Pete Edwards – Chair of Governors – Safeguarding Link Governor- 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.
Pete can be contacted via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Scothern – Local 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.
Alexander Glasner – Local Community Governor – Academy appointed member
As the owner and managing director of Workpays, a Midlands-based employability and skills provider, I know the importance of a good education to set young people up for success.
That is why I am proud to be a governor and support the area where I live.
My experience has taken me from work in Parliament in London to working in Asia and the US in Finance and Strategy. I most recently set up my own company to support local companies, like Workpays, grow and succeed. I want to bring this experience and this spirit to my role as governor.
In my spare time, I love cycling and reading
Glen Roberts – Local Community Governor – Trust appointed member
Glen, a local resident, achieved his QCF6 qualification to become a Chartered Financial Planner after completing his A Levels at school. Glen spent 26 years working at Natwest bank developing a broad understanding of finance, budgets, HR policies, alongside managing and coaching colleagues. Glen also worked as the Regional Development Director at Succession Wealth. Presently Glen is the Area Manager at Wesleyan Financial Services leading a team of Financial Consultants that specialise in giving financial advice to the Education profession. Wesleyans link with the teaching profession has given Glen an insight into some of the challenges faced within schools.
Outside of work Glen enjoys offering his time to help and support local organisations. Glen has enjoyed being a trustee at the Citizens Advice in Bassetlaw and is also a dedicated volunteer with Age Concern, speaking to a telephone friend on a weekly basis.
Glen is keen to support the quality of education at Sutton Community Academy and is highly focused on making improvements.
Laura Knight – Local Community Governor – SEND Link Governor – Pupil Premium Link Governor – Academy appointed member
Laura studied at the Liverpool John Moores University where she achieved her BA Hon’s Tourism and Leisure Management degree before embarking on a career at Revolution Bars PLC.
Laura was a sales manager at the Revolution De Cuba Bar in Derby for over 3 years where she recruited, trained and mentored sales teams of young adults to help them succeed in the work place and progress into manager roles. Within her role Laura also ensured company targets were met, improved brand awareness and increased customer footfall through launching social media campaigns.
Laura then progressed to the Regional Corporate Sales Manager for Revolution Bars PLC where she dealt with a range of clients from high ROI sectors, created detailed reports and delivered presentations to all levels of the business. Laura particularly enjoyed networking to generate business by representing the company at trade shows, business expo events and award shows.
Laura feels that now is the time for her to give back to the community and in particular help children and young people learn and grow. Laura is passionate about ensuring that young people are knowledgeable about the positives and negatives of social media, finances and relationships in preparation for their future.
Simon Gardner – Parent Governor
I have been running businesses as General Manager for over 25 years and am confident in being responsible for multi-million-pound budgets and large teams. I am a co-opted Governor at Brierley Forest, where I have been Link Governor for Finance and Reading. I am also Chair of Trustees for a local Charity.
I have lived in Sutton for nearly 30 years but grew up in a very similar area so understand well the challenges of growing up in a deprived area. I firmly believe that we owe it to our children to give them the skills and the confidence to tackle life head-on with the ability to achieve whatever they want.
Any free time I have is spent with my wife and two boys, cooking, and taking my dog, Hudson, on long walks.