Ravensdale School Community - Meet the Governors!

There are many teams of people who work at Ravensdale carrying out a range of roles. Here you can find out about our Governors.

Governor Information 2018 - 2019

Governor Register of Interests 2019

Membership 2016

Governing Body Committees 2016

Full Governors and Committee Attendance 2014 - 2015

Full Governors and Committee Attendance 2015 - 2016

Full Governors and Committee Attendance 2017 - 2018

Full Governors and Committee Attendance 2018 - 2019

Full Governors and Committee Attendance 2019

Governors Remits - Full Governors 2016

Governors Remits - Finance, Premises and Health and Safety 2016

Governors Remits - Policies and Personnel 2016

Governors Remits - Pupils, Progress and Curriculum 2016

RJS Instrument of Governance

Our Governors:


Mike Jackson –
Co-opted Governor


I have three children all of whom went to Ravensdale. They keep me in touch with reality and out of touch with the bank. I have been a governor for about 13 years now I think! I taught languages for 20 years in local Secondary schools and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am now at Derby University where I lecture in the Education department and in Primary Teacher Training. My interests are DIY when I get time, cycling when the weather is ok and seeing the family when they are about. I have enjoyed being a governor at the school- education is always a challenge no matter where I have found but the pupils are always the bottom line.


Abigail Howells –
Parent Governor

joined the Ravensdale Junior School Governing body in the autumn term that my son started at the school. As a stay at home mum, I wanted to become more involved in the life of the school, as a place for education, but also a pivotal nurturing hub where children can grow as individuals and within the society.

I have a background in Environmental Policy and have worked at both Local and Central government, as well as a two-year stint for the European Commission. I am currently an independent Thermomix Advisor for business. I also have a daughter who is currently in the Infants school. My husband is currently chair of the Ravensdale Infants Governing Body.

In my spare time, and when I am not busy walking the dog, I am a keen baker and have recently taken up running.


Margaret Lord –
Co-opted Governor

I am a non-teaching member of staff and work in the school office. I have also worked as a Teaching Assistant and prior to that as a Buyer for various large companies. I have been a primary school Governor for 15 years, having started as a parent Governor at the infant school. My main areas of interest include finance and SEN. My daughter currently works as a peripatetic music teacher in school.


Zoe Cannon –

I became Head Teacher at Ravensdale Juniors in April 2016, having previously been a Deputy Head at another local school for several years. In my previous role I was SENCo (special educational needs co-ordinator) and my curriculum specialisms were music and maths.

Ravensdale is a very special place to work and I feel extremely fortunate to be supported by such a dedicated, professional and friendly staff and governing body.


Claire Kinder – Parent Governor

I joined the governing body in September 2018 as I wanted to become more actively involved in school life at Ravensdale and give something back to a school that has already given so much to my eldest daughter, who is currently in Year 5; providing her with a wealth of wonderful opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
I have been teaching in Derby City since 2002 and I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team at my current school where I am the Phase Leader for Years 5 and 6 and English Lead and I have recently worked as a Derby City Champion for pupils with English as an Additional Language. I am passionate about all children achieving to their potential and about providing them with the skills they need for the future. My younger daughter attends the neighbouring infant school and we enjoy a very active – and chaotic – family life.


Shamim A – Co-opted

I have worked with Derbyshire County Council & Derby City Council for People Services (Education) for over 26 years. Children’s Education has always been an interest to me and being a parent emphasises it even more. I like to be involved in helping to improve the education of pupils. With good number of years working for the education sector, I have a good background with knowledge of other schools. I have always been passionate regarding the importance of Education as I know that it can transform the lives of children. As a mother myself, I recognise how vital it is for parents to share the responsibility of educating children with school and for parents to understand the difference they can make by being involved in their child’s education. I have 2 boys, one at Ravensdale Infant and one at the Junior School. I enjoy socialising with family and friends and enjoy long walks with my family.


Sue Morrison – Co-opted


Gemma Roe –
Deputy Head (Associate Member)


Melanie Albutt –
Associate Member


Rosie Heaps –

My name is Rosie and my day job is in Human Resources in the Private Sector. Through this I have been involved in a number of education activities through our corporate responsibility programmes. I am a mentor for Teach First and as part of this have learnt much more about education which made me want to do more, locally, and is why I became a Governor. I am a parent myself and passionately care about supporting education for all. I believe that my private sector and business skills can be used to support the staff, governors and pupils of Ravensdale Junior School to achieve this aim. Outside of working full time and my Governor responsibilities I enjoy spending time with my family and reading.


Jason Coupland–

I am currently employed as a School Business Manager for a local Primary School. I have worked with schools for many years and deal with the consistently changing education landscape whilst managing a team of 40 support staff. I have been a school Governor for over 10 years and am part of a group of local leaders in governance who work with the City Council to help local schools.
I was born in Derby and attended the local Primary and Secondary Schools. I moved out of Derby for work but moved back again to Mickleover around 12 years ago when my children were born so that we could be closer to our families. I first became a governor when my daughter started Primary school as I wanted to be able to help out at the school and become more involved in the her education.
I previously worked for the finance team at the Council and helped with the funding allocations for all the Schools in Derby City. With this school funding background I am interested in ensuring that the money the school receives produces the best outcomes for the children.

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