Rowsley C of E Primary School
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Our Governors

Mr Adrian Thornhill – Chair of Governors



Mr Adrian Thornhill         Co-opted Governor

Term of office:              03/09/18 - 02/09/22     

Roles & responsibilities:

Chair of Governors                           

Curriculum & Learning Committee

Resources & Finance Committee


Attendance: 2020/2021         100%

Attendance: 2019/2020         100%


Stanton School has played an important part in my life.  My own education began there in the 1970’s and for the past ten years I have served initially as a Foundation Governor and subsequently as a Community Governor.  Having supported the federation between Stanton and Rowsley I was delighted to have been elected Chair of Peak Tor Federation in September 2018.


One of my most important roles as Chair is to help both schools, each with similar characteristics but distinct identities, to learn from and build on each other’s considerable strengths.  I am confident that the experience I have acquired from building and running my own business combined with the specialist knowledge possessed by my fellow governors, many of whom work within the education industry, will help me to achieve this.


I have always believed in the vital importance of primary education.  Not only does it lay the foundations for the skills that are so critical to enable children, ultimately, to lead independent and fulfilling lives but it should also foster a lifelong love of learning for its own sake. I am looking forward to working with the governing body in providing whatever support we can to the Head and her teaching staff in continuing to achieve both of these goals.



Mrs Marianne Quick - Vice-Chair

(Resources & Finance Committee)


Mrs Marianne Quick         Parent Governor

Term of office:              03/09/18 - 02/09/22

Roles & responsibilities:      

Resources & Finance Committee

Equalities Lead Governor


Attendance: 2020/2021            100%

Attendance: 2019/2020            40%


I have been a parent governor at Peak Tor Federation for the past five years since my son began reception class at Rowsley school. My youngest daughter is currently in the Infant class and my eldest daughter has now successfully navigated higher education qualifying as a barrister. I am Vice-Chair of the governing board and lead Governor for Equality & Diversity including mental health and well-being. 


I have previously served as a Local-Authority governor in North-East Derbyshire and work as a full-time national official in the post-16 education sector. Prior to my current role I was a university senior lecturer in Psychology. I have extensive experience of employment legislation and education policy and I’m particularly passionate about the provision of quality, fun and accessible learning at all stages of life regardless of background.


I have a long-term investment in the school as both a parent, governor and a local resident. I am also a member of the Rowsley Village Hall management committee having successfully secured funding for a community cinema.

Alongside my fellow governors, I am committed to supporting the staff and pupils of both schools, so that they can continue to be vibrant and happy places to work and learn at the heart of their local communities .

Mrs Alexia Wyer - Executive Headteacher


Mrs Alexia Wyer          Executive Headteacher

Start of office:               01/01/2021        

Roles & responsibilities:      

Resources & Finance Committee

Curriculum & Learning Committee

Strategic Planning and School Improvement


Attendance: 2020/2021          100%

Attendance: 2019/2020          n/a



I am the Executive Headteacher at Rowsley Church of England Primary School and Stanton in Peak Church of England Primary school – just up the hill. I grew up in Manchester, where I attended my local primary school and then grammar school before completing a Biomedical Sciences degree at Keele University. After my undergraduate degree I moved to Derbyshire to complete a PGCE at Nottingham Trent University and took up my first post in a very large inner city school in Nottingham. I then moved to a large Primary school in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire and then taught for nine years at a middle sized school in Heanor, Derbyshire. This is my first headship where I have taken over for a two-year secondment. 


I am committed to ensure that every single child succeeds and flourishes, not only academically but also socially and spiritually. I believe every pupil should leave primary school a well-rounded individual with all the skills and values needed to contribute to society and live a happy, successful life. I am committed to upholding the ethos and values of our church schools where there is a strong emphasis on the development of the whole child: personal, social, moral and academic.



Mr Mike Lilley

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)


Mike Lilley                   Foundation Governor

Term of office:              03/09/18 - 02/09/22

Roles & responsibilities:      

Curriculum & Learning Committee



Attendance: 2020/2021       100%

Attendance: 2019/2020      100%



Mike is one of the three Foundation Governors of the Federation and is a member of Holy Trinity Church, Stanton In Peak.  He worked in education for many years, initially as a Secondary School teacher, teaching Science and Psychology before moving into the Further Education and Higher Education sector in management roles though retaining some teaching mainly on Teacher Education programmes. In more recent years Mike changed direction and developed a career in the Construction Industry. As one of the Foundation Governors, Mike’s role is to ensure that the Christian ethos underpins all aspects of School life.  A keen walker, Mike also enjoys skiing, church bellringing and motorcycling.


Mrs Samantha Pawley

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)


Samantha Pawley           Parent Governor

Term of office:               03/09/18 - 02/09/22

Roles & responsibilities:      

Curriculum & Learning Committee


Attendance: 2020/2021        100%

Attendance: 2019/2020        100%






I have been a resident of the area all my life, growing up at Congreave, and indeed I was a pupil at Stanton School as a child. Currently living in Birchover, my 2 youngest children, aged 7 and 10, are pupils at Stanton School. My older children are both studying at university.


I have worked as a Teaching Assistant in Infant Schools for the past 14 years.  I gained my HLTA qualification 11 years ago, shortly after completing my degree in Early Childhood Studies.


I have been a member of the Stanton PTA since 2012, and was Chair for 4 years until 2017.  This I feel shows how dedicated and committed I am to supporting Stanton School. I have been a Parent Governor, initially with Stanton School, but now with Peak Tor Federation, for almost 2 years, a role which I enjoy very much.  I have shared responsibility for Parent and Community Engagement and look forward to promoting increased links between both Schools going forward.

