Meet the Governors

Here is a brief introduction from some of our key governors:Chair of Govenors - Claire Hunter

Chair of Govenors - Claire Hunter

My name is Claire Hunter and I am the current Chair of Governors here at Silverhill Primary. I am a Co-opted governor who has two boys, one at the school and one who has recently left to go to Secondary school. My day job is as a Change and Implementation Manager specialising in staff development for the Department of Work and Pensions. I am passionate about providing a learning environment where children feel safe and happy and are empowered to perform at their very best academically but also to perform confidently in the outside world in which they will become global citizens.

Link Governor - James HaywardLink Governor - James Hayward

The link governor helps to co-ordinate the training and development of the governors. An average day will find me driving a desk in the Learning & Performance department at Experian in Nottingham.  I look after a team of people that administer our Learning Management System, build eLearning and look after our classroom based courses. I've always been interested in education, so when a charity came to work looking for people to volunteer to become governors, it seemed like the right thing to do.  I chose a primary school near my home as my wife and I were planning a family - my son is now attending Silverhill. I love everything about the school the staff manage a very fine line of achieving good results whilst still giving the students a well rounded education. We get a big picture overview of the school from Mrs Nash, but because I now work in Nottingham, I don't manage to get to the school as often as I'd like, but I make sure I get there during school time at least once a term.



Co-opted Governor - Viraj RautCo-opted Governor - Viraj Raut

My name is Viraj Raut and I live in Mickleover with my wife and two daughters who both attend Silverhill. Family is extremely important to me and I spend most of my spare time with my family. We swim, cycle and generally enjoy the outdoors. I am a Lawyer by profession however for the last twelve years I have been employed in an IT Strategy & Operations Management role for an large US based aerospace company. I have accountability for IT Infrastructure for Europe, Middle East and Africa regions and I am based in various offices in the UK. I have in the past, worked in a number of business and IT roles for industry. I decided to become a school governor because I wanted to give something back to the community. I am very passionate about education and enjoy volunteer work and wanted to bring together my business skills and experience and apply them to the school environment with the objective of being able to support the school in enhancing the learning experience for the children of Silverhill.


Parent Governor - Amanda Baxendale-NewburyParent Governor - Amanda Baxendale-Newbury

I have two sons who attend Silverhill. I work full time at the University of Derby as Head of Knowledge Transfer; enabling companies to work with the University on innovation and collaborative Research and Development projects. I believe that parents have a strong and central role to play in the education of their children, as a Governor I believe I can best fulfil this role and actively contribute to the school. Through being a Governor I have witnessed how passionate and dedicated the staff are and I feel privileged to be able to support them in this capacity.




Co-opted Governor - Sima Ali Syed

Hi, I am a Co-opted Governor at Silverhill and my passion for children's education and learning stemmed from having my own 3 children and teaching them the value of education. I work full time at the University of Derby and was given this governance opportunity to explore - education is an area that I have a great passion for. I believe a child's development can help to transform and shape their lives and prepare them for higher education and their career. I want to assist in child development and aid the development of learning from a young age. I found it extremely rewarding to see my own children satisfied in their learning and discovering new concepts at home and at school, which I believe would encourage them through their educational and personal life and hope I can make a difference to others.



Staff Governor - Steve Burley

Hello, as you will know, my name is Steve Burley and I am the Staff Governor at Silverhill Primary School. I have been teaching for 16 years.  I have previously been a Year 5 Teacher, Maths Co-ordinator, I was a Teaching and Learning Coach at my previous school and am a Specialised Leader of Education in Maths for Derby Teaching Schools Alliance.




Parent Governor - Luise Garner

My name is Luise Garner, I have two daughters who attend Silverhill.  I work in the railway industry at Porterbrook Leasing as their Contract Manager, focussing on the tendering and mobilisation of maintenance and modification contracts for fleets of trains. I applied to become a Parent Governor as I strongly believe that children should aspire to reach their best potential and be encouraged, through their early education, to consider a wide range of career paths, irrespective of their gender or social background.




Co-opted Governor - Sara Osman

Hi my name is Sara Osman and I am a Co-opted Governor. I have two boys ages 1 and 5 years. I have a Master's Degree certificate and I was working as lecturer at the university. I will make sure that I can well utilise my experience and skills to support children and serve the community. I believe that working together with the head teacher and school staff will ensure the best outcomes for the children.



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