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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and for each Governor.

Chair of Governors

Keith Howells

Parent Governor


Vice Chair of Governors

Alun Rowlands

Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities: Health and Safety, Safer Recruitment, Finance and Personnel Committee

 "I am a volunteer Associate Priest at St. John's and All Saints churches. My family and I have lived in Mickleover for 35 years and my three children all spent their Infant and Junior school years at the Ravensdale Schools. I now have five grandchildren of school age although not at Ravensdale.

My professional career was in management positions for various businesses and I now aim to bring these skills to the school through the Governing Body.

I am passionate in assisting the staff in our joint aim of continually improving our school for your children's education and facilitating important supportive links to the local community."


Lorna Blanchenot


I have been a teacher for 27 years and have worked in many schools, including the largest British International School in Thailand. I have a range of experience throughout the Primary phase having taught all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 during my teaching career. I have held a variety of management roles since 1995, now being very proud to be the Head Teacher of our school since November 2017. Part of my role as a Governor is to ensure the Full Governing Board have a clear understanding of the ways in which we are striving to improve the academic, social and everyday lives of all the children who pass through our doors.


Clare Penter

Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities: Safeguarding and Early Years


Judith Witcomb

Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities: SEND, Link Training and Finance and Personnel Committee

  "I was a teacher of English for speakers of other languages and I worked for Derby Adult Learning Service. Now I still work in the service but as a support worker assisting students with their learning. My family and I have lived in Mickleover for 38 years and both our children went to Ravensdale schools. During their childhood I was a Governor at Ravensdale Juniors and my husband was Governor at the Infants. I am a practical person and enjoy being of practical help in school doing things like hearing readers and helping with school trips. I am SEN Governor and work closely with staff and the SENCO on this subject. I hope I can be a continued support to the staff and as a Governor safeguard the education of the children in school."


Anthony Brown

Parent Governor

Responsibilities: Finance and Personnel Committee


Rachael Taylor

Parent Governor

Responsibilities: Community Links


Sue Wall

Local Authority Governor

Responsibilities: Pupil Premium

  "During my career I worked in higher education both in England and in many other countries particularly in mainland Europe and Asia. However, no-one can study for a degree if they can’t read or write – and over time I became increasingly aware that a good, and happy, start in education is essential to later success in life. I am very committed to helping Ravensdale Infants – the staff, the children and their families and friends – and everything I have learned during my first year as governor has only added to my enthusiasm. In particular, I hope that my experience working in many different countries and cultures, will benefit the school."


Fasar Ali

Parent Governor

  "My family and I have been residents in Mickleover for the last 5 years and my eldest son attends Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School.

I am a Programme Manager by profession with 10 years’ experience in the energy industry. I have responsibility for managing the delivery Technical and Commercial activities for Power Stations in the UK, Mainland Europe, the Middle East and Russia.

In 2017, I was invited by Nottingham Business School to join the Alumni Fellowship Programme which I proudly accepted. Since doing so, I have been mentoring an international MBA student through year 1 of her studies and also the transition into her year in industry placement.

My aim is to bring the skills, knowledge and experience I have gained over these years to support the school in fulfilling its aspirations and provide the best platform possible for children to learn, develop and grow."


Lynsey Moore

Staff Governor

Responsibilities: Early Years


Rachel Gell

Clerk to Governors





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