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.

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

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

Term of office –
Oct 2015 - Oct 2019


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

Term of office –
Nov 2015 - Nov 2019

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.


Stuart Hufton –
Vice Chair –
Co-opted Governor

Term of office –
Oct 2014 - Oct 2018

G2With a background as an engineer, I have 20 years’ experience as a safety and risk management professional and have lived and worked both in the UK and overseas. I am currently Senior Health and Safety Advisor for Derby Homes and have an MSc in safety and risk management.

I joined the Governing Body in 2010 as a Parent Governor whilst my daughter was a pupil at Ravensdale. I became a Community Governor in 2012 when she moved to Murray Park. As a former pupil of Ravensdale myself, I am pleased to have the opportunity to give something back to the school. I’m a cyclist and triathlete and enjoy most adventure sports.


Margaret Lord –
Co-opted Governor

Term of office –
Oct 2014 - Oct 2018

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.


Samuel Uttley –
Staff Governor

Term of office –
Sept 2017 - Sept 2020


I have worked at Ravensdale Junior School since September 2014, after studying Geography at the University of Plymouth and completing a PGCE at the University of Derby. I thoroughly enjoy the supportive, friendly and fun atmosphere created at Ravensdale. I also enjoy all the extras the offered to pupils and have been lucky enough to have been to all the residential venues.

When I have finished marking all the books and planning lessons, I enjoy playing golf and socialising with friends. I also enjoy setting myself the challenge of running half marathons.


Shamim Akhtar –
Parent Governor

Term of office –
Jul 2015 - Jul 2019

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.


Tabitha Dixon –
Parent Governor

Term of office –
Sept 2016 - Sept 2020

I have worked with children, young people and their families for over 19 years. I have a wealth of experience in behaviour management and supporting vulnerable families. My experience has been gained whilst working for Derby City council and Staffordshire county council supporting and safeguarding children and young people I currently work in a junior school offering family support.

I have one daughter at Ravensdale Junior and another at high school. I have always had a desire to make a positive contribution to their education and support every step of their learning. I am looking forward to embracing my role of governor and making a difference to our children's education here at Ravensdale.


Zoe Cannon –
Headteacher - Ex Officio Governor

Term of office –
April 2016 - April 2020

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 –

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Sue Morrison –

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Gemma Roe –
Deputy Head (Associate Member)

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Melanie Albutt –
Associate Member

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