Governors’ duties are to protect the assets of the school, to promote the achievement of its charitable objectives and to ensure that it is diligently and well run. They are expected to exercise independent judgement with reasonable care and diligence.
They have to act fairly and in a manner that protects the reputation of the school. It is their duty to keep in mind the interests of pupils, staff and parents, as well as that of the community. Governors and Directors have a duty to declare any personal interest in any transaction or arrangement proposed by the school, to avoid conflicts of interest and not to accept benefits from interested third parties.
Governors of Nottingham High School are both directors of Nottingham High School Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, and Trustees of the Nottingham High School Charity.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
Sir John Peace is a former High Sheriff and was knighted for services to business and the voluntary sector last year. He is Chair of Standard Chartered plc, Burberry plc and founder and Chair of Experian. He was Chair of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University for ten years and has been a trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham since 1999. Sir John chairs the Nottingham Economic Resilience Forum, focusing on issues associated with the recession and local unemployment. He is the East Midlands ambassador for Business in the Community and is a keen advocate for maximising opportunities for young people. He has served as a Deputy Lieutenant for the last seven years. Sir John lives near Newark with his wife, Christine, and has three daughters.
The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Nottingham
Mohammed Saghir was born in January 1957 in Chak Haryam in Kashmir. Saghir attended an English school in Kashmir and, at the age of 10, moved to Britain to join family and went on to attend Fairfax Grammar School in Bradford. On leaving school Saghir wanted to pursue a career in Engineering and went to a local engineering company as an apprentice. He later went into manufacturing which included spending six years working in Denmark. In 1990 Saghir moved to Nottingham to marry his wife, Zahid. After settling in Nottingham, Saghir started working for a local security firm and was part of the security team that looked after the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, when she visited Nottingham in 2003. Saghir joined the Labour Party in 1990 and soon became Chair of his local Party Branch and spent the following 20 years campaigning for his local MPs and Councillors. After years of tireless work for the Party, Saghir stood for election in 2011 and went on to become Councillor for Leen Valley. He was re-elected in 2015. Saghir says that he feels very honoured to be the Lord Mayor of Nottingham. Saghir was also Sheriff of Nottingham from May 2015 to May 2016.
Nominated by the Universities
Professor Richard Grundy (Nottingham)
Richard Grundy attended Bromsgrove School and then initially studied Biology at Queen Mary College, London. Becoming interested in medicine he gained a place at Birmingham Medical School in 1982, following a year spent at the CRUK research unit at Aston University. The latter stimulated a lifelong interest in cancer and then childhood cancer. Initially appointed as a consultant at Great Ormond Street, Richard then moved to the University of Birmingham to allow him to undertake translational research and then was appointed the inaugural chair of paediatric neuro oncology and cancer biology at the University of Birmingham in 2005. Richard lives in Hoveringham with his wife Carolyn. Their two children Mariella and Tait were educated at Nottingham High School for Girls and Boys respectively. Mariella has now graduated in Biological Sciences from Cardiff University and Tait is studying international law at Birmingham University. Richard joined the governing body in June 2015 and is a member of the School committee.
Dr Syed Mohyuddin (Nottingham Trent)
Nominated by Nottingham City Council
Mr Sam Webster
Sam Webster came to Nottingham aged 18 to study Government and Politics at Nottingham Trent University. He has lived and worked in Nottingham all his adult life having a work background in the skills and apprenticeships sector. He also volunteered as a Special Police Constable for over two years in Nottingham. His key areas of interest are education, skills and ensuring our City is clean and green. His hobbies include swimming, gardening and cooking.
Mr David Wild (Chairman)
David left Nottingham High School in 1974 to read Law at Jesus College, Cambridge. On completion of his studies he joined the Nottingham office of what is now international law firm Eversheds, where he practised corporate law for over 30 years, specialising in private company sales and acquisitions with associated tax planning. He held a number of management positions at Eversheds, including National Head of private companies, National Head of Tax and Senior Partner of the Nottingham Office. He retired in 2010 after 25 years as a partner, and is now a consultant with Meridian Private Client LLP, specialising in capital tax and succession planning. Outside work he is interested in all sport (except football!). He still plays tennis regularly and is learning to play golf, as well as being a keen Leicester Tigers fan. He served on the Lawn Tennis Association’s main Council for a couple of years. He is a former member of Loughborough University’s Enterprise Board and the University of Derby’s Court and is a trustee of a number of Charitable Trusts, including Fundays (Nottinghamshire) which organises Summer camps for children with physical and/or learning difficulties in Nottinghamshire. As Chairman of Governors, he is a member of all Committees of the Governing Body.
Mr Steve Green (Chairman, Infant & Junior School Committee)
Steve Green has been a Governor since 2009 and Chair of the Infant and Junior School Committee since 2010, a member of the School Committee since 2014 and Link Governor for Safeguarding in the Infant and Junior School since 2015. He is a former career Police Officer and retired as Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police in 2008. Since that time he has held a range of Non-exec and voluntary appointments and is currently Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints and a member of the Public Policy Committee of the RAC Foundation. He is a keen runner and a member of Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club.
