Glade Hill Primary and Nursery School

We are Golden and we SPARKLE


Welcome to the Governors' section!


The Governing Body has 12 members to reflect the increasing size of our school.  The Full Governing Body is made up of:

  • Head Teacher
  • 2 Parent Governors (elected by the parents)
  • 1 Staff Governor (elected by staff members)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (appointed by the LA or Governing Body)
  • 7 co-opted Governors (appointed by the Governing Body)


We meet 6 times a year (twice each term) as a full Governing Body and do not have a committee structure.  These meetings are chaired by myself or one of the Vice-Chairs in event of my absence.


The Governing Body is responsible for a wide range of matters which come under our three core functions:

  •  ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • accountability of the Head Teacher for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


We hope that the information on this page gives you an insight into the governing body and the way we work but if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office.


Rupert Boddington
Chair of Governors

Governor Details, Interests & Attendance Record


Full Name Type of Governor Date of Appointment Term of Office Date Stepped Down (if applicable) Appointed by Pecuniary Interests Material Interests Number of meetings could have attended (19/20) Number of meetings did attend (19/20)
Rupert Boddington Co-opted Chair 6/12/2018 4 years   Governing Body None None 6 5
Sue Mabbott Co-opted Vice-Chair 23/09/2017 4 years   Governing Body None None


Nicola Anderson Co-opted Vice-Chair 29/6/2019 4 years   Governing Body None None 6 6
Helen Hicks Co-opted 1/7/2019 4 years   Governing Body Governor at William Booth None 6 5
Leon McLean Co-opted 7/12/2019 4 years   Governing Body None None 6 5
Jillian Lowrey Local Authority Governor 24/4/2017 4 years   Local Authority None None 6 4
Amy Marshall Staff 18/6/2019 4 years   Staff & Governing Body None Staff Member 6 6
Aaron Girling Parent 13/12/2016 4 years   Parents & Governing Body None None 6 5
Rachel Want Co-opted 24/9/2017 4 years   Governing Body None Staff Member 6 6
Loretta Sheppard Head Teacher 1/9/2011 N/A   N/A None Staff Member 6 6
Ohione Ilavbare Parent 27/4/2020 4 years   Parents & Governing Body None None 2 2
Darren Doughty Co-opted 27/4/2020 4 years   Governing Body None None 2 2


Who's Who on the Governing Body


Members Profiles


Rupert Boddington - Co-opted

Chair of Governors

Responsibilities - Link Governor for Maths, member of Standards Committee and Head Teacher Performance Management


I spent 34 years in banking experience with RBS, the majority of which has been spent working in Corporate Banking in the Midlands, before I took early retirement in April 2019.  I have been a Governor at Glade Hill for over 10 years.  I have also recently been elected to the Board of the Nottingham Schools Trust and I am a member of the advisory board of the Catapult Growth Fund.  I enjoy live music, keeping fit and walking, having completed a number of high altitude treks.  I am a keen follower of rugby with a season ticket at Leicester Tigers and I coached a junior team at Ilkeston RFC for 10 years.  Both my daughter and son are currently working abroad (France and Sweden) and I enjoy visiting them and experiencing these countries.


Sue Mabbott - Co-opted

Joint Vice-Chair of Governors

Responsibilities - Link Governor for English, member of the Pay Committee and Standards Committee


I am a Partner in the law firm Browne Jacobson where I work in the Nottingham office.  I undertake personal injury litigation on behalf of local authorities, public sector clients and insurers.  I have a large team and lots of HR and Operational responsibilities.  I have been with the firm for 34 years, having started as a junior at 18 years old straight from college.


I enjoy my role as Governor at Glade Hill for several reasons.  First I am proud to say I was a pupil at Glade Hill between 1968 and 1974.  I have many fond memories - and the distinctive school roof is still the same!  Secondly, having previously been a 'Brown Owl', a member of my local PTA, and having two (now teenage) children of my own, I have always enjoyed the company of children and seeing them flourish.  Glade Hill has a fantastic leadership team and there is no doubting the dedication of the teachers so it is a pleasure to work alongside them and see the good work they do.


Outside of my work, as well as my Governor role, I am a member of a local community events committee and I enjoy organising galas, fun-runs and other fundraising events.


Nicola Anderson - Co-opted

Joint Vice-Chair of Governors

Responsibilities - Link Governor for Science, Pupil Premium, PE Premium and provision, member of the Standards Committee and Head Teacher Performance Management


I work full-time at Nottingham Trent University as a Project Manager, where I am responsible for the successful delivery of a diverse range of strategic university projects. I also volunteer for a number of good causes within the city.
Outside of work, I make the most of having two prestigious theatres on my doorstep, offering an interesting mix of the classics and new performances and also enjoy live comedy at the various venues. A history enthusiast, I am also a member of the Civic Society and the National Trust and can often be found over a weekend visiting historical sites or attending lectures.

