Who's who

Barbara Walsh

Barbara Walsh was an NHS Chief Executive, running mental health, learning disabilities and community services, and latterly leading on workforce planning and development. Her core skill is in developing people, with many of her close colleagues going on to become Chief Executives themselves.

Since her retirement she has become a foster parent and  through this she works closely with SCC Childrens’ services and psychology- MAPS.

She chairs South Yorkshire Housing Association, which has 6000 plus homes, and is a major provider of care services to vulnerable people, including care leavers. She volunteers with Mediation Sheffield, she loves spread sheets, she iis actively involved in mentoring and coaching and has a good understanding of the welfare system. With her brother she has two local small businesses. She is available during the school day with a bit of notice.


Peter Dickson

Peter Dickson works for the local authority’s Children Young People and Families Directorate where he manages a service dealing with challenging school issues surrounding children, their parents and carers and works closely with head teachers and other governing bodies across the city. He is very experienced in child protection procedures, behaviour, inclusion, SEN, attendance and a wide range of difficult pupil issues.

Peter is a consultant governor for the LA and has of a breadth of experience of many governance issues. He is keen to assist with school business in any way he can, is often available at short notice, and is very willing to become involved in life at KES.


Linda Gooden

Clare Allison

I became the Support Staff Governor in December 2007 having joined the school in January of the same year.  I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2002 with a 2:1 in French and Economics and spent my year abroad at the renowned École Supérieure de Commerce, Business School in Bordeaux.  Since University, I have also passed my A Level in Spanish and I am currently studying for an MA in Education.  I also teach French as part of the school’s Adult Evening Class Programme. As Language College Project Manager I lead on projects which support language learning across all key stages, including a city-wideproject to support community language accreditation. I manage the Adult Evening Class Programme and oversee residential visits abroad.


Michael Williams

I am Michael Williams, Head of English. I have taught at King Edward’s for 18 years now and have held a number of posts within the school. I was a year leader for six years, then the ITT mentor for English for four years, and then our Training School Manager.  I then became Head of English and have held the post for two years now. Teaching at this school is obviously very rewarding due to its great diversity and levels of achievement. Our treasured history is unique in the region and only adds to the flavour of the school, as well as underpinning our excellence in Post-16 provision within the city. KES is a truly remarkable environment in which to work and learn, and I hope I represent the staff’s vision of this in fulfilling my role as Teacher Governor.


John Cornwell

John Cornwell was Chair of Governors at KES from 1994-2002. Now retired, he was formerly a schoolteacher who taught at schools in Sheffield, Jamaica and Canada.

He has written four books about the history of King Edward VII School and has recently finished a new book called “Another Generation” that chronicles the fortunes of the School and its former pupils during the Second World War. He also manages the school’s extensive archives, and can give talks to any group of any size on several facets of the history of KES.

He served as an elected councillor on Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire County Council over a period spanning twenty years, and was the Deputy Leader of the SYCC in the 1980s.

He was a member of the Arts Council of GB and the Chair of Sheffield Theatres (Crucible and Lyceum) and also chaired a number of regional and national committees.

In recent years he has written sixteen books, mainly about aspects of local history, including a novel and some poems.


Caroline Fisher

Caroline Fisher works at Sheffield College, where she is a Management Accountant She has been there for the last 16 years, prior to that working in industry as an accountant and as a trainer in the IT industry. She attended KES herself, and has one child who is now at University having studied at school, with two others still in school. Her various roles have given her a lot of experience in presenting complex information and ideas to groups in a form accessible to a general audience and a large amount of interviewing experience for staff roles at all levels.  She would be happy to be involved in helping students (particularly KS4) with their presentation and communication skills and mock interviews for employment skills. , She leads on attendance, and is curriculum link for RE. She does not work on Fridays other days are difficult to fit in due to work commitments. She is very keen to be involved in positive promotion of the school and wants to see a greater governor profile.


Colin Muncie

I joined the governing body in November 2013 as a Local Authority Nominated Governor.  I am a member of the Curriculum and Finance Committee and Link Governor for the Design and Engineering Faculty at the School.  I spent 31 years in the U.K. steelindustry, running businesses and operations in Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Teesside, Stocksbridge and in Alabama, U.S.A.  I am married with two children and formerly a Trustee, Secretary and member of the Management Committee of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.


Samantha Ryalls

After graduating from The University of Sheffield with a 2.1 honours degree in Social Policy and Criminology, Samantha began working at South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA). Samantha has a background in Human Resources and is currently studying for an MA in Human Resource Management. Samantha is currently project managing the external and internal refurbishment of SYHA’s head office in Sheffield city centre.


John Parr

John Parr is a former pupil King Edward VII School having entered the school as one of the last 11 plus examination pupil entrants in 1968. On leaving the school in 1975 he joined the South Yorkshire Police retiring in 2008 holding the rank of Detective Superintendent. From 2013 he has been president of the Old Edwardians Association which represents the Alumni of the school.


Sarah Mann

Sarah is a parent governor with a child in Year 11. A teacher of French and English as an additional language, she now specialises in the use of technology to support learning and teaching. She has worked across the public and private sectors both in the UK and the US and is now working as an independent consultant – advising and training schools to develop creative strategies for using IT, social media and digital tools . An expert in E safety, she is also a STEM ambassador, particularly keen to encourage girls in technology courses and careers.

Sarah is passionate about education and about developing the life chances and opportunities for all children and young people – whether that is through the curriculum, music, the arts, community projects or sport.