The School Governing Board is a committed group of experts in their field. They are our ambassadors and advisors. Their support helps us deliver quality education and opportunities for current and future pupils.

While the GDST Council has legal responsibility for the overall operation and governance of the Trust, the School Governing Board plays an integral part in making it all happen.

At a local level, the Board supports our Head, Julie Keller, helps the Senior Leadership Team to deliver the school’s strategy, promotes the school, and monitors our performance.

Jean Pardoe OBE DL

Chair of Governors

After graduating from Leeds University, Jean trained as a careers adviser and continued to work in the field of education, training and skills throughout her career. Before retiring, she was Chief Executive of Futures, a Nottingham based company which provided apprenticeships, careers support services to young people, and the National Careers Service to adults across the East Midlands, employing up to 400 people. Throughout her career she maintained a strong commitment to voluntary service which continues to this day. Jean was awarded an OBE for Services to Young People in 2005 and was invited to become a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in 2013. We very much appreciate the huge impact that her wealth of experience has on the life of the school.








Avarni Bilan

NGHS alumna and inspirational role model, Avarni is our most recent addition to the governing board. From the NGHS class of 2010, Avarni now leads an exciting empowerment network, Fly Girl. Her mission is to connect, support and inspire Nottingham women of colour, and we’re delighted to welcome her back to school as a governor. Her passion for female leadership, collaboration and diversity bring a host of skills and experiences to the board. We know that our girls will be inspired by her creativity and vision and that she will be a huge asset to the NGHS team.



David Stewart OBE

We’re delighted to have David’s guidance and support on our governing body.  Former Head Teacher and expert in special educational needs, David is also a true ambassador for the arts.  David is passionate about supporting children’s learning journeys and brings a wealth of expertise in this area. We benefit from David’s collaboration and guidance and are thrilled to have him on the board.



Anita Barker

Anita obtained her BA (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance at Nottingham Trent University and qualified as an ACA in 1984. She has over fifteen years experience in the food business holding a variety of senior financial and operational roles. She joined Samworth Brothers in May 2014 having previously served as Managing Director at Walkers Midshires Foods, and also held positions at Humber Seafood Institute, Coldwater Seafood, Geest, Hazlewood Foods and Boots. Anita is a former NGHS parent and keen supporter of the school who has helped girls with careers advice and visits, and is looking forward to continuing her engagement with the school as a member of the Governing Body.



Dr Anita Bloor

Anita originally attended local schools in Clifton before being awarded an NGHS bursary at the age of 13, which she believes consequently led to her gaining a scholarship to read medicine at Oxford University. Qualifying in 1986, Anita spent 26 years as a GP partner, initially in Leicester and the last 14 years in Nottingham. Since 2003 she has worked for Nottinghamshire’s out of hours primary care organisation NEMS, and has been Medical Director there since 2013. Passionate about high quality student centred education, and access to it, with a commitment to inspiring students to fearlessly strive to achieve their dreams, makes Anita an ideal member of the Governing Body.


Antonia Gardner

Antonia is a Partner at Gunnercooke LLP, specialising in commercial real estate, prior to which she worked with national law firms Eversheds LLP and Geldards LLP. She advises on landlord and tenant work, sales, purchases and lettings of commercial properties, acting for major corporate occupiers, pension funds, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals. She enjoys becoming involved with and understanding her clients’ businesses and commercial drivers, and building long-lasting relationships with her clients, which are all useful assets for the School’s Governing Body. Antonia is one of our main advocates for safeguarding, meeting with our Designated Safeguarding Lead ahead of every Governing Board meeting.



Richard Peadon

Parent of a former Nottingham Girls’ High School pupil, Richard  spent over 40 years in senior management at Boots and was a valued member of the Development Board for the Squire Performing Arts Centre. With a degree in French and English from Leeds, Richard is a dedicated supporter of the school’s academic strategy, as well as championing our diverse and exciting extra-curricular opportunities.


Dr Elaine Richards

Elaine joined our NGHS Board of Governors in the Autumn of 2016. She has seen two girls progress through both the Junior and Senior Schools and so has first hand experience of being an NGHS parent. Elaine attended local schools in Eastwood before graduating from the University of Sheffield in 1988 and has worked in general practice at Arnold Dental Practice since 1990. Delighted to be invited onto the school’s Governing Body, Elaine is focused on ensuring the school “as seen through the eyes of a parent.” and is a committed supporter of our wide range of provisions for all girls.








Emma Wilson

Alumna of NGHS, Emma brings her passion and expertise to our Board of Governors and is currently Associate Professor in Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She believes in harnessing young people’s talent through excellent education, and is passionate about Nottingham and its neighbouring community. A recent addition to the team, we are delighted to have Emma join us.

Rita Wynne

Educated initially in York before obtaining an Honours degree in Mathematics at Nottingham University, and later a PGCE at Nottingham Trent University, Rita has recently retired from her teaching position at Nottingham Girls’ High School. Rita was a well-respected member of the Maths Department, taught PE during her twelve years at the school and had responsibility for the pastoral care of Year 7. She is delighted to be part of the Governing Body of NGHS and looks forward to continuing her valued relationship with the school. Rita is one of our key advocates for safeguarding, with part of her Governor’s responsibilities including regular meetings with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.