Governing Body Membership
Detailed information on Governor's, including date of appointment and attendance can be found on the Brooke Weston Trust website under Brooke Weston Governors.
Chair of Governors
I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the Governing Body at Brooke Weston. I grew up in and went to school in Corby and am passionate about education and giving young people the best opportunities in life. I am an English Graduate and have built my career leading Operations and delivering transformational change projects within various scale businesses. For the last 13 years I have worked as a senior leader in Financial Services for companies such as Barclaycard, Barclays, Hargreaves Lansdown, Aviva and most recently Nationwide. Throughout my career I have mentored and developed people through their career choices and look forward to being able to provide this type of support at Brooke Weston. I was Chair of Governors at Geddington Primary School for 4+ years and so have good insight into what is required of a successful Governor. Both of my children now attend Brooke Weston and I am extremely proud to see them both thriving in the environment fostered at the school.
Clare Dent is from Kettering and was educated locally before studying a Chemistry Degree at University. She has worked within both the Research & Development and Manufacturing sectors of the Pharmaceutical industry, employed by two of the industry's giants GSK and Astra Zeneca. Clare progressed from an Analytical Chemist in both companies’ labs through to a Quality Assurance Manager at the former Astra Zeneca Corby site. After the site suffered fire damage and closed, Clare joined her family business, and developed new skills within the business; management, payroll and finance. She has also held a position and gained experience in all aspects of governance at a local primary school, and would like to develop this further and gain experience within the secondary stage of education. When Clare isn't working or driving her children around the area to attend their clubs and sporting events, she enjoys relaxing on her road bike, riding around the local lanes or escaping off to the Lake District to enjoy off road mountain biking or walking high level fells.
I have over 20 years' experience in primary education. This has included working as an Education Adviser specialising in Primary Science as part of the school development team for Northamptonshire County Council. I was Vice Principal at Beanfield Primary from July 2011 to August 2014 and was appointed Principal at Oakley Vale Primary in September 2014. Since becoming Principal at Oakley Vale I have led the school through significant change where we have moved from a Requires Improvement to a strong good school in our most recent Ofsted (June 2017). I look forward to being part of the Brooke Weston Governing body and see this as a great opportunity to continue to develop strong links with both schools and the gain an even stronger understanding of the challenges in both Primary and Secondary settings.
I attended secondary school in Corby, going on to study Law at the University of Birmingham and then the College of Law, qualifying as a solicitor in 1986. I am currently Head of the Commercial Property Team at Wilson Browne Solicitors, splitting my working week between the Kettering and Corby offices. As well as being a governor at Brooke Weston Academy I am also a Council Member (and past President) of Northamptonshire Law Society, co-chair of Corby Business Group and Independent Member of Northampton Borough Council Standards Committee. The steel industry and the Serbian community brought my family to the county in the 1970s when my father moved from the mines of Northumberland to the tube works in Corby. I am passionate about schools and businesses working more closely both to inspire students and to help them with the skills required to be successful in their working lives
I arrived at Brooke Weston Academy in 2017 as a member of the Cover Team and have since become a History Teacher in the Humanities Department. Having been raised in the Corby community and with experience working in education both in the UK and abroad, I have always considered teaching to be an empowering profession which enables all staff to be real change-makers in their communities. Since 2015 I have also served as an elected Councillor on Corby Borough Council, a role which has enabled me to accrue key experience in decision-making while representing residents and stakeholders in the area. To wind down, when I am not teaching I enjoy long-distance walking, travel and writing. As Staff Governor I am proud to sit on the academy’s governing body and I look very forward to working with colleagues and staff to ensure that we continue to provide a high quality education to our young people and serve the community of the present and the future.
With over 35 years of Corporate and Commercial Finance experience working in London and across the regions for a major global bank, Nic latterly led their West Midlands Commercial Structured Finance team, before establishing his own Corporate Finance advisory business. Nic’s business specialises in advising businesses through major event driven transactions such as Management Buy Outs, Acquisitions and Private Equity fund raising. As well as his financial acumen, Nic brings with him business development skills and access to a wide business network. Having mentored Graduate Trainees, he is also keen to support and help prepare students for life in the world of employment and business. Outside of the work environment, in the past he has been involved with the Princes Trust and fund raising for the Spinal Injuries Association. Nic has lived in the Kettering District for over 20 years. He is married with two children, both of whom are students at Brooke Weston Academy. Nic is a former club rugby player and a life-long supporter of Leicester Tigers, he enjoys cycling, live music and walking Monty the family dog.
Nick Favill Joined Oakham School in 2006 as a teacher of Classics and has had various roles alongside this over the years . These have included residency in a boarding house as well as coordinating the PSHE and tutorial program for year 9 and currently a housemaster of a boys’ day house. This role is mainly pastoral but complements his academic teaching and allows him to play a daily role in the lives of 75+ students on whole school issues. His interests include cycling and running in the Rutland countryside and walking and swimming along the British coastline, especially Cornwall, with my wife and children.
I am an Analytical Scientist working at Unilever in Bedfordshire for the last 14 years. Having moved to Corby when I got married approximately 17 years ago and now a mother of two girls, I have enjoyed getting involved in their education and supporting them with life skills. After careful consideration I decided that I would like to apply for a school Governor role and get more involved in education and make a difference to our community. As a scientist I can bring a diversity of different skills, I can communicate complex ideas in a simple way, analyse and review different types of data and make decisions as this is a key element of my role at work. I can bring the skills and unique experiences, perspectives and insights into decision-making in the interests of the school community. I have been involved in Science initiative volunteering programs in various primary schools in Northamptonshire. Being part of the Serbian community in Corby, I volunteer as chairperson for the local Serbian Folklore dancing group as well as attending various festivals around the country. My interests include swimming, going to the gym and spending time with my family.
I am originally from Norwich, graduating from university in 2001 with a business degree in Retail Management. After joining the Sales & Marketing Graduate scheme, the majority of my career has been spent in the Commercial Team at Weetabix. I am based at the Burton Latimer head office, a short drive from home. Between periods at Weetabix, I have also enjoyed six years in the chilled food industry, working for both Greencore and Samworth Brothers. My roles have included category management, national account management and most recently, commercial strategy. My passion lies in being able to influence the future success of the business through having a curious mindset, and fascination with shopper psychology. At Brooke Weston, I’m looking forward to gaining an understanding of the education sector and to bring my passion for practical and theoretical business education to the wider academy community. Moving to the area 20 years ago, I have lived in both the Kettering and Corby districts. I now live in a village on the outskirts of Corby with my wife and two children. I am a keen cyclist and skier. I also enjoy baking and taking family holidays, with Devon being a favourite summer destination.