Governors

Driffield School Local Governors

Karen Dow
Karen DowChair of Governors - Safeguarding
Karen is a retired Affiliate Headteacher and science specialist, having worked in the research field prior to her career in education, with nationally acknowledged achievements in curriculum development. Karen has worked with the former Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and led South Hunsley through a number of major curriculum changes as the school’s roll grew, in response to local and national agendas. When Affiliate Headteacher, Karen had lead responsibility for Standards including teaching and learning, curriculum development and monitoring and evaluation. Karen introduced and implemented the MES systems that have been vital in South Hunsley’s year on year improvement and, with colleagues in SLT, refined and improved these as assessment and examination regimes changed. These systems were adopted by other leadership teams through South Hunsley’s school to school support work.
Gillian Hughes
Gillian HughesGovernor - 6th Form
Gillian has a background in change management and qualified to Postgraduate level in operational and strategic management. I have also worked in adult education and taught Human Biology courses at GCSE and AS level as well as Foundation Health & Social Care. Gillian has had various roles in the NHS and have skills in project, business and HR management. Gillian is currently the Medical Directorate and Medical Education Manager for a local NHS Trust.
Bobby Smithson
Bobby SmithsonGovernor
Bobby is a former pupil and staff member at Driffield School. Having completed his studies at the school in 1997, he worked as a laboratory assistant for a year immediately afterwards. Subsequently, Bobby studied Chemistry in the UK and USA and holds post graduate qualifications in Intellectual Property Law. Bobby is now a UK and European Patent Attorney and partner in a private practice intellectual property firm advising clients on the legal protection of chemical inventions, predominantly in the fields of polymers and catalysis. Having been the beneficiary of an excellent education and school experience at Driffield School, Bobby is passionate that all students should be given the same opportunities that were available to him. With a background in both science and law, Bobby is able to forensically analyse data as well as legal documents and provide insight to the Local Governing Board on various issues.
Kelly Wilkinson
Kelly WilkinsonGovernor
Kelly has worked at Driffield School and Sixth Form College for over 11 years and is currently Head of Social Studies at the school. Kelly lives locally within the catchment area and is passionate about helping Driffield School and Sixth Form College in the next step of its journey to being one of the best schools in the local area. Kelly teaches RE, Sociology and Psychology and is a very experienced school Governor.
John Hudson
John HudsonVice Chair
John is dually qualified as a construction professional and in law. He is a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Building Engineer enjoying 38 years professional experience specialising in building pathology; and since his legal training, 20 years as a construction arbitrator and advocate advising on professional negligence & regulation, contractual claims, party wall and boundary matters, contract advice and management with major blue chip organisations. With a particular interest in corporate law and professional regulation, John has served on a number Conduct and Disciplinary Committees of professional bodies including the Bar Standards Board, RICS and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is currently a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Professional Conduct Committee appointed by the Board of Trustees in 2013.
Mike Evans
Mike EvansGovernor
I am a staff governor at Driffield School. I have loved teaching at Driffield ever since I joined the school in September 2012 and I am very passionate about ensuring that the students at Driffield get the exceptional education and experiences that they deserve. Driffield School is a very special place to work and I feel that as governor I can contribute and aid the school in the development and growth that the students deserve.
Claire Roberts
Claire RobertsGovernor
As a parent of a child currently at Driffield School, Claire is passionate about the school being deemed a centre of excellence by the local community. Having taught maths for over 20 years, Claire now leads the PACE for maths, at the University of Hull training teachers. Claire has expertise and experience in all aspects of school life including pastoral care, sixth form, senior leadership and data analysis.
Philip Smith
Philip SmithGovernor
Phil is a qualified Accountant with a Masters Degree in Management and having lived in this area all of his life is a product of Driffield School and Sixth Form College, as is his wife and daughter. Phil presently carries out consultancy and interim contracts primarily, though not exclusively in the NHS. Phil believes education offers a world of opportunity and it is important that Driffield School continues to provide top quality education to the growing local community.
Paddy Hall
Paddy HallGovernor
Paddy Hall is a local governor at Hunsley Primary School, and at Driffield School and Sixth Form College where he is the link with The Education Alliance Trust of which he is currently Vice Chair. Paddy’s background is in Education. He was a teacher, a vice-principal, and Education Adviser under the Humberside Authority. He was also an Ofsted inspector across a number of disciplines before moving into public sector consultancy. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Yorkshire Health Partners, a federation of GP practices, and a Board Member of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. His interests include storytelling, conservation and wood carving.
Greig Tulloch
Greig TullochGovernor - Trips & Visits
Grieg is a Director and General Manager of two Driffield based international companies with 33 years’ experience of exporting from Iceland to Gibraltar, and throughout the Baltic and Balkan States as well as Ukraine, China, Egypt and Philippines. Greig lived and worked in Germany for 3 years, is a fluent German speaker with excellent French and basic Russian, and with knowledge of several other European languages.
Pete Hills
Pete HillsGovernor

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