Chaucer School Governors

Edward Highfield - Chair of Governors

“I am a Director at Sheffield City Council, responsible for economic development, marketing, investment, regeneration, planning, property and transport. I wanted to get involved with Chaucer because young people are the city’s future workforce and business leaders. I believe the quality of a young person’s education massively affects their life chances and, rather than just talk about it all day as my job, I wanted to get involved and try to actually help in practice. I also want to make sure Chaucer School and Chaucer students are linked into some of the really positive things that are happening in Sheffield like new jobs and training opportunities in local businesses."


Laura Bawden - Vice Chair of Governors

“I qualified as an Accountant 10 years ago and am now a Finance Director working for a manufacturing company in Chesterfield. I became a governor because I am passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential and to encourage the early development of key skills that will be required by employers in the future. Being originally from the Lake District I moved to Sheffield over 20 years ago to study Maths at University. I live with my partner and 13 year old step-daughter in Sheffield and enjoy walking in the Peak District.”


Ken Matthews

“I am proud to have been a school governor since 2011 and chair of governors between 2013 and 2016. I have a particular focus on positive student discipline and improving behaviour in school and also on the provision of alternative curricula. I was previously Director of Resources at the Sheffield Council’s Children and Young People's Service before taking retirement. I am married and have two children in their twenties and 3 grandchildren to keep me on my toes. I enjoy cycling, golf and music and have a lifelong interest in learning.”


Mark Wilde

"Born and bred North East Sheffield the majority of my working career has been spent in the public and voluntary and community sector including five enjoyable years in local government. I am Chief Executive at Foxhill Forum. We work with and support local people to improve their quality of life through a range of services, activities and interventions focussed around active involvement, health and wellbeing, community learning, employability support and work around voice and influence.

I’ve been a governor previously at a number of local schools including primary and secondary and continue to have an interest in education policy. I was delighted to become a governor at Chaucer in May 2018 working alongside a dedicated team who work tirelessly to provide young people who attend Chaucer with a stimulating learning experience as well preparing them for adult life."


John Clephan

"Born and brought up in Sheffield, I now live and work in the city with my wife and two children.

My career to date  has centred around leading place-changing development programmes in neighbourhoods across Nottinghamshire, Rotherham and Sheffield. This has mainly been on behalf of local councils although for the last two years I have held the position of Project Director for Sheffield Housing Company - a joint venture housing developer building new homes across the city, including in Parson Cross.

For the past 10 years I have worked with Chaucer School on the numerous development projects that have seen new housing, community facilities and shops built in Parson Cross. I have always been impressed by the school’s commitment to take a leading role in the neighbourhood as a whole. I have a strong belief in the values of Chaucer School and I am therefore very keen to do what I can to support the school and the work that it does for its students." 

Ben Winter

“I am the Health & Inclusion Manager at Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme and I have worked in the community sector for 9 years.  My focus is to work with young people and adults to improve health and wellbeing, employability and community cohesion.  

I wanted to become a governor at Chaucer School because working with young people has always been my passion and I believe the school does an incredible job in helping all students reach their potential. I want to help connect the students into beneficial community initiatives to further their development.”