Welcome to the Governing Body page of the John Taylor High School website.

The role of the Governor at John Taylor continues to be one which supports the Head of School, Senior Leadership Team and staff in their respective roles to offer the best quality of education to our young pupils with improving teaching and learning being the school’s core purpose.

As an Academy the Governors have wide responsibilities for the administration and governance of the school including overseeing its performance in both educational and financial terms. At times these necessary tasks can appear cumbersome and a distraction from our core purpose.

Each of the Governors and their category are listed below. All time is given freely and there are no expenses for these roles. Time is spent both attending formal Governor meetings but also regular visits to school to support teaching, learning and the wider activities of the school.

If you have any questions regarding Governance at John Taylor please feel free to contact us.

David Martin
Chair of Governors

Local Governing Body

Katie Cochrane – Head of School


David Martin  – Chair of the Local Governing Body (Co-opted Governor) (email: jths-clerk@lgb.jtmat.co.uk)

David is a qualified accountant with a breadth of financial and business experience within both the private and public sector. He has had previous experience of being a school Governor and a long affiliation with John Taylor High School, where his wife worked for many years. He lives in Repton, has three daughters, one of whom is a teacher. When he is not working, he loves to go out on his bike, watch Derby County play at Pride Park or walking with the dogs.

David was elected as Chair in June 2021.

David Beaty – Chair of the Managing and Organising Committee (Co-opted Governor)
David Beaty is UK Head of Business Banking for HSBC, having worked for the bank since leaving school.  David lives in Yoxall and has three children who are all now ex JT pupils.  His wife is a former JT teacher   David chairs the Managing and Organising Committee as a co-opted governor having served previously for many years as a parent governor

Chris Burns (Staff Governor)
Chris was appointed to JTHS in 2004 as Vice Principal. After nearly 30 years in senior management she decided in January 2018 it was time to step down and concentrate completely on her passion of teaching A Level Law. Chris was elected as a 'teaching staff' governor in July 2019 and brings with her a wealth of experience at senior level particularly in the pastoral and intervention areas plus a passionate commitment to John Taylor High School. She has 4 children, 2 step-children, 3 grandsons and 2 dogs so is kept busy both in and out of school!

Sally Moran (Co-opted Governor)
Sally has been a co-opted governor since 2017 and is linked to JTHS Achievement and Assessment. She works for a UK chemical company focusing on financial analysis and strategic planning. Previously, she was an Investment Banker specialising in advising US and European financial institutions. More recently, she set up data tracking systems for local primary schools.  She has three children studying at JTHS.

Claire Sanders – Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Learning and Standards Committee (Co-opted Governor)
Claire was appointed as Co-opted Governor in 2011; a role that she finds interesting and rewarding and she thoroughly enjoys. Claire brings with her 15 years' experience as a Human Resources Professional within the NHS, most recently as the Head of Workforce at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. She has a wealth of experience in all aspects of Human Resource Management. Claire has a Masters in Human Resource Management, a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).  She is married and the proud parent of two wonderful boys (6 and 4).

Danielle Sears (Staff Governor)
Danielle was appointed to JTHS in 2015 as teacher of Religious Studies, becoming lead teacher in 2018. She has also branched out into pastoral, becoming Head of year 7 in 2019. Danielle is a passionate teacher of RS and a dedicated member of the Pastoral team. She prides herself in being a key member of the JTHS community, participating in various trips and school events including the organisation of PGL residential. Aside from school life, Danielle enjoys socialising, charity work, baking and walking her dog Dexter.

Angus Stewart (Parent Governor)
Angus was elected as a parent governor at JTHS in May 2019. Angus has spent over 30 years within the financial services industry initially in retail banking with Barclays and now as CEO of an online mortgage broker. For the past 7 years Angus has been a Parent Governor at Yoxall St Peters which is a primary school within the JTMAT. Angus has a daughter in Y7 at JTHS.

Dianne Whiting – Clerk (email: jths-clerk@lgb.jtmat.co.uk)
Throughout the academic year Governors also attend presentation evenings, visit departments for subject Link Governance work, sit on interview panels, judge competitions, provide support via the school’s mentoring scheme, work within school committees e.g. Health and Safety and provide mock interviews for 6th Form students.

Neil Wagstaff (Parent Governor)
Neil was elected as a parent governor at JTHS in November 2020. A retired Royal Navy Captain with 40 years' service, Neil's retirement lasted 24 hours before he was called to work in the NHS and subsequently Public Health England delivering Trust, regional and National Reponses to the COVID 19 pandemic. Neil has a son in Y7 and a daughter in Y9 at JTHS.

Vanessa Lewis (Co-opted Governor )
Vanessa Lewis joined the JTHS governing body in September 2020.  Vanessa has worked as a solicitor for many years and has acted for a number of MAT’s during her career.  Vanessa is currently the General Counsel for Arden University, which is a digital education provider both domestically, internationally and via apprenticeships to a growing student population both via face-to-face teaching and online.  Vanessa has an understanding of the regulatory framework within which MAT’s are required to operate.  Vanessa is a past pupil of JTHS. 

JTMAT links

JTMAT Organisation Structure

JTMAT members and directors of the trust

Useful Documents