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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Welcome to this section of our website where you can find out more about our trustees (school governors) and their role.

 

Being a trustee is a voluntary position but it is an incredibly worthwhile role. There is certainly much reward in assisting the school to deliver a high quality education to pupils and in promoting their welfare.

 

Governing bodies (trustees) work closely together, and with the Principal, and are responsible for a wide range of strategic matters including ensuring pupils receive high quality education, setting the aims and objectives for the school, planning for future development and improvement of the school, and for the robust accountability, oversight and assurance of the school’s educational and financial performance.   

 

Together with the Principal and other members of the senior leadership team, trustees work to ensure that Ash Field Academy achieves its vision to provide exceptional education and care/support so every pupil reaches his/her potential. Trustees are actively involved in all areas of the school and bring a range of skills and experience from their personal and professional lives.

 

The Governors Handbook (issued by the Department of Education) states that a governing body has three core functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation (school) and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation (school) and making sure its money is well spent.

 

                                  Link-to-Governance Handbook

 

The document below provides further information about the role of the governing body (trustees).

 

Any PDF document can be translated into another language by Google Translator, a link to the translator and instructions on how to use it can be found in our policies section, by clicking on the link below:

Our Full Governing Board comprises of a Chair, Vice-Chair and other governors. 

These include an ex-officio governor (the Principal), parent governors, a staff governor and co-opted governors. 

 

Full details of our structure can be found in our Articles of Association on the Funding section of the website.

Information regarding current governors is given below.

 

       Link-to-Funding Agreement which includes the Articles of Association

 

We have one committee: the Resources and Audit Committee.  This committee has a particular remit around finance and audit but also has some delegated responsibility for resources, such as staffing and the premises.

 

 

Chair of Governors

 

Kathryn Inskip

chairofgovs@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

 

Please direct any written correspondence to:

 

Chair of Governors

Ash Field Academy

Broad Avenue

Leicester

LE5 4PY

Governance Professional

Mark Shaw

 

clerktogovernors@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

 

Governors' Details for the 2021-22 Academic Year

 

Governors Name

Role/s and Responsibilities

Business Name

Nature of Business 

Nature of Interest

Post

Began

Ms Kathryn Inskip

(Prefers Kathy)

Member and 

Trustee

 

 

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding Governor

Community Governor

RAR Committee

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

   Reading and Maths

   Children Looked After

   Careers and Enterprise

   Arts Mark

Ash Field School Fund Charity

Registered Charity

Trustee

 

30/11/2008

01/12/2012

02/12/2016

06/11/2020

 

 

Mr Allan Dunsmore

Member and Trustee

 

 

Trust Appointed Governor

Vice-Chair of Governors

 

Chair of Resources, Audit & Risk Committee (RAR Committee)

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

   Effective Structures to Maximise

   Progress

   Health and Safety

   Teaching and Learning

   (including remote learning)

   Inclusion and SEND hub

Ash Field School Fund Charity

Registered Charity

Trustee

06/12/2013

01/12/2017

00/00/2021

Mrs Jenifer Eshelby

(Prefers Jenny)  Trustee

(Resigned as a Member on 23.08.18 - 10.12.21)

 

 

Principal

Ex-Officio Governor

The Well Trust (Leicester)

 

Challenge Partners

 

Medicines in Special Schools

 

 

Ash Field School  Fund Charity

Educational Charity  

 

Education Charity

 

Healthcare

 

 

Registered Charity

Director

 

 

Senior Partner

 

Regional Lead

 

Trustee

23/08/2018

Mr Charles Barry Moore

(Prefers Barry) 

Trustee

Community Governor

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

   Residential

   Staff Well-being 

None 

None

None

31/10/2014

01/11/2018

Mr Rupert Mingay

Trustee

Co-opted Governor

RAR Committee

Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets PLC

 

Previously:

Treasurer Nat West Markets PLC

Banking

 

Started

29.04.2022

 

 

 

Between

22.06.2018 - 

31.12.2021

09/06/2013

09/06/2017

00/00/2021

Ms Penny Allsopp

Trustee

Parent Governor

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

  Parent engagement

 

Nursing and Midwifery Council

NMC

Registered Nurse 

Member

01/03/2019

Dr Rachael Straub

Trustee

Parent Governor

None 

None 

None 

06/05/2021

Miss Catherine Gough

Trustee

 

