About Our School

Governors

Welcome to Holly Primary School’s Governing body. The details of our current governing body members and the committees on which they serve are outlined below and took effect from 31st July 2014. Members of the discipline committee are selected from all eligible governors as appropriate. You will find a copy of the Minutes from previous meetings below the Governor details.

If you would like to contact any of our Governors, please do so via the school office where their contact details can be obtained: office65@holly.notts.sch.uk

Mr Neil Smith: Co-opted Chairperson
July 2018 – July 2022
Committees: Finance, Pupils and Pay

I’m married with 2 children and have been a Governor at Holly Primary School since 2005. I’m also a Governor with a local secondary school (The Samworth Church Academy). I work in the construction industry and am a Director of a local engineering company. In my spare time I enjoy music (playing & listening), films / theatre, walking, motorsport and spending quality time with my family.

Mr Duncan White: Headteacher

I am the Headteacher at Holly Primary. I am also a Mansfield Area Partnership Director who represents the Garibaldi Family of Schools. Here at Holly Primary we are extremely proud of the education we offer, our children and community deserve the very best and that is what we strive for.

Mrs Helen Westwell: Co-opted
July 2014 – February 2022
Committees: Pupils and Pay

I’m a staff nurse who has worked within the theatre department for 17 years and really enjoy my work. I am mum to Henry who is currently in year 2 and loves being in the Holly Primary family.  I am proud to be part of the wonderful team of staff and governors that provide a wonderfully caring atmosphere and make learning fun for all the children.

Mr Andrew Hickling: Elected Parent
September 2014 – August 2018
Committees: Finance and Pay.

I am married with three children, all of whom have attended Holly Primary School from Foundation onwards, although two of my children having been given a solid grounding here at Holly, have now moved onto Samworth Academy. I have lived locally all my life and believe in being involved with, and giving something back to the local community. This is why I joined the Holly team as a Parent Governor 5 years ago.  I have strong feelings on education, and I am committed to helping make Holly Primary a forward thinking, progressive school, where our children can receive an excellent standard of education, in a safe and nurturing environment.

Mr Neil Roebuck: Elected Parent
July 2015 – March 2019
Committees: Pupils and Pay
I currently hold the role of Parent Governor. I’ve lived in Forest Town since 2002 with my wife and our two children both attend Holly. At work I’m an internationally experienced finance professional, having held various roles during my career of increasing responsibility up to Director level, within the private sector for the last 20 years. Helping to advise and shape the future of Holly Primary gives me a  sense of huge pride, knowing that our children and their well-being are a priority.

Miss Sophie McGuiness: Deputy Headteacher
Sept 2016 – Ongoing
Committees: Finance and Pupils.

I have worked in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Schools for the last 8 years. My vision is to ensure that every child has access to a happy and successful education. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, dancing, nights at the theatre and I’m a passionate supporter of the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team.

Mrs Julia Mayhew: Teacher

– February 2022

Committees: Pupils

I have worked at Holly Primary school for twenty years and have been a member of the governing body for eighteen years. I believe that every child should be given the best chances in life and strive to have an excellent relationship with all families. I enjoy working outside with children in our beautiful school grounds. I have two grown up children and one grandson who has just started full time school.

Emma Crawford: Elected Parent
January 2018 – November 2021
Committees:

I’m married with two young boys starting out their education at Holly Primary. Previously I worked as a Chef but now I’m re training to be a teaching assistant and spend my time between home, co-running the ‘Friends of Holly’ and working as a Mid-Day Supervisor. I’m committed to helping our children achieve more in a fun and safe environment. I believe each child should be valued and allowed to develop their own self-esteem and confidence both academically and creatively.

Lesley Harper: Elected Parent
January 2018 – March 2021
Committees: Finance, Pupils and Pay

I have two children at Holly Primary and am currently a parent governor. I have worked in the legal profession for the past 15 years, specialising in dispute resolution, and use my skills to assist the school. I wish to play a part in providing our children with a happy, safe and productive school experience.

Minutes from Previous Meetings

Holly Primary School