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Nottingham High School

Governors’ duties are to protect the assets of the school, to promote the achievement of its charitable objectives, and to ensure that it is diligently and well run. They are expected to exercise independent judgement with reasonable care and diligence.

They have to act fairly and in a manner that protects the reputation of the school. It is their duty to keep in mind the interests of pupils, staff and parents, as well as that of the community. Governors and Directors have a duty to declare any personal interest in any transaction or arrangement proposed by the school, to avoid conflicts of interest and not to accept benefits from interested third parties.

Governors of Nottingham High School are both directors of Nottingham High School Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, and Trustees of the Nottingham High School Charity.


The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire

Sir John Peace is a former High Sheriff and was knighted for services to business and the voluntary sector last year. He is Chair of Standard Chartered plc, Burberry plc and founder and Chair of Experian. He was Chair of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University for ten years and has been a trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham since 1999. Sir John chairs the Nottingham Economic Resilience Forum, focusing on issues associated with the recession and local unemployment. He is the East Midlands ambassador for Business in the Community and is a keen advocate for maximising opportunities for young people. He has served as a Deputy Lieutenant for the last seven years. Sir John lives near Newark with his wife, Christine, and has three daughters.


Nominated by the Universities

Dr Syed Mohyuddin (Nottingham Trent University)


Professor Nick Miles (University of Nottingham)

Nick Miles is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement with the responsibility for the University's Advancement portfolio in promoting philanthropy and alumni development. He is also responsible for the University's global engagement strategy and works closely with the Provosts of the international campuses in Malaysia and China, the Office of Global Engagement and all academic units to develop and sustain purposeful global partnerships that will enrich student experience and enhance research excellence.

Nominated by Nottingham City Council

Miss Neghat Khan (Nottingham County Council)


Mr David Wild (Chairman)

David left Nottingham High School in 1974 to read Law at Jesus College, Cambridge.  On completion of his studies he joined the Nottingham office of what is now international law firm Eversheds, where he practised corporate law for over 30 years, specialising in private company sales and acquisitions with associated tax planning.  He held a number of management positions at Eversheds, including National Head of private companies, National Head of Tax and Senior Partner of the Nottingham Office.  He retired in 2010 after 25 years as a partner, and is now a consultant with Meridian Private Client LLP, specialising in capital tax and succession planning. Outside work he is interested in all sport (except football!).  He still plays tennis regularly and is learning to play golf, as well as being a keen Leicester Tigers fan.  He served on the Lawn Tennis Association’s main Council for a couple of years.  He is a former member of Loughborough University’s Enterprise Board and the University of Derby’s Court and is a trustee of a number of Charitable Trusts, including Fundays (Nottinghamshire) which organises Summer camps for children with physical and/or learning difficulties in Nottinghamshire. As Chairman of Governors, he is a member of all Committees of the Governing Body.

Mr Steve Green (Chairman, Infant & Junior School Committee)

Steve Green has been a Governor since 2009 and Chair of the Infant and Junior School Committee since 2010, a member of the School Committee since 2014 and Link Governor for Safeguarding in the Infant and Junior School since 2015.  He is a former career Police Officer and retired as Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police in 2008.  Since that time he has held a range of Non-exec and voluntary appointments and is currently Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints and a member of the Public Policy Committee of the RAC Foundation.  He is a keen runner and a member of Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club.




Mr Mark Flanagan (Chairman, Finance & Estates Committee)

Mark attended Nottingham High School between 1987 and 1995 when he left to study Geography at St John’s College Oxford.  After University, Mark travelled extensively in South America, Asia and Australia before joining the Nottingham office of KPMG in 2001.  Mark has worked for KPMG for 15 years, which has included 18 months on secondment to the Middle East, and is currently an Audit Director. Mark lives in Wollaton with his wife Becky and his two children, Zoe and Sophie.  Mark still enjoys international travel but when in Nottingham spends most of his spare time with his family, swimming or going to the gym. Mark joined the Governing Body in December 2010 and is Chair of the Finance Committee.  He is also a trustee of the Peveril Trust.



Mr Tim Allen

Tim studied at Nottingham High School 1973- 1976 and then gained a BSC (Hons) in Economics and Accounting at Hull University 1966- 1973. Tim is an experienced Non Executive Chairman and Finance Director of both UK and International Businesses, with a strong commercial and accounting focus, and a passion for building successful enterprises. Having spent 16 years with a major FTSE 100 Group Tim now specialises in fostering, mentoring and driving SME’s. Tim currently owns and runs Barton Park Consultants providing Non Executive services supported by general corporate finance and business consultancy. 




