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Governing Body

Ashley Dexter (Chair of Governors)

Ashley brings key financial and commercial experience to the Academy’s Governing Body. He currently co-owns a business consultancy and holds vast experience within the functions of commercial, sales, operational, financial and general management . Ashley is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants . He was formerly an Area Management Accountant, General Manager, Area Sales Manager and finally Global Account Director at DHL Express. In the first of these roles he prepared budget and forecasting documents and submitted various capital investment proposals. This skillset enables Ashley to provide strategic insight to the Academy’s budget, operations and policy. More recently he was the Finance and Commercial Director of Complete Entertainment Resources (an organisation with a £20m global turnover, which he was a member of from inception). There he was responsible for the implementation of the financial and management accounts (including the transition from manual to SAGE based accounting) as well as the company’s financial internal controls processes – again important for providing financial rigour and scrutiny to the Academy’s operations.  He also brings continuity to the process as a key member of the Chapeltown Academy team in pre-opening.

Andy Wright (Member)

Andy Wright is a senior Head Teacher with extensive leadership and management experience in schools . He most recently led Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, a comprehensive secondary school for students between the ages of 11 and 18. He brings a wealth of knowledge, understanding and experience to the table including significant familiarity with post-16 matters such as those relating to A-Levels, UCAS and specific post-16 pastoral matters. By virtue of his office he formerly served on his school’s Governing Body and also serves on the Governing Body of a local primary school. He also brings continuity of vision having been a key part of the Chapeltown Academy team in both pre-opening and in the application phase. 

Simon Ruston (Member)

Simon has been a stalwart in the local community for several years and has been involved in the set up of the school from its inception as one of the initial parents that formed the steering group and then the Temporary Governing Body. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. 

Jack Joseph (Member)

Jack is now a senior civil servant having previously been a member of the original team that founded Chapeltown Academy. He was the Academy's Business Project Manager in pre-opening and then subsquently joined the Board of Governors.  

Kate Stott (Parent Governor)

I have over 20 years experience of working as a Data Manager/Exams Officer within the Education sector. I have worked in a variety of schools, covering all Key stages from Nursery through to Key Stage 5 and have a keen interest in developments in Education. I am currently employed by Brigantia Learning Trust based at Hinde House 3-16 School in Sheffield, primarily dealing with the data for our Primary Academies.

I have 2 children, my eldest daughter is currently completing her degree in Early Childhood Studies with Huddersfield University before moving onto Teacher training. My youngest daughter is studying for A Levels In German, History and Politics in Year 13 at Chapeltown Academy and is hoping to make a successful Oxbridge application in the near future.

Georgina Hewson (Parent Governor)

Based in Barnsley as a Practice Manager for a group of five dental practices my work challenges in many diverse areas; just some of my responsibilities are Health and Safety, Safeguarding, management of NHS commissioned work, training and support for staff, data protection, policies and procedures, complaints (and occasionally compliments) – and all this whilst maintaining a sunny smile and reassuring hand to patients attending for treatment. Hopefully some of these skills will be useful to me, and the Academy, over the next year.

Along with my husband we have been parents of a Chapeltown Academy student for the past three years; our eldest daughter was part of the second cohort and is currently studying Education, Culture and Childhood at the University of Sheffield whilst our younger daughter is mid-way through A levels in History, Maths, Economics and Religious Studies, Philosophy & Ethics having just entered Year 13. I am a passionate ambassador for Chapeltown Academy and the opportunities it offers to the young people of its surrounding communities.

Parent Governor Vacancies

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