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Governors' Pen Portraits


Mrs D Coleman - Chair

Mrs D Coleman

I have been a governor at Huntingtower for over 25 years. Initially as a parent governor during the time that my 3 children attended the school and more recently as a community governor. 

Along with my husband I have run a successful business since 1980. I am a qualified primary teacher and have a personal interest in many aspects of education which I follow passionately to ensure that the opportunities available to both pupils and staff instill an ongoing thirst for and love of teaching and learning whilst also providing enrichment outside of the classroom to further inspire, develop and nurture skills whether as a teacher or a learner.

I have embraced many changes during my time as a governor and feel privileged to have shared the wonderful experiences afforded to the Huntingtower community over the years.

Mr A Jappy - Community Representative

Mr A Jappy
Community Representative

I have been a governor for just over a year and have a long standing links with the school. My three children attend the school and my wife is employed as an Early Years Practitioner. Having attended the Kings School in Grantham, and studying History at Nottingham Trent University I have maintained strong connections with the local community. 

Working for a leading Legal Insurer and Law Firm, I am responsible for the Corporate Business Development, building partnerships with new Corporate Partners in the insurance, banc assurance and digital markets. With over 15 years’ experience in the General and Legal Insurance market, I have a keen focus on the governance and risk elements in support of the school.   

Outside of work I am a keen golfer and enjoy watching my son’s football and my daughters’ cheerleading competitions. 

Mrs J King - Community Representative

Mrs J King
Community Representative

I am a retired teacher, having taught in both primary and secondary education. I have a particular interest in SEND and in the past have attended courses to update and obtain further qualifications. I have been a governor for many years.

It is a pleasure to continue to work and be associated with an educational establishment.

Mr M Smeed - Parent Governor

Mr M Smeed
Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor at Huntingtower for two years, and Vice Chair for the past twelve months. I have two children, who are both pupils at Huntingtower.

I studied Business Studies and Economics at the University of Edinburgh, qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant, and having spent over 20 years in multi-­‐national organisations in the UK and Europe, is currently a Finance Director within a global division of a multi-­‐orgainisation based in Nottingham. I have brought this experience to my role primarily within the Resources Committee as Chair, and working with our Business Manager and Auditors to improve our approach to governance and controls.

Mrs S Smith - Parent Governor

Mrs S Smith
Parent Governor

I am currently training to be a secondary history teacher with Nottingham Trent University. I have previously worked in the finance sector and now run my own business teaching Art and Creativity to all ages and abilities. 

I have been a  parent governor for over 2 years and my eldest daughter spent 7 happy years at the school, having now moved onto secondary education. My youngest child is now in reception.

I have a degree in Sociology and International Relations and a Diploma of Higher Education in History.

My interests include running, creativity and spending time with friends and family.

Mrs V Stephenson - Staff Governor

Mrs V Stephenson
Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Huntingtower since 2014, having completed a PGCE after a career in retail.

I have been involved in school governance for over a decade having previously been a governor for a local nursery school. My family and I have lived in Grantham since 2005 and my 3 children attend local schools.

I have been a staff governor for 1 year.