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Our Governors

At present we have 6 governors on the governing body and we work closely with the Headteacher and the staff to ensure that we do the very best for your child during their time here. We represent a cross section of the school and wider community and come from varied backgrounds, bringing different levels of experience to the school.  We do not involve ourselves with the day to day running of the school – that’s the teachers’ job – but we do support and challenge the school with issues related to finance, policies, health and safety, and so on.

We have Full Governing Body meetings termly, but we also have committees that deal with specific issues.

Governors also come in to school to see the school at work – so the role is very rewarding and at times quite challenging!


List of Governors

(NB – None of our Governors have any relevant business or pecuniary interests, are involved in the governance of any other educational establishments, nor have anything other than a professional relationship with any staff member.)

Local Authority Governor (1)

  • Brian Moakes

Parent Governors (1)

  • Rosalind Allen  (Chair)

Co-opted Governors (2)

  • Ian Hinds
  • Trisha Bowen

Headteacher (1)

  • Sarah Allison

Staff (1)

  • Michelle Tague

Designated Governors

Special Needs

  • Trisha Bowen

Child Protection, Looked After Children

  • Trisha Bowen


Governor Pen Portraits
Trisha Bowen (Co-opted Governor)

I have enjoyed a close association with Cavendish Close for a long time, initially as a parent and for the last twenty years as a governor. I retired from a senior advisory teaching role in 2012 and being a governor at the school enables me to stay involved with education at a local level. My particular interest is in children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and I am currently the SEND governor.

Ian Hinds (Co-opted Governor)

Born and raised in Chaddesden, I was educated at Cherry Tree Hill Infants and Junior Schools and then Spondon Park Grammar School before joining Barclays in Derby. I subsequently spent 20 years living and working for the bank in London, returning to Derby 10 years ago to work as a Business Crime Prevention adviser for the Derbyshire Police. My current job is that of a project manager in Derby.

Married with two daughters, I live nearby to school and became a Community governor four years ago as I believe in public service, particularly if it helps the local area. My interests, apart from grandchildren baby-sitting duties, are supporting Derby County and Derbyshire Council Cricket Club as a season ticket holder.

Rosalind Allen (Chair and Parent Governor)

I have lived in Chaddesden since 1997 and my two children attended Cavendish Close Junior School. I have worked in Environmental Education for over fifteen years and I am currently training to be a primary school teacher. I have a wide variety of interests, including walking, swimming, cycling, gardening, cooking and crafts ranging from sewing to woodwork.

Brian Moakes (Local Authority Governor)

I worked for 25 years with a local aerospace engineering company as works manager responsible for the manufacture of cast turbine blades. I was also responsible for the work-based development of apprentices. I then became a full time student with the Open University and developed an interest in the development and management of education. I set up and managed, for many years, a limited company that had a strong focus on quality improvement in post-16 education. During this time I also developed a high regard for the benefits of work based learning and the role of employers in the education and development of young people.

My interests are quite varied. I particularly enjoy walking my dog in the countryside. I like travelling, reading and learning new things. I also carry out volunteer work with Derbyshire Constabulary.