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.

    Stuart is the Chair of Governors and has responsibly Premises and Finance


  • 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 who attended 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.

    Janet is the Vice Chair of Governors and has responsibility for Human Resources and Autism


  • 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 head teachers’ 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.

    Naushad is responsible for SEND, Inclusion, Community Cohesion, PREVENT and Equality


  • Louise Sumner - Parent Governor

    Louise Sumner

    Louise is the mother of a young girl who attends Newfield. Louise is 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 is responsible for Curriculum, Education and Standards.

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


  • Fiona Waterfield - Parent Governor

    Fiona Waterfield

    Fiona a Parent Governor and is the mother of 2 children of which one is a young man who attends Newfield School. 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.

    Fiona is responsible for parent/carer liaison and partnership


  • 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.

    Amy is responsible for staff liaison, teaching and learning


  • 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.

    Joan is our Link Governor and is responsible Governor training


  • Sara Barr-Frost - Co-opted Governor

    Sara Barr-Frost

    Sara was born in Blackburn

    She is a qualified Paediatric Nurse and Specialist Public Health Practitioner and has gained 22 years NHS experience of delivering, developing and leading quality safe effective services across the health and social care economy for children, young people and families. Sara’s nursing career has enabled a wealth of experience working in many roles across Lancashire. She has also built her expertise working in roles in both acute care and community care in Blackburn with Darwen.

    Much of Sara’s nursing career has focused on championing the needs of children and young people that are most vulnerable in our communities. Sara has occupied senior statutory safeguarding roles within Lancashire, including Blackburn with Darwen, and as such Sara has extensive experience in the safeguarding agenda. As a senior nurse leader Sara has had the opportunity to lead and be accountable for the provision of high quality dynamic health services for children and young people including inpatient and community services across Lancashire.

    Sara has a passion for improving the outcome of children and young people and is delighted to have the opportunity to support Newfield school as a Governor with the portfolio for health and wellbeing.


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 Pupil Progress, Standards, Curriculum & Enrichment
Joan Bamber Link Governor Governor Training
Cllr Naushad Surve Local Authority Representative SEND, Equality,(Race/Gender/DDA),Community Cohesion & PREVENT
Sara Barr-Frost Child Protection Child Protection,E Safety,Health and Well Being, CIOC
Fiona Waterfield Parent/Carer Partnership Parent/Carer Partnership
Amy Turner Staff Representative Staff Liaison, Teaching & Learning
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
Sara Barr-Frost 15/11/2017 01/09/2021 Newfield None None None N/A

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