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

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


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.


Sam Uttley –
Staff Governor


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

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.


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


Sue Morrison – Co-opted


Gemma Roe –
Deputy Head (Associate Member)


Melanie Albutt –
Associate Member


Rosie Heaps –


Jason Coupland–

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