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Gill O’Hagan

Gill O’Hagan

Position: Chair of Governors


Term of Office Expires: August 2022


I first became a Governor at Alfreton Nursery School when my 2 daughters attended. I live locally in the town and feel privileged to have been involved with this Outstanding Nursery School during the past 25 years.

Until retirement, I was a Secondary school teacher and my life long passion has been to support children and adults on their educational journey. Therefore, I endeavour to call upon my knowledge and experience within the field of education.

As Chair of Governors, I am committed to all aspects of the Nursery School, ensuring we offer the best opportunities for our children and families. Our Governing Body work hard to maintain a sound financial status for the school with innovative and exciting opportunities for all the School Team.


Category: Local Authority


Appointing Body: Local Authority


Committee Membership: Resources Management (RMC), Performance Management (PM), Governor at Unity Federation, Alfreton


Responsibilities: Safeguarding & Child Protection (inc Safer Recruitment), SEN, Inclusion, Link Governor, British Values, Curriculum Monitoring, Understanding of the World, Maths, PSED, Anti-bullying, Looked After Children, Covid 19 sub group, Complaints (Appeals)

Peter Ellse

Peter Ellse

Position: Vice Chair of Governors


Term of Office Expires: August 2023


I have been involved in Alfreton Nursery 15 years, having had a business on Monk Road 20 years ago tts group. In my day job I’m CEO of cosydirect.com and cosyfoundation.com. I’m a patron of derby kids camp but I don’t like camping! I’m from a single parent family, a free school meals kid in Belper. Spare time is spent driving around with three teen children and tickling coco our dog, playing football and suffering Derby County. Feel free to contact and say hi! #LoveAlfretonnursery.


Category: Co-Opted


Appointing Body: Governing Body


Committee Membership: Resources Management (RMC), Performance Management (PM)


Responsibilities: Curriculum Monitoring (Link Governor Maths, PSED, Understanding of the World, ICT)

Amanda Hubball

Amanda Hubball


Term of Office Expires: September 2022


I am a teacher and senior leader at Alfreton Nursery School. I have worked in school for 25 years and am passionate about early years education. I have been instrumental in the successes of the school locally, nationally and internationally

I lead practice in school for mental health and well-being, provision for the more able learners, metacognition and enquiry based learning, inclusion and behaviour, maths and environmental education, along with the indoor and outdoor STEM curriculum.

As the mother of two children and passionate animal lover, I spend my life outside of school grappling with the delights and dramas of feeding animals, homework, princess dresses, cuddling children, cuddling animals, battling with ipads, washing the pots, puddle splashing . . .


Category: Staff


Appointing Body: Staff


Committee Membership: TLC


Responsibilities: Inclusion, Anti Bullying, Curriculum Monitoring, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Looked After Children

Louise Ashmore

Louise Ashmore


Term of Office Expires: April 2023


I am Louise, a Nursery nurse in school and have worked here for 14 years. I have also been on the governing board for 10 years. I am really passionate about early years education and outdoor learning. I am a level 3 forest school leader and as well as leading forest schools in school, I support with the dissemination of best practice locally. I’m instrumental in the development of computing in school, as well as working to enhance provision in maths. I have worked hard to develop practice to support the well- being of all children in school.

I am a huge football fan and support Derby County on Saturday afternoons. I also enjoy spending lots of time with my friend, and family, and my 6 godchildren. I like to watch Dramas on the television and keep very active.


Category: Co-Opted


Appointing Body: Governing Body


Committee Membership: TLC


Responsibilities: Curriculum Monitoring

Nicola Bettison

Nicola Bettison


Term of Office Expires: April 2023


Hi I am Nicola, I have worked in Alfreton Nursery school for 15 years. I have a passion for Forest Schools and Gardening. You will often see me tidying up the amazing areas around the school. I am a Governor at two other local schools and am passionate about supporting the children and families in Alfreton.


Category: Co-Opted


Appointing Body: Governing Body


Committee Membership: TLC, Governor at Unity Federation, Alfreton & David Nieper Academy


Responsibilities: Curriculum Monitoring, Health & Safety, Complaints

Eleanor Hughes

Eleanor Hughes


Term of Office Expires: March 2025


I have been part of the Alfreton Nursery family for 4 years, both of my children greatly enjoyed the time they spent at Nursery, they often talk of the fun times they had. Before I had my children I was a teacher in several primary schools. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and travelling. I am privileged to be able to continue to be part of our Outstanding Nursery as parent governor.


Category: Parent


Appointing Body: Parents


Committee Membership: TBC


Responsibilities: TBC

Rachel Longmate

Rachel Longmate


Term of Office Expires: January 2026


Whilst I am fairly new to the Governing Body at Alfreton Nursery, I have been working in partnership with the team for a couple of years now through the School Direct ITT programme. In my working life I lead on School Direct and facilitate training for teachers both who are currently training and those who are early in their career. Formerly, I worked as a primary school teacher working as a SENDCo/Inclusion Manager in two separate large Sheffield schools and later as a Headteacher of a small Derbyshire Primary School. I am honoured to be part of the Governing Body at Alfreton working with the team, children and staff.


Category: Co-Opted


Appointing Body: Governing Body


Committee Membership: Teaching and Learning


Responsibilities: TBC

Louise Calow

Louise Calow


Term of Office Expires: February 2024


I’m Louise, and have been a parent governor at Alfreton Nursery since 2017. Both my children came to Alfreton Nursery and knowing what a fantastic start to their education it was, I wanted to give back what I could in service to the school and the wider community. Being a parent, I was most excited about showing them the world and all it can offer and Alfreton Nursery truly reflects this - the staff here are an inspiration for the children (and the governors!) and no learning is out of bounds or too much of a challenge. Professionally I am a property lawyer, so have a [boring] obsession with paperwork which is a useful skill to have! When I get any time to myself, you will find me either reading, gardening, walking, crafting or enjoying motorsport.


Category: Parent


Appointing Body: Elected by Parents


Committee Membership: Teaching and Learning


Responsibilities: Data, SDG, Well being and Mental Health and Anti Bullying

Neil Beeson

Neil Beeson


Term of Office Expires: September 2025


I am very honoured to have the opportunity to support Alfreton Nursery School in the capacity as a Governor. I have been employed as the School Business Manager at the school since September 2021.  I have over 30 years’ experience in supporting schools in a variety of roles. The main focus over the last 20 years has been with Finance. Fifteen years with Derbyshire County Council, four with a large Academy Trust and recently a School Business Officer at Swanwick School and Sports college. 

I consider myself very friendly, knowledgeable and approachable and I am looking forward to supporting the school in this role.

I have been a volunteer with the Scouts since I was 16, and have been a Beaver Scout leader for over 30 years. I find this to be very rewarding and an enjoyable.

I love sport, watching and playing. I regularly play football and tennis. I enjoy cycling around the lovely Derbyshire Dales.

I have been married for 23 years, have a son, who is 17. 


Category: Staff


Appointing Body: Co-Opted


Committee Membership: Finance and Resources


Responsibilities: Health and Safety