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Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson - I am proud to be the Chair of the Governing Board of Hollywell. I am the global solutions manager 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 over 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.

Gary Cook

Gary Cook - I have been a governor at Hollywell Primary School for over 15 years, serving as Chair of the Finance and Resources committee (previously Finance and General Purposes committee) and currently Vice-Chair of Governors. 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. 

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.

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 25 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.  


         Sonya Hardy


Sonya Hardy - I have been a community midwife working in the NHS for over 12 years and love my job.  Each day is different bringing fresh challenges and it is wonderfully privileged position sharing families’ journeys from pregnancy into parenthood.  For the last four years I have been a member of the maternity shared governance council which involves teamwork, problem solving and accountability in a bid to improve staff satisfaction, productivity and patient outcomes. 


Being employed in the public sector has taught me the constraints of working under a financially tight budget consisting of less staff and resources while standards and targets are constantly improving and expectations are being raised.  Shared governance has created a culture of listening to the viewpoints of others from a grass roots level as they have the lived experience necessary to make implementation of change or development truly successful. As a parent governor I hope to give a similar kind of input into my role and ensure that the school is running in the best way it can so that every pupil can thrive and have an enjoyable school experience regardless of their differences. 


I am a mum to two young boys so as well as being a midwife, on my days off I am also a shop keeper, a den builder, a wounded patient, a robber, a pony, oh, and a constant rehydration/nutrition/toy organising multi-tasker!  I enjoy doing sport and cooking, volunteering and generally trying to be an eco-warrior in life.

Brian Brewster - I have a long association with Hollywell as a member of the governing body.  Prior to Nick Johnson taking on the role of Chair I held that position for an extended period.  Now retired I was an accountant by profession.   During the final 20 years of my 42 year career in the public sector I held executive director positions in large NHS organisations in the East Midlands.  As a governor I aim to use my work experience to help the school strive to improve standards and apply good governance to decisions.    The school has a good reputation in the community.  This is based on sound academic and personal development of pupils who attend Hollywell, together with support from parents and carers.   Excellent leadership and commitment of teachers and all support staff at the school make this their focus.  As a member of the governing body it is our role to hold the head teacher to account, set the strategic direction of the school and live within our means.  I am proud to contribute actively to achieve this.