Mr Mark Flanagan (Chairman, Finance & Estates Committee)
Mark attended Nottingham High School between 1987 and 1995 when he left to study Geography at St John’s College Oxford. After University, Mark travelled extensively in South America, Asia and Australia before joining the Nottingham office of KPMG in 2001. Mark has worked for KPMG for 15 years, which has included 18 months on secondment to the Middle East, and is currently an Audit Director. Mark lives in Wollaton with his wife Becky and his two children, Zoe and Sophie. Mark still enjoys international travel but when in Nottingham spends most of his spare time with his family, swimming or going to the gym. Mark joined the Governing Body in December 2010 and is Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also a trustee of the Peveril Trust.
Mr Tim Allen
Tim studied at Nottingham High School 1973- 1976 and then gained a BSC (Hons) in Economics and Accounting at Hull University 1966- 1973. Tim is an experienced Non Executive Chairman and Finance Director of both UK and International Businesses, with a strong commercial and accounting focus, and a passion for building successful enterprises. Having spent 16 years with a major FTSE 100 Group Tim now specialises in fostering, mentoring and driving SME’s. Tim currently owns and runs Barton Park Consultants providing Non Executive services supported by general corporate finance and business consultancy.
Mrs Philippa McNamara
A former student of Wakefield Girls’ High School and Huddersfield New College, Philippa completed a degree in pharmacy at the University of Portsmouth and subsequently joined Boots’ the Chemist to register as a pharmacist in 1988. She spent the next ten years as a retail general manager leading teams from 4 to 40 in seven Boots’ stores in Central London and England before moving to Nottingham to support Boots’ dispensing operations team. This role led to leading Boots’ national field based sales force servicing residential and nursing homes with prescription medicines. In 1999 Philippa moved away from healthcare and was appointed commercial lead for the Boots’ brand cosmetics portfolio including No.7, the market leading cosmetics & skincare brand. An interest in branding then led to her appointment as head of global brand strategy for Boots’ own label, exclusive and licensed haircare brands including Toni & Guy, Trevor Sorbie, Charles Worthington. Philippa left Boots’ in 2005 and started her own multichannel marketing consultancy supporting luxury beauty, legal, financial services and IT sectors in business development and service innovation. In 2007 she was invited to return to Boots’ and lead product development and innovation for the Boots’ Pharmaceuticals licensed medicines, vitamins & diet supplements and medical device portfolio. Since 2014 Philippa has been leading omnichannel customer experience and proposition strategy teams for Boots’. A mother of two Nottingham High School pupils, outside work she is interested in music, theatre design and travel. As a Governor, she is a member of the School Committee and Link Governor for Marketing.
Mr Peter Munro
Peter enjoyed a 40 year career as a Primary Teacher and Headteacher. After graduating with a Theology degree from Kings College, London, he moved to Nottingham to begin his teaching career and worked in maintained primary schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. His final post was as Headteacher of a large infant and nursery school in Ilkeston. He has maintained his interest and enthusiasm for primary education as a Governor at the High School and as Chair of Governors of a large primary academy in Nottingham. Retirement has given time for activities at his local church, at the City Ground, Trent Bridge cricket ground, the gym and teaching advanced driving.
Mrs Kate Nolan
Kate has been involved with Nottingham High School since 1997 having had 3 sons attend the school from Year 3 onwards. Before appointment as a Governor in 2013 she served as Chair of both the Junior and Senior school "Friends" committees. She also served on the committees that organised the celebrations for 100 years of the Junior School and 500 years of the Senior School. Before giving up work to become a full time mother Kate was a solicitor. More recently she served for 12 years as a magistrate on the Nottingham Adult and Family benches. Kate sits on the Senior School Committee and Infant and Junior School Committee and has a special interest in early years education. She is also a trustee of the Peveril Trust.
Dr Carol Roberts
Carol is a Community Paediatrician at The Nottingham Children’s Hospital and is based in the St Ann’s area of Nottingham. Many of the children she sees have developmental difficulties including autism spectrum disorder and ADHD, and she also sees more general paediatric problems and children for whom there are safeguarding concerns. Her work brings her into regular contact with local schools and allied agencies. She qualified from Oxford having done her first degree in Cambridge, and originally trained as a GP. She moved to the Nottingham area 25 years ago, and other than two years living in the States whilst her husband was doing medical research, she has been here ever since. She is Lead for Medical Appraisal at the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, and is responsible for overseeing the training of junior community paediatricians. She is also Officer for CPD and Revalidation at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has been a Governor at Nottingham High School for 11 years. She is Lead Governor for Pastoral Care and is the Liaison Governor for Safeguarding. She was previously Governor at a state primary school. Her husband is a gastroenterologist and a Pro Vice Chancellor at Nottingham University, and she has two children – a daughter who is a junior doctor and a son (and Old Nottinghamian) who is at medical school in Cambridge. She enjoys living in rural Leicestershire, walking the dog, feeding the chickens and baking.
