Our Governors

Chair of Governors

Mrs Zaidah Ahmed - MBE JP (Foundation Governor)

Safeguarding/Inclusion and SEND Governor.

Good day and welcome to St. Ann's Primary School.

I am an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion specialist with 20 years of experience both in the public and voluntary sector. I am highly respected and nationally recognised for the work in the field of community engagement with BAME and hard to reach communities.  I am a serving magistrate for over 15 years. She is chair of governors and a Director off of a Multi Academy Trust. I have also held a Trustee position at Rotherham United Community Football Trust, for the past 15 years.


Zaidah holds a Masters in Education.

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Nasreen Rashid (Foundation Governor)

Wider Curriculum and Foundation Stage Governor

Professional Background

I worked for Rotherham College Arts and Technology for many years as lead support for students with SEND.

I am currently working at a mixed Special school for children with moderate and complex learning difficulties.

Personal Background

I am proud to say that I have a strong affinity with St. Ann's Primary School - as both of my children, who have gone on to have very successful careers, were schooled there.


Mrs Christine Peters (Co-opted Governor)

Maths and Finance Governor
Professional Background - retired, previously;
     • Director Disability Directorate 
     • HR Director 
     • Customer Service, Quality, Communications Director
      • Senior Operations Manager

Personal Background

I used to lead Rotherham volunteer fundraising group for Macmillan Cancer Support & a volunteer counsellor with ROOMS a support group for women diagnosed with/going through treatment for breast cancer & a member of Mang’t Committee for ROTHACS counselling service for Rotherham survivors of rape, domestic abuse, CSE. Gave those up to volunteer at Unity Centre in their English Conversation classes for asylum seekers, refugees but now, I just support half a dozen Asylum Seeker/Refugee families access services, benefits, support, cope with official correspondence/interviews etc. 

Qualifications -

BA Business Studies, 4 A levels, 9 O levels 

Mrs Sarah Littlewood - (Foundation Governor) 

Sports Premium/Pupil Premium and Catch Up Premium

Professional Background:

I am the Headteacher at Harthill Primary School, a JMAT school based in Rotherham. Prior to this I was the seconded Head at Brampton Cortonwood Infants and the Deputy at Mexborough St Johns. I have taught in Rotherham and Doncaster for the past 12 years and for 10 of those I was also SENCo. I am also an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) for SEN.

Personal Background:

I have 2 children, Edith and Amos who keep me busy when I am not at work! I am an avid and passionate reader and a keen musician - I have been in band for the last 8 years. 


I have a BA in History from Sheffield University and was awarded my PGCE from Sheffield Hallam. I have the SEN Accreditation from Sheffield Hallam and NPQSL from Learners First

Mrs. Eileen Brooks - (Co-opted Governor)

Writing Governor

Professional background:

I am an award-winning journalist and former Head of Communications at Rotherham Borough Council. I was a former pupil at St Ann's and Rotherham High School for Girls. I am also a Trustee Board member of Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service.


I have a degree in Social Studies from Sheffield Hallam University.

Mr. Richard Hawley -(Foundation Governor)

Staff Governor

Professional Background:

I am a teacher at St. Ann's School and have worked here for 16 years. I first came to the school as a trainee teacher on placement and have been here ever since because of the amazing children, ethos and atmosphere of the school.

Personal Background:

I am a father of three children aged between 9 and 2. One of my children has very complex needs and so as a parent, and a teacher, I am passionate about all children receiving the education that they deserve.


I have a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Leeds and a PGCE from Sheffield Hallam University. I have also studied for and gained NPQSL qualification.

Mrs. Patricia Jarvis - (Co-opted Governor)

Reading Governor

Professional Background:

I previously worked in Adult Community Education but have now retired. I am a local Councillor working within the community, which I find very challenging but very rewarding.

Personal Background: 

I have long standing connections with St Ann's, well over 20 years, having previously supported adult learning groups in the school. I really believe in the ethos of the school and treasure the loving and happy atmosphere which you sense from the minute you enter the school.


I have teaching qualifications for post 16 education, along with a management qualification.

Mr. Lee Rowan BA(Hons) PGCert Ed- PG Leadership and Management  


Professional Background:

I currently work at St Ann's as the Joint Headteacher and have been in this current post since 2012. I first came to St. Ann’s in 2002 as an Assistant Head & Y6 teacher. I have taught in Rotherham Borough Council for 25 years.

Personal Background:

I am a father of three children aged between 18 and 14, my eldest son has just started University. My passion is football – I am a season ticket holder at Manchester United.


I have a BA in Sports Studies from Northumbria University and a PGCE from Bradford and Ilkley Community College. Since joining St. Ann’s I have also passed a PGC in Leadership and Management and my NPQH.

Mrs. Floriana Begu - (Parent Governor)

Professional Background:

Personal Background:


Useful Documents:

DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education - Sept 2021

DfE Governance Handbook - Oct 2020

DfE Competency Framework - Jan 2017

ESFA Academies Financial Handbook 2021

JMAT Financial Statement 2020

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