Meet Our Governors

Claire-Marie Cuthbert

Type: CEO

Claire-Marie is the Trusts’ new CEO and has over 15 years of leadership experience in some of the country’s most challenging schools including both primary and secondary contexts. She graduated from Sunderland University with a first class honours degree in education and began her teaching career in Stockton-On-Tees. Her outstanding classroom practice was quickly recognised with Advanced Skills Teacher status in 2002. From there Claire-Marie became a trouble shooter for failing schools and departments across the region and also advised the DfE and QCDA on innovative curriculum models and personalised pathways for students. Claire-Marie has published many articles and journals on Teaching and Learning as well as various pieces on transformational leadership. She is passionate about social mobility and improving life chances of young people through quality first teaching and outstanding leadership. She has been recognised nationally by TES Teaching Awards for her outstanding contribution to challenging urban education.

Start 01/09/16

Mr A O’Malley

Type: Headteacher

Roles : Full Governors

Adrian studied at Nottingham Trent and Loughborough Universities gaining a BSc in Sports Science and a PGCE in Physical Education with QTS. He began teaching at The Brunts Academy in 2003 where he progressed through the roles of class teacher, Assistant Curriculum Team Leader, Director of Learning and then Assistant Head teacher. In 2013 he supported Beech as an interim Head of School for Beech Hill and then in 2014 became Head of School of the Beech Academy and is now the Headteacher.

In his spare time Adrian enjoys spending time with his family, friends and taking part in a range of outdoor sports/activities particularly mountain biking.

Adrian is looking forward to helping The Beech Academy grow and develop allowing all students to achieve their full potential.

Start Date 01/06/2014

Mrs P Camidge

Type: Community

Roles : Full Governors: Chair

Portfolio Member: Standards & Effectiveness

Linked to: T2T Staff CPD Strategies and English/Literacy, Child Protection/Safeguarding, LAC and Pupil premium, RE and Collective Worship

Penny was born in Shrewsbury but moved to Nottinghamshire when she was 7 years old. She was educated in the Hucknall area and entered the workforce immediately upon leaving school at 16 years of age. Her initial employment allowed her to train ‘on the job’ and she attended Clarendon College.

After a number of years, Penny decided to change careers and returned to college to study A-levels. After successfully completing these A-levels, she attended Nottingham Trent University where she studied on an accelerated degree course – a BA (hons) Degree in Humanities. This was followed by a year at Sheffield Hallam University to gain her PGCE which would allow her to teach.

Penny’s teaching career began in Derbyshire and eventually she moved to work at Oakdale Learning Centre, Mansfield where she developed expertise in Behaviour Support, Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD and preparing information for Education Health Care (EHC) Plan Assessments. She also gained her SENCo qualification as part of her continuing studies towards an MA. Penny was appointed ‘Teacher in Charge’ of the Learning Centre in 2014.

Penny became a governor at the Beech Academy in 2015.

Start Date 11/03/2015 – End Date 10/03/2019

Mr R Smith

Type: Community

Roles : Full Governors: Vice Chair

Portfolio Member: Standards & Effectiveness

Linked to: Behaviour and Anti-Bullying, Health and Safety

Roy was born in Derbyshire. In his early twenties, he moved to live in Pleasley and worked in Teversal. He moved to Mansfield in 1979. He has worked in the agricultural and care sectors and latterly the coal mining industry where he held a variety of posts before training/studying to eventually become a safety engineer.

Roy has been involved in governance since the 1960’s. His first experience of being a governor was during the period his children were in the education system. He became a governor again when his grandchildren attended school. Over the years he has witnessed first-hand the changes within the education system and the changing demands on governors.

Roy has always been heavily involved in the community and voluntary sectors in his spare time. He was involved with the St John’s Ambulance for 27 years and became a Divisional Officer. He was a Union Official for many years including being Chairman of the regional section and he has worked as a Scout Leader.

Roy is the Vice Chair of the Beech Academy Local Governing Body and Link Governor for Behaviour, Anti-Bullying and Exclusion

Start Date 07/01/2013 – End Date 06/01/2017

Mrs A Robinson

Type: Community

Roles : Vice-chair, Full Governors

Portfolio Member: Standards & Effectiveness

Linked to: T2T PDWB, Specialist Provision (Westfield), RECD, PSHE with Citizenship

Amanda was born and raised in Derbyshire, educated at the local comprehensive school before moving to the local sixth form college, where she studied engineering. She joined the Nottinghamshire Police in April 1987 and moved to Mansfield in August 1987.

Amanda has worked all over the county of Nottinghamshire. For the last 10 years she has worked with local Schools and the Youth Offending Service to prevent youth crime and to be responsible for dealing with young people as both victims and offenders. She retired from Nottinghamshire Police in May 2015 after completing 28 years of service.

Amanda retains a keen interest in the education of young people and still works part-time for the Life Skills education company delivering the D.A.R.E programme to local primary schools.

Amanda is looking forward to her role as School Governor. She believes every child deserves every opportunity to experience the best education possible and is committed to supporting the school, staff parents and pupils to achieve that goal.

Start Date 17/06/2015 – End Date 16/06/2019

Mrs R Thrower

Type: Community

Roles : Full Governors

Portfolio Member: Standards & Effectiveness

Linked to: T2T Assessment, Marking & Assessment, Complaints

Rachel was born locally and has lived in Mansfield for 47 years. She has two sons, both of whom have attended the Brunts Academy

Rachel was educated at a local comprehensive schools and at West Notts College and holds a degree in Counselling, specialising in Bereavement Counselling for Children. She has worked in the Healthcare sector for 19 years (hospital, nursing home and funeral services), the public sector and also in the voluntary sector.

