Mike Fargher

Chair of Local Governing Body

I have had the privilege of being a School Governor for over twenty years. During this time, I have chaired Boards at Infant, Junior and Secondary schools with post 16 provision. I have also worked with schools during challenging times as a Local Authority Appointed Governor to help them improve their provision.

I have always specialised in special needs provision and so have built up a good knowledge of these additional needs. I would like to support the young people at Chelveston Road School using my skills and experience.

Over the years I have learnt the importance of working well with the school’s Senior Team and listening to the views of both students and parents and making informed decisions as a result.

Over my time as a Governor I have seen many young people grow and develop into young adults able to engage and thrive in our ever-changing world. This inspires me to continue this work at Chelveston Road School.

We lead an active lifestyle at home, so I appreciate the benefits that sport and a healthy lifestyle offers, so am very supportive of Chelveston Road School’s work in this area.

I have always been strong on young people benefiting from developing their whole person skills as well as their academic progress. This sets them up for life after school and prepares them for the outside world.

I hope to support Chelveston Road School in this way and see more of our young people become successful young adults.

Tim Davies

I'm a Dad of four daughters, all teenagers, one of whom is an SEN student at a secondary school in our local village. 

I am a former vice-chair of governors at a primary school north of Bedford with over four years of experience there. I have created and directed two companies since 2004 (I sold my share of the first company in 2016 and I currently run the second company) providing marketing and communications IT products and services.

A deep personal faith and an insatiable desire for social justice caused me to eagerly accept the privileged invitation to join the Chelveston Road School's governing board. As a member of the locality's business world, I'm driven to see greater connections made and engagements strengthened between the education and commercial spheres, with unashamed bias towards SEN.

I'm passionate about building strong families and my wife and I have an unwritten law that requires us to explore the rich variety of local cuisine together on a regular (usually weekly) basis. Almost as much as consuming great food, I love cooking it too. And I get even greater pleasure passing along cooking tips and techniques that were once passed to me.

Robin Carlisle

Since my school days, my life’s been all about business and the passion and diversity of the world of events for global companies like Aston Martin, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Vespa, Dyson, the BBC and others. All hugely enjoyable. Recently we’ve worked in festivals and concerts for the likes of Adele and the Spice Girls, and in Asia, China and Japan for sporting events like the Olympic Games.

My love for cars and technology mixed well with government experiences at No.10 Downing Street, in parliament and working in support of young people and the charity sector. We were hugely privileged to stage events attended by the royal family, including Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

My personal skills include leadership, management, marketing, and nurturing customer relationships. I enjoy storytelling, whether about a business or with my grandchildren. In addition to my family focus, I’m happiest chatting football, American sports, all things automotive, sailing, our global seas and ocean life, sustainability and future technology.

In my new governor role, I aim to learn quickly, share as much of my time and knowledge as I can, help with the challenges of growth, while helping students on the journey to achieve their dreams, in a safe, happy and healthy life.

Pete Ijewsky

I am currently Deputy Head at an SEN academy in Corby. I have enjoyed teaching and working with young people in Northamptonshire for the past 26 years. For much of that time, I taught Design Technology in large mainstream secondary schools.

I am married with two grown up sons and we have lived in Rushden for the past 28 years. We enjoy skiing, water sports and mountain walking. I have keen interest in cars and love my vintage Land rover 90.

I have a keen interest in learning beyond the classroom and believe that schools should offer a wide and varied curriculum alongside amazing opportunities and experiences that help to create well rounded young people.

Stephen Coley

I retired in March 2021 as a Chartered Accountant.  I worked in practice for my entire career and dealt with many different types of businesses, both large and small. For the past five years I have worked with, and advised, a number of Academies, both standalone and Multi Academy Trusts.
I have lived in Higham Ferrers for over 30 years, and am married with three grown up daughters.
Samantha Ransom
I currently work as the Assistant Bursar at a local Independent School, and am responsible for Operations, Health & Safety and Compliance.
I am also a Compliance Team Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (who inspect Independent schools) and so have the privilege of going in to other schools and seeing how they operate.
I have worked in the Education sector for over 12 years, and prior to this I worked in Financial Serivces for 20 years, in  various  areas  mainly focusing on service improvement and compliance.
I have lived in Higham Ferrers for 15 Years, and my partner and I have a blended family of five children, four boys and one girl.  Four have left school now and the youngest attends the local senior school.
We have a lively household with our two springer spaniel puppies keeping us very busy.