Our Governors

Talbot Specialist School’s Governors.

Alison Butlin

I worked into Talbot School as a speech and language therapist during the six years before I retired in 2014. I have worked with people with learning disabilities of all ages: from nursery age children in an inclusive Early Years Centre in Leeds, in primary and secondary special schools in both Leeds and Sheffield, and with adults in the community in Sheffield.

I firmly believe that people with learning disabilities have a great deal to give to society. Children and young people should have access to the best possible education, tailored to their specific needs, in a caring and respectful environment, to equip them to lead fulfilling lives and make their unique contribution.
Having worked in Talbot School alongside the school staff, both on good days and on more challenging days, over several years, I feel that I have a good understanding of how it operates 'on the ground'. Working with parents, carers and support workers in the community has also given me a wider perspective of Talbot students' lives whilst they are at school, and how they might look in the future.
Now that I have retired from working with individuals, I shall endeavour to use the experience that I have gained to inform the strategic management of the school as a governor, and help to support the senior management team to continue to provide an excellent quality of education for the students.

Marion Hutchinson

The year my son started in Y7 I put myself forward to be a volunteer in school and in this role I have been fortunate to have worked with different class groups in the Hydro pool, class rooms and on trips out. I also took on the role of Chair of the Schools charity Friends of Talbot. I became a parent governor the following year and the Chair of Governors in November 2013.

I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years and am now a full time carer/home maker. I am a member of various support groups for parents and families of people with disabilities in Sheffield. I believe that my both my working life and personal experiences enable me to bring many varied skills to the school governance.

Whenever I am in school I am inspired by the atmosphere and the engagement of students with their learning and environment. One of my favourite places is the reception area of school, as there you see the Talbot world go about its daily business. Its good to sit there for a few minutes as staff and students will pass by with a wave or a greeting and some may stop for a brief chat.

Debbie Granger-James

I have been married to Rob for 20+ years, we have two daughters, Ellie and Abbie. Ellie is 15 years old and in Y10 at Meadowhead. Abbie is aged  13 and in Y8 at Talbot.

I have a great passion for education! Following a four year course at North Riding College, Scarborough, I gained a BA(Hons) with Qualified Teaching Status. I have been a Primary Teacher ever since, which has now totted up to 23 years!

I was so impressed with Talbot Specialist School when Abbie started here in 2013, I soon felt I wanted to be part of this brilliant setting and play a more active role, so I applied to become a Parent Governor in 2014. I still feel very new to the role and have lots to learn but I am enjoying every minute of it!

Outside of education my interests include - family days out, reading, music, films, Sheffield United FC, socialising with friends, shopping and dabbling with interior design.

Ian Peake

I worked as a Clinical Scientist in both the NHS and at Sheffield University up to my retirement in 2011. I continue as an Emeritus Professor of Molecular Medicine with ongoing part time research interests. During my career I have gained considerable experience in higher education.

I have also held senior management positions within Sheffield Medical School and University as department deputy head and University director of medical research. I have considerable experience of committee work and practice which I believe I could bring to a governing body.

During my career I have I believe developed people skills which have allowed me to interact effectively at many levels including senior academics and recent school leavers. I have also been a committee member and chaired committees and councils of national and international groups and societies.