Amanda Ibrahim

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)


Amanda Ibrahim            Co-opted Governor

Term of office:              01/12/20 - 02/12/24

Roles & responsibilities:      

Chair of Curriculum & Learning Committee


Attendance: 2020/2021       60%

Attendance: 2019/2020       N/A






I currently have one child in the infant class at Rowsley and my son moved on to Lady Manners in 2020 after joining Rowsley in Year 4. We moved to the area from Derby city in 2017 and it was the best thing we ever did. We love it here! 


I have worked in education since 1999 when I qualified as a primary school teacher. In the years since then I have worked in a range of primary schools, adult education settings and even taught English in Barcelona. 


I currently work for a national awarding organisation as a quality assurance manager ensuring that colleges, schools and other educational providers are compliant with qualification and Ofqual regulations. This means that I have plentiful experience in developing assessment strategies and internal quality assurance procedures which I hope will be of benefit to the federation.


Of course I also love working with children, so am looking forward to spending some time in school as part of this role.

Thomas Hurford

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)


Thomas Hurford            Co-opted Governor       

Term of office:             01/12/20 - 02/12/24

Roles & responsibilities:      

Curriculum & Learning Committee


Attendance: 2020/2021       80%

Attendance: 2019/2020       N/A



Having moved to Warren Carr in 1985 aged two, and now living in Stanton-In-
Peak with my wife and two sons, I consider myself a lifelong resident of the
parish with only university accounting for any significant time away. I have
been a co-opted governor since December 2020 and have a particular
interest in teaching and learning and creativity. My eldest son is currently a
pupil at Stanton-in-Peak.


After training in Furniture and Product Design and working in related
industries, I accepted my first role in education as an Art and Design
technician at Chesterfield College. A natural progression onto a PGCE in
Engineering followed and lead to four years of teaching in secondary schools
across Sheffield and Derbyshire. As a keen advocate of life-long learning, a
period of employment on the Haddon Estate as a carpenter/joiner afforded me
the time to complete a part time MST in the History of Design at the
Department for Continuing Education, Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
Presently my working week is occupied by lecturing at Nottingham Trent
University and working for myself on a range of design and construction
projects. Away from work I enjoy family walks, bike rides, and my latest
hobby, gardening!


High quality education is as defining for the individual as it is for the society
they will contribute to. I am bright and passionate about robust teaching and
learning and very much look forward to supporting the school staff, my
governing colleagues and the wider school community in achieving our
shared goals.

Mrs Rachel Allen-Ashcroft  

(Finance & Resource Committee)

Rachel Allen-Ashcroft       Parent & Safeguarding Governor

Term of office:              01/12/21 

Roles & responsibilities:      Safeguarding, Chair of the Finance & Resource  Committee 


Attendance: 2020/2021        60%

Attendance: 2019/2020        N/A


I have been part of the Governing body at Peak Tor Federation since Dec 2020. My motivation to join the governing body was to share my knowledge, skills and expertise to contribute towards the values, ethos and strategy to support and facilitate the ongoing development and progression of the Federation’s vision and long-term aims. I am currently  the Designated Safeguarding Governor supporting the Executive Head and Designated Safeguarding Leads to ensure we keep children safe, and help them to learn to be safe. My additional roles also include being the nominated Chair for the Finance and Resource sub committee for the Peak Tor Federation,


My son has attended Rowsley School since 2015, and as such, I have been part of the school community within my capacity as a parent. I have been an active volunteer at Rowsley school, volunteering time to support the school with lessons such as gardening, working with the teachers to support their curriculum planning, and engaging with the children to inspire and promote a sense of connection to nature. I have also lobbied local businesses for donations and engaged with fundraising initiatives for the Christmas school Fayres, garden equipment, and donations to support the lost resources in the floods.

My professional background is as an Intensive Care Nurse qualifying in 2004. I have undertaken many roles within a variety of large National Health Service (NHS) Trust organisations moving from Band 5-Band 8A Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Intensive Care Medicine, holding posts as an Advanced Clinical practitioner, nurse, manager, and strategic educational lead. I have also been involved in the teaching delivery within 3 Higher Education Institutions since 2006. I moved into a full time academic post in 2016 at Sheffield Hallam University where I was involved in the teaching delivery for both undergraduate and postgraduate education. I then moved to London South Bank University in 2019 to further my academic Career within Advanced Practice Education.
My current full-time position is as Associate Director for Partnerships & International within the Institute of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University. I am the  Institute's link/ coordinator for all of Health's Post-graduate provision and chair of the CPPD management group. My other wider roles within the University also include being a senior lecturer and module lead for a work-based Learning module and also teaching across advanced practice provision and wider postgraduate module delivery. I am also a local fitness to practice manager.
I can bring all my skills to supporting the children, staff, and fellow governors to uphold and support the Executive Headteacher to achieve high standards of education and opportunities  for all.

Dr Claire Mead – Clerk to Governors


Dr Claire Mead                     Clerk to Governors

Term of office:                    01/03/14 - current     

Roles & responsibilities:      

Clerk to Governors


Attendance: 2020/2021             100%

Attendance: 2019/2020             100%


Claire is the Clerk to the Governors and is employed by Derbyshire County Council to support the governors, by documenting meetings and key decisions made, and providing advice on procedures and legislation. The Clerk to Governors is the only paid member of the governing team. Claire has been Clerk to Governors at Rowsley since 2014, and now to the Governing Body of the Peak Tor Federation starting in 2018. She originally qualified as a Conservation Biologist in 2008. She is now a full time parent and lives in Rowsley with her family and four house bunnies. Her daughter attends Rowsley C. of E. Primary School.