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Our Governors

Lindsay Clark - Co-Chair of Governors


I am currently the Interim Headteacher at Ashbrook Junior School as part of my role of Headteacher Designate for Transform Trust.  Additionally, I lead on Enrichment across Transform Trust. 

I have been in teaching for 32 years in a variety of school settings: secondary Maths and PE teacher, special school teacher, Headteacher of a Pupil Referral Unity and Headteacher of a junior school. I am passionate that education has the power to change the lives of children and families, and can be instrumental in breaking the cycle of poverty.  I believe that all children should have rich experiences inside and outside the classroom that develop them academically, socially and emotionally.  I aim to empower our children as leaders, developing their resilience, empathy and teamwork.

In my personal life I have been a successful sportsperson, representing Scotland in football and hockey. I continue to be an avid gym goer and remain competitive in my self-believe of everyday being an opportunity to be a better person than I was yesterday.  I love to read and listen to podcasts about education and leadership. I spend much of my personal life dog walking in Derbyshire or on one of the many beautiful beaches in the UK.


Dr Peter Miller - Vice Chair - Safeguarding


I joined the governing body in April 2021.  My background is as a doctor, and a consultant chid and adolescent psychiatrist in the NHS for 20 years. I subsequently went onto a managerial role, becoming chief executive of a NHS Trust in Leicestershire.

I have specialist skills in safeguarding, child development, leadership development, governance and risk management, along with previously been a parent governor and chair of governors at a primary school in Nottingham.

Personally I am married with 4 children, aged between 28 and 13.  I enjoy keeping fit, having done a few triathlons.

I hope I will be able to bring all my experience to support the school and it's leadership team on its journey to become a great place for children to learn and develop.


Mrs Jacqui Trowsdale - Community and Curriculum Governor


I am a new governor but not new to being passionate about schools and about the children of Derby.  I have been a teacher for over 15 years, leading on areas such as Maths, Assessment and Pupil Premium.  I am excited to be a governor for Breadsall Hill Top Primary School, as it is a school which I already have links with through Transform Trust.  I have seen the school go through many changes and look forward to supporting and challenging the school through its future developments to ensure the best outcomes for all children.   

In any spare time I have, you will find me reading, visiting the cinema and going to the theatre – I have a particular love of anything horror based as well as musicals (it’s not often that the two get combined!). 


Miss Ruth Palmer - Trust Governor


I have been the vice-chair at an infant school in Nottinghamshire since 2018 and when I started working for Transform Trust in July 2022, I took the opportunity to join the governing body at Breadsall Hill Top Primary School as a Trust Governor.  Before joining Transform I worked both as a Clerk for the Local Authority for 4 years and as a manager within a procurement team for 16 years. I hope to use my experience of governance to support the staff, pupils and community at BHTP.

Outside of work I enjoy playing ice hockey, walking the dog and learning new languages, particularly French and Norwegian.


Mr Matt Lawrence - Head Teacher and Governor Breadsall Hill Top Primary School


I joined BHTP on 1 September 2019 after having spent many years teaching and leading within schools in Nottingham and Sheffield.  My last substantive headship was at Arnold Mill Primary School which was judged outstanding by Ofsted across all aspects of its work in 2014, I then worked for another multi-academy Trust in a variety of leadership positions.  I decided to return to headship and BHTP was my school of choice! All of my previous experience will support what we aim to achieve here.  My key strengths are leading school improvement, leading teams and implementing a strategic vision.  I believe passionately that all children are entitled to an outstanding education and that the BHTP community deserves an outstanding school to be proud of.  Through the dedication,  commitment and hard work of the whole staff team, I am confident in ensuring that BHTP will rapidly improve and achieve its ambitious vision.


Miss Rowan Whitelock - Teacher and Staff Governor


I am currently a Year 1 class teacher at Breadsall Hill Top Primary School and also lead Design and Technology at the school having recently taken on the role of leading Enrichment as Breadsall. I have been a teacher at the school since 2017 and I joined the Governing Body in 2022. I joined the Governing Body to take more of an active role in the running of the school, including presenting information from the staff to play a part in it's development. I love teaching and becoming part of the Breadsall family has truly been a highlight of my career so far; it is a privilege to be a part of our community. I have a passion for creating memorable learning experiences for children and strive to ignite a passion for life long learning in the children I teach. Outside of teaching I love to spend time with my family, including my pets, going for walks in the countryside and reading.


Mrs Kapka Vassileva - Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Staff Governor