Governing Board Members

Governing Board Members

Governing Commitee Members

 Governor Members


Contacting the Governors-

In the first instance parents are asked to contact the head teacher of the school. Should you feel your concerns remain unresolved, please make contact with the chair of governors.

List of Governors - Click for more information

Allison Beckett

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor to English

Pen Portrait

As a local resident of Tibshelf and an ex student of Tibshelf School, I became a Governor to help the school support and develop their pupils so that they are able to gain the best education possible and enjoy the years they spent at Tibshelf Community School.

I am married with 4 children, 2 of my children Charlie and Olivia currently attend Tibshelf Community School, and my two older children also attended the school.

I am actively involved in the Parish of Tibshelf as I am a member of Tibshelf Parish Council and Tibshelf Community Association which organises the annual Carnival and Fireworks Display. The School is a big part of the community and I am happy to be the link between both.

In my professional life I work in Human Resources as a Manager and in my spare time I enjoy socialising and spending time with family…. which is mostly spend being a taxi driver for football matches and swimming galas!!

Andrew Dennis

Vice Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

Link Governor to Science

Pen Portrait

I grew up in the neighbouring village of Pilsley and have lived in Tibshelf now for 16 years. I am a past pupil of Tibshelf School and I’m proud to say that my eldest daughter, Jessica, now attends; hence my role as a Parent Governor. My term of office started in November 2014 and it expires in November 2018. As well as attending Full Governors meetings I also sit on the Curriculum Committee and I am also the Link Governor for the Science Faculty.

By profession I’m an English Teacher and so I have first-hand knowledge of what life in a secondary school is like, which I believe gives me a very useful insider’s view of how certain aspects of a school works in addition to having a purely parental point of view. My priorities are to help improve the education and welfare of all the students at Tibshelf School and I very much enjoy my role as a Governor.

In my spare time I run my own theatre company in which I act, direct and build the sets. I also enjoy all other kinds of DIY and I’m a keen photographer.

Brian Fischer

Member of Tibshelf School Senior Leadership Team

Elaine Belshaw

Parent Governor

Link Governor to Health and Safety

Pen Portrait

 I grew up in Nottingham and moved to Newton 22 years ago. I have two sons; Matthew in Year 9 and Adam in Year 6 at Town End Junior School.

I see the role of Parent Governor as a privileged opportunity to make a positive contribution to the development of the school and support the students to achieve their potential. All children deserve the best start in life regardless of background or academic ability.

I am a Registered Nurse with 30 years experience in the NHS and currently work as Governance Matron at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Family life is important to me and treasuring time with my sons while they still want to know me is a priority! Hobbies include cooking, cake decorating, gardening and walking in the countryside.

Hazel James

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor to SMSC including Careers Education 

Pen Portrait

I live in central Chesterfield and am kept busy with 2 boys who are at St Marys Catholic Primary school. I work full time in Human Resources within a large social housing organisation and specialise in managing the recruitment & training.

Over the past 5 years I have successfully implemented a large work experience programme for students in the local area and Tibshelf are one of our largest intakes.

I have spent the last 4 years spending a significant amount time increasing our engagement with our local schools and working with them to understand how work experience and employer encounters help students become work ready when leaving school. I regularly participate in mock interviews, industry days and work with primary schools in Key Stage One supporting the curriculum in topics such as building, money and enterprise. 

I have been involved with the Young Enterprise charity for the past 10 years, volunteering as a business advisor to schools and for the past 5 years sitting as a member of the local area board, this year I will take over as Chair for the board. As a board we run a network of business advisors and support the schools in running the programme. We also undertake a large amount of fundraising to run local competitions and events such as the local trade fairs. In the summer of 2017 I was awarded the Gold Award for an outstanding contribution to Young Enterprise. 

I also run a successful Apprenticeship programme and will be the link governor for Tibshelf’s Careers section and hope to be able to support and advise the already successful department. 

In my spare time you can usually find me trying to keep up with two energetic boys, cake making or pottering in the garden.​


Jane Lowe

Parent Governor

Link Governor to Technology and Computing

Jodie Cook

Parent Governor

Link Governor to Inclusion

Pen Portrait

I have lived in Blackwell for eleven years and moved to the area from Nottingham with my husband and then two small children to be closer to the country side. I work for a National Charity as a Volunteer and Training Manager. My job involves quite a bit of driving so as soon as I get the opportunity I am out walking the dog on the lovely trails in the area.

