Mrs Sarah Flear (Chair)
Sarah is a qualified accountant and partner at Smith Cooper and has 25 years of experience providing audit, assurance and advisory services to a wider range of businesses. She is Head of Audit at the firm and notably leads their education team which provides assurance and advisory services to schools.
Sarah’s role as a Governor: Due to her skills and experience Sarah is a member of the school’s Finance Committee. She has two boys at Derby Grammar.
Mr Ian Beardmore (Property)
Ian is Head of Commercial Property and Compliance at Flint Bishop LLP Solicitors in Derby where he has been a Partner since 1993. He has advised some of the region’s largest property and construction firms in relation to industrial commercial and residential property development..
Ian’s role as a Governor: Ian has been a Governor since 2011. His son Alastair attended the school, leaving in 2016. Alastair is now studying Business Management at the University of Leeds.
Mr Andrew Gentles (Finance)
After university Andrew spent 15 years at Fine Art Developments plc, culminating in his appointment to MD of Webb Ivory (Burton) Ltd’s Charity Division, which operated mail order businesses for some 25 national charities in the UK. In 1998 he was appointed MD of Burton Inns Ltd which included a corporate hospitality business, J D Parties. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Concerto Group Ltd as MD of J D Parties, with responsibility for the group’s regional business activities.
Andrew’s role as a Governor: Having held senior management positions in a variety of sectors, Andrew has developed business acumen and commercial competence. He has acquired considerable knowledge in the areas of strategic planning, management organisation, sales, marketing, print, procurement and contract negotiation. With a son at the School, he is ideally placed to appraise Governors of its strengths and weaknesses from a parent perspective, and to present improvement opportunities.
Mr Roger Kington FRICS
Roger is a semi-retired Chartered Surveyor having spent his entire career in the field of commercial property as a partner/director in one of the Midlands leading private practices. Latterly he has practised under his own name advising a small number of long standing clients. His specialism is in the field of business property leases, until recently he was a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sat on the Midland Rent Assessment Panel.
Roger’s role as a Governor: Roger was a founder Trustee of Derby Grammar School and has served as a Governor from the opening of the school in 1995. His professional property skills have proved valuable throughout the school’s life on issues concerning planning, rating and more recently assisting over the acquisition of Rykneld Sports Centre.
Mr Ian Louch (Safeguarding)
Ian is a retired Police Officer who served for 32 years with the Derbyshire Constabulary. The majority of his service was within the Criminal Investigation Department where he was involved in many high profile major enquiries. Prior to his retirement he supervised a team of detectives who investigated both serious sexual offences and serious assaults and he worked closely in partnership with other agencies throughout the City of Derby.
Ian’s role as a Governor: Ian is the Safeguarding lead on the Governing Body, where he is able to utilise his previous experience in Child Protection and Safeguarding issues. He works closely with the school’s Dedicated Safeguarding Lead. He was actively involved in the PTA throughout his son’s time at the school and held the position of chairman for four years.
Mr James Pugh-Lewis (Health and Safety)
James initially started his working life as an engineering graduate at Rolls-Royce in Derby. In 1991 he joined his family business which specialises in sportsfield construction, landscaping and fencing. Within his business James undertakes a wide role including finance, marketing and contract management.
James’s role as a Governor: James brings to the governing body his experience and knowledge of health and safety, as well as broader knowledge of sports facilities, construction and grounds management. He has two boys in the Senior School.
Mr Simon Richardson (Vice-Chair)
Simon is a retired partner at Smith Partnership solicitors. He has experience in business management, marketing, and in charity and property law.
Simon’s role as a Governor: Simon has been a governor since 2000 and holds the Vice Chair position. His two sons have attended the school, one was Junior School Head Boy and the other became Senior School Head Prefect.
Mrs Margaret Viles (Education, Teaching and Learning)
Margaret is a History and Politics graduate who has lectured in Further Education and taught in both the independent and maintained sectors. Having completed a Master’s in Educational Management and Law, she became Head of History and Deputy Head of Derby High School in 1991. In 2003 she became Head of Highclare School. Having recently retired from Headship, and from her role as a reporting inspector for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, she maintains a lively interest in education through her professional associations and her role as Education Governor.
Margaret’s role as a Governor: Margaret’s professional expertise includes best practice in the governance and management of schools and the requirement of independent school inspection. She has a particular interest in music education, safeguarding and information technology. As a mother of a son and daughter, she understands the needs of pupils and parents and the importance of a caring, supportive environment.