Stephen Aspinall

I have been a co-opted school governor at North Leamington School from September 2015, I was appointed to Governor Vice Chair in September 2018. In addition I chair the Teaching and Leaning Committee, I am the Governor link to Croft College, to History and Geography and the CEIAG/Careers link.

My additional role as a co-opted governor is to support and develop the 'school to business' link, looking to maximise the opportunities for local and national firms to work more closely with the school to help and develop the business leaders of the future. If your firm is interested in working with the school by providing time and expertise, sponsoring projects or simply by funding the school team kits then please make initial contact via email to,

I live locally and work for the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) as their Market Development Director. The CII is a non for profit organisation providing OfQual registered professional qualifications, learning materials and professional body membership for those working in Insurance and Financial Services, we currently have over 125,000 members who sign up to a code of conduct and a commitment to CPD.


Stephen Aspinall

Simon Owen

I have worked at North Leamington School since September 2012. I lead the Student Support and Engagement Team that offers a diverse range of support to students and staff within the school.

My previous career was as a Police Officer where I served in various roles and ranks prior to retirement in 2012 after 30 years.

I have been a school Governor since 1999, serving at infant, primary and secondary schools, following my children through the schools they attended. They have long since finished, but I really enjoy being part of team of fellow Governors that continues to strive and ensure a quality of outstanding education for all children to access.

Owen Simon


Joy Mitchell

I have been Head teacher at North Leamington School since September 2011. Previously I was Deputy Head at Queen Elizabeth School in Atherstone for five years. Before starting at NLS I was seconded on behalf of the Local Authority to support a school closure and amalgamation with another school in Nuneaton to become an Academy. I stayed on as acting Principal until the substantive Principal was in post. I was also Assistant Head teacher at Ashlawn School for a number of years.

I have a commitment of 31 years in Warwickshire schools and have experience of working in a wide range of contexts from helping take a school out of special measures to working in an outstanding school. I’m 100% committed to NLS and with the support of our Governing Body will continue to support and encourage all members of our community to strive to be the very best that they can be.


Joy Mitchel Head Teacher



Richard Freeth

I have been a governor at North Leamington School since 2012 and was appointed Vice-Chair in 2014. Within the governance structure I chair the Resources and Pay Committee.

Away from NLS, I am a lawyer specialising in education law and have over 17 years’ experience of this area of work. I hope that I am able to use this experience and expertise to support leadership at NLS and ensure it continues to make outstanding provision for all students.


Richard Freeth New Governor


David Gorvett

Having been a governor at both Primary and Secondary schools over the previous 12 years, I am presently enjoying supporting NLS on its journey to continued success for all its students. My main focus has always been to place the students at the centre of our decision making. To both support them in their times of need and provide everyone with the best possible opportunity to achieve their full potential.

My background is not education, so I bring a challenge and approach from the commercial world which is sometimes well received and often inappropriate! On this note, after quickly moving on from engineering, I spent 20 years with Vehicle Manufacturers and then moved over to consultancy with my business based in Warwick. As a consequence, I bring a very broad commercial view and am well positioned to help ensure governance from financial, strategic and directional perspectives.


David Gorvett Parent Governor



Nigel Wells

I have been a parent governor at North Leamington School since January 2017. I believe that a parent governor should aid the smooth running of the school, challenge as appropriate and be a link between parents and the governing body.

As well as a Dad to two daughters at NLS, I have 20+ years’ experience with a leading UK vehicle manufacturer across Sales, Marketing, PR, Finance & Property Management disciplines. This has given me an insight into the skills our children need when they enter the workplace. I intend to utilise my financial knowledge and strong project management skills within the governing body team, specifically the Resources Committee.


Nigel Wells

Rob Pearce

I am a co-opted governor and trustee at North Leamington School and I serve as Vice Chair of the Resources Committee. I live within the school catchment area.

I worked for a number of years as a health professional in the NHS at both practitioner and director level. For the last 20 years I have run my own Management Consultancy, Response Consulting, which specialises in supporting small business, charities and not for profit organisations mainly within the health and social care sector.

I served as a Non-Executive Director for 12 years with the local NHS. This role enabled me to learn and develop my skill set in working in a Governor/Non Executive capacity which I am delighted to be able to use in this role.

I maintain an active interest in the working relationship between the education, health and social care sector and am especially committed to enabling students to be supported in developing and maintaining their health and wellbeing.



Charlie Sabin

I have been a Governor at North Leamington School for 10 years, initially as a parent Governor but now as a co-opted Governor. I have been on a journey with the school as it has converted to Academy and I am looking forward to be involved as the school builds year on year to be an outstanding school.

I am currently on the Resources Committee and have been linked to the PE Department over the years, as I have a particular interest in this area. I am also a keen advocate in supporting the schools behaviour systems that ensures a proportionate response to matters that supports all students and staff.

I have worked for 32 years in telecommunications and currently work for British Telecom Open Reach currently as a Planning Coach. I also sit on the committee at Old Leamingtonians RFC and was chairman of the club from 2014 -2016. I am the current President of the Mini & Junior section where many of the past and present NLS students are members and players.



Alex Turner

I have been a co-opted school governor at North Leamington School since May 2018. I am vice-chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and the Governor link to Binswood college and core subjects.

I live in Leamington and work for the Department for Education.

Prior to this, I was a secondary mathematics teacher and school leader in a number of schools across the region. I intend to bring my first-hand experience of school leadership to school governance.


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