I have two sons, one in Year 10 and one coming up into Year 7 in September.

I am really looking forward to taking on a joint inclusion link governor role and hope to use the skills I have gained in my career path and personal life to support the school in my new position. I am enthusiastic with a committment to strive to continually improve anyhting I do so hope to put this into practice in this new role.

Justin Hawley

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Curriculum Committee

Link Governor to Maths and Governor Training

Pen Portrait

Both of my boys have benefited greatly from their education at Tibshelf – both academically and in self-esteem. They are now continuing their education away from home, exploring the world in every sense.

I believe passionately in the value of broad education, catering for the diverse needs and aspirations of children and young adults. Although our motivations for anything are usually complex, I think that it is this sense of the value of education that has motivated me to become a governor and use some of my ‘spare’ time for something worthwhile.

My professional background is in science/engineering, which hopefully complements the myriad of skills and experience in the wider governing body. In particular, I like analysis and understanding the root cause of problems.

My interests include walking, photography and DIY.

Louise Crowder

Member of Tibshelf School Senior Leadership Team

Pen Portrait

I have worked within education and the children and younger adults sector for 20 years both in a mainstream school, a grant maintained school and within the Local Authority.  As the School Business Leader for Tibshelf Community School, for the last 5 years, I am a strategic member of the school leadership team.   

The school has undergone significant transformation in the last 5 years, including restructuring of senior and middle leadership roles as well as the support staff and teaching assistants.  My role in the transformation has been both strategic and operational to ensure the structures and systems that were in place enabled a smooth transition throughout this period of change and to develop the structures, personnel and culture to meet present and future needs.

I like to keep abreast of new innovations and technologies and one of my key passions is to identify genuine ‘school improvement opportunities’ and to bring others ‘on board’ by sharing ‘the vision’.

In recent years I have moved to a mentoring role for less experienced Business Managers in order to assist them to settle into their roles and I am now an active member of the DfE Leaders Forum and the North East Derbyshire Business Leaders Group.  

I am a CIMA and CIPD graduate and I hold a Business Masters Degree.  I am a keen advocate of encouraging good practice, strong morals, continual CDP and robust performance management to raise standards throughout education. I have developed a wide network of contacts which allow me to access appropriate sources of information and support.  Acting as a Parent Governor for another Secondary School within the County also gives me a different perspective to the provision of education within a community.  

I have an established and well qualified team which allow me to successfully fulfil my role as the School Business Lead.  


Malcolm Bibbings

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor to Safeguarding

Pen Portrait

I grew up in Torquay, Devon and I moved to Derbyshire 30 years ago. All my family still live in Devon and Cornwall which means I have regular free holidays. I attended Torquay Boys Grammar School where I studied for my 'O' and 'A' levels. I have a step son in Year 8 and a son in nursery in Alfreton.

I moved to the area from Derby last year. I have been a police officer in Derbyshire for 29 years and have worked in various roles including most recently 4 years in Public Protection as the lead for Safeguarding.

I am keen to be involved in the activities of a Link Governor for the school and hope my knowledge and skills with regards to safeguarding are put to good use. I am really pleased to be part of the team and feel it is a privilege to participate developing the school for this and future generations which I have with both my sons current ages.

My interests include swimming, callisthenics and gardening.

Mark Ratcliffe

Parent Governor

Chair of Resources Committee

Link Governor to EBacc

Pen Portrait

Having served in the Royal Air Force for over 23 years I retired in Pilsley. Living in various cultures opened my eyes to the world we live in.

I am a strong believer in supporting your community and your child’s future.

My background is varied due to living in so many countries and doing so many different roles. I work part-time in a school environment and have served as a Governor at that school.

My daughter attends Tibshelf school of which I share an interest. My main interests are supporting Manchester City Football Club, volunteering for the RSPCA, Police Chaplain to the Derbyshire Police Constabulary.

One of my main passions is going on Battlefield Tours.

Mike Bevilacqua

Faculty Head of Mathematics at Tibshelf School

Pen Portrait

I started teaching Mathematics at Tibshelf School in 1997 and I have been a school governor for most of this time. I became head of Mathematics in 2007 and I have overseen this very successful faculty ever since. I also run a mountain biking club at school. I regularly take groups of pupils biking in the peak district, as well as a yearly trip to Afan Forest in Wales.

