Introducing the Governors

The Governors of our school are a committed group of people who want to make a positive contribution to our student’s education.  They have an extremely important role and combine their dedication and specialism to achieve this. On this page we have introduced ourselves and would welcome any feedback or questions you would like to put forward.

Governors: 

Ms Rosslyn Avery
Ros Avery has one son in year 9 and a daughter in year 6, hoping to start Gosford in September 2017.  Her oldest son had special needs and attended Bardwell School.  Professionally qualified as a chartered accountant and has over 25 years Finance and Governance experience in the private, public and charity sector.  Most of her working life has been as a Finance Director with a charity working with marginalised people in the UK and overseas. She served as a non-executive director in the NHS in Oxfordshire for 8 years, with roles including Children's champion and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Mr Adrian Mark Corness
Mark Corness is a Parent Governor elected in 2015. He has three daughters in the school in years 13, 10 and 7 and a son who recently left Gosford Hill following his GCSE’s to study an extended diploma in art and design. Mark has over 20 years experience as a science teacher, educational psychologist and inclusion, therapeutic foster care, and behavior and attendance manager in local government. He currently runs his own small company in Oxford delivering educational psychology services to schools, families and other clients. He believes strongly in social inclusion, wellbeing and aspirational education for all young people.

Miss Hayley Curtis
Hayley Curtis is a former student of Gosford Hill School, leaving the Sixth Form in 2002.  Hayley studied Geography and Educational Studies at Oxford Brookes University and completed a Masters Degree in Education; specialising in effective teaching and learning.  Hayley is the faculty leader for Humanities, appointed in July 2016 after 10 years of teaching in the surrounding areas.

Mr Andrew Gauld (Chair)
Andy Gauld is a Parent Governor elected in 2013. He has a son in year 10 and a son in year 7, with other son currently at primary school. He is a Director at Deloitte working in Analytics & Digital. He is the former chairman and founding member of a local football club in the Bicester area and is still an active member of the club. Andy is currently the Chair of Governors and the Chair of the Finance and Resources committee.

Dr David Hopkin (Vice Chair)
David Hopkin is a parent governor, elected in 2012. He has had three children at Gosford Hill, one of whom has just finished sixth form, one has just started sixth form, and one is in year eight. He is a lecturer and tutor in History at Hertford College, University of Oxford, specializing in modern European history. He has a lot of experience in university admissions and so is the link governor with the sixth form. He’s also trying to think of new ways in which the School can build up its links with the local community, businesses and former students.

Dr Rachel Long
Dr Rachel Long has worked as a mathematician at Oxford Brookes University for the past 16 years, and is currently Principal Lecturer and Programme Lead in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. She has recently completed a six-year position on the University's Academic Board, dealing with research and teaching issues including developing and approving policies and procedures with reference to external legislature, admissions criteria, and matters relating to student assessment and examinations. Rachel has a son in year 10, and a daughter who previously attended the school. 

Mrs Elaine Millard
Elaine Millard has a son in year 8 at Gosford Hill and a daughter in year 5 of primary school. Elaine is an HR Partner at the BBC, currently working on a major World Service project. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, and has MA in French and Spanish. Outside of work, Elaine is Chair of 1st Bure Park Scouting, and also Chair of a local church committee.

Mr Chris Robins
Chris Robins has been a Governor of Gosford Hill School since 2005. Originally appointed by the County Council, he has continued to serve as an independent Governor from the local community since the transition to Academy status. He is retired from the civil service, before which he had experience as a manager in the then National Bus Company. He served as a Kidlington Parish Councillor from 1995 to 2015. He has been part of the editorial team of the local magazine Kidlington News since 2005. He is very active in Kidlington Baptist Church, of which he is currently a trustee (Treasurer) and member of the leadership team. He is also actively involved in ecumenical working between different churches, and is currently Treasurer of Churches Together in Oxfordshire.

Mr Nigel Sellars
Nigel Sellars was appointed as Headteacher from Easter 2016. He has worked in three other secondary schools throughout Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and is a Music graduate. Nigel’s educational vision is learning centred, aimed at developing individual students to be autonomous and resilient learners in order to prepare them with not only subject knowledge and understanding, but also transferrable skills, and wider extra curricular opportunities in order that they can take their place in a rapidly changing and competitive workplace. Outside of his work, Nigel is a Community First Responder with West Midlands Ambulance Service, and other hobbies include baking, running, rowing and music.

Mrs Geraldine Shepherd
Geraldine has lived in Kidlington since 2005.  She is married and has four children,  all of whom now have their own families.  She has worked within Human Resources management in the NHS for over 25 years, many of which were at a senior level.  She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel  & Development and  currently works for a local NHS Trust.  Geraldine is an active member of Emmanuel Church Oxford  where she has been a Trustee since 2006.  In her HR career she has actively supported people to develop through their career pathways and believes that everyone should have the right to develop to their full potential  which starts with opportunities and sound foundations in their informative years of formal education.

Mr Adrian Thomas
Adrian Thomas is a Parent Governor elected in May 2017 and is married and has a son in year 8. He has 20 years’ experience as a police officer with Thames Valley Police and has lived in Kidlington for the last 15 years. He trained as a detective and now specialises in policing strategy and domestic abuse. He holds a degree and postgraduate diploma from Cardiff University and enjoys walking and reading.

Mr David Thompson
David Thompson has lived and worked in Kidlington for the past forty years. He is married with two sons. Now retired, was Engineering Manager for CSE Aviation at Oxford Airport, and subsequently, Owner and Director of an engineering company .At one time a Governor of Edward Feild School and a PTA member of Gosford Hill School. He then became a Parish Councillor and a Senior Officer with RGJ ACF. David Is currently Chairman of the ATC Civilian Committee and President of The Woodstock and Kidlington Rotary Club. Playing Golf and Caravanning are his main hobbies.

Mrs Kay Usher
Kay Usher has three children in primary school, one of which has special needs. Prior to her role as finance manager for Gosford Hill School, Kay was a business manager for a local charity specialising in patient feedback, where she was responsible for the corporate strategy and corporate functions, as well as leading a team of 7 staff. She was also responsible for quality improvement, gaining ISO25002 and investors in people awards for the company. She also has many years’ experience in sales and marketing in the private sector (life science). She holds a Masters in Business Administration and an MPhil in Gene Therapy. Kay is a teaching Maths at Gosford Hill School.

Mr Clive Walsh
Clive Walsh has lived in Kidlington since 1980, Married with 3 Children, who all attended Gosford Hill School, with a Grandchild presently at the school. Working for BT for over 40 years, in many Engineering and Management roles. Currently an Operations Manager, Leading a Team of 17 Engineers and Apprentices, responsible for their Personal Development, Health & Safety, Compliance and Performance Management, Continuously Improving and Developing them. Outside work he had played Rugby for Oxford Old Boys and has coached mini and junior Rugby teams from the age of 8 through to 18. He was Chairman of a Kidlington Social club for 12 years. Current hobbies are active supporter of local rugby team, enjoying skiing, walking and travel.

Please direct any feedback or questions to Mrs Clare Carpen, Clerk to the Governors at Gosford Hill School (clare.carpen@gosford-hill.oxon.sch.uk).