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 Mathews

“I am proud to have been Chair of Chaucer School Governors between 2013 and 2016. I am now an associate governor with a focus on student positive discipline and improving behaviour in school. 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 a 2 year old granddaughter who keeps me on my toes. I like to keep fit cycling and walking and have a lifelong interest in learning.”



Jackie Gelder

“I became a parent governor at Chaucer School in 2015 after my son became a student. I work as a physiotherapist in my day job but have an interest in influencing positive change and I saw there was an opportunity for me to contribute to this process at Chaucer. I live in the Hillsborough area and understand the community the school serves. I am passionate about all schools not only providing high quality education; but being a place of safety, nurturing students to develop their emotional and social resilience as they strive to become independent young people. I recently became the Special Educational Needs governor for the school which will be an exciting and challenging role, ensuring this group of students are represented at Board level. I am naturally an open and approachable person and like to help if I can; contributing to the processes which will enable Chaucer School to reach its aspirational goals.”


Donald McLean

“I have been working in education for over 30 years, mainly teaching in further education but I have also taught in secondary and primary schools. I am currently Vice Principal at Longley Park Sixth Form College where I have worked since 2004. I started my current role as governor at Chaucer in 2015. It is a role which builds on my extensive experience of governance, having been previously a staff governor at Sheffield College, community governor at Hinde House and a non-executive director at Sheffield SW Primary Care Trust.

I have two grown up children both of whom went to local schools in Sheffield and who have returned from University to live close by. My interests away from work include walking, squash, jogging, tending to my allotment and supporting Nottingham Forest.”


Louise Huson

“I joined the Governing Body just over a year ago. I am a solicitor working on energy and infrastructure development projects. I have two daughters – one at University, and one taking her GCSEs this year. Education is so important for all our young people, and I really enjoy working with the staff and governors at a time when Chaucer is going through such an exciting transition, providing real opportunities for pupils to take with them into later life.”


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."