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.
Nominated by the Universities
Dr Syed Mohyuddin (Nottingham Trent)
Nominated by Nottingham City Council
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 (Chair, School Committee)
As a Governor, Philippa is Chair of the School Committee and Link Governor for Marketing. A former student of Wakefield Girls’ High School and Huddersfield New College, she completed a degree in pharmacy at the University of Portsmouth and subsequently joined Boots The Chemists to register as a pharmacist in 1988. She spent the next ten years as a retail general manager leading teams from 4 to 400 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 No7, 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 multi-channel 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 & dietary supplements and medical device portfolio. Since 2014 Philippa has been leading omni-channel 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.
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.
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.
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.
Basheera is from South Africa and obtained a dental degree from the University of the Western Cape in 1994. Upon qualifying, she came to the UK for a European work-travel experience and worked for two years in North Nottinghamshire. Returning to Cape Town in 1996, she worked at a primary prevention satellite clinic attached to the University's dental faculty. During this time she was also an associate in a private practice. After getting married in 1998, she moved to Nottingham to join her husband. In 2002, she completed an LLM in (Legal Aspects of Medical Practice) at the University of Cardiff. Her role as a dental associate included additionally; compliance, legal and clinical management of the practice. Mum of two Nottingham High School boys, she is a literacy volunteer at a school in West Bridgford and a keen runner.
Sharmini studied at Huddersfield Grammar School before embarking upon a career in Medicine at Birmingham University, graduating in the Class of 1999. She spent a number of years working in Birmingham before moving to Nottingham where she trained to become a General Practitioner. She currently works part time in General Practice and spends the rest of her working day running her business in partnership with her husband. Sharmini is also a Trustee of the Hindu Temple in Beeston and manages the publicity and marketing function for the temple. She has recently become a champion for the Big Appeal, the Nottingham University Children's Hospital Charity. She has two sons and a daughter aged 9 years, 11 years and 13 years. All three attend Nottingham High School, the youngest started at Lovell House, the eldest at Junior School and her daughter was one of the first girls to join Year 7 this academic year. She is a keen sports fan, she enjoys going to the gym and keeping fit. She likes watching tennis, and has attended many sporting events. She particularly enjoys travelling and has ventured to many destinations with kids in tow!
Dr Gail Walton
Gail is a local GP having been at the same practice in Ilkeston for 30 years. Gail and John have three children, with both boys being educated at the High School (2002-2009 and 2006 - 2017) and a daughter at the Girls High School (2004 – 2011). Gail went to school in South Yorkshire and studied medicine at the University of Bristol, moving to Nottingham in 1983 whilst John was working at Boots. Particular professional interests are in the business side of general practice as well as in supporting GPs through appraisal and mentorship and, through working with the Royal College of GPs, those practices struggling with CQC inspections. Personal interests are time spent on the sidelines of sports pitches (particularly at Valley Road over the past 15 years) and a desire to get back to running and general fitness! As a Governor lead for safeguarding she is keen to support the excellent strategy and support that School already has in place.
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.