Mick was born and raised in Ashbourne, attending Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School between 1962 and 1969 before moving on to Loughborough college and university. Mick spent his working life in education, both secondary and junior. The last 23 years of his career were spent teaching children with special needs in many Derbyshire Dales schools in both a teaching and advisory role. Mick has been an assistant Old Trust Governor of Queen Elizabeth’s since 2005, serving as a Governor for the school as well as a Trustee for QEGSMAT. Mick is a life member of ARUFC (Ashbourne Rugby Union Football Club) and long serving member of ARSFC (Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Committee). Mick hopes to bring his experience and commitment to serve as a Member of QEGSMAT.
Acting Chair of the Board for Derby Diocese Academy Trust (Substantive position CEO)
Mark has experience of teaching in a variety of Primary settings. He was Headteacher of two Church Primary Schools over a period of ten years. Both schools were placed on the outstanding provider list as result of the Ofsted grade awarded under Mark’s leadership. His schools were also graded as ‘Outstanding Church Schools’ under the Section 48 SIAMS inspection framework on three different occasions during Mark’s tenure.
Mark has worked as a senior advisor for a local authority and has experience of working with a variety of schools, some of which are in extremely challenging contexts. Mark has previously carried out Section 5 and Section 8 inspections in a lead capacity on behalf of Ofsted.
Mark has extensive links across the East Midlands with Teaching Schools and other successful MATs and is committed to effective partnership and collaborative working. Mark has been subject to enhanced DBS disclosures.
Stephen Oliver is the founder and managing director of TrigPoint Coaching and Development Ltd., based in Ashbourne. With over 30 years’ experience in companies such as Unilever, Nabisco, Scottish & Newcastle and Marston’s – with roles from marketing manager to board director – he has a deep understanding of what makes business tick and how to help bring about positive change. He was a Governor of QEGS for 10 years until 2012 and then joined the Board of Manchester Metropolitan University.
A trained coach, he is also a non-executive director for a number of businesses and organisations.
Stephen is a member of the Association for Coaching and a Fellow of the British Institute of Innkeeping.
He is a keen hill-walker and pilot. He has three grown-up daughters, all of whom attended QEGS.
Peter is Chairman of a holding group of companies in the manufacturing, construction and property development sectors. He is also Chairman of three venture capital companies in various sectors that include packaging, food and telecommunications. Over the last ten years he has been a Board member of East Midlands Development Agency, Chairman of Audit Committee, Chairman of Derby Cityscape Regeneration Board, Board Member of D2N2 Local Enterprise and Chairman of Enterprise Zones. Peter has a breadth of private sector business experience and business leadership throughout the last thirty years. He has first hand experience of investment and considerable corporate governance expertise in respect of business and the education sector, where regeneration was invested heavily.
Professor Liz Barnes
Liz became Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at Staffordshire University in April 2016. Her career has been built around leading learning and teaching and the student experience, with a passion for creative and innovative approaches to enhance the student journey and their achievements. Staffordshire University is implementing a major project around the digital journey and digital U maximising the contribution digital technologies can make to University life. Liz has just been invited to join the JISC Board. Previously Liz was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University and Derby University after a long career at Teesside University.
With a commitment to education and young people she is a member of three Multi-academy Trusts and is Chair of Safe and Sound. She is a graduate of Chester University and Sheffield University.