Staff Governor 

Teaching Staff Representative

 

Frozen Light Theatre

The Arts

(Company Charity)

Trustee and Director

06/12/2019

Mrs Susanne Francis

(Prefers Sue) 

Trustee

Co-opted Governor

RAR Committee

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

   Pupil Premium

   Reading and Maths

Rosebank Services Ltd

 

Woodland Grange Primary School 

Property Developer

 

Education 

Managing Director

 

Governor 

28/09/2020

Dr Daniel Slavin

Trustee

Trust appointed Governor 

General Medical CouncilRegistered  26/10/21

 

 

Ex-Governors' Details (retained for one year after the date of resignation)

 

Governor's Name

Role/s

Business Name

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Post Began

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

Members Details

 

Members Name

Role/s and

Responsibilities

Business Name

 

Nature

of Business

Nature of

Interest

Post

Began

Mr William Shepherd

Prefers (Will)

Member of the Academy Trust

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

 

ILLIFE Media Group Ltd

KM Media Group Ltd

ILLIFE Media Publishing Ltd

KENT Online Ltd

KM Direct Ltd

Cherry Holt Holdings Ltd

Institute

 

 

Media Group

Media

Publishing 

Media 

Media

Property

Member MCIMA

 

 

Director

Director

Director

Director

Director

Director

11.05.21

 

 

Ms Kathryn Inskip

Prefers (Kathy)

Member of the Academy Trust

 

The same as that given in the Governor's register above.

 

Ref to Gov's register above.

 

Ref to Gov's register above.

 

12.03.12

 

 

Mr Allan Dunsmore

Member of the Academy Trust

The same as that given in the Governor's register above.

Ref to Gov's register above.

Ref to Gov's register above.

06.12.13

 

Company Officers

 

 Name

 Academy Role

 Company Role and Responsibility

 Jennifer Eshelby

 Principal 

 Accounting Officer

 Julie Selby

 School Business Manager

 Chief Financial Officer

 

Companies House Registration No. 07988444.

 Governors' Meeting Attendance This Academic Year 2021/22

 

Governors Name 

 17/09/21 

 FGB

 05/11/21

FGB

 14/01/22

FGB

 11/03/22

FGB

 29/04/22

FGB

17/06/22

FGB

 10/12/21 AGM

 07/10/21

RAR

02/02/22 

RAR

02/03/22

RAR

12/05/22

RAR

16/06/22 RAR

K Inskip

(Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

AaDunsmore (Vice-Chair)

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes/No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

J Eshelby

Principal

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No
R Mingay Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes/No

Yes/No
S Francis Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No
P Allsopp No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes/No

Yes

     
R StraubYes

 Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes/No

 Yes

     
C Gough Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes

     
B Moore Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes

     
D Slavin YesNoYesYes Yes     
Governance Professional Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes/No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes/No

Yes/No

 

 FGB - Full Governing Board Meeting

 RAR - Resources, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting

 (Please note: Governors with Grey Zones are not members of the RAR Committee)

 

 

 

Governors' Meeting Attendance Previous Academic Year 2020/21

 

GovernorssNamessssss

Total Attendance 

18/09/20

FGB 

 06/11/20 

FGB 

 15/01/21 

FGB 

 12/03/21 

FGB 

 23/04/21 

FGB 

 18/06/21 

FGB 

 04/12/20 

AGM

 

 25/02/21 

 Constitutional  Meeting

 14/04/21 

Members

Special

 Resolution  Meeting

 08/10/20 

RAR 

 11/02/21 

RAR 

 13/05/21 

RAR 

 17/06/21 

RAR 

Ms Inskip (Chair)

13/13

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mr Dunsmore

(Vice-Chair)

13/13

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Miss Bone, Principal

(Now Mrs Eshelby)

13/13

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mr Moore

9/10

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Mr Mingay

12/12

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ms Allsopp

6/8

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Gough

8/8

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Francis

11/11

Yes

Visiting (Member)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Clerk to Governors

13/13

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

FGB - Full Governing Board Meeting 

RAR - Resources, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting (Please note – Governors with ‘grey rows’ are not members of the RAR committee) 

 

Governors Attendance Record for the Previous 2 Years

 

Some words from a few of our Governors on why they are doing their roles:

 

  Kathy Inskip  

 

I am Kathy Inskip and I feel it is a privilege to be the Chair of Governors at Ash Field. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the school with such amazing pupils, parents, staff and governors – thank you to everyone.


