Murray Park Governors


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Parent Governors

Jacqui Fowler (Vice Chair)
James Upton
Vasileios Papachristos
Sarah Platts


Local Authority
Louise Upton

Nicola Caley

Staff Governors
Jan Woolley

Partnership Governors
Joe Sim
Vasileios Papachristos (Chair of Finance)

Co-Opted Governors
Paul Davies
Mark Fowler

Governors’ period of office is 4 years. Chair and Vice Chair in Office for 2 years

Full Governors 2021/22

Key Role of the Governing Board

  • Ensure clarity of vision, Ethos and strategic direction in supporting the delivery of the schools vision
  • Contribute support and monitor the school’s Development Plan
  • Contribute support and monitor the school’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses
  • Provide challenge and hold the head teacher and other senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and pupils’ behaviour and safety.
  • Use performance management systems, including the performance management of the head teacher to improve teaching, leadership and management
  • Ensure solvency and probity and that the financial resource made available to the school are managed effectively and provide value for money
  • Operate in such a way that all statutory duties are met and priorities approved
  • Use the pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning, including reading, writing and mathematics
  • Engage with key stake holders including developing working relationships with local industries, hospitals, other educational establishments and other businesses to authenticate and contextualise the pupil experience in such a way as to inspire learning

Meeting Dates

Tuesday 14th September 2021
Tuesday 7th December 2021
Tuesday 29th March 2022
Tuesday 19th July 2022


P. Davies (Chair)  J. Fowler (Vice Chair) N. Caley M. Fowler V. Papachristos S. Platts J. Sim B.Stephenson J. Upton  L. Upton J. Woolley

Teaching and Learning Committee 2021/22

Meeting Dates

Tuesday 19th October 2021
Tuesday 8th February 2022
Tuesday 5th July 2022


P. Davies (Chair) N. Caley J. Fowler M. Fowler V. Papachristos S. Platts J. Sim J. Woolley

Key Role of the Committee

• Quality of Teaching
• Assessment policy and practice and the impact on Teaching and Learning.
• Feedback to students and impact on progress.
• Performance Management

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare 2021/22

Meeting Dates

Tuesday 9th November 2021
Tuesday 8th March 2022
Tuesday 21st June 2022


M. Fowler (Chair) P. Davies N. Caley J. Fowler V. Papachristos S. Platts J. Sim  J. Upton L. Upton J. Woolley

Key Role of the Committee

• Personal development curriculum monitoring
• Behaviour and Attendance
• Pupil Premium including progress
• Inclusion and Learner Support including progress
• Pastoral Care including bullying, racist incidents and other types of harassment
• Safeguarding
• Student wellbeing including keeping healthy
• Student Voice
• Parent/Carer Voice


Finance, Personnel and General Purposes Committee 2021/22

Meeting Dates

Thursday 4th November 2021
Thursday 17th March 2022
Thursday 28th April 2022


B.Stephenson (Chair) P. Davies  N. Caley J.Fowler M. Fowler V. Papachristos  J. Sim J. Woolley

Key Role of the Committee

• Management of Finance and Resources
• Personnel
• Health and Safety
• Building and Maintenance

Quality of Education Committee 2021/22

Meeting Dates

Tuesday 5th October 2021
Tuesday 25th January 2022
Tuesday 17th May 2022


P. Davies N. Caley J. Fowler M. Fowler V. Papachristos S. Platts J. Sim J. Woolley

Key Role of the Committee

• Curriculum
• Student outcomes (including disadvantaged and most able)
• Student progress (including disadvantaged and most able)
• Assessment

The Eight ‘Link Governor’ Roles

Governor Attendance 2021/2022

Governor Attendance 2020/2021

Governor Attendance 2019/2020

Governor Attendance 2018/2019

Governor Attendance 2017/2018

Governor Attendance 2016/2017

Key: (Re) = Resigned (de) = Deceased

Governors’ Terms of Office

Name Governor Category Terms of Office
Nicola Caley Head 09/04/18 – 08/04/22
Paul Davies (Chair of Governors) Co-opted 24/09/19 – 19/12/23
Jacqui Fowler (Vice Chair of Governors) Parent 25/04/17 – 24/04/21
James Upton Parent 01/10/19 – 29/09/23
Vasilios Papachristos Parent 01/10/19 – 29/09/23
Sarah Platts Parent 08/10/19 – 07/10/23
Mark Fowler Co-opted 31/05/16 – 30/05/24
Jo Pickering Co-opted 01/09/19 – 17/09/21
Joe Sim Partnership 01/09/15 – 31/08/23
Brian Stephenson (Chair of Finance) Partnership 01/09/15 – 31/08/23
Louise Upton LA 24/09/19 – 23/09/23
Jan Woolley

