The Samworth Church Academy

The Board of Governors at The Samworth Church Academy

 

Nick Linney, Chair of Governors

Nick Linney is Chairman of W & J Linney Limited, a family business founded in 1851 by William Linney and now in its sixth generation. During those six generations the business has been involved in many different activities retuning itself many times in order to serve ever-changing customer needs.

W & J Linney has now evolved into Linney Group with an annual turnover of £80m and sees itself as a company that offers solutions in the marketing services fields – creative, marketing insight, print procurement, document and data management, distribution and stock management. Nick’s hobbies include family businesses, golf, skiing and motor sport.

   

Mr Barry Found, Ex Officio

Barry was previously working within the Outwood Grange Academies Trust as Academy Principal, having led two schools, (Ripon College in North Yorkshire and Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster) through periods of transformational change and improvement. He has worked in schools predominantly in the South Yorkshire area, particularly Barnsley and Doncaster, beginning his career as a Chemistry teacher and subsequently as a Head of Science and into Senior Leadership.

   

Mr Stephen Garner, Local Authority Governor

Stephen was elected to represent Mansfield South division in June 2009 and re-elected in May 2013. Mansfield South Division consists of Berry Hill, Eakring, Ravensdale and Portland wards with over 10,000 homes in the area. He is a member of the Independent Group at County Hall and also a District Councillor at Mansfield District Council.

Born in Newark on Trent in 1956, he moved to Mansfield as a child and attended Windmill Ridge, Carter Lane and Ravensdale Secondary schools which have all changed names now. He has worked as a plumber since leaving school and was self employed from 1983 until 2008.

   

Mr Nigel Spraggins, Sponsor Governor

Nigel is responsible for delivering the mission and ministry strategy of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. He oversees the implementation of diocesan policies, administration and support and applies the strategic steer for diocesan business.

As a member of the Bishop’s Staff he leads a team of six Departmental Directors: Parish Support, Communications, Ministry & Mission,Partnerships and Mission, Education and Finance. Nigel is especially concerned to maintain good collaborative links with all deanery and parish leaders as well as other local dioceses and secular partners.

   

Mr Michael Longdon, Sponsor Governor

Michael is a Mansfield resident and is actively involved with the Rotary Club, Age UK in Nottingham, St John’s Ambulance and he’s a church warden. 

   

Mrs Samantha Sykes, Parent Governor

Samantha has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services since 1994 as a Registered Mental Nurse and for the last 10 years also as a senior manager. As part of working for the NHS, governance and accountability are key priorities and Samantha believes that these skills can be utilised in her role as Parent Governor.  Samantha is passionate about children and young people's emotional and mental wellbeing and believes strongly in the role of education providers in ensuring that children and young people develop emotional resilience and the skills to cope with life's challenges, whilst also being able to achieve educationally. Samantha has two children, one of whom attends The Samworth Church Academy.

   

Mr T Robinson, Staff Governor

Tyrone is the staff governor at the Academy.  Tyrone joined the Academy in 2012 as a Science Technician and became a staff governor in September 2015 on top of his role in Student Voice/Leadership. He studied Zoology at Aberystwyth University and while there taught karate on campus and a local primary school.

Mrs Valerie Leivers, Co-opted Governor

Valerie began her teaching career in 1968 at Sherwood Hall Girls Grammar School, Mansfield and subsequently, Carlton Le Willows Technical Grammar School, Gedling Comprehensive School and ended her school teaching career in 1998 as Deputy Headteacher at Redhill School in Arnold, Nottingham.  Valerie completed three further Diplomas and taught a variety of subjects at H M Prison Nottingham for six years. Valerie was also Chair of Governors at Roundwood Primary school.  Valerie has been a Rotarian for 21 years and was District Governor for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in 2010 – 11, the only female to hold this office in 62 years!  She spends several weeks each year in India financing and working on projects to help the poor. Valerie is also the Royal British Legion Co-ordinator for Rotary in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. 

Mr Michael Arlington

Michael is Chair of Finance and member of Southwell and Nottingham Diocese Bishops Council (2003 to present) and member of the Diocesan Board of Education (2004 to present). He is Vice Chairman of Archbishops Council Finance Committee, Chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Archbishops' Simplification Task Group. He is Lay Canon at Southwell Minister and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society.

Formerly a partner with Deloitte and director and Chairman of several food businesses. His three UK dairy farms produce over 7 million litres of milk, mostly for Stilton cheese.

He is Chairman of Keframa actively raising £500,000 to build and operate a secondary school in Northern Uganda.