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Welcome to the governors section of the Tuxford Academy web site. We aim to tell you a little bit about ourselves and perhaps remove some of the distance that has traditionally existed between us and everyone else involved in a school.

As governors we form the top level of management of Tuxford Academy - this does not mean that you can see us in the classroom (although you might on the odd occasion); our function is to ensure that Dave and his team run the school in the way that we have all agreed. In management speak, ours is a strategic role within specific statutory boundaries.  We each have specific areas of responsibility (portfolios) within the academy and work closely with the senior leaders.

If there is anything you wish to raise with any of us please do not hesitate to contact us through Mrs Jane Stock, Clerk to Governors at; or (01777) 861618 ext. 450

Rev Greg Price

I am very pleased to have been Installed and Licensed as Vicar and Incumbent of the Tuxford Benefice which includes Tuxford, Weston, Markham Clinton, Marnham and Normanton on Trent. 

I have had a varied and interesting range of jobs including both secular and Christian roles across the country including managing two Christian Coffee Shops; member of the Independent Monitoring Board for the Home Office at Ranby Prison, as School Governor and volunteer Coffee and Bookshop Manager at the Holocaust Centre In Nottinghamshire where I have been a volunteer for over 15 years.  I have also run my own consultancy and training business for over 20 years and managed large government funded contracts across Derbyshire and the UK for learndirect. 

I have lots of experience in educational settings too - from turning around a failing day nursery; being Executive Head teacher at a Christian Independent School; Independent Internal College Inspector; Head of International & Enterprise and Curriculum and Programme Area Manager at further education colleges in both Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. 

I am looking forward to getting involved with the local community and being a governor at Tuxford Academy where I will be taking assemblies and I would like to increase the link activities with the church - Art exhibitions; drama and music (choral and instruments) etc and to talk to students about different religions and support enterprise events.

Claire Donlan-Harrison

I live in Newton-on-Trent with my husband Matt, our daughter Delyth (started at Tuxford in 2014) and very old cat Esme. I work park time in Lincoln for a small family run business doing the accounts and have done this for the last 7 years. I have had lots of other jobs ranging from children's nanny to haulage manager. Originally from North Wales I have lived in Lincolnshire now for over 20 years. I hope I will be able to make a positive contribution to the governing body at Tuxford Academy.

Eleanor Chrispin

I am a government lawyer. Before qualifying as a solicitor, I completed teacher training and taught history in a secondary comprehensive school in north London. I then worked for the British Medical Association, advising doctors on professional ethics and medical law. Having recently moved back to my home county of Nottinghamshire, I am keen to follow my commitment to public service in a way that will allow me to give back to my local community. Being a governor at Tuxford Academy is an exciting opportunity and I hope to be able to contribute to the continued success of the school.

David Chambers

As a qualified teacher, I have worked in Lincolnshire in many different schools, whilst always living in Nottinghamshire. It has been an amazing 20 years in the music education sector engaging with young people in performance opportunities and experiences. I believe that young people should be educated, enabled and empowered to reach their full potential and I hope to assist in this journey as a Governor at Tuxford Academy. I am still very much involved in music performance myself with bands, theatres and orchestras all over the region, as well as enjoying time with my family.

Philip Kirkland

I live in Norwell with my wife and son. My wife and I are both teachers. Jamie, our son, is currently in Year 8. We moved to the area 3 years ago from Nottingham. I currently teach young people who are not in main-stream education. In my spare time I sing in a chamber choir (East of England Singers) and am on the board of a Nottinghamshire music charity - Music for Everyone.

Rob Lancaster

I spent 38 years in schools and other educational settings including being a head teacher and senior officer in a Local Authority. Much of my work was aimed at improving outcomes for students with special educational needs. I intend to play an active role in engaging with the school as a governor to contribute to its continuous improvement. Having retired from full time employment I work part time for a national charity in schools as an Improvement Coach.  I am also a local parish councillor in Fiskerton cum Morton which is where I live.  I am married with three grown up children and three grandchildren. The eldest is now a student at Tuxford Academy. My interests include many sports, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Zarack Scott

I am married to Rachel and have lived in Retford since 2006. Our daughter, Isabella started at Tuxford in September 2013 and I am keen to play a positive role in the well-being of the Academy. I have served in the Army for nearly 20 years and hope that my management and leadership experience will be of value to the Board. As a commander on operations, I have been responsible for the welfare and development of young people and I believe in the values and standards of the military. I like to listen to music and to keep fit; I play football (badly) and support Nottingham Forest (passionately).

Maxine Tivey

Before retraining as a teacher, I worked as a Corporate Solicitor for a city law firm in London.  As I became increasingly more involved in training student solicitors, I realised I enjoyed teaching more than law!  I started my career at Tuxford and I am currently subject leader for Learn to Learn and Cross Curricular Skills.  I am also a Post 16 form tutor and actively involved in running a number of school trips including the Polish Exchange and various history trips. 

Ingrid Wiggins

I have experience teaching in special schools, large comprehensive schools and Pupil Referral Units. I moved from Senior Management of a large comprehensive to become an Admissions and Inclusion Officer for Children's Services and, more recently, I am now Company Secretary and Director of a National Hire Company.  I have always had a keen interest in raising achievement and inclusion of all children.

Lyn Galbraith

I have been a parent governor at the academy and I am now an associate governor.  I have experience in the role having been a parent governor at Rampton Primary School.  I have worked in education as a lecturer in Psychology and now work as sign language interpreter at Bradford College.  I have a keen interest in sport and am a qualified international referee for wheelchair rugby.

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