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. Nick can be contacted at the following address: Mr N Linney, Chair of Governors, C/O The Samworth Church Academy, Sherwood Hall Road, Mansfield, Notts.  NG18 2DY


Mrs Lisa McVeigh, Ex Officio

Lisa joined Sherwood Hall School as a humanities teacher in 2002, later being appointed as Head of History and then Head of Humanities, later incorporating a four term secondment to the Senior Leadership Team. She began work in the Academy as Lead Teacher of Teaching and Learning in the Hardwick School and was appointed to the Senior Leadership Team in September 2009. She formerly taught at The Chafford School in the London Borough of Havering. After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an honours degree in History in 2000, she completed her teacher training at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has taught History, Geography and Religious Studies, including history at A-Level.


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 lifelong resident of Mansfield but has always been actively involved in the local community.  He has been the Vice Chairman of the Governing Body as a Parent Governor and Chairman of the Parent Teacher Association at High Oakham Middle School as well as being a local Education Authority Governor as several schools over many years.  He has, in the past, served for many years both in the Special Constabulary and St John Ambulance as well as serving in the RAFVR(T) as Officer Commanding 303 Sqn ATC.  Michael is also former Chair of the Board of the Mansfield CVS.  Since retiring from his full time occupation as an Offset Lithographic Metal Decorator, he has studied Theology at the University of Wales (Lampeter) and been heavily involved in his local church currently as the treasurer.  He is also heavily involved with Rotary International serving in many positions both within his Club and District latterly as the District Governor.  He covers an area from Barnsley in the north to Castle Donington in the south and Market Rasen in the east to Buxton in the west and with Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland as a Facilitator and as an assistant        Co-ordinator for the Rotary Youth Programme.


Miss Caroline Whitty, Sponsor Governor

Caroline has spent the majority of her working life in HR Management within the Food industry. For the last twelve years she has been working in education within the academies sector.  Initially Caroline workied on behalf of Sir David Samworth managing the setup and build of The Samworth Church Academy and his two other East Midlands based academies.  She served on all three governing bodies.  Caroline then went on to be Executive Director of the Independent Academy Association (IAA), an independent membership organisation dedicated to supporting the leaders of academies. She now works as a consultant and as well as continuing to work for the Samworth family, current work includes being Editor of MyAcademy Magazine and Company Secretary of The National Induction Panel for Teachers (NIPT).


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.


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

Val's teaching career began in 1968 at Sherwood Hall Girls Grammar School in Mansfield and this was followed by teaching at other schools in the Nottingham area.  Val retired early in 1998 as Deputy Head Teacher of Redhill School to have four major spinal operations.  A few years later, after a full recovery, Val volunteered to teach English as a second language in Nottingham Prison for a few weeks, but this was followed by an offer of a contract, so she continued teaching various subjects there for six years.  Val is a very experienced School Governor, having been Chair of Governors at Roundwood Primary School prior to its amalgamation.  She has been a Rotarian for 25 years and became District Governor for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in 2010, the first female to hold this office in 62 years!  Val is a Trustee of Headway, the brain injury charity and was also a principal organiser for the Poppy Appeal in Nottingham city centre for six years.  Val has a love of India and raises funds here to implement projects to provide clean drinking water, finance the building of houses  for Below Poverty Line families and improve schools in tribal villages and the Hyderabad slums.  Since 2007 Val has spent several weeks in India each year teaching, advising and enabling children to have a better life through education.


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.

Jane Lewis, Sponsor Governor

Jane began teaching Religious Education in a secondary school in Doncaster in 1983.  After 7 years she moved to Nottinghamshire to become head of Religious Studies at Arnold Hill School, Nottingham.  In 2003 she began working for the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham as a school's adviser supporting both primary and secondary church schools with the development of RE, collective worship and Christian distinctiveness.  She has an MA in Religious Education, graduating in 2009.  Jane has 2 daughters, one a primary school teacher and the other an artist and designer.  Over many years involvement in education, not just professionally but as a parent, Jane has become passionate about schools being equipped to deliver the very best education to every child and young person, supporting each one to develop their unique skills and talents along with a resilience to face the opportunities and challenges of life in the 21st century.