Thursday 22 February 2018


If a parent wishes to contact the Chairman of Governors they can do so by addressing a letter marked Strictly Private and Confidential to :

The Chairman of Governors, Westbourne School, 60 Westbourne Road, Sheffield S10 2QT

Scott Hinchliffe - Chairman
undefinedScott joined the Board of Governors in 2011 and was appointed Chairman in September 2014. He has been involved in a number of diversified businesses over the years, including Motor Dealerships, Corporate Financing, Import and Wholesale Distribution and whose primary business is now solely that of Commercial Property Development and Investment in the North of England and the Midlands. Outside of work Scott has two young daughters and his interests are Travelling, Music and partaking in and watching various sports including Running, Cycling and Football.

Susan Kay
Former parent
Susan is an experienced Consultant and Executive coach.  Combining her operational and corporate strategy and HR experience.  She has two daughters, one of whom attended Westbourne School.

Most of Susan’s career has been working in large multi-national corporate businesses; such as BT plc.  She has also worked internationally as a consultant and Executive coach where she has worked across a range of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, aerospace and bio-medical devices. 

Susan has a Batchelor of Science in Psychology, Masters in business and a Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD.  Her thesis topic ‘Wilful blindness – narcissist’s at work’ reflects her personal interest in how personality disorders manifest themselves in the Executive suite and are effectively managed, with particular emphasis on the role of the Board in managing behavioural risk.   

Susan is also on the Advisory Board at UCL where she also lectures on leadership on their MSc in telecoms and business.  Susan is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) and the Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society (OPUS)

Jon Kenworthy
Parent Governor
undefinedJon is a corporate partner in global law firm DLA Piper where he has advised clients on over £3bn of transactions over the last 10 years. He has particular expertise in initial and secondary public equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions and strategic joint ventures. He was educated at the University of Sheffield.  Jon is a trustee and vice chair of Shelter, the national housing and homelessness charity.  Jon has three children in senior school.

Andrew Eaton
Former pupil and former parent
undefinedA former pupil and current parent of two children in senior school. After qualifying  as a chartered accountant in 1991 I moved into industry and worked first for the Siemens group and then the Rentokil group. After 20 years living in the south of England I moved back to Sheffield in 2008 so that my children, George and Sophie, could attend Westbourne. I now work as a Financial Accountant for IMI Cornelius in Hillsborough. I have an interest in military history and aviation and enjoy hiking as well as the occasional game of cricket.

Stephen Goodhart
Stephen is the former Head of Swanbourne House School.

Stephen was at Swanbourne for 17 years and has a deep understanding of independent education, finance and the customer base and is experienced at board level.

He has particular expertise in strategic planning in Organisation, Management and Education at Board level.  Stephen has substantial project management experience, business transformation and improvement through School operations and the customer experience side, together with transformation, development and improvement of Curriculum, Education and Technology.

Claire Lawton
undefinedClaire is the Managing Partner at Jolliffe Cork, Chartered Accountants in Wakefield. The diverse portfolio of clients within her care covers a wide range of businesses including charities and Not for Profit organisations with a key focus on Owner Managed Entities. In addition to qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 she now holds the specialist Diploma in Charity Accounting which promotes best practice in charity audit, accounts and governance.

Claire is also actively involved with the local business community having previously served as the Honorary Treasurer of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and 12 years as a Trustee on the Board of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation as Chair of both Finance and Audit Committees. Most recently, an acting Trustee on the Board of Theatre Royal Wakefield and Wakefield Cathedral Finance Committee.

David Merifield
Current Parent
undefinedDavid Merifield joins the Board bringing over 35 years Commercial experience having owned and operated his own businesses. He led a £65m turnover multi-franchise motor dealer group until taking the decision to sell the business to a major PLC in 2007.  Since then he has founded and continues to develop a specialist used car retail business - Motorseeker UK - based in Chesterfield.  Professionally qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, he has been a Director of Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce since 1998, an organisation that has now evolved via three mergers into what is now branded East Midlands Chamber. He completed a two year tenure as Chamber President in 2007/8. He remains a Director and for the past 7 years has chaired the Audit and Remuneration committee. He is married to Melanie, has a daughter at Westbourne School and lives near Matlock.

Ian Wileman

undefinedIan brings a vast amount of academic experience to the Board and is already known to Westbourne in his role as Sheffield Hallam University Link Tutor for trainee teachers, where he is also an Associate Lecturer. Ian was Head Teacher at Dore Primary School from 1986 to 2008 when he retired.  In 2001 he was seconded to the LEA to oversee recruitment and retentionof teachers and for 10 years until 2005 he acted as a mentor to Head Teachers for the LEA.


Glenn Day
Current Grandparent

undefinedRetired businessman Glenn joined the Board of Governors in April 2017.  He brings with him a wealth of experience in marketing, sales and business development.  

Before selling out to a worldwide Japanese corporation in 2007, Glenn was the Chairman of the largest single site glass processing company in Europe. 

Although now technically retired, his primary business is in property, owning a large portfolio of commercial and domestic properties spanning the North of England.

With an active mind and a passion for commerce, Glenn maintains his business interest as a director or shareholder of several companies across a diverse range of industries.

Outside of his many business interests, Glenn enjoys travel, his house in Spain and all sports - in particular golf, motor racing and football.

In May 2017 Glenn was appointed Vice President of Sheffield United Football Club.

Julia Wroth - Information to follow