School Governors


Ousedale School's Academy Trust and Governing Body

Governing Board Structure 2021-22

Governors Committee Attendance 2020-21

Governing Board Term of Office 2020-21

Dave Moulson – Chair of Governors

I was elected as Chair of the Governing Board in September 2018.

I have been a Governor at Ousedale since 2005 and have served on all of its committees and most recently as Chair of the Personnel committee and the nominated Safeguarding governor. I have also served as vice chair of governors for three years.

The main focus of the Governing Board is to deliver the strategic aims of the School, working closely with the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team. My main role as Chair is to steer the Governing  Board to deliver these aims and to ensure that we remain a forward thinking institution to enable us to continue in our strive for excellence.


Sue Garner, Vice - Chair of Governors

I sit on the Personnel Committee and have taken on the role of Development Governor.  I am also a parent governor for a local primary school.  I am married and have 2 daughters and my eldest daughter attends Ousedale.  My background is in Learning and Development.  Since June 2000 I have run a training company specialising in Leadership and Advanced Communication skills.  My other voluntary work includes School Appeal Panels and Young Enterprise.  I have a personal passion and commitment to support all of our children, giving them the best possible school experience and education.   


Hazel Leighfield, Governor

Originally from Wiltshire I have been living in the region for 24 years, the last 12 in Great Linford where my daughter now attends Ousedale in Year 12.  We were just outside of catchment back in 2013 but were fortunate to gain a place at the top performing school in Milton Keynes.  

I became a Governor in 2013 and after spending my first year in the Personnel Committee I am now the Chair of the Learning and Curriculum Committee.

I have spent the majority of my career working for large IT organisations within HR and Recruitment, more recently focusing on employee skills and capabilities for future training and development planning.  I therefore have a passion for providing our young people with the skills, capabilities and level of education that will help them achieve goals that they perhaps had not considered possible.

Karen Spriddle, Governor

I became a Governor in 2018 and am now Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee.  Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 2006 and now a fellow of the ICAEW, I work as Head of Finance for a leading survey & valuation company.  On a day to day basis I am involved in the development and implementation of key finance processes and controls, and for ensuring compliance with legal, financial, and other audit and operational requirements.  My strong accountancy background means my expertise lies in the verification, analysis, interpretation and challenge of numerical and financial information.

Having grown up in Newport Pagnell and with a family myself, I have a loyal interest in the local area and community and very much value the opportunity to support the school and shape the direction of the education provision on offer to local children and families.  I have two daughters; one in Year 7 and one in Year 9 and both attend the Newport Pagnell campus.  

Claire Tierney, Staff Governor

Always living in Newport Pagnell and having attended Ousedale School myself I had no doubt in my mind that my two sons would attend Ousedale school, the years have flown by and my eldest is in Year 10 and my youngest is completing Year 9. I currently work in the Sixth Form department working with the lively ambitious teenagers, I have a fantastic insight on their daily school life and I am privileged to be a part in helping them make informed choices and help them through their life’s trials and tribulations.

After reading about the role of a Staff governor for the learning and curriculum committee I knew I had to apply, I had such fond memories of Ousedale and I am excited to be able to contribute to their future.


Jenny Parker, Governor

I have been a Governor and a member of the Finance & Premises Committee at Ousedale School since April 2009.  

I have lived in Olney since 1992 and have three grown up step-children two of whom were pupils at the school. Having spent many years working for various financial services organisations, I now work part-time at a Housing Association in Milton Keynes. I believe that my skills and experiences from my working life add value to the school.

I have pleasure in doing what I can to give our young people the best possible educational opportunities and experiences as possible.




Urvashi Parashar, Parent Governor

I sit on the Personnel Committee as Parent Governor. I have a son at Ousedale and I have lived in Broughton, Milton Keynes for the past eight years. I work in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as senior economic advisor, working on industrial policy and the role of government. Previously I had spent nearly a decade in a small economic development consultancy firm evaluating education and skills policies. I am really excited to be part of this high-achieving school’s governing body and being given the opportunity to contribute to setting its current and future direction.


John Stevenson, Staff Governor

I am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee as a staff governor and am the Design and Technology Workshop Manager at Ousedale (NP).
My family have lived in Newport Pagnell for over twenty years, with both of my sons currently enjoying being at Ousedale (NP). 
I wish to continue to use my architectural/construction expertise to both assist, maintain and also enhance both school premises.

Imogen Allen, Governor

I have been a governor at Ousedale School since November 2017, and am a member of the Learning and Curriculum Committee.

My family have lived in North Crawley since 2006, and my daughter attends the Newport Pagnell campus in Year 10.

Having trained as an engineer, and then as a teacher, I taught Maths in comprehensive secondary schools for 13 years, including 3 years in Botswana.

I subsequently retrained as an operational researcher and worked for the civil service in ECGD and the Department of Health in London. During this time, I maintained my interest in education and was an active member of the OR Society’s OR in Schools task force (developing programmes and materials to promote knowledge of OR and enjoyment of applied maths within secondary schools).

I have wanted to be a school governor for many years and, now that I have given up work, am delighted to have the opportunity to offer my support to the school.

Mandy Mistlin, Governor

Appointed in September 2019, I'm on the Learning & Curriculum committee.  

I have a daughter at Ousedale, now in sixth form, and have recently retired from working for Unilever (a multi-national consumer goods company) as a Consumer Insight Director.  

After years and years in a corporate business environment I hope that some of the skills and experience I have from there will be of value to the school, and pleased to have the time to offer them. 

On the personal side I play lots of sport and am now developing my skills as a netball coach.... and loving it.  

Claire Maguire, Governor

I was appointed to the Personnel Committee in 2019 and I am delighted to contribute as a governor to the continuing success of the school.   I am passionate about the value of education and believe that Ousedale's staff are working hard to offer opportunities to all our children. My role is to support the school in managing and developing the staff so they too feel valued.  My career has focused on developing people and therefore improving organisations in both the private and pubic sector. I led national graduate schemes to recruit and develop talent into the NHS and I am now an Academic at the Open University.  I am pleased that my children have the opportunity to attend Ousedale school. 

Lorraine Sears, Parent Governor

I was elected as a Parent Governor, sitting on the Personnel Committee, in January 2021.

With two children in Ousedale; I have always appreciated the dedication of the school and its staff to the welfare and development of the students who attend.

As a chartered Health, Safety & Wellbeing Consultant, I want to bring my experience of helping to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment to Ousedale. Where I can support the school to do the same for students; young people, just starting to understand and develop into the world around them.

I support and advocate diversity, inclusion and equality for all, particularly around disability and neurodiversity, where there can be many obstacles that often need additional support in order to level the field.              

Harriet Galert, Staff Governor

I was fortunate enough to be elected as a staff governor in December 2020 and I have subsequently become a member of the Learning and Curriculum Committee. I have worked at Ousedale School for 5 years. During my time at Ousedale I have fulfilled various roles, I was the Head of History at Olney Campus and currently work as Deputy of the History, Politics and Sociology Department with a responsibility for KS4 over both campuses. I have been a teacher for 12 years and I will endeavour to use my experiences as a classroom practitioner and as a middle leader to help make a positive contribution to the already strong governance of Ousedale School. 

Simon Pritchard, Governor

Ashley Lillie, Governor  
Helen Bacon, Governor  
Clerk to the Governing Body | Mrs Rachel Cahill c/o Ousedale School  


Updated September 2021

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