Outside school I am currently walking all the 214 Wainwrights’ peaks in the Lake District as well as all the possible routes up Snowdon in Wales. I have also just started walking the 630 mile South West coastal path.

I have lived in or around Chesterfield and attended Middlecroft Secondary school. I left school at 16 and completed an Engineering Apprenticeship at E R Squires Engineering in Staveley. I then studied for my Mathematics degree at Sheffield Hallam University, before starting my career in teaching.

I am proud to be a governor at Tibshelf School and I have hopefully made many positive contributions to the lives of pupils at our school.

Mike Pollard

Headteacher of Tibshelf School

Pen Portrait

I have been Headteacher of Tibshelf Community School since September 2014 and it is a great privilege to lead such an excellent school, particularly one that is at the heart of its local community. Although I am originally from the other side of the Pennines, my wife and I have lived in Sheffield for many years. Our three children were all educated in our local schools and we all enjoyed the benefit of that local connection. Previously, I have worked in schools in Rotherham and Nottinghamshire as well as Sheffield. My spare time is dominated by the demands of local sport – particularly football and cricket – but sadly not much as an active participant these days.

Pam Trevelyan

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor to Creative Arts

Pen Portrait

Many moons ago I was a student at Tibshelf Secondary School where I spent five happy years.

Having achieved well in the newly introduced C.S.E. examinations I went on to become a cost clerk.

Marriage, a move to Yorkshire for six years & the birth of my two sons prevented me from working, but on returning to Tibshelf I gained employment as a midday supervisor at my old school where I spent a further enjoyable seven years enjoying interaction with the students & staff.

Both my sons were educated at all three Tibshelf Schools, as was I.

I am particularly proud to be a governor of this welcoming, caring, hardworking school.

I am now retired from Holmlea Home for Older People, having spent 28 years as the business services assistant also incorporating some occasional care work.

My hobbies are writing - mainly light hearted poetry & short stories & painting.

In 2008, with the help of friends, we produced a book of my poetry which raised around £2000 for charity. £1100 was donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, £760 to the local church & several smaller amounts given to other charities. A further book was produced for sale for the Headway charity for people with brain injuries. I am hoping to produce a further book of my poems for other charities.

Pete Kenworthy

Member of Tibshelf School Senior Leadership Team

Sarah Keenan

Parent Govenor

Link Governor to SMSC including Careers Education 

Vice Chair of Resources Committee

Pen Portrait
Many people know me as Thomas and Edward's mum! They both attend Tibshelf community school now. I have always supported the local schools and community and being Parent Governor is my latest role. I am a Newton girl myself and attended Tibshelf school a 'couple' of years ago! I studied Engineering at Leeds University and returned to the area with my husband when my dad sadly died suddenly. My dad, Roger Hazzledine, was Chair of Governors for a number of years. He inspired me to get involved! The school does a fantastic job in preparing so many young people for the outside world not just academically but by believing in them and allowing them to believe in themselves! Being a governor and 'critical friend' of the school is a very rewarding role! I enjoy the financial analysis of the school as that is my background now as I am a director of my husband and my own business. 

Steve Marvin

Parent Governor

Link Governor to Anti-bullying, Student Wellbeing and Student Voice

Pen Portrait

I have lived in Tibshelf for over 25 years married with a son and daughter who both attended Tibshelf Community School I have been a governor for for over 9 years, 8 years as link governor to PE. I am also involved in the Behaviour and Well Being of students linking to attendance and exclusion and a small mentoring program that I link to the exclusion meetings which has helped some children to maintain their place at the school.

Kirstie Knight

Link Governor to Inclusion

Pen Portrait

As a past pupil myself I’m really pleased that both of my children now also attend Tibshelf Community School and I’m keen to support the school where I can. In the past I’ve volunteered as an infant and junior school governor and worked as a governor’s clerk so I had some idea of what was involved. I work as a solicitor and compliance officer in a local law firm so alongside carrying out advice work for clients my current role also involves drafting internal policies and procedures, data analysis and reporting and staff training.  I'm therefore hoping my background and experience will enable me to become a useful member of the school’s governing body and Resources Committee.

Powered by Phoca Download