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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body

The current Academy Council membership (correct as of December 2022):

  • Chair - Emma Bellamy
  • David Poulson - Governor
  • James Gibson — Headteacher
  • Sapphire Johnson — Governor
  • Stephen Ducey - Staff Governor
  • Lisa Butcher - Staff Governor
  • Mitch Stringer - Community Governor
  • Sue Creese - Commuinty Governor


Date of appointment

Term of Office

Date Stepped Down

Appointee Details

Any Pecuniary interests

Joel Hardwick


3 Years


Nexus Representative


Emma Bellamy 01/09/2023 4 Years N/A Chair of Academy Council  

Dave Poulsom


4 Years


Vice Chair


Sapphire Johnson


4 Years


Co-opted Governor


Jenny Ashton


4 Years

26th September 2023

Parent Governor


Stephen Ducey


4 Years


Staff Governor


Lisa Butcher 1/9/2023 4 Years N/A Staff Governor N/A

Mitch Stringer

6/2/2024 4 Years N/A Community Governor N/A

Sue Creese

6/2/2024 4 Years N/A Community Governor

Previous Governors

  • Geoff Lawrence — Governor 20th November 2020
  • Karon Ransom — Staff Governor 23rd March 2021
  • Liz Roscoe - Staff Governors 31st August 2021
  • Peter Bamford - Governor 13th July 2021
  • Peter Borcher — Governor T&L
  • Vice Chair — Peter Joynson
  • Diane Joynston — Governor Safeguarding
  • Julia Stevens — Governor T&L
  • Kizzy Jaycock - Staff Governor
  • Tracey Curtis — Staff Governor
  • Jenny Ashton - Parent Governor

Governor Statements:  

Emma Bellamy


I joined Nexus as an Executive Assurance Partner in September 2023. Prior to this I was a Headteacher of a Primary school in Sheffield. My responsibilities within the Trust are Quality Assurance and school improvement. I focus on all areas of school improvement but I particularly support schools on behaviour, PSHE/RSE and family support. I feel privileged to be the Chair of Governors at Becton Academy.

Outside of work, I have two children aged 7 and 4 who keep me busy with all their extra-curricular activities! I live in Penistone and enjoy exploring the beautiful countryside

Joel Hardwick

Joel joined Nexus as Assistant CEO: Strategy & Partnerships in September 2020; coming from Sheffield City Council where he was Head of Commissioning for Inclusion and Schools.

Joel’s responsibilities in the central team cover a range of operational areas, including corporate and information governance, projects, contracts/procurement, assets, health and safety, digital technology… or as one of our Headteachers memorably put it… “COVID and complaints”! Joel also picks up the more strategic partnership work, often focussed on growth and new developments, working with local authority colleagues across the area on securing funding to develop our offer to meet areas of growing demand.

Outside of work, Joel has a young family with three children aged between 4 and 10 and takes every opportunity to shoehorn in a bike ride or a hill-walk to get away from (them) it all.

David Poulson

Dave first joined the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor in February 2016 and was elected Chair of Governors in January 2017. Dave is a Chartered Accountant who has held a number of senior financial leadership roles in both the private and public sector, he has a MA in Leadership from Exeter University and is currently Director of Finance for Re-Form Heritage, a charity which specialises in revitalising communities through the regeneration of their historic buildings.

Having spent his early career in the construction and Railway industries Dave moved to the voluntary sector in 2006 as Director of Finance for the Children's Workforce Development Council. In 2012 Dave Joined the Department for Education where he spent 5 years acting as senior Finance Business Partner for the Departments delivery agencies and the Education Funding Agency schools Capital Programme.

In his spare time Dave is an active trustee for four disadvantaged children and young people focused charities as well-being a keen gardener, motorcyclist and general lover of the outdoors.

James Gibson – Headteacher

I have the huge privilege of being Executive Headteacher of Becton School. I was appointed as Headteacher in January 2018 and have seen the size of the school expand significantly.

Previous to this I worked as Deputy Headteacher at Sheffield Inclusion Centre, a Pupil Referral Unit for children who had been permanently excluded from school. I have a passion for supporting pupils with mental health issues and firmly believe that all children and staff deserve unconditional positive regard. With the correct support in place alongside high quality education I fully believe Becton School can be the springboard for our pupils lives.

Sapphire Johnson – Well Being Governor

I work in the NHS as a Commissioner of Children’s, Young People’s and Maternity services. A lot of my work is based around improving integration between health and education. I’m really passionate about improving experience and outcomes for children and young people.

Lisa Butcher - Staff Governor

I have been employed at the main site for Becton School for the last 4 years, I first began as a Teaching Assistant and progressed onto being a Learning Mentor 3 years ago. 

The majority of my career has been spent working with young people with SEMH needs and Special Educational Needs, I have a passion for pastoral care and for fighting the corner of young people to ensure they receive the education they are entitled to.

Outside of work I spend time with my husband and children, either on weekends away in our caravan or flying off to another country that we can explore together.

Stephen Ducey - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Becton School based at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital since 2019. 

I started at Becton following a career in secondary school education – mainstream, special education and behaviour support. 

Previous job roles have included Head of Department, Head of Year and part of the Senior Management Team.  In these roles I have worked closely with Governing Bodies, Management Committees and other external professional bodies. 

As a governor of Becton School, I bring a staff viewpoint and a staff perspective to discussion and debate.  I seek to represent the views of our staff, whilst always working with my fellow Governors to achieve the best possible outcomes for our students. 

I am married with four children, and two grandchildren, and have lived in Sheffield most of my life. I like to read and travel, spending holidays in Devon with my family. I love sport and have spent my younger years playing rugby in Sheffield and Manchester. I enjoy raising money for charity, particularly Sheffield Children’s Hospital - by running marathons, abseiling, wild swimming and long-distance walking.