Governors

The Board of Governors at Ashdell School

Ashdell Governors play an active part in the management of the school.  Committee meetings are held regularly and governors attend school open days and performances.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school office.

Ian Walker – Chairman
Ian is a former Birkdale pupil who went on to attend Oundle and graduated from Cambridge in
Electrical Engineering. He has two electrical engineering businesses in Sheffield and is a director of
NHS – North of England. He is an active member of his local church and a church Burgess. He has four
children and his two girls were pupils at Ashdell.

Jo Wood – Deputy Chair

A teacher by profession, Jo specialises in the assessment and placement of children with learning
difficulties. Her daughter, Hannah, attended Ashdell School and Jo has been involved with Ashdell in
various capacities since 1985.

The Reverend Canon Christopher Burke

Chris was ordained in 1992 in York Minster and served initially as Assistant Curate in Nunthorpe and
then as Vicar of South Bank, two contrasting parishes in Middlesbrough, before being appointed as
Rector of Stepney in March 2002. In 2010 he began a new post as Residentiary Canon for Learning
and Development at Sheffield Cathedral with a particular focus on community and congregational
growth, mission and catechesis. He has served on a wide variety of local charitable trusts and
organizations. He was also a governor of the Sir John Cass Foundation, the largest educational charity
in the City, and was a governor of three local schools one of which he chaired. He is a trustee of both
USPG Anglicans in World Mission and the Mission to Seafarers. Chris is married to Helen, a local GP,
and they have 2 daughters, both at Ashdell School. In his spare time Chris enjoys running and is also a
keen traveller, especially to places far away from the tourist trails.

Richard Brailsford

Richard is very proud to be “born and bred” in Sheffield attending Abbeydale School in the 1970″s.
Upon leaving school Richard pursued a career in retail and joined Debenhams on their Management
trainee course. After only a few years and after becoming the youngest Department Manager in the
UK he decided he wanted to follow his father into the world of sales. Richard worked for a large
Japanese photographic firm before he joined a local reprographic Company where he ran the sales
operation throughout Yorkshire. He now imports rugs and bathroom textiles and supplies these
directly to many of largest retailers. His two daughters both attended Ashdell.

Chris Caddy

Chris is a Consultant Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon and an honorary Senior Lecturer at Sheffield
University. He has four children and his two girls attended Ashdell.

Daphne St Clair Cawthorne

After graduating with a B Ed Hons from Sheffield University, Daphne has taught all ages of pupils in
London, Malawi, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Sheffield. She has been Head of Wakefield Girls High
School Junior School since 1998. Daphne is also an ISI schools inspector.

Jon Dunn

Jon is a native of Sheffield and after graduating from Durham University in Economics he returned
home to work in stockbroking and investment management. He is a Senior Investment Director at
Investec Wealth & Investment. Jon has two daughters who are past pupils of Ashdell.

Sarah Gomm

Sarah joined the Council of Management in 2008. After five years in industry she became a teacher
and is now Second Deputy head at Oakham School with specific responsibility for the pastoral and
extra curriculum aspects of the school.

Susan Hostombe

Educated in Gloucestershire and at Felixstowe Ladies College Sue’s skills lie in the creative arts, sport
and event management. She instructed for five years in the Swiss Ski School. All five of Sue’s
daughters attended Ashdell School and she has had a long and happy association with the school as a
parent, Chair of Friends of Ashdell and since 2003 as a Governor.

Anthony Riddle

Anthony Riddle, a governor since 2009, was born in Sheffield and has spent most of his life here.
Educated at Birkdale School then Bromsgrove, he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and prior to
retirement was for many years a partner with Sheffield estate agents and chartered surveyors ELR. He
is a trustee of Cherrytree (for homeless teenagers) and Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind. His
interests include gardening and other practical work, antiques, old buildings, old cars – in fact more or
less anything old! He likes walking and sightseeing, holidaying and travel. He and his wife Kathryn
have three grown up sons, so involvement with a school for girls is something of a departure for him!

Sue Singleton

Sue Singleton has recently joined the Board of Governors. She graduated from Sheffield University
with a degree in Geography and Economics and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. In
1991 she started her own accountancy practice which she still runs today. Sue is married with three
children, two girls and a boy. Both girls were educated at Ashdell School and Sue served several years
as Treasurer on the Friends of Ashdell Committee. Sue’s interests include looking after her family,
walking, general fitness and travel.

Annabel Walker.

As an Ashdell ‘old girl ‘, Annabel went on to Queenswood and then graduated in Law from Sheffield
University in 1975. She was called to the Bar in ’76 and became a Circuit Judge in 2001. Her daughter,
Hannah, was also a pupil at Ashdell.