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Our Governors

Glenn Daly

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

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 Vice Chair of the Governing Body and one of the three founder Members of The Duston Education Trust. His is also Chair of the Resources and Audit Committee.



Ros Calyton

BA (Hons), MBA, PGCE (Distinction) - Trust Member, TDS Governor.

Ros has been a governor since 2007. She has spent her whole career in education. Having started as a teacher of English in a grammar school, she later worked in secondary modern schools and in comprehensives. Ros was Principal of Comberton Village College in Cambridgeshire for 14 years, which during the 1990s left Local Authority control to become a Grant Maintained School, and which was recognised as an 'outstanding' school by Ofsted. Ros later took on the role of Director of Education and Children's Services in a failing Local Authority. Having led the local authority to a 'good Ofsted category', Ros then spent six years as an education consultant working mainly for the DfE as Chair of School Improvement Boards in challenging areas. She also spent time in the Treasury, working directly to 10 Downing Street on the Prime Minister’s education priorities. Ros considers her priority as Chair of the Trust and the Governing Body, to be ensuring strong strategic development and goals for the Trust and the school, developing outstanding governance by attracting and training governors with high level skills, attracting and developing outstanding teachers and leaders, setting targets, monitoring progress, challenging and supporting all aspects of school improvement, and ensuring the highest quality in all areas of the work of the Trust, and the best education for all students in The Duston School.

John Murray

BA (Hons), BPhil (Education), HDip Ed, NPQH -Trustee and TDS Governor and Nominated Governor for Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Children Looked After (CLA)


John has over 20 years of experience of teaching in and working with schools. He has held a number of senior management roles within schools, delivered training to support professional development on a range of behaviour management issues, and led and managed a team in the Northants Authority while providing strategic direction and developing policy. He has ensured schools have access to appropriate models of behaviour management. John possesses an in-depth understanding of relevant legislation and guidance on both a national and local level. He enjoys being part of, as well as motivating and training, a successful team, and thrives in challenging working environments. John is a trained Ofsted Inspector.


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.


Brenda Bignold

JP - BA, MPhil, MBA - Trustee and TDS Governor and Vice Chair of GB


Brenda has spent her whole career in education as a teacher, Local Government officer, adviser, consultant and governor. She has worked in four Local Authorities, including as Corporate Director in Northamptonshire, and has undertaken national level roles as Education Director for the Building Schools for the Future programme, as adviser with the Local Government Association and in the private sector, as Partner and UK lead on Children’s Services for Veredus, an executive recruitment company. In recent years she has worked in education overseas, including in Ethiopia, India and Kazakhstan, and is currently undertaking research on teacher training in developing countries. Brenda is also a JP and Board member for two small education charities.


Maria Deacon-Viney

BA (Hons), Fellow of CIPD - Trustee and TDS Parent 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.


Sam Strickland

BA (Hons), MA, NPQH - Principal

​​​​​​​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.