Charnwood College is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Alastair O'ConnorExecutive Principal
Matthew FrostParent Governor (Chair)
Matthew was appointed a Parent Governor on 9 March 2018. Matthew wanted to join the ASC, because whilst considering which school to send his son to, it was clear Charnwood College was a school with huge ambition and potential for its students. Matthew wanted to support the academy in reaching its potential for the benefit of the local community. Matthew was elected Chair by his fellow governors in May 2019. Under the enthusiastic and dedicated new school leadership team (working with DRET and the committed staff), the College has made significant progress, and Matthew has been privileged to help play a part in this ongoing journey. Matthew is a Chartered Civil Engineer. He is also a Director of Undergraduate Studies and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, where he is also a Warden for a Hall of Residence (responsible for the welfare of over 300 students). Matthew's main research interests are in the field of transport infrastructure. He has also worked in the construction industry on a wide range of civil engineering projects. Matthew's son and daughter both currently attend Charnwood College. He enjoys walking and boating. Matthew is also involved in a number of local community groups and an active member of the professional engineering institutions.
Jessica TickellDRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
Jessica was elected by Parents to join the Academy Scrutiny Committee on 16 May 2019, and became a DRET Appointed Governor in May 2023. Her daughter currently attends the academy. Jessica is passionate about living in Loughborough and wants it to be a great place for everyone to live, bring up their children and make a living, now and in the future. She feels that being a school governor is one way to make a real difference to the school lives of children in the town. Jessica is the link governor for Pupil Premium and SEND. She works in the cultural sector with particular experience in literacy and creative writing at secondary school level, which fits neatly with the work of the ASC.
Steven CorbettDRET Appointed Governor
Steven was appointed on to the ASC on 15 June 2016, and is currently serving his second term of office as a DRET Appointed Governor. He used to attend the College when he took his GCSE's and A Levels and wanted to help once his daughters started to attend the college. Steven is a marketing professional in a private company and see things slightly differently to other governors. He tries to bring on board marketing thoughts to help either solve issues or to help leaders think about matters from different perspectives. Steven's interests include Music, Leicester City and he's been known to brew a beer or two.
Dave FoordDRET Appointed Governor
Dave was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 7 June 2020. He joined the ASC because he wanted to put something back into the school where his children attended. Dave is the link Governor for Pupil Premium and SEN. He is also the Owner and Director of an educational training and consultancy company, that specialises in online learning, blended learning, and effective use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). Dave is formerly a teacher/lecturer and has experience of working at Senior Manger Level within a University. He has worked freelance since 2006 working with a wide variety of different education providers nationally and internationally. His interests and passions include Cricket, Mountaineering, Running and Cycling.
Stuart ThompsonDRET Appointed Governor
Stuart was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 10 June 2021. He has enjoyed being a Governor previously but had to pause whilst his children were younger. Having settled in Loughborough Stuart was keen to help and support Charnwood College on their exciting journey moving forward, as well as further his own learning. Stuart is a Senior Deputy Head at a local Independent Secondary School and has worked in three different schools and has been a senior leader for over ten years. Stuart is also a school inspector within the sector. He continues to teach and enjoy music both as a performer and composer and divides any spare time either on the touchline supporting his eldest in his new football team or as a frustrated golfer.
Pippa JonesDRET Appointed Governor
Pippa was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 25 April 2023. She works in the DRET central finance team, and has previously been a secondary music teacher, so felt that becoming a governor was the ‘missing link’ in her experience. Pippa also lives nearby and has been involved with Girlguiding in the local community for several years. Before working for DRET Pippa worked for a circus agency, providing freelance performers and artists for a wide range of events. She is really passionate about the arts and ensuring that all students have access to a broad curriculum. Pippa spends a lot of her spare time studying at the moment, but also enjoys music, reading, gardening and canal boating on her historic narrowboat.
Rev. Tim DayDRET Appointed Governor
Rev. Tim Day
Tim joined Charnwood College’s ASC in June 2023 and has a passion to see all pupils develop in their school life to the best of their ability and in a wide and diverse range of subjects. Tim is also passionate about the role the local church can play in the local community by offering support and the use of the church building for community groups.
Tim is a Church of England Minister in the Parish of Thorpe Acre with Dishley and has previously been a Governor in a number of schools in Leicester.
Prior to becoming a Minister, Tim gained extensive industry experience in Engineering and IT, including process improvement, implementation of large projects and change management, skills support his governor role.
Tim has a long time interest in Aviation, photography, and playing and watching sport, particularly cricket and football. Tim I loves to be out walking in the country with his wife and two dogs, and last year they completed the 100 miles of the Leicestershire round which was a great experience.
Thomas ConwayDRET Appointed Governor
Thomas became a Governor on 23 February 2024 as he was looking to try something new and give back to the local community.
Thomas currently studies Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nottingham and is an Officer in the Army Reserve.
Outside of work, Thomas is interested in history, particularly military history.
Samantha JacksonStaff Govenor
Samantha was appointed a Staff Governor on 24 January 2023. She wanted to become a governor to further enhance her commitment to Charnwood College, The David Ross Education Trust and more importantly to the students and parents within the community. Her roles as Head of faculty and assistant Trust wide lead for maths allows her to effectively communicate with people at various levels within the Trust on a regular basis. This ability is a skill that will be valuable to the role. Samantha's dual roles also enable her to have a very unique view of decisions and allows her to consider the impact of any decision from both standpoints. Outside of education she is a keen reader, enjoying books about the home-front during WW2. Samantha is also a proud International award winning classic car owner, which she enjoys driving and is gradually learning about its maintenance.
Sally GardnerStaff Governor
Sally was appointed a Staff Governor on 24 January 2023, as she wanted to develop her knowledge and understanding of the role of the ASC and to lend her support. Sally has over 20 years of teaching experience. Prior to teaching she was employed as a Commercial Manager and Recruitment Consultant. Sally enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, visiting the cinema and theatre.
Jon StainesTrust Senior Link
In July 2023, Jon became a Governor to give back to the community in meaningful way. Jon works for the Trust as a Financial Accountant, and outside of work enjoys a range of sport and has a passion for music and nature.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
SEND - Jessica Tickell
Pupil Premium - Dave Foord
Alternative Provision - Jessica Tickell and Tim Day
Attendance - Stuart Thompson and Tim Day
Safeguarding - Stuart Thompson and Tim Day
Marketing - Steven Corbett
Quality of Education and Data - Matthew Frost and Steven Corbett
Sixth Form - Matthew Frost and Pippa Jones
Careers - Thomas Conway
New Governor Buddies - Steven Corbett, Dave Foord, Jess Tickell
Contacting a Governor
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Scheme of Delegation
Information about the David Ross Education Trust's scheme of delegation is available here.
Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee
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