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Staff and Governors

Our Board of governors

Our Governors include education experts, businesspeople, entrepreneurs and members of the professions. We have a policy of inviting new members who bring relevant specialisms to the school in areas such as human resources, buildings and facilities, finance, law, marketing, and health and safety.

This means that Board membership contains a balance of skills to benefit the development of the school.

Val Cusworth - chair of the board of Governors 

Val joined the Board of Governors in 2012. She is an educationalist whose career as a teacher of English spanned thirty years. During much of that time she also held key pastoral posts. From 1990 until her retirement in 2009, Val was Head of Sixth Form at Danum School in Doncaster. Within the school’s management structure she also held the position of Assistant Head.

Val and her husband, Jack, have an adult son and daughter, both of whom attended Hill House School. In her retirement Val enjoys travelling, hill-walking and the theatre. Her latest project is learning to play golf!

Richard De Mulder 

Richard joined the Governors in 2005 and is currently Deputy Chairman of the Board. He left Hill House School in 1980 and has been working in his family’s business for the past 20 years in various capacities from raw materials and factory management to factory installations.

He is currently sales manager/director with responsibility for sales of around £20million annually. He has two children, one of whom is still at Hill House and enjoys tennis, training, skiing, music and the cinema.

Scott Colbear 

Scott is a Doncaster-born former Hill House student. He is married with three children, one of whom is still at Hill House. Scott is the managing director of full service marketing agency Colbears, studying business and marketing at Sheffield City Polytechnic and Leeds College before joining the agency.

In Doncaster, Colbears work for a variety of local businesses including McCormick Tractors, Wilfreda Beehive, and Beatson Clark packaging.

Scott’s hobbies include golf, tennis, running, squash and supporting Sheffield Wednesday.

Dr. Antonia Cooper 

Antonia completed her bachelor degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) with Politics and Economics at the University of London. She then lived in Paris studying Law at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie before returning to the UK to work for Eurostar and saw the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

A change of career ensued and she completed her undergraduate Psychology at Nottingham University before completing a MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester. She then worked at Rampton High Security Hospital before completing her Clinical Doctorate at the University of Leeds. She now works as the locality Lead Clinical Psychologist for Older People’s Mental Health services in Doncaster. Antonia also runs a successful private practice providing medico-legal assessments for psychological trauma, taking instructions from a range of legal practices in the North of England, running clinics in Sheffield, Nottingham, Doncaster and Chesterfield.

Antonia has two daughters at Hill House school and, when she is not at the stables with her daughter, enjoys running and reading.

Neil Ebden 

Neil was appointed to the Board in 2014, having been in the Banking profession for over 20 years. He has worked in a variety of Corporate and Commercial Banking roles at both HSBC & Handelsbanken providing an opportunity to understand the varying dynamics of business, identify trading and operational risk and work with owners and managers in considering strategic ways of mitigating risks, to ensure continuity of performance and progress towards their longer term business plans.

He is father to two young children who are at a local primary school.

Russell Fennell 

Appointed to the Board of Governors in 2010, Russell is a surveyor by profession who started his career with Henry Boot PLC in 1988. After completing an apprenticeship and degree in Leeds he founded his first property business in 1991.

He is still connected with a number of companies in Doncaster where he lives with his wife Kerry and children Amelia and Frazer who are both pupils at Hill House School. Russell’s diverse business interests have provided a plethora of experience and he felt that this could be put to good use by a forward-looking school such as Hill House.

His interests include flying, skiing and motorcycles.

Dr. Madeline Fraser 

Recently retired from the role of Deputy Head at Hill House, Madeline has spent most of her career in education. A late entrant to the profession, she spent 18 years at Queen Elizabeth’s High School teaching Chemistry and Biology. She has held a number of senior pastoral roles including Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher, leading academic assessment and progress.

Madeline studied Biochemistry at the University of Leeds and having completed her PhD and post-doctoral research in the field of molecular genetics, she managed a genetic engineering research team for a large pharmaceutical company before starting a family.

Madeline has two adult children; her son is a materials scientist and her daughter, a physiotherapist.

Being retired now affords Madeline the time to indulge in her hobbies of walking, travel, gardening and badminton.

Marek Gutowski 

Marek joined the Board in early 2010, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and worked for HSBC Bank for 30 years. Marek has worked in various roles across the UK, and now works for Handelsbanken in Doncaster.

He is married to Gill and has two daughters, Lucy and Alice, who left Hill House for Manchester University in 2015. Outside work Marek enjoys films, photography and travelling.

Jacqui Jameson 

Jacqui attended McAuley School, took Business Studies at Newcastle Polytechnic, and has undertaken a number of roles including Deputy Principal Careers Adviser and HR Director for Nord Anglia Education Plc.

Jacqui set up her own training and development consultancy five years ago and provides HR-related training and development together with interim management, project development and research. Jacqui is also an approved facilitator for The Pacific Institute which aims to help organisations and individuals to lift their aspirations, confidence and performance.

Jacqui has two children who are past pupils of Hill House School. She became a governor in 2010 and is a member of the Sixth form and HR committees. She believes whole heartedly in the school’s vision of helping all its students achieve their potential.

Robert Leggott 

Rob was appointed to the Board in 2014. Involved in the construction industry since 1986, he has been Company Director at Doncaster based Togel since 1996 and Chief Executive for the last 6 years. Togel operates nationwide on commercial contracts ranging from small refurbishments, to reactive maintenance, to large new build developments, with a broad client base of nationally known names from the hotel, licensed premises, education, commercial, industrial, leisure, retail, public and healthcare sectors.

Rob has 2 children who attend Hill House.

Jason Sprenger 

Jason was appointed to the Board in 2014. He is a practicing lawyer whose first area of expertise is employment law. Jason have worked as a solicitor in private practice for a number of the UK’s  largest corporate law firms advising HR Directors and personnel on a variety employment related issues. At Eversheds LLP he held the position of Senior Associate, advising the Government prior to the implementation of the 2010 Equality Act.

In 2007 he joined as Legal and Operations Director, the UK’s leading provider of compliance training materials, becoming Chief Executive in 2010. Highfield has quickly grown to be ranked number 6 out of 165 Ofqual approved Awarding Organisations in the UK, with offices in the UK and Middle East in addition to head office in Doncaster.

Jason is father to 3 children who attend Hill House.

Mike Wilson-MacCormack 

Mike was appointed to the Board in 2014. He attended the University of Nottingham and subsequently became a UK registered Architect in 1994.  Mike has over 20 years’ experience working for Benoy a world leading architectural practice that specialises in commercial development and now leads their Newark design studio. 

Mike’s children have attended Hill House School since 2009 and he is familiar with both the physical fabric of the buildings and grounds and its educational program and ethos.

Hill House Staff