Harry Taylor

Subby Ram




05/06/17 – 04/06/21

23/03/21 – 23/03/25

23/03/21 – 23/03/25

Resigned Governors

Name Governor Category Terms of Office Date Stepped Down
Robin Williamson Parent 21/10/14 – 20/10/18 06/09/16
Adam Gomes Co-opted 30/06/15 – 29/06/19 19/09/16
Teresa Day Staff 08/10/13 – 07/10/17 06/01/17
Trandeep Sethi Co-opted 31/05/16 – 30/05/20 01/02/17
Debbie Stewart Parent 22/11/16 – 21/11/20 12/02/17
Martyn Owen Headteacher 08/09/15 – 07/09/19 30/04/17
Claire Simmill-Parker Parent 31/05/16 – 30/05/20 14/07/17
Antony Ussher Co-opted 11/11/15 – 10/11/19 25/08/17
Derek Crocker Co-opted 08/04/14 – 07/04/18 31/08/17
Jayne Warner Parent 08/04/14 – 07/04/18 07/04/18
Rebecca Somes Head 01/05/17 – 30/04/21 08/04/18
Ian Bennett Parent 10/05/17 – 09/05/21 14/05/18
Chris McGrath

Fiona Williams

Jo Pickering





.24/09/19 – 23/09/21

18/09/17 – 17/09/21




Register of Interests

Name Position  Name of organisation Nature of interest Date interest was registered Date interest ceased Notes
Brian Stephenson Partnership N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fiona Williams Co-opted (Vice Chair) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jacqui Fowler Co-opted N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jan Woolley Staff N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jo Pickering Co-opted N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Joe Sim Partnership N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mark Fowler Co-opted N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Paul Davies Co-opted (Chair) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sarah Platts Parent Governor N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
James Upton Parent Governor N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Louise Upton Parent Governor N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Vasileios Papachristos Parent Governor N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Governors  Register of Business Interests GDPR Financial Interests Governance roles in other schools or educational institutions Material Interests arising from relationships between governors and between governors and school staff (inc spouses, partners and close relatives
Paul Davies YES YES None None None
Nicola Caley YES YES None None None
Jacqui Fowler YES YES None None None
Mark Fowler YES YES None None None
Sarah Platts YES YES None None None
Jo Pickering YES YES None None None
Vasileios Papachristos YES YES None None None
Joseph Sim YES YES None None None
Brian Stephenson YES YES None None None
James Upton YES YES None None Married to Louise Upton
Louise Upton YES YES None None Married to James Upton
Jan Woolley YES YES None None None


Governors’ Code of Conduct

Please use this link to view: Governors Code of Conduct Policy 2019

Introducing The Governors

I am now a Co-opted Governor, although for five years I was a Parent Governor whilst my daughter was a student at Murray Park. I am a former Headteacher of two secondary schools. I left headship to become Head of Secondary School Improvement at Derby City Council before retiring from full-time work. For the next five years I was an educational consultant working with schools across Derby before ceasing that work in order to become Chair of Governors at Murray Park.

Paul Davies – Chair of Governors


I am a psychology student at the University of Derby with a son at Murray Park. I have spent 20 years within IT, first as a programmer with Rolls-Royce and later with HP and am now studying at the University of Derby where I am building a speciality in health psychology. I currently volunteer with the guided reading programme at the school and help the university deliver its digital learning experience. I have just become Vice Chair of the Governing Board.

Jacqui Fowler – Vice-Chair of Governors


I am a retired Director of Works Southern Derbyshire District Health Authority and Director of Works and Facilities Manager (Full Board Member) for the Derby City Hospital Trust / Royal Derby Hospital. I was Chair of the Governor Body of Murray Park School for 6 years until September 2017.

