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Chair of Governors, Miss Nicola Hornby

Chair of Governors, Miss Nicola Hornby 1

My name is Nicola Hornby, I am the Chair of Governors for the school. I am a partner in a firm of solicitors, The Johnson Partnership, based in Nottingham City centre.  I do not have any children at Hillside, but I have always been interested in education and recently took part in a voluntary project in India based around children's literacy. I wanted to put something back into the community and decided that being a school governor was a positive way of using my skills to do this.


Mrs Sam Morrison Vice Chair

Mrs Sam Morrison Vice Chair 1
I am a Management Accountant with 10 years in industry, covering a broad spectrum of experiences and skills. I am currently on a career break to look after my 3 young children. My eldest child attends Hillside and I have a long term commitment to the school over the next 10 years!

Mrs Rhian Richardson, Head Teacher

Mrs Rhian Richardson, Head Teacher  1
Hi, I am Head Teacher at Hillside and have been a school governor since Hillside opened and find it to be a very rewarding opportunity. I believe governors can offer tremendous support to a school and help drive it forward to further improvement. Hillside is a wonderful school to be part of and it is a real privilege to work alongside a dedicated team. The children are a credit to our school and I am committed to ensuring each and every pupil a wonderful learning experience during their time at Hillside.

Mrs Vanda Ward Staff Governor

Mrs Vanda Ward Staff Governor 1
I have taught at Hillside since the school opened. I work as part of the upper school team and I am also the SENCo. I have a keen interest in the progress of all children and wish to support the school however I can.

Mrs Clare Wilson Parent Governor

Mrs Clare Wilson Parent Governor 1
My daughter attends Hillside and to ensure that she gets the best start possible I feel it is important to support the school in anyway I can. I currently work with a Corporate Social Responsibility Committee at work. Working with the local community and school. We sponsor a breakfast club and volunteers for reading and numeracy. I personally feel that Hillside would benefit from a similar relationship with a local business.

Mrs Jacqui Skinner Vice Chair

Mrs Jacqui Skinner Vice Chair 1

Hi, I am Jacqui Skinner and I am a parent governor. I am link governor to Special Educational Needs and Numeracy. I work part time for Notts County Council, as a manager of a short breaks unit for adults with learning disability. I have worked for the council for over 20 years.
I have two daughters, both at senior school.
My interests include all types of crafts, baking and reading.

Miss Ruth Hathersmith Staff Governor

Miss Ruth Hathersmith Staff Governor 1

I have been a part of the school as a Teaching Assistant for 6 years and also as a parent for 20 years. Now my children have grown up I am able to give more time to supporting the school however I can.

Ms Sue Thorpe Community Governor

Ms Sue Thorpe Community Governor 1

Hi, I’m Sue and a Community Governor at Hillside Primary & Nursery School. I’m a local government officer in Traffic & Safety. Some of my professional qualifications include:-

Highway Law, Road Safety Audit Engineering CIHT (Charted Institute of Highways & Transportation), Traffic Regulation Orders, Transport Assessments for Developers and Auditors and School Travel Schemes to name but a few.

I’m a local resident and a previous governor for the School before amalgamation. I’ve become a governor again to give something back to the community and hopefully support the whole team in taking Hillside to “Outstanding “ in Ofsted and ensuring every child has the best possible opportunity to learn, develop, and grow.


Mrs Heidi Butcher Community Governor

Mrs Heidi Butcher Community Governor 1

I moved to the area in 2002 after a stint in the Royal Navy. I had various jobs, from a shop manager at Fabric warehouse for 3 years to project assistance at a homeless hostel in Eastwood.

After a time I set up my own cleaning company, and to make sure I had a enough income I joined the Fire Service as a retained firefighter, which I did for 10 years. And only really stopped as couldn't do the job with a small baby.

I now solely run the cleaning company. I have 10 staff who work with me and we clean 104 domestic properties a week.

I run the business side, so do all the invoicing, quotes and wages. As well as doing the girls rotas and managing annual leave and any issues which are raised. I'm basically every department rolled into one.

I'm a very positive forthcoming person, who is a doer not a moaner. I regard myself as approachable and friendly who would be an asset to Hillside.