Our Interim Executive Board (IEB) share information in the school newsletter and can be contacted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can find out a little more about our board members below:
Chris Levy (Chair) – I retired in July 2016 from my post as a Priest working in several villages based around Walesby. I have been ordained for 35 years and before that worked in administering Pension Schemes for a company in London (where I was originally from). In retirement I also assist in Parishes that invite me to take services. I have been a school Governor for 30 years. Firstly, in Clifton (Nottinghamshire) and then in Walesby. In addition, I have been involved in working in many other schools throughout my Parishes. It has been a joy and privilege to be alongside many different children, parents/carers and staff over the years. I have been a member of Nottinghamshire Association of Governors (NAGS) for many years and was chair for 10 of these. This has also enabled me to meet other Governors not only from Nottinghamshire but nationally as well. In the past five years I have been asked to chair two other IEB’s. One of which was for two special schools that were in a Federation. The other was a primary school. I am pleased to say that on both occasions we managed to bring about the necessary improvements in the schools and left knowing that their future is now on a firm footing. These schools continue to flourish.
Linda Foster (Vice Chair) – I am currently the Group Manager for Nottinghamshire County Council’s Support to Schools Service. I have extensive knowledge of school leadership and have a strong professional understanding of special school leadership and how provision is shaped by needs of vulnerable pupils. I am an experienced governor, having been member of 3 IEBs and 2 governing bodies. I also bring a strong working knowledge of the wider professional support network and can ensure that emerging needs are addressed effectively.
Matt Rooney – I am an experienced Local Authority Officer, working in the specialist fields of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Behaviour and Place Planning; overseeing and reviewing Specialist Provision in Nottinghamshire for almost 10 years. Before this I held other roles in special schools and the health service. I am a nationally accredited specialist physical intervention trainer and have advised the DfE on good practice in schools. I also support Ofsted and Care Quality Commission Joint Local Area SEND Inspections. Away from work I have led Nottinghamshire’s largest voluntary youth organisation for 7 years through its greatest period of growth and strategic improvement. I have been a charity trustee for over 15 years and I am a highly effective board member, with a track record of rapidly improving performance.
Bill Iliffe – I have worked for Nottinghamshire County Council since 2003 and joined the HR Team in 2006. I have worked at Business Partner level since 2010 and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources two years later. Since working in the HR Team I have gained significant experience advising school leaders and governors on a full range of HR casework matters, alongside leading on NCC’s approach to teachers pay, the HR implications of academy conversions, school collaborations and amalgamations. I also support senior managers in the Nottinghamshire County Council Support to Schools Service, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Integrated Child Development Service as well as the corporate Business Support function. This work has included a number of restructures alongside HR casework and terms and conditions advice. As a result of the work I do I have a close affinity for those working in education and look forward to working with colleagues on the Interim Executive Board and supporting the staff at St Giles in delivering the first class education that the children deserve.
Charles Savage – I have lived and worked in Nottinghamshire since 1989, having joined the Educational Psychology Service from my training as an educational psychologist (EP). Since then I have worked as an EP in the Mansfield and Ashfield districts of the County, before coming the Senior Educational Psychologist (SEP) for the Bassetlaw and Newark districts. As SEP I was the link psychologist for St Giles, bridging the period when the school moved from its old premises to the new school. After a brief period as Deputy Principal EP with a countrywide brief, I became the County’s Principal EP. This current role gives me responsibility for the EPS, for mainstream school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities funding, for the Tackling Emerging Threats to Children (TETC) team, and for the Managing Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA) team. As an EP my experience is in Special Education Needs and Disabilities, challenging behaviour, and supporting organisational change in schools. I have had particular recent experience serving the Interim Executive Board for two other Nottinghamshire Special Schools prior to them joining a multi-academy trust.
Anne Allsop – I am currently an Associate Education Improvement Adviser for Nottinghamshire and previously was the Group Manager for School Improvement Services until 2011. Upon retirement I worked for two years for a national charity – Achievement For All. This had a focus on raising achievement in particular for children with special needs, in primary, special and secondary schools. Over the last 3 years, I have undertaken the role of additional governor in a primary school which was in special measures, now a good school, and managed some complex complaints. I have also supported the governors to develop their statutory duty to hold the Head Teacher to account and supported them to develop and implement governor monitoring of all aspects of the schools’ work. I also work as an external adviser for Head Teacher appraisal in Nottinghamshire.
Simon Massarella JP – I retired in 2010 from the world of corporate management and IT, working on National Programmes for the last 40 years. I am an experienced Magistrate here in Nottinghamshire for my 13th year, currently also chairing a committee that looks after Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Justices in terms of Training, Authorisations, Approvals and Appraisals, and as of the 1st April 2018, I hold the role of Bench Chairman for Nottinghamshire. I am also in a privileged position of Professional Alumni Mentor for the NTU Nottingham Law School, currently assisting and advising 2000+ Law Students with guidance for their futures in Law. With reference to schooling, I am a School Governor (Chair) at Farnborough Academy where I have been since 1999 and I am also a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Director and have been for the past four years; a MAT that has 500+ staff and 5000+ secondary school pupils, and was privileged to ensure that this secondary school was ready for Academisation, and some two years earlier, was one of two Governors tasked with the build of this academy. During this time, I have recently been an Additional Governor (on behalf of the Notts County Council) within a primary school, which was placed under a Warning Notice; a school that has now turned around and is aiming for Good. To round off, I am a Charity Founder (2005) in Wilford Village that hosts a Before and After School Club for local Primary School Children and the local Village Play Group. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS CITP CISP) and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), both since 1995.