The College Governors cover a wide range of duties. The essential role of the Governing Body is to help Hope Valley College provide the best possible education for the secondary age children who attend. They aim to work in partnership with staff, parents, the community and the LEA to achieve this, and therefore carry out their tasks according to a set of agreed principles and methods:
- Strive to keep in touch with the experience of the students and learners.
- Strive to ensure a close working partnership with the Principal and College staff.
- Key groups, including parents, teachers, non-teaching staff, students, LEA and the local community are deliberately involved and welcomed in their work.
Meet the Governors:
Mr S Dawson – Chair of Governors
I live in Bamford, Hope Valley and I am married with three children and two grandchildren. All three of my children are ex-students of HVC.
I own my own Financial Advisory practise representing St. James’s Place Wealth Management, offering expert financial advice on personal and business protection, investments and pensions. My main leisure activities are cycling, walking, running and reading.
I have been a HVC governor since December 2011, and Chair of Governors since December 2016.
Mrs S Gillott
I was born in London then moved to Sheffield in my late twenties and have lived in the Hope Valley since 1997. I qualified as a Nurse in London then undertook further qualifications when I moved to Sheffield and worked within the Children’s NHS services. I currently work in learning and Development within the NHS and am involved with vocational learning which includes clinical and apprenticeships.
I have just had a daughter who has gone through Hope Valley College of which I was a parent governor. I am now a community governor, as I would like to continue to support the ethos of the school.
I passionately believe that if you expose a young person to education and extracurricular activities, this will give them the skills sets to travel through life and meet their own potentials.
Mr M Glover – Chair of Finance & Personnel Committee
An experienced senior Operator having working in the catering and facilities management sectors for many years, for such large Companies like Whitbread, Compass and Interserve Plc.
I have also served as a Pensions trustee on the Whitbread Pensions board.
I work within the Catering sector providing a catering service to many contracts across the UK, covering schools and Healthcare. I am a qualified Chartered Secretary and have an MBA.
I started my career working in various operational roles within the Brewing business, and then went on to work within the Restaurant brands such as Pizza Hut, Beefeater and Brewers Faye restaurants, and also the Premier Inn hotel brand. More lately though involved in Contract management.
I live with my wife In Whaley Bridge; have two children, Tamsyn and Bruce, both of whom attended Hope College. Tamsyn is now studying Medicine at Leeds University and Bruce Geography at Salford University
I have served as Governor for over 6 years and really enjoy helping and supporting where and when I can.
Mr R Price
I live in Tideswell with my wife and five children. The children’s ages range from 16 to 7 so we have a good spread of experience from several local schools including a 15, 14 and 11 year old at HVC. We moved into the area some 7 years ago from Glasgow and since then I have spent 4 years as a Parent Governor of our local junior school and the past 2 years serving on the Governing body of HVC.
Workwise I own my own company, working as a Management Consultant across multiple sectors from Policing through Retail and onto Corporate and Institutional Banking. On a personal note I was the first in my family to go through University – I ended up going twice, first for my BA (Hons) then an MBA – and value the opportunities a good rounded education has to offer.
Mr I Thomas – Chair of Premises, Health & Safety Committee
I became a staff governor in December 2011 after joining HVC as Assistant Head of Science in September, I am also a member of the Premises committee. I live in the Hope Valley with my wife and two dogs, we moved here soon after leaving university 20 years ago. I worked in the private sector for 15 years before deciding to join the teaching profession and I spent six years teaching at Penistone Grammar School near Barnsley. I enjoy walking and hold the Mountain Leader qualification which I use to support students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards.
Mr P Bacon
I have been a Hope Valley resident all my life being brought up in Bamford attending HVC as a student. I am married with two children who both attend HVC. My career has been spent with RBS and for the last twenty years I have operated in the business banking arena. Currently I am a Senior Corporate Manager in Sheffield dealing with companies turning over between £2m and £20m, with a specialism in banking for legal practices. In my spare time I play tennis, cycle and enjoy walking and photography.
Mr B Peck
For the last ten years, I have worked for schools, trusts and universities across the country helping them with marketing, public relations and communications. This has included establishing multi-academy trusts.
I have two step-children at the school.
Mr Ross Richards – Parent Governor
I am 45, married with 2 children; one is in Year 10 at Hope Valley College and the other is looking forwards to joining in September 2018.
I have recently completed 22 years of service as an Engineer Officer in the Royal Air Force where I served on a number of operations around the world. Ultimately I reached the rank of Group Captain and was responsible for leading large diverse teams, managing budgets and delivering complex projects for the UK Armed Forces. I am now a Director of an engineering company on the outskirts of Manchester.
Having grown up in Chesterfield I spent a lot of time in my formative years in the Peak District and, despite my nomadic existence in the military, the Peak District has always felt like home. My extended family is also from the local area and so when we decided to ‘put down roots’ and provide some stability for our children, my wife and I bought a property in Little Hucklow; that was 14 years ago.
I was elected onto the Governing Body in March 2017. I wish to use my skills and experience to help support the College and in turn help the students maximise their potential.
As I come to terms with now being a Veteran I am re-acquainting myself with the Peak District running, cycling, using it as an outside gym and failing all else walking my dogs
Dr S Bottomley Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
I have lived with my family in the Peak District for 15 years. We have three children: One who has already finished his five years at HVC, one who is a current student and another who has yet to start at the college.
I have worked for many years as a hospital doctor in the NHS.
I was elected as a Parent Governor in December 2017
Acting Principal – Mr P Dearden