Governors of King Edwards

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Peter Dickson: Chair of Governors

Peter works for the Local Authority’s People Directorate where he manages a service dealing with challenging school issues surrounding children, their parents and carers and works closely with head teachers and other governing bodies across the city. He is a very experienced governor, a Local Leader of Governance, and has of a breadth of experience of many governance issues. He is also Chair of Governors at a Sheffield Community Primary School. His particular areas of expertise are in child protection procedures, behaviour, inclusion, SEN, attendance and a wide range of difficult pupil issues. He is passionate about education and about developing the life chances and opportunities for all children and young people. Peter has a Doctorate in Education and away from work and school is keen to keep abreast of educational research and a wide range of educational issues.


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Verity Kemp: Vice Chair of Governors

Verity has an extensive background in the NHS. Currently she works in Health Emergency Planning with a particular expertise in leadership in a crisis and psychosocial care of people involved in emergencies and first response. She is active in Scouting where she has been both a Trustee and a leader. Verity has previously been an elected Parent Governor at a primary school and an LA appointed Governor at a secondary school – both in Reading, where she lived previously. She is married with three adult children and is keen to promote all that Sheffield has to offer including KES. She is leading the work of the Governor’s Fundraising Group.


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Colin Muncie: Chair of the Finance, Properties and Personnel Committee

Having graduated from Manchester, Colin has had an extensive career in the management of the steel industry. This includes Manufacturing Director at Corus Engineering Steels, President and CEO of Plates in Tuscaloosa, US, Director at Scunthorpe Cast Products, and Managing Director at Teesside Cast Products, where he reached an agreement with an international customer consortium to secure the future of the site, and as Director of Specialised Products, covering Rotherham and Stocksbridge, and then Site Director for the Stocksbridge site.

Colin retired in 2009 and maintains his involvement in the voluntary sector. He was the Director of a local Nursery and formerly a Trustee at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. Colin is Chair of Governors of Poolsbrook and Barrow Hill Primary Schools in Derbyshire. He and his wife volunteer at an Over 60s Lunches Club . He is married with two adult children, and interests include football, motorsports, cycling, walking and politics. His interest in grass roots football includes being an independent disciplinary panel member with the Sheffield FA as well as writing for an on-line Non-League football website.


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Barbara Walsh: Chair of Curriculum and Performance Committee

Barbara was an NHS Chief Executive, running mental health, learning disabilities and community services, and latterly leading on workforce planning and development. Her core skill is in developing people, with many of her close colleagues going on to become Chief Executives themselves. Since her retirement she has become a foster parent and through this she works closely with Sheffield Council’s Children’s and psychology services; MAPS.

She currently chairs the Cavendish Learning Trust in Derbyshire. She loves spread sheets, is actively involved in mentoring and coaching and has a good understanding of the welfare system. She is available during the school day with a bit of notice. She is leading the working group on volunteering in School.


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Heather Stewart: Governor

Heather started as a parent governor with King Edward’s July 2017. All 3 of her children have attended the School. She has previously served for 13 years on the Governing Body of Westways Primary School, where she held a number of roles including that of Chair of Governors for 7 years. Her particular interests are in teaching and learning outcomes, governance, and engagement with the wider school community. She currently works full-time in project management for Sheffield City Council, where she has also held responsibility for issues around affordable warmth and the interface between housing and health. She enjoys working with our students, staff, parents and fellow Governors as we take on all the opportunities and challenges of the coming years.


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Michael Williams: Teacher Governor

Michael Williams is Head of English/ He has taught at King Edward’s for over 18 years, was a year leader for six years, then the ITT mentor for English for four years, and then the School Training Manager. He has held the post of Head of English for two years. He finds teaching at this School very rewarding due to its great diversity and levels of achievement. He greatly values our treasured history which is unique in the region and only adds, in his view, to the flavour of the school, as well as underpinning our excellence in Post-16 provision within the City. He believes that the School is a truly remarkable environment in which to work and learn, and hopes to represent the staff’s vision of this in fulfilling his role as Teacher Governor.


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Clare Allison: Support Staff Governor

Clare joined the School in January 2017 and then the Governing Body in December of that year. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2002 having studied French and Economics and spent her year abroad at the renowned École Supérieure de Commerce, Business School in Bordeaux. Since University, she has also gained A Level Spanish and is currently studying for an MA in Education. She manages the Adult Evening Class Programme and oversee residential visits abroad. She also teaches French as part of the School’s Adult Evening Class Programme. As Language College Project Manager, she leads on projects which support language learning across all key stages, including a city-wide project to support community language accreditation. Clare is a member of the working group on Fundraising in School.