Mr Navdeep Sethi
Navdeep attended Nottingham High School between 1990 and 1997 before studying Economics at King's College, Cambridge University. Navdeep is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a Finance Technology company based in London, having previously managed operations for large corporations in the UK, India, Australia, Poland and Hungary.
Navdeep lives in West Bridgford with his wife and two children and joined the Governing Body in 2012. He sits on the Finance & Estates committee, Investment Sub-committee and is also a trustee of the Peveril Trust.
Mrs Denise Kitchener
Denise is Director of Sales and Marketing for Hodge Jones & Allen LLP which comprises over 220 employees including 90 lawyers practising in over nine distinct areas of law. Denise sits on the firm’s business board of directors and is responsible for marketing, sales, events and PR. Denise directs a team of 12 and provides advice and guidance for all legal departments. Previously, Denise worked as Chief Executive of the, Nottingham based, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (AOIL) where she devoted over 18 years campaigning for the rights of injured people. Denise was the first full-time staff member appointed by APIL’s founder members in 1992 and she led the development of a nationally recognised not for profit organisation representing over 5000 members and employing 30 staff. In addition, Denise has worked with various publishing houses to establish respected legal journals including JPIL (Journal of Personal Injury Law) and the Jordan’s “How to” guides for personal injury lawyers. Prior to APIL, Denise worked for Nottingham Trent Polytechnic as Head of their Commercial Centre co-ordinating and growing commercial activities within the various academic departments. A Member of the Institute of Directors, Denise loves networking to meet new contacts, whenever possible, to continue raising the awareness of issues faced by injured people and to explore new opportunities and ideas. She is also a member of Myaware, a Derby based charity, for sufferers of Myasthenia Gravis and their families. Denise lives in Long Eaton, perfectly located for shopping in Nottingham and the beautiful countryside walks in Derbyshire. Her partner has persuaded Denise, over the last few years, to support Derby County FC, which frequently combines joy with pain!
Mr Kit Doleman
Kit lives in Nottingham and is married with two children, one girl and one boy (who was educated at the High School). Kit is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Price Waterhouse in Nottingham and is currently the Finance Director of Browne Jacobson, a national Law firm with a head office in Nottingham that specialises in work for both the private and public sectors, including the education sector. Kit has previously worked for a number of years in Corporate Finance for PwC and Catalyst Corporate Finance, buying and selling business and raising private equity and specialist debt, and also in the social care sector where he ran a number of national and regional organisations providing support for young adults with learning disability and mental health needs. Kit is a keen fly fisherman and also enjoys walking, dinghy sailing and skiing.
Mr Stephen Banks
Steve Banks is a senior executive with experience operating at board level within the public and private sectors and in a non-executive capacity within the community. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust and Chairman of The Tinnitus Clinic Ltd. His previous posts include Director of Professional Standards and Superintendent Pharmacist, IT Director and Director of HR at Boots. Steve’s first degree was in Pharmacy from Leicester and he has since completed an MBA at Nottingham University. Steve is married to Amanda and has lived in Nottingham for 23 years, with two of their three children being educated at The High School. He has always been keen on sports, currently playing tennis, golf and going to the gym regularly, and watching football and rugby. He is a long term Leicester City fan and season ticket holder. Alongside sport he enjoys travel and reading, especially historical fact and fiction.
Mr Russell Meakin
Russell is from Nottingham and attended Farnborough Comprehensive School followed by Basford Hall College. He then attended Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic between 1981 - 85 to study Building Services Engineering. After returning from Newcastle, Russell joined and subsequently took over his father’s engineering services company. He has carried out a wide variety of mechanical services projects across the country. The diversity of projects has ranged from modern healthcare premises to historically significant listed buildings. Russell lives in The Park with his wife Annie and two children Eddie and Lily, both of whom attend Nottingham High School. His interests mainly revolve around sport with a keen interest in rugby and when time allows likes to play golf. Russell joined the Governing Body in September 2016 as a member of the Finance & Operations Committee with the primary duty to act as the Governor Representative on the Junior School Extension Committee.
Mr Stuart Ramsey
Stuart spent almost 30 years in the Financial Services and Legal Services sectors and has said the move to the Education sector has been a fascinating experience, throwing up a number of fresh challenges. Nottingham High School is a large, established organisation with plenty of exciting strategic opportunities for the future and Stuart hopes to bring his corporate experience to bear on the delivery of these opportunities. Stuart and his wife Rebecca are no strangers to the area, having lived in Southwell in the late 1980s. They have two sons in their 20s and are very keen skiers.