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The Governing Board

Picture 1 Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson - I am proud to be the Chair of the Governing Board of Hollywell. I am a digital solutions expert for a Finnish company that makes sensors and systems to measure the weather (we don't forecast it, just make the sensors for the people that do. So please don't blame me for bad forecasts!). I've been on the governing board for nearly 10 years and I am passionate about ensuring the pupils at Hollywell get the best start possible in life.  In my spare time I play golf badly, badminton slightly better and enjoy listening to 'post rock' music.

Picture 1 Gary Cook

Gary Cook - I have been a governor at Hollywell Primary School for 14 years, serving as Chair of the Finance and Resources committee (previously Finance and General Purposes committee) for the last 10 years, and Vice-Chair of Governors for the last 6 years. I originally joined the governing body as a parent in order to become more involved in the school my two daughters attended, and also to be able to offer some of the skills I have developed through my career to benefit the school. When my daughters left for secondary school I wanted to continue to support and help develop what I believe is a very welcoming, inclusive and friendly school. I live locally and work for Rolls-Royce in Derby as an Engineering Design Specialist where alongside my day to day job I mentor young Engineers and graduates during their early careers. My financial, planning, regulatory and risk assessment skills developed through my career are a huge benefit as a governor in helping with our role supporting the school Senior  Management Team, whilst also challenging them to ensure the school continues to develop and improve. 

Picture 1 Andy Hoggard

Andy Hoggard – I’m a parent of 2 children the eldest of which attends Hollywell and the youngest is not yet of school age. In my day job I work in a leadership role for a large financial services organisation, having spent 10+ years working in various management roles I’ve gained considerable experience in areas such as financial management, people management and leadership, delivering change programmes and sit on a number of steering and governing boards.  This set of skills provide me with a great background to be an active part of the Governing Board at Hollywell. I was appointed as a Co-opted  Governor for Hollywell in Nov 2015 and I’m delighted to be part of the governing board at Hollywell, supporting the school but also challenging the school leadership to deliver the best outcomes for pupils. With 2 young boys much of my time is with my family enjoying them growing up. When time permits I am a keen runner and have completed a number of marathons.

Picture 1 Helen Howarth
Helen Howarth – I have been a teacher and Inclusion leader in a local primary school for over ten years.  My job gives me detailed knowledge of teaching and educational issues and knowing the inner workings of schools and the curriculum taught has many benefits in my role as a governor. At work I specialise in inclusion – giving all children the very best opportunities to learn and progress regardless of their ability or social circumstances.  I am a mum of two wonderful boys and most of my family time is spent on family camping adventures, embracing their hobbies, pretending to be a super-hero and taxiing them to their many clubs.  I have many hobbies when I can squeeze them in!  I am a keen runner and walker and have done the Coast-to-Coast walk a crazy 3 times, plus a marathon or two.  I have volunteered with the Duke of Edinburgh Award groups at a local Comp for over ten years and found this incredibly rewarding, providing children with experiences they will learn so much from and never forget. 

Tracey Harlin - I joined the Governing Body of Hollywell Primary School in 2009, following my appointment to the role of Deputy Head Teacher.

I have been teaching for 23 years now, firstly in Derby City, then moving to Nottinghamshire to take up my position here.  During my teaching career, I have performed a wide range of roles, taken on a variety of responsibilities and been privileged to do so alongside many talented professionals. 


Growing up not far from here (Langley Mill) I was fortunate to have been taught by a number of individuals who were committed to providing the best possible start for the children they worked with. I have always wanted to teach and do so on the same premise, wanting to make a difference.