My initial link with Ash Field was working for Connexions and supporting pupils and parents with the transition from school to young adulthood (e.g. moving on to FE college). Having left this role, I wished to maintain contact with the school and later became a Community Governor in 2008.

 
I worked in social care and independent organisations across a number of different counties for over 25 years, with adults with disabilities and children with disabilities and their families.  I have always lived in Leicestershire. 


I hope that I contribute some of my skills and experience to being a Governor at Ash Field, and know that together we all strive for continued development and improvement to ensure that pupils are supported to achieve the very best outcomes. 

 

  Allan Dunsmore  

 

I am Allan Dunsmore and I am now retired after over 40 years working in Leicester city schools as a Science teacher. I have considerable experience at the senior management level and for the last six years of my teaching career, I was a headteacher. Since my retirement in 2011, I worked part-time at New College as a Community Partnership manager working with DMU and local volunteers organising volunteer placements at the school. 

I have also worked at Ash Field for a number of years teaching GCSE Science to local Teaching assistants one evening a week. I also had the pleasure of teaching science to a year 11 pupil at Ash Field a number of years ago.

 

I am fully aware of the challenges facing Ash Field, the senior team and the committed staff as well as the community it serves. My hope is that I can bring my considerable experience to support the work of the Governors, senior team and teachers at this amazing school.

 

  Rupert Mingay  

 

Hello, I am Rupert Mingay. I first came across Ash Field Academy when my daughter Philippa was a student here a few years ago. She loved her time at Ash Field and has stayed in touch with the friends she made here. I became a governor while she was at school and have stayed on because I enjoy being part of it. 

 

I hope I can help with some ideas from time to time and I know I can learn a lot too.

 

I live in South Leicestershire, about half an hour away from Ash Field. I work in the banking sector. My office is in London, but I have been working from home since the first lockdown. I spend a lot of time on Zoom these days which is better than getting up early to go to work on the train. I love the Leicestershire countryside and I like walking along the canal towpaths. One of my neighbours plays for Leicester Tigers and I'm looking forward to getting back to Welford Road to watch them again.

 

  Catherine Gough  

 

I am Catherine Gough and I joined the staff of Ash Field in 2017. Since then, I've had so many opportunities to further develop my teaching practice and I feel extremely lucky to have found such an amazing place to work; I love coming to school to see everyone each day! I've learnt such a lot personally since I arrived and am keen to contribute where I can to our community's drive for self-improvement.

 

  Jenny Eshelby  

 

Hello! I have been the Principal at Ash Field Academy since 2018 and therefore automatically became a governor.  I really enjoy working with our board of governors who are totally committed to our school and ensuring we are the best we can be.   

I hope to see you around the school sometime soon!

 

  Sue Francis  

 

Hello, I am Sue Francis and I have been a governor at Ash Field since September 2020. Before retiring I worked as a Business Manager at a county primary school, where I worked for 25 years, including several years in the classroom. I was also a governor there for 18 years so, I believe, I have useful experience to offer Ash Field. 

 

Although I have only been a governor for a short time it didn't take me long to appreciate what a special place Ash Field is. I am looking forward to getting to know staff, pupils and parents better.

 

  Daniel Slavin  

 

My name is Daniel Slavin, I joined the board in October 2021.

I am a Junior Doctor working in the East Midlands.

 

Outside of medicine, I have an interest in inter-professional working and believe strongly in the power of education. 

 

Ash Field Academy is clearly a place where education and opportunity for our pupils is at the heart of what the school is trying to achieve and I look forward to the opportunity to support the school going forward.

 

 

  Rachael Straub  

 

Hello, I am Rachael Straub and I have been a Parent Governor since 2021.

I trained as a research scientist, worked in university grants administration, and spent ten years as a manager with Citizens Advice. I'm now a full-time carer for my daughter.

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I thought I knew Ash Field fairly well, but I've learnt so much since becoming a governor. It really is an amazing school with staff and students who work incredibly hard to achieve their best.

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