Lorraine Doyle - Chair of Governors
Sarah Shortt - Vice Chair of Governors
Lee Simpson - Associate Governor
Carol Flach - Clerk to Governors
Lorraine joined the Governing Board as a parent governor in 2008 when her eldest child started at Denefield. She became Chair of Governors in 2009. She is also Chair of Governors at Downsway school, a local partner primary school. Lorraine has joined the Interim Executive Board of Phoenix College, an SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) Special School in Reading.
She is also a National Leader of Governance and has undertaken specialist NLG work with a number of Reading schools. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales and worked for PWC Reading as a Corporate Tax manager before having children. In her spare time Lorraine volunteers for Age UK.
Appointed 13/07/16, term of office 12/07/20.
Joanna Jackson has worked at Denefield School since 2012 and has been the Transition and Engagement Leader since 2013. She has two children who both attend Denefield School. Prior to joining the Denefield governing body, Joanna was on the governing body of a local primary school for eight years. She joined the governing body as she believes that everybody within a school community should work in unison to improve the outcomes for young people. Appointed 09/12/15, term of office 08/12/19.
Steve became a Govenor in January 2016. He lives in Tilehurst and works at the University of Reading. Steve is passionate about raising the educational aspirations of young people and widening participation in higher education. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geograpical Society and of the Higher Education Academy. Steve is also a trustee of Aspire2, an educational charity that aims to raise educational aspirations amongst children in South Reading. Appointed 27/01/16, term of office 26/01/20.
Nikki has been a governor at Denefield since 2010. She is a HR Manager at a local Independent School, that has close links with Denefield. Nikki is a member of the Co-ordinating committee and has previously served on the Finance committee. Nikki is a parent to two children at the school. Nikki is the safeguarding governor. 11/02/15, term of office 10/02/19.
Sarah joined Denefield School Governing Board initially as a Parent Governor in 2006 and has been Vice-Chair since then. She is a member of all the School’s Committees; The Joint Consultative Committee, Co-Ordinating Group, Standards and Finance, Pay, Personnel, Premises & Audit Committees, as well as acting as H&S Governor on the H&S Monitoring Group. Outside of Denefield her past experience includes clerking and being a member of an Interim Executive Board, both roles in Primary Schools in the Reading area. She also served as Chair of Governors for a time in a large Reading town centre Primary. Sarah provides governance support in her role as Governor Services Officer at Reading Borough Council, where she works closely to train and provide advice, guidance and support to Clerks, Chairs and Governors. Appointed 11/02/15, term of office 10/02/19.
Harvey’s background is in education, with particular expertise in international education systems, having worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia advising governments and institutions as well as in management positions. Before this he was a secondary school teacher in Liverpool and has also been a teacher trainer. He has a PhD from Reading University and has lived in Reading since 1997. He is a member of the Standards Committee.
Mrs Hillyard became Headteacher in September 2015. Prior to this she was sole Deputy Head at Denefield School, appointed to this post in January 2014, having been Assistant Head responsible for the pastoral development of the school since September 2008, including behaviour, attendance, safeguarding and the construction of the House system and then Vertical tutoring. Whilst being the lead professional on a number of committees within school, she also joined the PRU management committee in West Berks for one year.
In advance of taking up post as AHT, she was Head of KS3 and Head of KS4 for a period of one year in each role and taught an array of subjects including: PE, sociology, mathematics, religious studies, history and geography.
Before arriving at Denefield as a PE teacher and Head of Year in 2002, she taught as a PE teacher at Prospect School and was promoted after her first year to Deputy Head of Year and PSHE co-ordinator.
Melissa joined Denefield in September 2009 having worked at Wallingford School as Head of Year 11 previously. Initially her role at Denefield was as Director of Personal Development, she then became Head of House when the House system was introduced. Following that she became Assistant Head: English and Literacy leading the English department before her promotion to Deputy Head in 2015.
Rupert is Deputy Head Co-Curricular and a Teacher of Geography at Pangbourne College. He has a BSc (Hons) Geography and Movement Studies from the University of Surrey and a PGCE Physical Education from Brunel University London. Rupert is a member of the Standards Committee as well as the Full Governing Board. Appointed 23/03/16, term of office 22/03/20.
Steve has a degree in property (B.Prop) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and has worked in the property sector since his graduation in 1994. He has variously held roles in day to day property management as a Shopping Centre Manager in NZ (1994-1999), as a Property Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle in the UK (1999-2005), as an Asset Manager of Shopping Centres for British Land (2005-2013), and as an Asset Manager for Kennedy Wilson a multinational property company head-quartered in Los Angeles (2013-current). Steve is a member of the Finance, Premises, Personnel, Pay and Audit Committee as well as the Full Governing Board. Appointed 14/12/16, term of office 13/12/20.
Lee joined Denefield in September 2012 having worked previously at Kingsdown School in Swindon, as Head of English, Drama and Media. Initially his role at Denefield was as Assistant Headteacher responsible for Learning and Teaching. He has since been promoted to the position of Director of Teaching, Learning and Strategic Partnerships and works as the Secondary Lead for the Berkshire Teaching Alliance.
George became a Governor in July 2018. He is an officer in the British Army, and lives and works in Hermitage. George has volunteered in education for a number of years, mainly working with Oxfizz, an educational charity helping students from Access backgrounds to prepare applications for top UK universities. Before this, he was a Charity Trustee of King’s College, Cambridge. Outside of this, George enjoys reading and outdoor activities.
Carol has been clerk to governor at Denefield since 2012; she is also clerk to governors at Downsway primary school and undertakes the clerking role to the Executive Committee at St Mary and All Saints primary school. Carol’s background is in international development and research having worked for CfBT Education Trust for over eighteen years supporting and developing education projects in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. She works part time for a youth development charity supporting youth exchange and volunteering programmes in Africa and South America. Carol has completed the National Clerks’ Development Programme with the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the Accredited Clerks' Programme with West Berkshire Local Authority.
Steven lives in Tilehurst and works within Financial Services as a Senior Consultant for a Reading based firm. He lives with his wife and three children, two of which attend Denefield; his youngest attends St Pauls Primary School. Other members of the family include his two chickens. Steven is of Italian origin, born in the Italian Dolomites north of Italy, he moved to the UK when he was eight years old. Following University, Steven joined Barclays Bank and has spent the last 18 years working within financial services in the UK, Belgium and Italy. Steven has a passion for education, having spent time in Italy teaching English; he also sits as a Parent Governor for St Pauls primary school. He believes strongly in ensuring all children receive the best possible education and that the role of teaching is one of the most important professions, as they drive and influence how young children develop into adults. In his spare time, Steven enjoys running, cooking and spending time with his family.