Pete Edwards – Chair of Governors – ATT appointed member
Pete Edwards, who lived with parents and 5 siblings in Rossington South Yorkshire, was diagnosed with a hip condition called Perthes Disease at the age of 6 and a half. This affected his walking and he ended up in hospital for a long period, having his 1st operation at 7. However Pete didn’t let this stop him achieving things in life.
Pete started an apprenticeship at the age of 16 with National Coal Board, this apprenticeship was to learn everything to do with mining coal, he attended college as part of this, and completed the apprenticeship at the age of 18. At the age of 18 and a half he left and went to work in a factory that built tractors, Pete was there for about 7 years doing several roles. Pete also became a Union Steward, and again went to college to study politics and trade unionism, giving his first speech at a Youth Conference in 1975. Pete returned to work at British Coal in 1980, he became a belt fitter, working his way up to supervisory mechanic. In 1989 Pete had a traumatic accident in the mine, which changed his life dramatically. He had to change jobs, moved to another colliery and then was promoted moving to Nottingham to work in 1990.
Pete was medically retired in 1993. However this was a good thing as it allowed him to retrain. In 1995 he started training for Lay Ministry within the Church of England was licensed in 1997 – 23 years on he’s still active. Sport has played a big part in his life, he played Amputee football for Yorkshire and Humberside, Swam for Sherwood Seal Swimming club then retired as a regional champion. Over the last 17 years Pete has played wheelchair basketball.
In 2001 Pete was offered a job in sports, he started as a coach in swimming and became a buddy /Mentor for a project called sport direct. He applied for the admin support role for the project, and the project helped disabled people get into coaching. After 3 months he applied for the project officer’s role and was successful, this was the start of his sports development career. He ran this project for over 3 years and in 2006 applied for the role as a sports development officer and was successful, fulfilling this role until 2017. In the 18 years he has been involved with sports development Pete achieved so much and had the privilege of working with many fantastic people and developing people and changing their lives. He’s had the privilege of sitting on many groups, boards, panels and currently chairs the Ashfield Health and Wellbeing Partnership and sits on the Ashfield Discover Board.
Linda Hill – Vice Chair of Governors – Sixth Form Link Governor – Academy appointed member
My name is Linda Hill and it is a pleasure to become part of the Sutton Academy Governing Body. Having worked in Education for the past 15 years, mainly within the Further Education sector, I am now looking to increase my knowledge of the Academy having seen many positive changes within the school. I have strong links with partners I work with who are supportive and complimentary about Sutton Academy, which I hope we can build upon.
I have worked in completely different work cultures in my career history, both formal and informal but all people orientated and I would like to use my own expertise in working towards outstanding. I have a passion in seeing students move forward and progress in their learning journey, with realistic targets and life-changing goals.
Sutton Academy is a welcoming and supportive place to learn which has been extremely advantageous for me, as it has enhanced my perception of promoting learning opportunities and I feel the students make a valuable contribution to the local community, which will be beneficial for the future.
Emma Scothern – Staff Governor – Staff Wellbeing Link Governor- Academy appointed member
I am very pleased to have been selected as Sutton Community Academy’s new staff Governor. I only recently moved to Nottinghamshire and have been working at SCA for a short period of time, I am however extremely eager to get involved in the governance of the academy and I hope that my relative newness here will be a strength which will allow me to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the board.
I have been working as support staff in secondary academies for around two years. Prior to joining SCA’s team, I worked at an academy in Peterborough subsequent to completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art in Norwich.
Paula Shrubsole – Community Governor – Safeguarding link Governor
Academy appointed member
My name is Paula Shrubsole. I am excited to become a community governor for Sutton Community Academy and support the education, development and success of our local young people. I have lived in Sutton in Ashfield for over 20 years and my son attended the school. I am a Registered Nurse and have a passion for music, theatre and motorbikes.
My name is Lesley Lee and I am a local mum of 4 and I have lived in Sutton for the past 24 years. I am currently studying for a degree in Criminal Justice with Derby University.
Whilst this is all new for me, I am excited to be a parent voice on the governing team at SCA, contributing to and helping to ensure that the academy provides the best education and opportunities for all of its students.
Scott Williams-Smith – Community Governor
My name is Scott William Smith and it is a pleasure to be a governor at Sutton Community Academy.
I am a proud graduate of Staffordshire University where I studied Computer Science, during my time I was successfully elected as a Vice-President and a member of Staffordshire University’s Board of Governors. One of my key focuses was the academic strategy and learning experience, ensuring what the University was teaching was enjoyable, digestible and appropriate for a modern graduate.
During my studies, I joined Laser Quest GB as a Marketing Director in 2016, where I supported UK based Laser Quest franchisees with up to date marketing resources & website design/content.
Currently, I work at Vision West Nottinghamshire College as a Digital Tutor, teaching computing-based subjects. Alongside this is involvement with ‘Bright Idea Group’, which focuses on delivering digital experiences for the leisure and themed entertainment sector.