Shak is the Deputy Director of Business for the Board of Education. A qualified accountant his area of expertise is finance, but he also works within an educational organisation being an employee of the Derby Diocesan Board of Education.
Sue is an experienced Additional Inspector and an independent educational consultant as well an experienced infant teacher, her specialist area being Primary Education including the Early Years Foundation Stage. Sue taught for twenty-seven years, in infant and primary schools, including almost seven years as a headteacher.
Sue’s inspection experience is extensive and varied having participated in more than 400 inspections over 19 years. Sue has reported on all subjects and areas covered in the different Ofsted frameworks.
Sue has worked in schools abroad including New York and Dubai, focusing on EYFS and KS1 and still works for several local schools helping them with self evaluation activities and preparing for inspection.
Andrew is a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He hold a Master Degree in Contracts Law and has worked in property and construction companies for 35 years mainly in senior leadership and management roles both in the UK and Overseas. Currently, Andrew runs his own business, based in the UK specialising in dispute resolution and providing contractual support to both clients and contractor’s throughout the Middle East.
Andrew has had a long association with Ashbourne having been born in Derbyshire and currently resides in Stanton. He has two grown up children and is interested in supporting the Trust to ensure the wellbeing of the pupils and maintaining the reputation of the school into the future.
Vickie has almost 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in both Church of England and community primary schools across Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire. She currently works for Lichfield Diocese Board of Education as an adviser to the Church of England schools within the diocese. Vickie’s extensive experience as a leader of the Early Years Foundation Stage has become a key focus in her role with the LDBE. She delivers training for the Diocesan Board of Education to both teaching staff and Local Governing Board members, across a variety of school settings. She has a degree in Theology & Religious Studies.
Vickie has served as a foundation governor in two Staffordshire schools over the past 10 years, with a focus on strengthening church and community links. She has a daughter and a son, both of whom attended Waterhouses Primary and now attend QEGS.
Phil is a Chartered Accountant and a business advisor working with a wide range of companies. He specialises in finance and corporate governance and works with a group of colleagues with diverse skills in order to provide a complete service to clients. In this role he is a Director of UK Business Advisors Limited and Chair of Midland Group Business Advisors.
Until recently he was a Director and latterly Chair of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce which supports over 4,200 businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Prior to this he ran businesses in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and prior to this served as the Finance Director for companies across the north of England.
His passion is to help young people develop their skills so they are prepared for a life in their chosen career. To support this aim he is a member of the North Derbyshire Area Board of Young Enterprise.
Until recently Rose was the Commercial Lead for Educational Leadership and Management, Pathway Leader, MA Education: Leadership Coaching and Mentoring and held Programme Leader responsibilities at the Institute of Education, University of Derby. Rose is now developing her own path in leadership development in educational settings. Her previous experience covers the private sector for healthcare, the quarry industry and in the public sector for housing associations and county councils. Rose values Continuing Professional Development and her professional training includes the cognitive sciences.
Rose holds Chartered Member status with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Her work in educational leadership development, alongside her understanding of organisational design are aspects which she hopes will contribute to the QEGSMAT philosophy of the child at the centre of their learning. She believes at the heart of achieving this is continuous improvement and bringing a systemic and lifelong learning perspective to enabling the child. Therefore also believing any adult engagement with a child in school can influence what becomes of that child for the rest of their life.
A graduate of Lancaster University, Simon has a degree in Politics and International Relations and has worked in Human Resources for 21 years, 18 of which in leadership and management roles around the world, including 8 months in Paris and 2 years in Zurich. He has always worked in large blue chip multinational companies including Peugeot and ALSTOM, joining Rolls-Royce PLC in Derby in 2010 and moving to the Ashbourne area in that same year. He has 4 years of experience as a Trustee Director of the current Rolls-Royce pension scheme.
Providing opportunities for young people and watching them grow has always been a major part of Simon’s work, from recruitment and development, running Graduate Training schemes and kick starting apprenticeship schemes, it has been a constant theme and focus, including a period as Regional Chair of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board for the East Midlands.
Simon is keen to give more back to society, particularly to assist with providing opportunities for others. He joined Derby College Board in 2016. He is passionate about the development of young people and brings this to his role of Trustee for QEGSMAT.
Hereward has previously chaired both the Achievement & Standards and Resources Committees and has been a Governor at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for over 10 years. His qualifications include Bachelor of Laws, Barrister and Chartered Accountant. Hereward’s extensive commercial experience as a finance director helps him to identify and focus on the key factors essential to make progress in achieving an organisation’s objectives, and gives him some insight into the difficulties encountered in complex management structures such as schools. His financial management experience is very useful to the Trust in the current financial climate. He has also overseen the IT and HR functions in organisations, and is accustomed to the management and use of critical secure data in accounting, CRM and ERM systems. Overall his broad experience helps him to understand the importance of factors beyond academic grades in getting employment, developing a career and making a success of life.
Jane Shepherd MBE
Jane is the managing director of Shepherd PR, a locally based public relations consultancy.
The company provides a strong CSR programme primarily focused on offering opportunities to young people, including structured work experience placements and mentoring. It also operates a successful in-house apprenticeship scheme, which is now in its fourth year.
A graduate of the University of Keele, Jane was an officer in the Royal Air Force’s Journalism and Public Relations 7644 Squadron. She also worked as a newspaper reporter at The Sentinel in Stoke-on-Trent.
In 2015, Jane was awarded a Visiting Industrial Fellowship from Aston University and she was appointed an Export Champion for the Midlands Engine by the Department of International Trade in 2017.
Keith was a Foundation Governor of the Old Trust at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School serving as Chair of the Achievement and Standards Committee for 2 of those years. Before retiring in 2009, he was a teacher at QEGS joining the school in 1978 and was Head of Maths for 18 years. Keith’s daughter and step children all attended the school before continuing their education at University and are now successfully pursuing their chosen careers. Before her retirement in 2016, Keith’s wife also taught at the school.
Keith is also active in the local community, living in Ashbourne and being an Executive Officer of Clifton Cricket Club which has a large and successful Junior Section. He maintains a keen interest in education and is pleased to be bringing his long experience to the role of Trustee.