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Governors

The Governors of Daventry Hill School play a key role in challenging and supporting the school leadership. 

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the school office.

The Local Governing Board of Daventry Hill School is as follows:

Ian McAllister - Chair 

Ian has been described by Ofsted as a "visionary" in the education of young people with SEND. With over fifty years experience in education, he has had three successful headships.

His last school was rated by the DfE as in the top one hundred performing schools nationally for pupil progress, as well as being repeatedly judged outstanding by Ofsted.

He became a lead inspector at Ofsted's inception in 1993 and continued in various roles until he retired from UK inspections in 2019. He served for a number of years as the County Adviser in a large shire authority.

Prior to Covid restrictions Ian still worked in the UK and abroad as an independent consultant and SIP, specialising in supporting organisational management and change in schools. He has experience as Chair of Governors for a Northamptonshire Community Primary School, and he has also served as a governor for both a local secondary academy and a local primary academy.

Date of appointment: 1st October 2018

Date Term Of Office ends: 30th September 2022

Appointing Body: Trust Board

Peter Thewlis - Vice Chair 

Having lived in Daventry for over 20 years I am delighted to be a Governor at the school and to be able to contribute to a new school that the local area so desperately needs. 

I have been involved in Computing and IT since I was at University working first in the Steel industry before becoming a lecturer at Coventry and then at DeMontfort Universities.  I was both Dean of Mathematics and Computing and Pro-Vice Chancellor at DeMontfort so have wide experience of senior management in a large educational organisation.  Some twenty years ago I set up my IT consultancy company specialising mainly in the design and delivery of wide area networks primarily for the public sector.

On a personal level we have three children and four grandchildren.  Computing and IT has been my life and I love it nearly as much as my family.

Date of appointment: 1st October 2018

Date Term Of Office ends: Resigned 30th June 2022. 

Appointing Body: Trust Board

James How - Vice Chair - Parent Governor 

I am a local parent governor with a real passion for making a difference and ensuring the local children have access to the best education, driving the best outcomes to support their future needs.

Living within the town, I am married with 3 children, my son attends Daventry Hill School, which has been such a massive part of his development and growing up. I work as a Director for a National Builders Merchant, with 30 years experience in operations, sales, and latterly IT/Digital. In my spare time I also coach at Daventry Town Football Club.

Date of appointment: 1st October 2018

Date Term Of Office ends: 30th September 2022

Appointing Body: Trust Board

Simon Merriman - Governor 

Date of appointment: 1st October 2018

Date Term Of Office ends: 30th September 2022

Appointing Body: Trust Board

Neil Robertson - Governor 

Date of appointment: 16th September 2020

Date Term of Office ends: 15th September 2024

Appointing body: LGB 

Kelly Giles - Governor 

I am a Secondary School Teacher with 17 years of experience working with young people, and a mum to a 5-year-old son with significant additional needs. 

Going in to teaching straight from university, I very quickly learned that education is not one thing, it’s a million things. It is diverse and ever-changing, and it really isn’t a case of “one size fits all” - every single child is different, and I believe this has to be recognised and considered.  I am passionate about learning and ensuring our children have access to all the tools they need to succeed in life. Daventry Hill School has a fantastic team of enthusiastic, driven and inspirational staff. The school is on an exciting journey that I am thrilled to be a part of.

Date of appointment: 2nd December 2021

Date Term of Office ends: 1st December 2025

Appointing body: LGB

Claire Hunter - Parent Governor 

I’ve been a Parent Governor at Daventry Hill School since November 2021 and am really enjoying it. 

My son has attended Daventry Hill since he was in Reception and I have nothing but praise for all the wonderful staff that work here.  They all go above and beyond for the children, and have created a wonderful and enriching learning environment.  I currently work for the NHS but previous to this I worked for the Department of Work and Pensions.  I am the lead Governor for Early Years and also share the role of Employability Governor.  My background working in Job-centres over the years has given me experience first hand of the challenges and stigmas that people with disabilities face when they leave school, and I am hoping to change that.

Date of appointment: 2nd December 2021

Date Term of Office ends: 1st December 2025

Appointing body: Uncontested appointment - LGB

Anna Ellis - Staff Governor 

Date of appointment: 4th April 2019

Date Term of Office ends: 3rd April 2023

Appointing body: School Elected

Louise Worts - Staff Governor 

After gaining my teaching qualification alongside the subject specialism of maths, I began my teaching journey in a mainstream primary school.  After qualifying as a SENCo in 2012, I followed my dream and transitioned into a SEN setting.

My teaching career has allowed me to follow my passion and has enabled me to ‘make a difference’ and challenge misconceptions that young people with disabilities face.

I have worked for the Creating Tomorrow Trust for 5 years, and feel privileged to have a job that I absolutely love, working alongside the dedicated and visionary team at Daventry Hill School #Together our differences are our strengths.

Date of appointment: 4th April 2019

Date Term of Office ends: 3rd April 2023

Appointing body: School Elected