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

Mrs A Robinson

Type: Community

Roles : 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

Mr S Dillon


Type: Community

Roles : Full Governors: Vice 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 has worked in financial services for the past 34 years. He is a mortgage and insurance broker helping people buy homes, save money and protect themselves and their belongings. His eldest daughter previously attended Beech Academy, he’s been involved with us since 2016 and has also held two previous governor roles. He brings his financial acumen and people skills to help improve outcomes for young people.

He lives in Mansfield, his wife works in a local primary school and his youngest daughter attends a local secondary school.

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

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

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 –