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Our Governors

Glenn Daly

Trust Member, TDS Governor and Chair of GB,  Member of the Resources and Audit Committee and Nominated Governor for  Health & Safety and Financial Matters 

Glenn has three daughters, two of whom currently attend The Duston School. He has lived in Duston for many years. Glenn is a Managing Director of a successful construction company and has over 23 years of experience in the construction industry and 5 years experience in Financial Services. Glenn has been a Governor at The Duston School since 2009 and Chair of Governors at a feeder primary school for many years. He was originally elected as a parent governor and is now Chair of the Governing Body and one of the three founder Members of The Duston Education Trust.




Gabrielle Knowlton-Maile

BSC (Hons) - Trustee and TDS  Parent Governor  


Gabrielle joined the Governing Body in 2015 taking up a position of parent governor. As a Duston resident and mother of two young children, Gabrielle has a keen interest in the local community and continuing success of both the primary and secondary phase at TDS. Her clinical background in healthcare, and medical sales and training experience, whilst not being directly linked to school education, does have transferable skills and the ambition to always achieve the best means that Gabrielle makes valuable contributions for the benefit of TDS pupils and staff.



Fiona Cole

JP—BA (Hons), MSc, MCIM, MCIPR— Trustee and TDS Governor


Fiona was appointed as a Governor in October 2015. She is an Associate Lecturer at Northampton University and has a passion for facilitating and encouraging opportunities for young people to reach their potential. Fiona's experiences range from marketing, communications and business strategy. She started her career within the motorsport arena at Silverstone Circuit, and then with a Malaysian petrochemical company. She then moved into a role as the marketing and communications lead for an international charity. Fiona then returned into the automotive sector at Honda. The last few years Fiona has successfully worked for herself within marketing, communications, events and business strategy consultancy for a diverse range of clients and sectors. Fiona is also a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) and foster carer, and enjoys the challenges and rewards these bring.


Maria Deacon-Viney

BA (Hons), Fellow of CIPD —Trustee and TDS Governor


Maria joined TDS as a governor in December 2016. She has 2 daughters; the youngest currently attends The Duston School and the family have lived in Duston for 21 years. Maria is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has spent the majority of her career in HR, primarily in the automotive industry. She also lectures at the University of Northampton and provides training and executive coaching for senior leadership teams. She is committed, motivated and enthusiastic and hopes that her previous experience and skills can assist in the role of Governor, helping The Duston School move forward positively and successfully into the next phase of development in providing an excellent education for the children of the community.


Sarb Gherra

BA (Hons) - Trustee and TDS Governor


Sarb joined TDS as a governor in 2018. He has 20 years’ experience in marketing and sales, having previously worked in professional and financial services organisations such as Herbert Smith Freehills, Grant Thornton and The London Stock Exchange Plc. He is currently the Head of Business Development and marketing for an international law firm based in London. Sarb has lived in Northampton for over 30 years with the majority of that time spent in Duston, having also attended what was at the time the Duston Upper School. He has two sons, one of whom attends TDS. Sarb has significant private sector experience in a range of areas relevant to the role and combined with his knowledge of the local area and the school itself, he hopes to support the governing body to achieve its objectives for pupils, parents, staff and the community.


Monica Pruthi

BA (Hons), FCCA - Trustee and TDS Governor

Monica is a Chartered Accountant with Fellowship status from the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). She is a working mother with a background in both public and private sectors covering local multi site and International; working in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Mumbai. Monica has covered many leadership roles at senior level where accuracy, strategic planning, compliance and governance have been key.

Monica was appointed as a Governor in April 2019. As a local resident, Monica has a keen interest in the surrounding community which is displayed by the work she does for a local Beaver’s group. Utilising her personal and professional experiences, she is committed to help direct and support the vision and growth of TDS, ensuring that the school offers all students the very best start in life to achieve the best they can, whilst at the same time maintaining a secure, safe, nurturing and happy environment.


Sam Strickland

Sam Strickland—Principal—BA (Hons), MA, NPQH

Sam Strickland began his teaching career as a history teacher at Wootton Upper School in Bedfordshire having completed his PGCE in secondary history at the University of Cambridge. Sam’s career quickly accelerated, becoming a Head of history and Classics. With an aptitude for Teaching and Learning and Assessment for Learning, Sam then moved on to become a Lead Professional in these fields and worked for the North Beds SCITT Consortium. Sam has also had educational resources and research published, most notably for History Today and Classroom Resources. He has also delivered courses nationally for Philip Allan. In 2008 Sam became an Assistant Head at Hitchin Girls’ School in Hertfordshire where he had responsibility for the Sixth Form and led a Post 16 consortium arrangement within Hitchin. In 2011 Sam became Vice Principal at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby. He directly oversaw student care, the Sixth Form, the curriculum and served as the safeguarding lead for the entire Brooke Weston Trust. Whilst working for the Brooke Weston Trust Sam also served as the lead facilitator for NPQSL, working for Inspiring Leaders. In 2015 Sam was the Acting Associate Principal of Brooke Weston Academy and oversaw GCSE and A Level results which have received commendation from the DFE, Nick Gibb and the SSAT. In 2016 Sam was seconded to Corby Technical School to help guide the school in its first year                                                                                          of GCSE examination results and to establish a Sixth Form. He is now the Principal of The Duston School.