We have an active board of Governors, who are responsible for strategic direction across Worksop College and Ranby House. The Chair of Governors, Mrs Penny Owston, leads the team who meet at least once a term to discuss and take major decisions relating to the school. Drawn from a range of backgrounds, our Governors bring a wealth of expertise to the school.
If you wish to contact any of our Governors, please contact Mr Rob Dunmore, Clerk to the Governors, at email@example.com
Meet the Governors
Penny Owston - Chair of Governors
Penny practised as a Solicitor-Advocate specialising in Children Law. She was formerly a member of the Faculty of Nottingham Law School MBA in Legal Practice management and has both written and spoken extensively about management issues facing Law firms.
She was for four years member of the Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority-sitting on both the Regulation and Compliance Committees and, from 2010 until 2018, was a non-executive director at an Acute Health Trust where she chaired the Quality Governance Committee and was also Vice Chair of the Trust.
She qualified as a Business Coach in 2010 and now works as a coach/trainer for lawyers.
Outside work, Penny enjoys gardening, art, travel, running and walking
Alison Hurton - Vice Chair
Alison studied at The University of Hull and The College of Law, York before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1999. She is currently a Partner at Sills & Betteridge, Lincoln where she specialises in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence cases.
Married to Anthony, Alison is a Trustee of Lincoln Age UK and the Cantiacorum Foundation which provides financial support to people/organisations in Kent. Alison was previously the Deputy Coroner for Skegness and Spilsby and a Governor of The Eresby School, Spilsby, and Lincolnshire.
Jason is a past Chairman of the OWs, a Chartered Surveyor, and Managing Director of Barnsdales Group of Companies in Doncaster. He has significant asset management, property management and investment experience across all property sectors.
Jason has recently been given the Freedom of the City of London and admitted to the Livery of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors of the City of London.
His interests include vintage/classic cars, motor sport and country pursuits.
Kumar is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. He is the lead in colposcopy, urogynaecology and undergraduate teaching in Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sheffield.
Married to Jocelyn, Kumar is an avid amateur photographer with an interest in low light photography and a serious cyclist, having cycled in Switzerland with the Swiss national team. He also loves skiing and plays badminton.
Mark is CEO and founding partner of Carlton Forest Group LLP, a multi-disciplined organisation covering commercial property, logistics, added value processing, and the development of cleaner energy generation including the up-cycling of various waste streams. He is an Old Worksopian and has a child at the School. Mark is also active on his local Parish Council and his other interests include skiing, rugby union, and travelling; but mostly he enjoys spending time with his family.
Pat is Professor of Qualitative Inquiry in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She is the author, co-author or editor of 18 books, 53 peer reviewed journal articles and 47 book chapters and is on the editorial board of 10 academic journals. In the past Pat has been a keen sailor and - pre satnav days - crossed the channel and sailed the Channel Islands and Northern Brittany over 20 times in a 26ft tub. These days, apart from work and voracious novel reading, Pat is focusing on being a grandma to Poppy .
Richard was Headmaster of York House School (day Prep. School for Boys near Rickmansworth) from 1984 -1990 and then Headmaster of Wellesley House (co-educational boarding Prep School in Broadstairs) from 1990 – 2006. He has been a Governor of three independent schools and he was a member of several ISJC Inspection Teams.
He retired to the Lincolnshire Wolds in September 2006 but remains actively involved in teaching and tuition. He is a Committee Member of the Society of Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses and the West Heath Charitable Trust. Richard is also a keen fisherman.
Matt is an Old Worksopian and then studied at both Lincoln University and Nottingham Trent University. He is an experienced project manager and is currently Head of Projects at the automation & materials handling company L B Foster in Nottingham, managing the operational performance of the Automation Division.
Outside work, Matt enjoys carpentry, middle distance running, restoring old engines and reading.
Alan is a retired Sales & Marketing Director within the high technology sector, including UK subsidiaries of 4 US-based IT Corporations. He is now heavily involved with Newark Rugby Football Club, where he is an Honorary Life Member.
His interests include rugby, golf, family and travel.
Kate was an HR Director in NHS organisations in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and East Yorkshire and brings more than 35 years’ experience as a Human Resources professional. She is Chair of the Lincolnshire charity Children’s Links, a governor of Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Mansfield, and an “independent listener” for Year 12 and 13 students who are boarders at the Priory Trust Academy in Lincoln.
As well as doing Pilates, Kate is an avid reader, enjoys cinema and the theatre, and is interested in social history and visiting historic locations.
Revd. Canon B Clover - Senior Provost
Brendan Clover is a Senior Provost and represents Woodard at Board Meetings.
Brendan Clover read music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar. From Cambridge, he moved to Oxford to train for the priesthood. A former head chorister of Sheffield Cathedral, Brendan returned to the Cathedral world as Canon Precentor of Bristol Cathedral in 1999, where his duties included being responsible for the music and liturgy of the Cathedral. Before Bristol, for five years Brendan had served as parish priest of St Pancras, Euston Road, and Holy Cross, Cromer Street, in London’s Kings Cross/Euston area, parishes at the heart of the Kings Cross Single Regeneration Bid. Prior to that Brendan was Chaplain and then Dean of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.