Ellen Hardwick


Co-opted 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 and a son who are both now at secondary school but previously attended Ashover. I became a 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 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).

Sue Myhill



I started my teaching career at Ashover in 2000 where I taught for 6 years in EYFS and KS 1. I was then Deputy Headteacher at an Infant School in Chesterfield. I have been Headteacher at Ashover since February 2018. I am married with 3 children that go to school in Chesterfield. I enjoy running and playing netball for a ladies team.

Charlotte Harrison

Member of The Education and Standards Committee

Subject Governor for English

I live in the Parish of Ashover with my husband and my three children attend Ashover School. I have a background in Education and before starting a family I was Leader of Mathematics in a Middle School in the North of England.

In my role of governor I want to contribute to the effective leadership of the school.

Mark Barltrop


Co-opted Governor

Chair of The Resource Committee

Subject Governor for Health and Safety

Having lived in the village for over 20 years I fully understand the importance a fantastic school like Ashover plays in the community and the wonderful life it creates for our children. My aim is to support the School through the governing body to ensure that the past successes are maintained. 

My background is in commercial property covering all aspects from development, investments, capital projects, corporate property strategy and property management. I will look to bring this experience into my role as chair of the resources committee and member of the governing body.

Carl Hayes


Chair of Governors

Member of The Resource Management Committee

Member of Head Teacher's Performance Management Committee

Subject Governor for PE

I am married to Charlotte and have one child in Y6 at Ashover and the other who has just left Ashover to go to secondary school. I have worked as a Business Transformation officer at Chesterfield Borough Council since 2000. I have also fulfilled the role of Branch Secretary of Unison at Chesterfield BC. I have therefore sat on both sides of the table and understand the need to work with the school but also provide checks and possible alternatives going forward.

I was keen to become a governor at Ashover for several reasons:  Part of this was to have an input into how the school is run and to have an understanding of all that goes on behind the scenes.  I also believe that I have some experience that will be useful in helping the school with its mission moving into the future.

Nick Watts


Parent Governor

Member of the Education & School Performance Committee

Subject Governor for EYFS and Curriculum

I live in Ashover with my wife and our children, whom both attend Ashover School.
I have become a governor to try and give something back to the learning community.
I am a teacher with a particular passion for extra-curricular activities and outdoor education.
In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking and fell running.

Robin Wilson


Staff Governor

Member of Education Standards Committee

After completing an Art & Design degree in Wales I fell into many years of work in retail at music, toy and comic shops. I eventually progressed into purchasing and moved to the Derby rail industry where I worked for nearly ten years.
Seven years ago (with a mid-life crisis looming) I decided to make the jump to what I really wanted to do, which is work with children. It was the best career choice I ever made. 
I have been the Year 4 teacher at Ashover since 2016 and live in Belper with my wife and two teenage children.

Matt Guest


Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Member of the Education & School Performance Committee

Member of the Resource & Management Commitee

Link Governor for Safeguarding, Looked After Children and GDPR

At the time of writing, I have worked in the IT industry for over 14 years; half of which has been specialising in Cyber Security roles. I intend to use my professional skills and experiences to support the fundamental Security principles of Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability to further protect the Ashover School and it’s members.

I was raised in Rotherham and moved to Derbyshire after working for Chatsworth House’s IT department, where I met my wife, Chloe. We lived in London for a few years to further our careers before moving to Ashover in 2016 to start a family. My eldest child attends Ashover School.

In theory, in my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, luthiering, gardening and hiking with our dog Henry.

In practise, our little girls fill most of our spare time and we enjoy visiting country houses and walking in the countryside together as a family.

Georgina Smith


Local Authority Governor

Member of the Education & School Performance Committee

Link Governor for Science

I am passionate and enthusiastic about raising standards and facilitating children to reach their potential. My twin daughters are attending Ashover School, and I have witnessed many effective steps in the right direction of making this school one you would want to send your children to attend. I have lived in the Derbyshire area all my life and am involved in community groups through my children. 

In my current role as a Programme Development Manager in Adult Education centres I work closely with young people to create and design a study programme that meets their needs and requirements.  I manage and support tutors within this role and support them with their training needs, development and teaching role.  I work effectively with others and have a good knowledge of health and safety and curriculum needs.  As a Governor I am particularly keen to ensure that all children are safeguarded, have a good mental health/wellbeing, and can strive to meet their potential within the school environment.

Robin Grant


Associate Governor

Subject Governor for Maths

My wife, Anna, and I live in Ashover and my daughter is currently in Y2 at Ashover, whilst my twins are due to join YR in the new academic year. I went to school in Wingerworth, then Tupton then attended the University of Nottingham before qualifying as a chartered accountant in London.

I’m currently the Chief Financial Officer of an asset management firm in Manchester. Before that, after relocating from London to Ashover I worked as the interim Bursar at S.Anselm’s Preparatory School in Bakewell for almost 2 years.

I wanted to become a governor at the school to contribute what I can to its on-going success.