Meet the Governors

Here is our board of Governors.

‘Governance of the school is strong. The governing body has undertaken a review of its effectiveness since the last inspection and has introduced a committee structure in order to boost the quality of its work. The governing body’s expertise is used well to hold leaders to account about their actions’ (Ofsted 2016)

If you wish to contact any of the governors you can do so by writing to them at:

Newfield School, Old Bank Lane, Blackburn, BB1 2PW.

Or by emailing them at: governors@newfield.org.uk


  • Stuart Davey - Chair of Governors

    Stuart Davey

    Stuart is the father of a young pupil at Newfield.

    He works in design and consultancy, primarily in the Education Sector along with Health Sector.
    His role focuses on Strategic and Operational Property Asset Management.

    Past roles include engagement with HR, Finance with other key Business Management responsibilities.

    Stuart is keen to support, develop and influence the direction of Newfield School over the coming years with the support of all the Newfield stakeholders.

    Stuart is also on the board of Trustees at Derian House which is a well-established and recognised local children’s hospice.


  • Janet Doolan - Vice Chair of Governors

    Janet Doolan

    Janet has been a governor since January 2009 when she moved to Blackburn with her family to start a new job and is now Vice Chair of the Governing Body.

    She is mum to a young man in the school’s Autism Department and works as a project manager for a company providing business support.

    Until recently she worked at a strategic level on employment and skills issues, prior to that she was in Cumbria for 17 years in the Careers and then Connexions Service. She joined as a Careers Adviser and progressed into management roles where she successfully delivered contracts which involved supporting young people and adults to fulfil their potential through learning and development.

    Janet’s special interests are to ensure our pupils make successful transitions, are kept safe and achieve their full potential.

    She sits on Blackburn Youth Zone’s Steering Group for their Diversity Club and is a Director of the Board for Lancashire Education Business Partnership.


  • Cllr Naushad Surve - Local Authority Governor

    Cllr Naushad Surve

    Naushad has lived in Little Harwood almost all his life and has represented the ward as its elected councillor since 2007. He has been a Chief Executive Officer in the voluntary sector and has been working in the teaching sector for over fifteen years. He is passionate about the education and economic prosperity of our younger generation.

    Naushad is also LA Governor for St Stephens Primary School (as SEN and Safeguarding governor and disciplinary hearings) and Little Harwood Children’s Centre Advisory Board. For the past ten years he has served on Daisyfield Primary GB (chairing the headteachers’ performance reviews and the SEN/Safeguarding governor), five years on Crosshill Special School GB and also Islamiyah Girls High School. For thirteen years he chaired the Little Harwood Residents Association and co-chaired the Ward Solutions meetings.

    For the Council, Naushad has been the Chair of the Councils Regeneration, Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee since 2007 – overseeing many important initiatives such as the town centre re-developments, employment and apprentice opportunities. He has also been many other important committees that serve the Borough’s citizens, such as being Vice Chair of the Blackburn Racial Equality Council and Board Member of Blackburn Citizens Advice Bureau.
    For over twenty years Naushad has helped in charity and fundraising initiatives. He has founded, and was the chair of, the community arts festival “Blackburn Mela” – which aided in community cohesion and fund-raised for many national charities.

    Naushad is very passionate about being a campaigner and a strong voice for the vulnerable in society.


  • Louise Sumner - Parent Governor

    Louise Sumner

    Louise is the mother of a young girl who attends Newfield. Louise is now in her fifth year of being a Parent Governor and feels passionately about ensuring all the children have access to the best possible education.

    During her career she has worked in financial services as a Bank Manager, advisor and in day to day operational management. Most recently she has been the Director of Services for Rainbow House, a children’s charity for conductive education where her role focused on the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage, service development and HR. She has had extensive experience in policy, procedure and multidisciplinary working.

    Louise represents the governing body on the RRSA Steering Group and Finance.

    As a Parent Governor, she wants to ensure that our children have a voice and are challenged and have fun at school


  • Amy Turner - Staff Governor

    Amy Turner

    Amy is a teacher in the school’s Autism Department.

    Previous to working at Newfield Amy completed her teaching degree in Primary Education with a specialism in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at the University of Cumbria.

    Amy has previously worked at a charity for children and young people with Autism and has teaching experience in two other special schools.


  • Joan Bamber - Co-opted Community Governor

    Joan Bamber

    Joan is a retired teacher who has extensive experience of working in the field of special educational needs from its beginning in the early 1980s, including teaching in a hospital school and a special school for children and young people with challenging behaviour and Autism Spectrum. She has worked a senior leader level and instigated the introduction of personal plans for each pupil. She feels that having gained this experience along with her previous teaching, that she would be an ideal candidate to become a Governor at a special school.

    She became a Governor in 1989 and has held a number of roles on Governing Bodies in more than one school over those years including, Chair, Vice Chair, Committee Chair, Chair of specific Governor Panels and finally being Link Governor for Newfield School ensuring that members of the Governing Body are kept informed of training both external and in house presentations.. Her knowledge and understanding of the role and function of Governing Bodies is invaluable to the school and adds great continuity to our work.

    Joan has had a long association with the local authority and elected members which gives her a unique perspective on the work of Local Government and its impact on education. Again this is an asset to the school.


  • Fiona Waterfield - Parent Co-opted Governor

    Fiona Waterfield

    Fiona is the mother of 2 children of which one is a young man who attends Newfield School in the Early Years department. She has worked in the lighting industry for over 20 years which has provided a wide range of business skills that will support the school and the role on the governing body.

    Fiona wishes to contribute and support as a volunteer, this is with the aims and goals to help promote, challenge and develop the school environment for the pupils, staff and external stakeholders.


Governor Information

Governor Role

Name of Governor Role Responsibility
Stuart Davey Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance & Resources Finance, Premises, Health & Safety and Pupil Premium
Janet Doolan Vice chair of Governors,Chair of Education & Standards HR & Autism
Louise Sumner Education & Standards Child Protection, PREVENT, eSafety, Pupil Progress, Standards, Curriculum & Enrichment
Joan Bamber Link Governor Governor Training
Cllr Naushad Surve Local Authority Representative SEND, Equality, Community Cohesion & PREVENT
Amy Turner Staff Representative Staff Liaison, Teaching & Learning
Fiona Waterfield Pastoral & Wellbeing Equality (Race/Gender/DDA), Looked After Children (CIOC) & Parent/Carer Partnership
Name of Governor Date Appointed Term End Date Appointed By Business/Pecuniary Interests Governance Roles /Educational Institutions Material Interests Attendance Sept 2016 - July 2017
Stuart Davey 01/01/2013 13/09/2021 Newfield None None None 100%
Janet Doolan 01/01/2013 13/09/2021 Newfield None None None 100%
Louise Sumner 01/01/2013 01/05/2019 Newfield None None None 100%
Joan Bamber 01/01/2013 27/01/2019 Newfield None None None 100%
Cllr Naushad Surve 10/05/2017 26/01/2020 Local Authority None None None N/A
Amy Turner 01/09/2016 26/09/2019 Newfield None None None 100%
Fiona Waterfield 10/05/2017 26/01/2020 Newfield None None None N/A

Previous Governors

Name of Governor From To Attendance 2015/16
Paula Spence 16.12.2014 15.11.2016 67%
Steve Kerby 25.02.2014 25.02.2017 100%
Abdul Mulla 07.12.2015 25.02.2017 83%