Governors

Mrs Alison Lincoln

Chair of Governors

mrs.lincoln@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

I'm delighted to be Chair of Governors at The Grange and hope to use my work and life experience to support the school. After graduating in French at Leeds University, I entered the world of recruitment and have been working at an Education Recruitment Company now for 13 years, 10 of which have been in an operational or strategy management role, working with school and trust leaders on a daily basis, as well as working with various departments within LAs such as Virtual Schools, SEND, Exclusions and APs. I'm also a mum of a wonderfully energetic 5 year old boy who keeps me very busy outside of work and governance, and I'm currently studying to become a qualified professional coach.

Mr David Adams

Governor

mr.adams@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

Mr Peter Banks

Governor

mr.banks@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

Peter retired from the position as Internal Control Supervisor at Ford Motor Company European Parts Operations in 2005 after 30years service with the company. Peter is a long serving current governor, and past chair, of the Grange School, Daventry. He is also a founder, a member, and a current director of the Innovate Multi Academy Trust, a founder and current trustee of the Inspire Multi Academy Trust and founder and current Trustee of Ask Education.
In addition to education, another of Peter’s passions is sport and he is a trustee of the Daventry and District Sports Trust and director, life member, former president and founder player of Daventry Rugby Football Club Ltd.

Dr Richard Greenfield

Governor

dr.greenfield@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

Mrs Vicki Masters

Governor/Head Teacher

head@thegrange.northants-ecl.gov.uk

Dr Gina Rippon

Governor

drg.rippon@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

Gina Rippon has had a career in higher education, teaching psychology and neuroscience on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She is a Professor Emeritus of Cognitive NeuroImaging at Aston University in Birmingham. Using brain imaging techniques, her research has focussed on developmental disorders such as developmental dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders. She also investigates claims about sex differences in the brain and, in 2019, published a popular science book ‘The Gendered Brain’, debunking some of the brain and behaviour myths behind gender stereotypes. She has written about the effects of gender stereotypes in the early years and served on the recent Fawcett Society Commission. She is a member of Speakers4Schools and has given a wide range of science-based talks to many secondary schools in the UK, especially the Midlands. Her grandson was a pupil at the Grange School between 2014 and 2017.

Mrs Estelle Calow

Vice Chair of Governors

mrs.calow@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

A credible and dynamic leader of multi-disciplinary and multi-country teams; offering a unique passion and a drive to succeed, always encouraging others to celebrate the success of their achievements. Estelle is highly accomplished and widely respected with extensive international experience leading large-scale transformation change for organisations such as HSBC, Barclays and Deutsche Bank. She is renowned for championing the customer and colleague side of change, with a strong belief this will drive the desired commercial outcome. These valuable skills were developed and proven during her time at Virgin Money, Lloyds Banking Group and the Prudential.
Having demonstrated her ability to take the strategy as well as the most complex challenges and distil these into tangible, quantifiable execution plans which consistently deliver. She establishes relationships based on trust and transparency with all stakeholders to engender support for organisation-wide business transformation.
Skills;
Strategic development and delivery.
Business transformation and change management.
Portfolio, Programme and Project management
Extensive stakeholder management
Risk management and Governance
Operating models
Business intelligence and process re-engineering

Mr Jason Ashbridge

Governor/Teacher

mr.ashbridge@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

Mr Martin Crowder

Governor

mr.crowder@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

My professional background is in sports development, working for local authorities and national governing bodies of sports and I currently work for a junior golf charity as the Head of Development. Through a team operating across the UK, my role is to empower teachers and coaches to make golf; fun, inclusive, inspiring, innovative, and enriching, which I believe are synonymous with the values of a child’s education here at The Grange school too.

Naturally I’m very passionate about health and physical activity and spend a lot of my own time either playing or volunteering in sport and I hope to be able to champion this in school and the broader impact this can have on pupils.

I have just joined the Board of Governors in February 2022 and look forward to being a representative parent going forward.

Mrs Claire James-Bull

Governor

mrs.james-bull@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

My name is Claire James-Bull, I had the pleasure & privilege of being elected onto the the Grange board of Govenors early 2022.
I have two boys; Harry is studying GCSE’s & Harvey studying architecture at university.
Previously I have held finance and operations positions for several multinational organisations. Music has played a significant part of my life as a Fellow of the London School of Music and previously having taught wind instruments peripatetically.
Additionally, I have held positions at my own sons schools, on their PTAs and established an educational consultancy and guardianship firm.

Mrs Caroline McDowell

Governor

mrs.mcdowell@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

Caroline joined the Governing Body in 2016 but her relationship with The Grange School began more than 30 years ago when she was a pupil here herself! Both her parents worked at the school for many years, and more recently, her own children have both attended the school. Caroline works in Human Resources and brings with her a strong drive for continuous improvement, and a passion for education and is keen to support the school on its development journey.

Mrs Elaine Wagg

Governor/Deputy Head Teacher

mrs.wagg@thegrangeschooldaventry.net

Staverton Rd, Daventry, Northants, NN11 4HW 01327 705785 head@thegrange.northants-ecl.gov.uk

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