Governor Profiles

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Alice MacGowan - Chair Governors

Co-opted Governor (May 2020 - )

I am the parent of a former DIS pupil (my daughter now attends Dobcroft Junior School). I was delighted with her experiences of the first 3 years of school life, and I hope that I can contribute something back to the school through my role as a Governor. In my professional life, I work with the University of Nottingham, supporting its spin-out companies in the healthcare sector. Much of the focus is on securing investment for early-stage companies and working with management teams at Board level to help shape business plans and financial forecasts.


Cathy Rowland - Headteacher


I have been the Head at Dobcroft Infant School since September 2004 having preivously been the Head at Broomhill for 4 years. I have been a Governor since 1993 first as a teacher representative and then in a Headteacher role in particular looking at the value of Early Years.

As a Governor, I want to drive through strategies for school's priorities including our new role as a Teaching School supporting other schools.






Vicky Abdy - Business Manager


I am clerk to the Governors and joined Dobcroft Infant Schooll in April 2015 as the School Business Manager. Previously a school parent, I worked for fifteen years in South Yorkshire Police as part of the Business Change Department. As such, I have experience in leadning change management, project management and continouse improvement.

Within school I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team amd am responsible for all aspects of the general day to day running of the school building, resources, financial management, HR and Health & Safety.

I love working with the children in such a wonderfull school and I provide a non-teaching staff view at governing body and committee meetings.

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Demelza Williams - Vice Chair of Governors/Safeguarding Governor

Co-opted Governor (Nov 2014 - )

I am the mother of Grace and Oliver Williams who is currently in Silverdale and Connie who is in Junior School.

In my professional life, I am a Family Solicitor, dealing with matters involving children and families on a daily basis.





Claire Hughes - Staff

Co-opted Governor (Sept 2021 - )

I am a class teacher at Dobcroft Infant School and currently teach in Year 2 in Eagles class. I have been a teacher at Dobcroft Infant School for 8 years. I am currently the Music coordinator, the PHSE coordinator and co-chair of the Rights Respecting council. I am also a SCITT mentor, helping mentor and support training teachers.


Orlaith Firth

Staff Governor (Jan 2016 - )

I am currently working as FS2 teacher at Ecclesall Infant School.

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Tony Taylor

Co-opted Governor (Sept 2016 - )

I have worked within the financial services industry since the 2000 and I am currently employed by a FTSE 100 company.

My experience is in operational, organisation, IT and infrastructure change on a regional/national level. I am confident that the experience that I would bring from my day job will be support to the governing body at Dobcroft Infant School as we work through the many challenges the school faces.

My youngerst child is currently a pupil in Y1.

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Susanna Bradbury

Clerk to the IEB


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Angela Beal

Co-opted Governor (Nov 2021 - )

I am mum to one child at Dobcroft Infants and another at Dobcroft Juniors School.

I have worked in the financial services for over 20 years and I am pleased to use my experiences in Human Resources and Leadership to contribute to the governing body to support the school and its students.

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Barbara Bradshaw

Co-opted Governor (Nov 2021 - )