Special Educational Needs including More Able Pupils and Modern Foreign Languages

I have two children: a daughter in Year 4 and a son in Year 3. I became a Parent Governor in December 2013 because I am passionate about learning and want to do all I can to support Ashover School.

I studied languages at university and have a background in secondary teaching and translation project management. I've lived in various parts of the country and also abroad (Germany and California) before returning to my native Derbyshire.

As well as being a Governor, I am Co-Secretary of Friends of School and am very much involved in the local Ashover community, for example as Vice-Chair of the Ashover Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. 

I am Chair of the Education & School Performance Committee and am also the Governor responsible for Special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Helen Timmins

Parent Governor

Vice Chair of the Governing Body

Chair and Member of the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee

Member of the Education & School Performance Committee

Member of the Resources Committee

Subject Governor for Safeguarding, Enterprise and Science

I have two sons at the school (our eldest child finished at Ashover Primary School in July 2016)  – one in Year 6 and the youngest in Year 3. I am married to Michael and we moved to Ashover from Nottinghamshire in 2013.

I am one of the owners of RJH Finishing Systems Ltd - a small engineering manufacturing company based near Leeds. I work from home and am responsible for all things related to the Marketing of the company and our products. My university background is Chemistry and I firmly believe in the importance of making science fun and accessible for all children.

I became a parent governor at Ashover Primary School in March 2014 and I am currently the Vice Chair. I serve on the Finance and Staffing Committee and the Education and School Performance Committee, and I am also the governor responsible for safeguarding, recruitment, and the Link Governor for Enterprise and Science.

I have previous governor experience as vice chair and a committee chair at our village school in Nottinghamshire, and it is a role that I thoroughly enjoy and find extremely rewarding.

Johanne Boulding

Co-opted Governor

Joint Chair and Member of the Resources Committee

Subject Governor for Computing

I live in Ashover and I have two children; my eldest is in Year 2.  

I am interested in supporting and contributing to the success of the school for the benefit of students, staff and the local community.

My background is mainly in the provision of publicly funded business support, both as a deliverer and funder. I currently work as a consultant for a private company, my role includes supporting the development of the business and managing projects. 

Katie Hirst

Co-opted Governor

Joint Chair and Member of the Resources Committee

Member of the Ashover Governors Extended Services (AGES) Committee

Director of Ashover Governors Extended Services Limited

Subject Governor for Health & Safety and Mathematics

I have four children, three sons and a daughter.  My three sons are in Year 7 (now at secondary school), Year 3 and Year 1 at Ashover Primary School and my daughter was born in April 2015 so is at home with me for now. 

I am a Chartered Certified Accountant and the owner and a director of Elm Financial Solutions Limited.  We are a small, family run practice which specialises in all aspects of accounting for small and medium sized companies.  Anything from business start-up advice to managing the full bookkeeping and accounting requirements such as payroll, VAT, statutory fillings and corporation tax.  We specialise in implementing specific processes and procedures.  We aim to provide an efficient and effective service to help clients run a successful and profitable business with a transparent view of their financial wellbeing.

I became a community governor in January 2014 and a co-opted governor in June 2015.  I am the Joint Chair of the Resources Committee.

Kieran Phelan

Co-opted Governor

Member of the Education & School Performance Committee

Subject Governor for Art, Design & Technology (DT) and Music

I have three children, all now at secondary school.

I joined the governing body in 2007 as a Community Governor after my eldest son started at the school. I served on the Headteacher Recruitment panel for our current and our previous Head.

My first career was in industrial and product design, winning the British Design Award, and having my work exhibited at the Design Museum.

I pursued my long standing interest in teaching with a second career in higher education. That culminated in my appointment as Chairman at the largest design university in the United States. The challenges at Ashover are somewhat different, but no less important if we are to ensure our children reach their full potential. 

I now own and run two companies, both of which are involved with property design, construction, and development. We undertake specialist work on historic buildings or on technically complex restorations. I take a ‘hands on’ approach to this work.

My interests are oil painting of maritime subjects, sailing (I raced in the round Britain challenge in 2003), and riding motorcycles long distances.

Vicky Buxton

Authority Governor

Member of the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee

Subject Governor for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), English and PE

I live in Uppertown, in the parish of Ashover and I am married to Richard.  We have two children, one daughter in year 3 and a pre-school child.  My family have a long history with the school, my daughter being the third generation to attend.

Presently, I work in local government for the Education Improvement Service and have done so for nine years. I advise and act as a critical friend for the Early Year in the private sector and schools.  Preceding this, I taught in a number of primary schools, but then left my teaching career in a senior role, having led many subjects and a Key Stage One/Foundation Stage unit.

I became an Authority Governor in June 2015 and I enjoy working with and supporting Ashover Primary School as it strives to maintain its outstanding status and reputation and as it embraces new challenges ahead.

Vicky Spender

Head Teacher Governor

Responsible for Health & Safety

Member of the Ashover Governors Extended Services (AGES) Committee

Director of Ashover Governors Extended Services Limited

Member of the Education & School Performance Committee

Member of the Resources Committee

I joined Ashover Primary School as Headteacher in January 2015 which marked my tenth year of teaching.  Prior to working at Ashover, I was Deputy Headteacher at Hunloke Park Primary School in Wingerworth for over three years.  My teaching post prior to that was at Walton Holymooride Primary School where I joined as a Newly Qualified Teacher and left as Team Leader for Year 5 and Year 6.