John Taylor Free School

Our Governors

Meet the JTFS Governors

For more information about our governing body, please read their profiles below.

If you would like to contact the governors, please email the Clerk to the LGB at

Maherul Hassan

After gaining his BSc in Psychology, Maherul completed his MSc in HR Management in 2019, and scored amongst the highest from his cohort in Employee Relations and Employment Law.

Since graduating, Maherul quickly developed his generalist HR knowledge and has risen to HR Business Partner working within the NHS.

Maherul also volunteers as a Community Development Coordinator; concentrating on empowering and engaging young people, in addition to running his own Arabic tutoring services. In his spare time, he is an avid reader and a huge football fan.

Michael Chiles

Michael is an experienced senior leader and principal examiner, with over 14 years  experience of working in several secondary schools. In more recent years, Michael has worked with schools delivering training, both nationally and internationally, to support teachers in their approaches to implementing effective assessment and feedback practices. Michael has written several books with John Catt including; The CRAFT of Assessment, The Feedback Pendulum and The Sweet Spot. He also sits on the Council of The Chartered College of Teaching.

Stephanie Turner

Gaining a First Class Honours Degree from The University of Leeds, in Theology & Religious Studies, Stephanie went on to gain a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and a post graduate qualification in Workforce Planning. As an Associate Member of the CIPD, Stephanie is an active member in the Derbyshire and Nottingham branch as a trained mentor. Stephanie has 10 years HR experience in the public sector with considerable experience in recruitment, project management, workforce planning and employment law. In her spare time Stephanie is a keen swimmer. She joined the school of Governors in the summer of 2017.

Ian Burns

Ian Burns is the Managing Director of Cameron Homes Limited, a privately owned residential developer; a position held since 1994. Ian has experience as a Local Authority Councillor working at both Parish and District level. He was a Trustee of the Armitage with Handsacre Village Hall and has lived in Burton-on-Trent for the last 11 years. Ian has a keen interest in supporting the transition of young people from education to the work place.

Katy Boyce

Katy is an Associate Solicitor at Eversheds Sutherland LLP. She specialises in Financial Services Disputes and Investigations. She has a Masters in Law and Business Management and a Law degree. Katy has a keen interest in education, as it was the foundation of her career, and values its importance. Katy lives within the community of the John Taylor Free School and has first-hand knowledge of the area. In her spare time she enjoys practising yoga and spending time with her friends and family.

Chair of governors

Jeanette Hodgkinson

Ever since Jeanette retired as a criminal barrister in 2005, she has volunteered as a school governor in local primary and secondary schools. Both of her, now grown-up, children were privileged to attend John Taylor High School and her interest in school governance originally came about as a way of giving something back for the excellent education they received. Jeanette joined John Taylor Free School as Chair of its Local Governing Body at the very start of its journey in 2017. She has always been passionate about the role of education in providing better life chances for young people and now, as a very experienced governor, she is proud to be in a position to support the Head of School and her leadership team in delivering their vision for every child to ‘succeed and thrive’. Jeanette is also a member of the JTMAT Audit and Compliance Committee.

Staff Governor

Andrew Dickson

Andrew is the Senior ICT Technician at John Taylor Free School. He has been working in the education sector for 15 years and has been at the Free School since the outset, having previously been the Network Manager at another Secondary School for over ten years.

He has a wide range of experience from his years working in schools and is looking forward to offering his input into the continual growth and development of John Taylor Free School.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing the Guitar and Photography.

Vice Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor

Charlotte Hopkins

Charlotte is a serving headteacher of a local Primary Free School that has recently opened with one year group, and will continue to grow year on year, similar to JTFS. Prior to that, she was headteacher of another Burton Primary school and was part of the team that took it out of Special Measures to Good. She knows the Burton area well and is looking forward to offering her 25 years’ experience in education to help bring the JTFS vision to life, that all students will ‘succeed and thrive’.

Parent Governor

Charlotte Archer

Charlotte joined the Local Governing Body in October 2019. She has almost 30 years’ experience working with children and 25 years in education specifically. Charlotte is the parent of a student at the school and was drawn to the role because of a wish to be a part of, and support the inaugural years of JTFS. She believes that strong links with feeder primaries, inspirational role models and the ongoing nurture of students is fundamental to a successful career in secondary education.


Sue Plant

Sue is the Head of School at John Taylor Free School. She has worked in education for the last 23 years with experience of a wide range of schools and different settings. Her extensive leadership experience spans two highly successful Multi-Academy Trusts based in the East Midlands. She has established a Teaching School Alliance and School Centre for Initial Teacher Training and understands the importance of professional learning for teachers and leaders.