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Samantha Bailey: Governor

Samantha is a graduate of the University of Sheffield having obtained an honours degree in Social Policy and Criminology, Samantha works at South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA). She has a background in Human Resources and has recently completed her MA in Human Resource Management.


Sarah Brown: Associate Governor

Sarah is a solicitor having qualified in. She worked in criminal practice until 2016 and currently teaches Level 3 and 6 law modules at The Sheffield College.


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Anna Butler: Associate Governor

Anna is a former pupil of the School. She went on to study Geography at the University of Bristol and then completed a MSc in Environmental Policy at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She currently works in public transport as a Project Manager responsible for delivering cycle infrastructure on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester. Before joining Transport for Greater Manchester, Anna fulfilled a similar role for Transport for London where she had an active role in promoting the greater engagement of women in the transport and engineering sectors.


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William Giles: Associate Governor

William moved to Sheffield initially in 1979. He was brought up opposite the Upper School but, sadly, did not actually attend it. Having left Liverpool University with a degree in archaeology, he converted to law and practised in criminal law in Leeds, running his own defence firm. Since 2009, he has worked in Guernsey dealing with corruption and money laundering prosecutions. With 2 daughters at school next door to each other (Tapton and the Lower School), he is keen to help out in any way he can, having returned to live in Sheffield during 2016 after a 28 year absence. Will is a member of the working group on Fundraising in School.


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Mike Heselton: Associate Governor

Mike is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems within the Department of Computing at Sheffield Hallam University. He has designed and delivered a number of programmes aimed at developing employability in undergraduate students across all three years of the degree experience and recently secured accreditation for Sheffield Hallam University to recommend placement students to be entered on to the Register of IT Technicians maintained by the British Computer Society. He has maintained close links with the BCS as he values the effort it is making to professionalise the work of IT practitioners. His particular are of expertise employability and he has been contributing this to the working group on this topic within School.


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Sarah Mann: Associate Governor

Sarah has a child at the School. She is herself a teacher of French and English as an additional language and she specialises in the use of technology to support learning and teaching. She has worked across the public and private sectors both in the UK and the US and is now working as an independent consultant, advising and training schools to develop creative strategies for using IT, social media and digital tools.

An expert in E safety, she is also a STEM ambassador, particularly keen to encourage girls in technology courses and careers. Sarah is passionate about education and about developing the life chances and opportunities for all children and young people, whether that is through the curriculum, music, the arts, community projects or sport.


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Tzameret Rubin: Associate Governor

Tzameret moved to the UK 2 years ago, settling in Sheffield. She has a PhD in Economics. She has previously lived in Australia and also worked as a Senior Researcher at the Technion University in Israel, working on government policy for innovation. She is now a Senior Research and Enterprise Associate at Loughborough University, working in the School of Business & Economics. Her area of expertise is the economic impact of innovation, and in particular public-private collaboration to foster innovation. Tzameret wishes to contribute her knowledge and experience to enable and promote the continued success of the School in engaging with external stakeholders, in order to inspire students to make good choices for their future, with a particular focus on STEM subjects. Tzameret is a member of the working groups on Employability and Fundraising in School.

She has 3 children, one of whom is now studying A Levels at the School. She also acted as Treasurer for her local school’s Parent Teacher Association.

She previously lived in Sydney, Australia for 5 years, where she participated in several Innovation Policy Round-tables, as well as consulting for the Department of Industry in New South Wales. She also acted as Treasurer for her local school’s Parent Teacher Association.

Prior to moving to Sheffield, Tzameret was a Senior Researcher at the Technion University in Israel, working on government policy for innovation.

Tzameret wishes to contribute her knowledge and experience to enable and promote the continued success of KES in engaging with external stakeholders, in order to inspire students to make good choices for their future, with a particular focus on STEM subjects.


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Honey Smith: Associate Governor

Honey Smith works part time as a GP in East Sheffield and also as a sexual health doctor and trainer in Chesterfield, alongside teaching medical students. She also has an interest in Climate Change and Sustainability and hopes to work with the school on projects to raise environmental awareness. She has 4 children, 2 of whom are still at the School. She is a member of the School’s Fundraising Group.


Kate Williamson: Associate Governor

Kate is a parent of a student at the School. She is very glad that her daughter attends, as she has seen her become an independent and engaged learner who enjoys what she does, most of the time, at School. Kate herself has taught for 25 years in a range of different secondary schools in various localities including inner city . outer London and Sheffield. Currently she is director of technology and computing at Tibshelf Community School where she is responsible for most of the Progress 8 Bucket 3 vocational focus subjects. She was a governor for eight years at a nursery and infant school where she was variously chair and a member of the finance, curriculum and safeguarding groups. She believes in comprehensive education and equal access for all students. Kate is a member of the working group on Fundraising in School.