Governors - Biographies

Andrew Coates

Co-opted 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 Head Teacher Performance Management Committee

Subject Governor for Children in Care

I am married to Cathy and we have two children - who 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.

Emma Crowder

Staff Governor

SENCO

Teacher for Year 5

Member of the Education & School Performance Committee

I am a teacher at Ashover Primary School and have been teaching for 5 years, both in KS2.  I am the Anti Bullying and Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

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

I live in and was educated in Derbyshire.

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 5 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 3 children. My eldest 2 children previously attended Ashover and have moved on to Secondary School. My youngest son is currently in Year 4 at Ashover. 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.

Rebecca Vardy

Parent Governor

Member of the Education & School Performance Commity

Subject Governor for History and Geography

I have 3 children, 2 of which still attend Ashover. My daughter is in Year 5 and my son is on Year 4.

I work as a supply teacher at 2 other school's in Derbyshire. I am a keen member of Ashover Friends of the School and enjoy organising fund raising events at Ashover.

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.