Welcome From the Chair of Governors

Judith Caswell – Chair of Governors 

May I, on behalf of the Governing Body, extend a warm welcome to you. 

The Governing Body at Manor exists to offer support to the Headteacher in the strategic decisions made at the academy, as well as hold the academy to account to ensure that we offer the best educational experience for all of our students.   

We are a Governing Body of thirteen members who all bring a wealth of skills and experience together to help shape Manor for the future.  Our work involves all stakeholders to ensure everyone has a voice in the development of the academy.  We meet formally throughout the academic year as a whole Governing Body and perform a number of monitoring visits to ensure our strategic plans have the desired impact on the improvement of our academy. 

We are all very proud of Manor Academy, both in the academic success our students achieve, and in our work with the local community.  We are a wholly inclusive academy and will do everything we can to support students in developing their academic and vocational skills. 

Chris Richards – Vice Chair

I became a parent governor in 2002 and my four sons attended the School. I continued on the Governing body as a co-opted governor when all my sons had left the school. I am retired now but enjoyed a career as a qualified mechanical engineer in both the mining industry and power generation, where I have developed a good understanding of the requirements of health and safety legislation. I have an interest in the sciences and my linked role is as health and safety governor.

I am keen to ensure that Manor Academy provides the best educational opportunities for our students as they progress through their formative years.

Colin Sawers

I was co-opted onto the Governing Body of The Manor Academy in November 2020.  I work in the Complaints and Information Team at Nottinghamshire County Council leading a business support team.  Since graduating from Loughborough University with a degree in Information and Library Studies I have worked in a variety of library and information services. I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals.  My career has included experience in both public and further education libraries. Since 2012 I have also served on the Governing Body of Peafield Lane Academy in Mansfield Woodhouse.

Suzanne Tryner

I have been a Parent Governor at the Manor Academy since 2015 and my 2 children attend the school. I am also a Headteacher in a Mansfield primary school and have worked in the education sector for over 20 years. I bring lots of educational experience to the Local Governing Body including Safeguarding, quality of teaching and Pupil Premium. I am keen for all children to reach their full potential, achieve well and have a positive experience throughout their school years. I am proud to have seen how well the Academy has developed over the last few years and look forward to being part of its future achievements.

Katie Gosling

I have worked at Manor Academy for 3 years, and over this time I have taken on many roles within the school. I am a Maths teacher, the School Lead for Young Carers, and the Head of Year 7. I work closely with both the pastoral and maths teams, as well as other colleagues throughout the school. I became a Governor in 2020 to help improve the outcomes and experiences of every pupil at the Manor Academy.

Jeff Sale

I became a Parent Governor at the Manor back in September 2002 and a Co-Opted Governor in more recent years. My children all attended the school, and I was a student here myself when it became The Manor Comprehensive back in 1973. I have sat on various committees during my time as a Governor which has broadened my experience and knowledge.
Professionally, from 2022 I enter semi-retirement from a career in sales and sales management in the retail, recruitment and medical market places, and am planning to develop my Governor role further in the future.


Margaret Lovell

I have been a governor at Manor Academy since 1985, firstly as a Parent Governor then a Co-opted, ater Community, LA governor and Academy governor and Trustee. I am now a community governor again, I served as Chair for Nine years during these 36 years.

My background is in Child Care, I worked for NCC as an Assistant Housemother in two different Children’s homes, then worked as Nanny to a family in Southwell before moving to Nottingham Children’s Hospital, where I trained for RSCN and was Staff nurse and Sister on general surgery. I have also worked for the Lord Chancellor’s department on the Advisory committee, interviewing prospective Magistrates.

Bruce Starkey

I have worked at Manor Academy for 4 years, and have 9 years of experience as a teacher. Prior to this I studied for a masters in chemistry at the University of York. I am a Science teacher, specialising in physics and chemistry. I became a teacher Governor in 2020 to help improve the outcomes and experiences of every pupil at the Manor Academy. I want all pupils to have the opportunity to reach their potential.

David Stocker

I joined the Manor Academy Governing Body as a Parent Governor in December 2021. My son started at the school in September that year. I have been a Primary School Governor since 2015 and also serve as Chair of a collaboration for five primary schools in the Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse area.

I believe that every child, regardless of disadvantage or disability, deserves an education which inspires them, building their confidence and character, to help them release their full potential.

I graduated with a degree in Geography from Nottingham University, before training as a journalist. I have had a varied career, predominantly in Sales and Marketing and I now run the UK business for a small multi-national company, with it’s Head Office in Germany. I look forward to using my skills and experience to help Manor Academy continue to improve outcomes for all our children.

Kerrie Cawthorn

I joined as the team of governors in March 2022 as parent governor. My oldest son started comprehensive school in September 2021.

I am very passionate about helping the younger generation navigate the world we live in today, in whatever way I possibly can. My career has been over the last twenty years working within the supply chain for major high street retailers, enabling me to travel the world. My main role is Head of UK Merchandising and within this role I ensure retailers, factories and business stay within budgets hit margins and ensure products are delivered on time.