Mrs Philippa McNamara  (Chair, School Committee)


As a Governor, Philippa is Chair of the School Committee and Link Governor for Marketing. A former student of Wakefield Girls’ High School and Huddersfield New College, she completed a degree in pharmacy at the University of Portsmouth and subsequently joined Boots The Chemists to register as a pharmacist in 1988.  She spent the next ten years as a retail general manager leading teams from 4 to 400 in seven Boots’ stores in Central London and England before moving to Nottingham to support Boots’ dispensing operations team.  This role led to leading Boots’ national field based sales force servicing residential and nursing homes with prescription medicines. In 1999 Philippa moved away from healthcare and was appointed commercial lead for the Boots’ brand cosmetics portfolio including No7, the market leading cosmetics & skincare brand.  An interest in branding then led to her appointment as head of global brand strategy for Boots’ own label, exclusive and licensed haircare brands including Toni & Guy, Trevor Sorbie, Charles Worthington. Philippa left Boots in 2005 and started her own multi-channel marketing consultancy supporting luxury beauty, legal, financial services and IT sectors in business development and service innovation.  In 2007 she was invited to return to Boots and lead product development and innovation for the Boots Pharmaceuticals licensed medicines, vitamins & dietary supplements and medical device portfolio. Since 2014 Philippa has been leading omni-channel customer experience and proposition strategy teams for Boots. A mother of two Nottingham High School pupils, outside work she is interested in music, theatre, design and travel. 

Mr Peter Munro

Peter enjoyed a 40 year career as a Primary Teacher and Headteacher.  After graduating with a Theology degree from Kings College, London, he moved to Nottingham to begin his teaching career and worked in maintained primary schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.  His final post was as Headteacher of a large infant and nursery school in Ilkeston. He has maintained his interest and enthusiasm for primary education as a Governor at the High School and as Chair of Governors of a large primary academy in Nottingham. Retirement has given time for activities at his local church, at the City Ground, Trent Bridge cricket ground, the gym and teaching advanced driving.



Mr Navdeep Sethi

Navdeep attended Nottingham High School between 1990 and 1997 before studying Economics at King's College, Cambridge University. Navdeep is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a Finance Technology company based in London, having previously managed operations for large corporations in the UK, India, Australia, Poland and Hungary.

Navdeep lives in West Bridgford with his wife and two children and joined the Governing Body in 2012. He sits on the Finance & Estates committee, Investment Sub-committee and is also a trustee of the Peveril Trust.




Mr Kit Doleman

Kit lives in Nottingham and is married with two children, one girl and one boy (who was educated at the High School). Kit is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Price Waterhouse in Nottingham and is currently the Finance Director of Browne Jacobson, a national Law firm with a head office in Nottingham that specialises in work for both the private and public sectors, including the education sector. Kit has previously worked for a number of years in Corporate Finance for PwC and Catalyst Corporate Finance, buying and selling business and raising private equity and specialist debt, and also in the social care sector where he ran a number of national and regional organisations providing support for young adults with learning disability and mental health needs. Kit is a keen fly fisherman and also enjoys walking, dinghy sailing and skiing.

Mr Stephen Banks

Steve Banks is a senior executive with experience operating at board level within the public and private sectors and in a non-executive capacity within the community. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust and Chairman of The Tinnitus Clinic Ltd. His previous posts include Director of Professional Standards and Superintendent Pharmacist, IT Director and Director of HR at Boots. Steve’s first degree was in Pharmacy from Leicester and he has since completed an MBA at Nottingham University. Steve is married to Amanda and has lived in Nottingham for 23 years, with two of their three children being educated at The High School. He has always been keen on sports, currently playing tennis, golf and going to the gym regularly, and watching football and rugby. He is a long term Leicester City fan and season ticket holder. Alongside sport he enjoys travel and reading, especially historical fact and fiction.


Basheera Hanslo

Basheera is from South Africa and obtained a dental degree from the University of the Western Cape in 1994. Upon qualifying, she came to the UK for a European work-travel experience and worked for two years in North Nottinghamshire. Returning to Cape Town in 1996, she worked at a primary prevention satellite clinic attached to the University's dental faculty. During this time she was also an associate in a private practice. After getting married in 1998, she moved to Nottingham to join her husband. In 2002, she completed an LLM in (Legal Aspects of Medical Practice) at the University of Cardiff. Her role as a dental associate included additionally; compliance, legal and clinical management of the practice. Mum of two Nottingham High School boys, she is a literacy volunteer at a school in West Bridgford and a keen runner. 




Sharmini Krishanand

Sharmini studied at Huddersfield Grammar School before embarking upon a career in Medicine at Birmingham University, graduating in the Class of 1999. She spent a number of years working in Birmingham before moving to Nottingham where she trained to become a General Practitioner. She currently works part time in General Practice and spends the rest of her working day running her business in partnership with her husband. Sharmini is also a Trustee of the Hindu Temple in Beeston and manages the publicity and marketing function for the temple. She has recently become a champion for the Big Appeal, the Nottingham University Children's Hospital Charity. She has two sons and a daughter. All three attend Nottingham High School, the youngest started at Lovell House, the eldest at Junior School and her daughter was one of the first girls to join Year 7 this academic year. She is a keen sports fan, she enjoys going to the gym and keeping fit. She likes watching tennis, and has attended many sporting events. She particularly enjoys travelling and has ventured to many destinations with kids in tow!