Joe Sim – Partnership Governor


I am a professional engineer and worked at Rolls-Royce for over 30 years. During my career I carried out a number of roles including leading large teams of engineers and programme managers in delivering capital projects around the world. Both of my children have attended Murray Park School, the youngest finishing in year 11 in 2013.

Brian Stephenson – Partnership Governor


I was educated in Yorkshire before attending Teacher Training College at Dartford in Kent where I qualified as a PE Teacher. I worked in several schools before being appointed to the staff of Murray Park School when the city was reorganised in 1989.

Whilst working at the school I have had a variety of teaching positions including 2nd in PE and acting HOD before becoming a Head of Year in 2001. With the subsequent re-organisation of the Pastoral structure I became Assistant Community Director for Kestrel and then Communities and Enrichment Co-ordinator after a further restructure. I am now a member of the World Studies department teaching all subjects across KS3 and KS4 PSHE. I was also the staff representative on the PTA for 18 years and was responsible for numerous fundraising events.

Out of school, I have been Chair of the Derbyshire Schools Netball Committee since Easter 1989 where I have been involved in coaching, team managing and tournament organisation.

Jan Woolley – Staff Governor


I am a IT portfolio manager for DXC, previously EDS and then HP, with over 20 years experience across industry sectors. I have led a number of technical programmes globally and, as a subject matter expert in delivering large business transformations, I work well at all levels of an organisation with a governance focus. My son currently attends Murray Park School, due to finish year 11 in 2020.

Mark Fowler – Co-opted Governor


I am an Engineer working at Bombardier. My role is in product performance and safety. I like investigating possible root causes of failures or near misses and this is also my approach in life. As a parent my role is to fully support my daughter and son who is now in Y1. My motto in life is to always be proactive. Knowledge is endless and I like to be a life-long learner. Education should be the number one priority of all societies as this is the only way to build a better future.

Vasileios Papachristos – Parent Governor


I am interested in being a school governor to support the school and the students, my daughter included, to achieve successful outcomes.

I have worked in Higher Education in organisational leadership for 25 years at both the University of Nottingham and the University of Derby. I have worked in various roles, which have covered the end-to-end student journey: admissions, enrolment, assessment, student support as well as graduation. I have amassed many skills in this time – coaching, diplomacy, organisation and leadership to name but a few, which have enabled me to support staff as well as students in achieving their potential and enhancing their skills. I have managed small and large teams of staff across multiple sites.

My current role at the University of Derby is that of a Senior Strategic Advisor for the College of Arts, Humanities and Education. This role entails supporting the PVC Dean within the College in achieving their strategic aims and long term business planning as well as monitoring performance against KPIs. Working with the disciplines of primary and secondary education keeps me informed of what is happening both locally and nationally in schools and with teacher training which is useful to the role of governor.

Sarah Platts – Parent Governor


James is a qualified Social Worker. He worked in the drugs and alcohol field for 10 years focusing on adult treatment, children in care, young offenders and young people in treatment. Until 2016 he was working as a practicing Social Worker in Derby and Safeguarding Children’s trainer in Derbyshire. James is now a Freelance Safeguarding trainer and consultant working for a range of organisations including the NSPCC and Alcohol Change UK. He regularly provides safeguarding training to schools and other organisations. James is a keen marathon runner (10 to date) and walker.

James Upton – Parent Governor


I was originally a teacher in a primary school and then moved in the Local Education Authority as a Consultant. My responsibility was lead for Healthy Schools across Derby City and I worked closely with Murray Park to gain their Healthy Schools status many years ago! I worked within the PSHE team so have experience in PSHE, Relationship & Sex Education, Drug Education, Mental Health, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

I then moved into the Public Health team as a commissioner for children and young people, this gave me experience in children’s health more broadly including healthy weight and working in partnership with colleagues from Primary Care and the Clinical Commissioning Group.

My existing role is Head of the Local Learning and Improvement Hub for Sport England, we are a national organisation who are responsible for increasing levels of physical activity and reducing inactivity on a national scale. This entails me supporting local authorities across the country to work on system change in order to increase the chances of improving physical activity for their local communities.

My son has just started at Murray Park in Y7, so far so good! He is loving it and I would like the opportunity to become part of the Governing Body.

Louise Upton – Parent Governor