Meet the Governance

We are proud of our team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to support us in achieving our goals. 

The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust as sponsor, is responsible for a number of schools and colleges, including Rosedale Primary School.  As part of its remit, The Trust continues to drive up standards, being fully committed to the further development of its provision for its stakeholders.   The Rosedale Primary Local Advisory (Governing) Body (LAB) is therefore required to meet formally each term before reporting to the Academy Board as part of Governance Day, involving the Members and Directors.

The LAB consists of community (co-opted) members, parents, guardians, carers and staff.  The skills sets, expertise and commitment of each individual are fundamental, as the LAB is critical to the work of Rosedale Primary School and overall governance arrangements of The Trust.   Accordingly, the Rosedale Primary LAB is made up as follows:

Gill Bennett, Chair   [Email:]

Niela Bamber, Headteacher

Sarah Driscoll, Chief Officer - Standards

Heidi Faure, Chief Officer - Operations

Michelle Drummond, Parent

Perminder Kaur, Parent

Debra Smith, Community


Gill Bennett

Gillian Bennett took up the role of Nursery Manager in September 2011 after serving as a Senior Child Care/Nursery Officer in the Day Nursery.  Gill has a genuine commitment to the Early Years and is dedicated to working with other professionals in order to benefit the children, their parents, guardians and carers together with the wider community.  After leaving her role in 2013 in order to join the Adult Education team, Gill continues to be associated with the Rosedale campus through the governance arrangements of The Trust.  

[01.09.11 to 01.09.21] [No pecuniary interest declared]

Niela Bamber

Niela Bamber has established strong and productive professional relationships with colleagues at all levels across The Trust.  She holds the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers and is passionate about providing the best outcomes for the children and brings a great deal of experience to the primary phase. Through her knowledge of Key Stage 3 and the secondary phase, she is professionally open-minded and keen to collaborate to ensure the best possible opportunities for families in the wider Trust.  Through her ‘hands on’ approach and her constant concern for the quality of provision, she drives forward outcomes for children, advocating booster and extra-curricular activities.  

[01.09.11 to 01.09.21] [No pecuniary interest declared]

Sarah Driscoll

Sarah Driscoll has over fifteen years’ experience in education leadership in both the primary and secondary phase, as well as experience in Studio Colleges and UTCs. Starting her career as an English teacher, Sarah has worked previously as a Principal, School Adviser and School Inspector. She is passionate about maximising opportunities in The Trust for cross-collaborative working and in ensuring all children are supported to reach their potential from the moment they arrive in Nursery through to Post 16.

[01.09.18 to 01.09.28] (No pecuniary interest declared)

Perminder Kaur

As a parent, Perminder Kaur is concerned for the welfare, education and future of all children.  Keen to represent all families at the School, as a working mum, her experience is welcome. Through the work of the Local Advisory Board, Perminder is determined to help build a school where every child can learn, grow and be successful.  She has aspirations for the School to be outstanding and through her approach seeks to be understanding and helpful.  

[30.03.21 to 30.03.25]  [No pecuniary interest declared]

Heidi Faure

Heidi Faure is an accomplished leader with a proven track record of success. As a former Mathematics Teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management, Heidi moved into the role of Vice Principal, before becoming College Principal in January 2013; and Executive Principal in February 2018 with responsibility for the secondary phase.  As Chief Officer – Operations, she continues to be an advocate of clear targets and monitoring of progress.  She continually strives to secure fantastic outcomes for all learners. As a former governor of a local primary school, she has an absolute understanding of the needs of the community and is resolute that all children should fulfil their potential.

[01.09.19 to 01.09.29] [No pecuniary interest declared]

Michelle Drummond

Michelle Drummond has been working in further education for 16 years in a support capacity and currently as a part-time Beauty Therapy lecturer.  As a mother of three children, she relishes the opportunity of working with parents, staff and the local community as a parent governor.  As an ex-pupil of the high school (pre-Trust) she has a real passion and desire to see the School go from strength to strength.   

[30.03.21 to 30.03.25] [No pecuniary interest declared]

Debra Smith

Debra Smith has been associated with The Trust in various capacities since September 2008. Her experience together with an MA in Integrated Provision for Children and Families, makes her well placed to discharge her role as Director of Early Years and Family Services.  With day nursery management experience and strategic lead at a local primary school where she set up stand-alone, self-financing pre-school provision, Debbie has been active in the local community, championing the cause of families bringing up children in challenging circumstances.  As a governor, she continues to be a great advocate for high quality Early Years provision.  

[01.09.12 to 01.09.22] [Disclosure of pecuniary interest - Little Marvels Nursery Services Limited (Early Years) - Professional interest only, declared 15th November 2016]



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