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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Contact can be made with the Chair person, Mrs Sarah Bysouth, via the school office or by email.  Please mark any correspondence clearly 'for the attention of the Chair of Governors' and address to Cottesmore Millfield Academy, Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore LE15 7BA.  Email communication should be sent to


Chair - Sarah Bysouth


I joined the Governing Body in September 2014 and led the process for the school to convert to academy status and to be sponsored by Heighington Millfield Academy. I have a long standing interest in education and want every child to achieve their full potential in a high quality and continuously improving environment.


It is the governor's role to challenge the school to perform to the best of its ability whilst also supporting the school in planning for the future.


During my working life, I enjoyed a successful nursing career, followed by working in the community as a Health Visitor. This was followed by a career in teaching then developing into training Early Years, Post 16 and Adult Training. My final role was as Head of Service for Learning and Skills for a local authority with responsibility for education including Early, Primary, Secondary, Post 16 and Adult Education.


I have lived in Rutland for many years and have had a close association with the school and feel privileged to work alongside colleagues in developing the school further.


Vice-Chair - Karen Walker


My name is Karen Walker. I am a Community Governor and Vice Chair of Governors at Cottesmore Millfield Academy. I became a Governor at Cottesmore in September 2011 after  a successful career as a teacher in a range of Primary Schools, including here at Cottesmore.  Having enjoyed my time teaching at Cottesmore, I wanted to maintain my links with the School community during a time of great change on the base.


I am in my second term of office as Governor and am part of the new team with responsibility for the Curriculum, Standards and Assessment.  As Governors, we will be supporting while challenging the School to perform to the best of its ability. It is a time of new opportunities to work together with all of our colleagues both here and at Heighington to allow our School to develop further.


Staff Governors 

Head Teacher - Rachel Thomas



My name is Rachel Thomas and I am the Headteacher of Cottesmore Millfield Academy.   I have been in post Since August 2015; my professional background is in primary education and Service Children.  As the Headteacher I am automatically on the Governing body and as such, attend all Governing Body and Committee meetings. As the Headteacher I am responsible for standards and attainment, organisation and overall management of the school. It is my duty to advise Governors on the strategic development of the school and implement the strategic framework. 


As the Headteacher I also hold a position on the board of trustees for the academy.  


Anneka Bellett - Deputy Headteacher 


Community Governors 


Saskia Rumbelow-Lall



I joined Cottesmore Millfield Academy as a Community Governor in January 2016.  

Before moving to Rutland in 2011, I lived in London, working as a Senior HR Business Partner.  I have a strong commercial background and an aptitude for coaching and mentoring.  I am looking forward to using my skills and experience to help the Academy, its staff and children to develop and grow.


Derek Cullen

I moved to Oakham in February 2017 and became a governor at Cottesmore Millfield Academy in the autumn of the same year. I have been a school governor at various schools since 2001.

I retired in May 2009, but was formerly Computer Manager for a group of commercial vehicle dealerships, based near Heathrow Airport.

Following my retirement, I became a Volunteer Educator at Bletchley Park, teaching about history of Bletchley Park and codes and ciphers (including the Enigma family of machines) for visiting schools and youth groups. Also involved in digitisation of war time records. I am now using the experience I gained there to run a midday codebreaking club. I currently sing in the Church Choir in Oakham along with my wife. 



Jen Hazell

My name is Jen Hazell I am a new governor at Cottesmore Millfield Academy. I have worked in a variety of roles in Education over the last 40 years; these include teaching in Primary and Middle Schools in inner city and rural locations, adult education and developing and delivering training for a large multi-national company. I have had the privilege to be the Headteacher of two Rutland Primary schools before moving to Rutland County Council as part of the school improvement team. I have also undertaken the role of Head of the Virtual School for looked after children.

I am looking forward to working with fellow Governors to both support and challenge the leadership of the school in order to achieve the very best education for the children of Cottesmore Millfield Academy.


Kim Quigley

I joined the governing body of the academy in May 2017, however I have previously been a school governor at secondary level. I have lived in Rutland since 2000, prior to this I lived all over the UK and abroad. Serving as a member of the Royal Air Force for 13 years and supporting my family as a service wife for over 30 years. I currently work at Casterton College Rutland as a member of the Senior Team with responsibility for personal development, behaviour and welfare. I am also the Forces Families Liaison Officer working closely with the college’s forces students and their families, maintaining close links with the armed forces to ensure success for our forces students.



Clerk to Governors 
Nicola Tyers


Young Governors


Young Governors is a new initiative this year. It consists of 3 pupils from year 5 and 3 from year 6. When the idea was floated, 23 pupils put their names forward. Elections were then held within those year groups. The idea is that Young Governors can help Adult Governors in various ways.

They already have some challenges in the pipeline – run an assembly on a subject of their choice – participate in a Health and Safety walk and present their assembly to adult Governors at a full governors’ meeting.

Luckily they are very keen, so shouldn’t have any problems with these.

Derek Cullen - Link between Young and Adult Governors


Hello, my name is Maddie and I am the Assistant to the Secretary. I am in year 6. I am proud to be one of the first Young Governors. 



Hi, I’m Vitaliy and I am in year 5. My hobbies are gaming and I am proud to be a Young Governor.



Hi, my name is Alfie and I’m in year 5, I am Chairman and proud to be one of the first Young Governors.



Hello, my name is Alexis and I am in year 5. I am proud to be one of the first Young Governors and also the Secretary of the group. This means that I write down all of our good ideas.



Hello, my name is Jonny and I am in year 6. I am proud to be Vice Chairman.



Hello, my name is Angela and I am in year 6. It is my first time as a Young Governor and I am very proud of this.