Helen Hicks - Co-opted

Responsibilities - Link Governor for SEND/Looked After Children/Inclusion and Teaching & Learning, member of the Pay Committee and Standards Committee


I started out as a parent governor at Glade Hill Primary School in 1999 when my children were both pupils at the school.  In 2014 I became a co-opted governor as both my children were then at university whilst between 2002 and 2019 I consider myself privileged to have held the position of Chair of Governors.


I live locally and work part-time in Netherfield as a Scheme Assistant for The Longhurst Group and as a Receptionist at Arnold Leisure Centre.  I am also a community governor at William Booth Primary School in Sneinton, Nottingham.  Outside of my family life I regularly enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, running and socialising.  I appreciate live music and enjoy attending gigs from a variety of genres.  I believe in life-long learning and fully appreciate the gift of life.


Leon McLean - Co-opted

Responsibilities - Link Governor for Art and Design Technology and Health & Safety,  member of the Pay Committee


After serving as a Parent Governor for 4 years, I have now become a co-opted Governor.  I am employed full-time and have two young daughters, one of which attends the school.  I have a background in Social Housing, IT, Project Management, Programme Management, Youth Work and Administration.


Outside of work I like to watch wildlife documentaries, bake and spend time with my family.


Jillian Lowrey - Local Authority Governor

Responsibilities - Link Governor for Curriculum, Humanities & Modern Foreign Languages


I have served as a Local Authority Governor since April 2017.  I regularly visit school throughout the year to support reading in Year 2.  Previously I was a Head of Modern Languages at a large academy school in Mansfield where I enjoyed the challenges and rewards of teaching GCSE and A level students as well as leading a department.  I am delighted to be working with such a talented and dedicated team of staff and governors at Glade Hill to encourage all children to enjoy learning and fulfil their potential. In my spare time I volunteer for a local homeless charity, enjoy keeping fit and am re-learning Latin!


Aaron Girling - Parent

Responsibilities - Link Governor for Computing


Aaron  joined the Governing Body in December 2016 as a Parent Governor and has 3 children at the school.


Ohione Ilavbare - Parent

Responsibilities - New Governor - not assigned yet


Ohione joined the Governing Body in April 2020 as a Parent Governor and has 1 child at the school.


Darren Doughty - Co-opted

Responsibilities - New Governor - not assigned yet


I work full-time as a Lettings & Revenue Manager for University Partnership Programmes, where I work with 15 University partners and manage an annual turnover of c.£245million. My specialism is relationship building, working closely with Hull, York, Leeds and Lancaster universities in the successful delivery of modelled occupancy revenue for 35,000 students in university accommodation. I previously worked at Nottingham Trent University for 18 years in various roles and have 20 years of experience within the Higher Education sector. I have a passion for learning and encouraging people to maximise their potential.  


I have 2 young daughters, one of whom attends the school, and am excited by being on the board of governors as have seen first-hand, through my daughter, how committed, dedicated and genuinely caring and supportive to learning the leadership team and teaching body are, and it is a privilege to be part of it.


Outside of work, I coach a youth football team alongside playing for Arnold Town at the weekends.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and have a passion for travel and, against my better judgement, am an avid fan of Nottingham Forest!


Rachel Want - Co-opted

Responsibilities - Standards Committee


I started working at Glade Hill in 1994 after finishing my degree at Sheffield Hallam University.  I have had many roles within the school and I’m currently the Assistant Head Teacher, Assessment Lead and Maths Subject Leader.


I joined the Governing Body in 2011 to support the school in the appointment of a new Head Teacher – Ms. Sheppard.  I enjoy being on the governing body.  We have a great team of passionate individuals who work hard to ensure the provision for our children is the very best.  My main role is to provide Governors with up to date National, local and school performance data.  I meet regularly with the Governors’ Standards Committee where we share assessment data and prioritise actions. 


Outside of school I love spending time with my family.  I have two amazing children who keep me busy! I love watching football and have recently taken up running.


Amy Marshall - Staff


I have been a teacher at Glade Hill for the past four years. I have really enjoyed being a part of our school community and watching our children grow and achieve. We are lucky to have so many talents in our school and I love being involved in all things musical and creative. Glade Hill's Got Talent is always the highlight of the year!


I really enjoy being a School Governor as it allows me to support Glade Hill further in ensuring all children reach their potential and beyond.

 In my spare time I enjoy reading and listening to music. During the school holidays I enjoy travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures. 


Loretta Sheppard - Head Teacher


I have been Head Teacher at Glade Hill since 2011 and was previously the head at Highwood Infants School in Nottingham.  I have always lived and worked in Nottingham.  I am extremely proud to be Head Teacher at Glade Hill and feel privileged to lead such a dedicated, hard working and professional team!  I also get to spend lots of time with all 'my wonderful sparkly children!

I have two grown up sons who I am also immensely proud of, one who works and lives in Nottingham and the other who works and lives in Leeds.

In my spare time, I love getting out on my bike, walking in the mountains and catching up with friends.  I am also a  passionate reader.