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Pen Portaits

Mick Luck 

I have been a Governor at Shawfield Primary School for over 20 years and hope I have helped the school continuously improve the education given to our pupils during this time. I am currently a co-opted member of the Governing body.
I lead the Governing body on Child Protection and Finance.
I live in the village and my wife Gillian runs the Jack & Jill Nursery located in the school grounds. I  have three children and 5 grandchildren.
I have an Honours degree in Physics and following 42 years in the Telecommunications industry, I have now been retired for 6 years. My interests include Kayaking, Walking, DIY, reading and spending time with my family.

Steve Manning


I have been a Governor at Shawfield Primary School since 2017.

My motivation for taking on the position as a Parent Governor was a desire to influence the strategic direction of the school, helping to ensure it continues to grow and improve whilst retaining its core values and role in the community. I have been a civil servant for 17 years, working on Government policy across a range of public services, including transport, housing, taxation and currently the UK's orderly exit from the European Union. I previously obtained under and postgraduate degrees at Winchester University. I live in Ash Vale, married with two young boys aged 7 and 3.  When I am not grappling with the demands of work and young children, indulging in music and reading helps with the highs and lows of supporting Tottenham Hotspur.

Darren Speed

I have been a governor at Shawfield School for 14 years and held the position of chairman for many years, I work in the local government social housing sector as the maintenance supervisor, I have also attended many residential experiences to Avon Tyrell.
I support the school's strategic premises decisions and undertake regular Health and Safety visits.




Lou Aherne


My name is Lou Aherne. I have just been elected as a parent governor and look forward to working along side the school, the pupils, staff and parents in helping to ensure Shawfield’s continued improvement and success.  I have lived in Ash Vale with my husband Marcus since 2004. We have 4 children, our eldest now at Ash manor who went to Shawfield, 10 year old twins in Year 5 and our youngest daughter due to start in September. I have a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree Primary with QTS, and have taught in the Primary Sector since graduating in 2002. My interests are animals, walking, cycling, theatre, reading, travelling, and spending quality time with my family.