About Our School


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 Neil Roebuck: Co-opted
July 2015 – October 2022
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.

Emma Crawford: Elected Parent
January 2018 – November 2021

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.

Joanne Salter: Elected Parent
February 2018 – February 2023
Committees: Finance, Pupils and Pay

My son is at Holly Primary School. I’ve been helping with Friends of Holly since he started and I’m now also a parent governor. I worked for TTS Educational Resources for 9 years as a Marketing Manager so have knowledge of the education system and have organisational, project, budget and event management experience, which I hope will be useful for helping school. I love being in the outdoors, watching football, dancing and health & wellbeing.

Daniel Bennett: Assistant Headteacher
January 2019 – Ongoing
Committees: Finance, Pupils and Pay

I have worked in both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire schools for over 12 years. Here at Holly, we offer a creative curriculum for all children to access and utilise our local area. In my spare time I am a keen golfer and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Rebeka Gayfer: Community Governor
November 2019 – November 2022
Committees: Finance, Pupils and Pay

I am a primary school teacher and have worked in Nottinghamshire for 10 years. Before training to be a teacher, I organised and ran school and community choirs.  I am passionate about providing opportunities to children whilst ensuring they achieve their best in a safe and nurturing environment. In my spare time I love to travel. I like to be outdoors and especially enjoy climbing mountains. I go on lots of long walks in the peak and lake district.

Minutes from Previous Meetings

Holly Primary School