Dr Gail Walton

Gail is a local GP having been at the same practice in Ilkeston for 30 years. Gail and John have three children, with both boys being educated at the High School (2002-2009 and 2006 - 2017) and a daughter at the Girls High School (2004 – 2011). Gail went to school in South Yorkshire and studied medicine at the University of Bristol, moving to Nottingham in 1983 whilst John was working at Boots. Particular professional interests are in the business side of general practice as well as in supporting GPs through appraisal and mentorship and, through working with the Royal College of GPs, those practices struggling with CQC inspections.  Personal interests are time spent on the sidelines of sports pitches (particularly at Valley Road over the past 15 years) and a desire to get back to running and general fitness! As a Governor lead for safeguarding she is keen to support the excellent strategy and support that School already has in place.



Mr Stephen Jackson

 Stephen Jackson is a qualified accountant who has enjoyed a successful career in both the private and public sectors.  After qualifying, he joined Bass plc. and progressed with several senior financial roles in the Company’s pubs and hotel subsidiaries. Stephen was appointed as Finance Director of Crest Hotels: Continent of Europe, based in Frankfurt and was then part of a small team that acquired, for Bass, Holiday Inn. Upon completion of the acquisition, he became Chief Financial Officer for Holiday Inn – Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Brussels. He then moved to Hong Kong as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Development and IT for Holiday Inn – Asia Pacific. Later, he was seconded, as acting Managing Director, to establish new businesses in South Africa for Bass’s Leisure subsidiary. After leaving Bass, Stephen was invited to join the Board of John Ryan Company, a US Design and Consulting firm with operations in over 30 countries, as Executive Vice-President and Global Chief Financial Officer. He returned to the UK to join Stelios on the  Board of easyCar as Financial Director/Company Secretary.In 2003, Stephen moved to Nottingham Trent University where he held the post of Chief Financial and Operations Officer.He was also appointed as a member of the Board of Governors and the Academic Board. In May 2016, Stephen retired from NTU. Outside of work Stephen is very interested in sport of all kinds; in particular he is a very keen runner and an avid supporter of the Leicester Tigers.  He does volunteer work for several charities including cancer research.

Mr Chris Robinson

Chris has been involved with Nottingham High School for over thirty years, first as a parent and then as husband of a member of staff. During that period Chris was Principal of a large secondary school and latterly Chief Executive of a Multi Academy Trust. Chris' educational career has also included being parachuted into a failing city school to improve standards and a Secretary of State’s appointment as Chairman of an Interim Executive Board for one of the poorest performing schools in England. As an educationalist Chris embraced the government’s academies programme serving as a director and member of one academy trust and director and chair of a second.
Since retiring, Chris' time has been spent enjoying time with his three children and six grandchildren, keeping fit, playing golf and skiing, and travelling with his wife.



Mr Mark Chivers

Mark did a first degree in Electronic and Structural Materials Engineering at Trinity College, Oxford, before doing a Post Graduate Diploma in Property Valuation and Management and qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor.
After spells in London working for the Inland Revenue and in Private Practice, he joined Boots and now leads the Estates and Engineering teams responsible for the Retail, Logistics and Commercial property portfolios (including the Nottingham main site). During over twenty years at Boots he has held senior roles in Marketing, Transformation, and Procurement as well as in Property.
Mark is currently also a Non-Executive Director of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, and a Director of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. He is married to Catherine, with two sons (one current and one former High School pupil) and two dogs. Cooking and eating, family, music and the arts take up any time that is left.



Mr Chris Prentice 

During Chris’s business career, he has pursued an engagement with youth, education and charities. During his time with PwC Chris was an internal training tutor.  As CEO of Games Workshop he created an International graduate recruitment training scheme and since 2000 has been working with the YHA and Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, where he  helps manage one of the largest volunteer lead DofE programs in the Country.  He is currently the Chair of Framework Housing Association where he has been on the Board since 2012 and continues to be an active Angel investor in local businesses.   Since returning from a spell helping Games Workshop expand in the USA, Chris and his family have lived in Southwell, with two of their three children educated at Nottingham High School, the 3rd only missing out because she had the misfortune to be born too early for the move to co-ed.      


Company Secretary

Mr Stuart Ramsey

Stuart spent almost 30 years in the Financial Services and Legal Services sectors and has said the move to the Education sector has been a fascinating experience, throwing up a number of fresh challenges.  Nottingham High School is a large, established organisation with plenty of exciting strategic opportunities for the future and Stuart hopes to bring his corporate experience to bear on the delivery of these opportunities. Stuart and his wife Rebecca are no strangers to the area, having lived in Southwell in the late 1980s. They have two sons in their 20s and are very keen skiers.