Rachel first became a Governor in 2008 at Brunts and has proceeded to serve as Governor at a number of other local schools (primary and special phases). She is currently Vice Chair at the Brunts Academy.

She finds the role of Governor to be very challenging yet very rewarding in many ways

Start Date 17/12/2013 – End Date 15/03/2017

Mr S Dillon


Type: Community

Roles : Full Governors: Chair

Portfolio Member: Standards & Effectiveness

Linked to: T2T Numeracy and Maths

Steve was born and raised in Mansfield. He was educated at Carter Lane, Ravensdale & Sherwood Hall schools and after completing his A-levels he joined TSB bank.

During 30 years at TSB & Lloyds bank he spent 17 of them in branch & senior managerial roles as well as providing all speeds of financial advice. He is currently a Mortgage Adviser with Reeds Rains in Derby. He has held two governor roles previously and is keen to bring his financial acumen and people skills to improving outcomes for young people.

He lives in Mansfield and his two children attend local schools

Start Date 02/12/2015 – End Date 10/12/2019

Mrs J Preston

Type: Parent

Roles : Full Governors

Portfolio Member: Standards & Effectiveness

Linked to: Attendance, CEIAG

Janine was born and raised in Mansfield. All her education was at the local primary and secondary schools. She left school at 16 following her exams and entered the workforce on an apprenticeship. She then proceeded to work in both the retail and community sectors and continued with her training, taking NVQ qualifications whilst she worked, to help with her chosen career pathway.

Janine became involved with the Parents Forum and has been on the Planning Committee for the Annual Parents Conference for Parents/Carers of Children with Disability. She became a Parent Governor at Beech Academy in 2013 and is a Link Governor for Attendance.

As a governor and parent, Janine is committed to supporting the work of the school and staff to improve the outcomes for all pupils, their parents and families.

Start Date 01/02/2013 – End Date 31/01/2017

Mrs Sarah Dunsbee

Type: Parent

Roles : Full Governors

Portfolio Member: Standards & Effectiveness

Linked to: Healthy Eating, Uniform

Sarah and her family have lived in Nottinghamshire for many years and moved to live in Mansfield 3 years ago. She was a staff nurse for 20 years and completed her training at Nottingham City Hospital and Chester Hospital.

Both she and her husband have represented Great Britain at swimming and in their spare time they are still heavily involved in sport: teaching, coaching, mentoring, organising, etc. Last year her family swam a channel relay across the English Channel, raising over 6k for Autism East Midlands. Sarah is now self-employed and works as a swimming water polo and open water swimming tutor and has also worked with British Fencing.

Sarah has been a governor before and is looking forward to her role as an Academy Governor and being able to contribute to the development and progress of the young people of The Beech Academy

Start Date 13/07/2016  – End Date 12/07/2020

Maria Wills

Type: Community

Roles : Full Governors

Portfolio Member: Standards & Effectiveness

Linked to: CEIAG and Annual Reviews

Maria was born and raised in Nottinghamshire. After completing her B.Ed (Hons) Home Economics at Bath College of Higher Education, her first teaching post was in Plymouth.

In 1993, Maria moved back to Nottingham with her husband and started teaching in West Bridgford. In 2007, Maria moved to work for Nottinghamshire County Council as an Assistant SEN Officer and was quickly promoted to a Senior SEN Officer. Her work included work with families whose young people had a Statement of SEN/Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan).

Maria also worked closely with schools, both special and mainstream as well as a wide range of other professionals including Educational Psychologists, Social Workers, health professionals etc.

In 2016 Maria left the Council and now works for an Independent Alternative Provider of Education.

Maria has always wanted to become involved in the governance of a school and was delighted to be appointed to the Local Governing Body of The Beech Academy in November 2016.

Start Date 30/11/2016 – End Date 15/03/17

Ricky Potts

Type: Staff

Roles : Full Governors

Portfolio Member: Standards & Effectiveness

Linked to: Examination, Student Voice

Ricky was born and raised in Nottingham and has always worked in Mansfield. He completed his studies at New College Nottingham where he was successful in gaining a BTECH National Diploma in Computer Studies.

Ricky has been working with SEN students since 2001. Initially, he worked with children with complex physical and sensory needs utilising a wide range of high-tech and low-tech equipment to help the children access the world around them. Ricky began his employment at Beech in 2004 and has introduced students to the world of Computers, Photography and Media.  Outside of work he likes endurance riding and looking after horses.

Being a new governor, he is looking forward to making a positive contribution to improving outcomes for the young people of Beech Academy.

Start Date 30/11/2016 – End Date 29/11/2020

Louise Ingleby

Type: Community

Roles: Full governors

Louise lives locally to the academy and went to school in the area so knows the catchment area of the academy.

Louise trained as a chef through the apprenticeship scheme and has worked in a variety of local school kitchens. Louise was the school chef at the Beech Academy for several years where she was responsible in a large uptake in the number of students taking school meals.  Louise won best in category for dinner lady in Mansfield Chad’s Best in Schools awards 2015.  Louise left the Beech Academy to work in a large kitchen at Mapplewells Primary School in Sutton-in-Ashfield where she is the school chef of a larger kitchen.

Louise enjoyed her time at the Beech Academy and wanted to remain involved with the school so was co-opted to be a community governor.

Start date: 19/07/17 –