Our Governors

Talbot Specialist School’s Governors.

Debbie Granger-James

I have been married to Rob for 20+ years, we have two daughters, Ellie and Abbie. Ellie is 15 years old and in Y10 at Meadowhead. Abbie is aged  13 and in Y8 at Talbot.

I have a great passion for education! Following a four year course at North Riding College, Scarborough, I gained a BA(Hons) with Qualified Teaching Status. I have been a Primary Teacher ever since, which has now totted up to 23 years!

I was so impressed with Talbot Specialist School when Abbie started here in 2013, I soon felt I wanted to be part of this brilliant setting and play a more active role, so I applied to become a Parent Governor in 2014. I still feel very new to the role and have lots to learn but I am enjoying every minute of it!

Outside of education my interests include – family days out, reading, music, films, Sheffield United FC, socialising with friends, shopping and dabbling with interior design.


Ian Peake

I worked as a Clinical Scientist in both the NHS and at Sheffield University up to my retirement in 2011. I continue as an Emeritus Professor of Molecular Medicine with ongoing part time research interests. During my career I have gained considerable experience in higher education.

I have also held senior management positions within Sheffield Medical School and University as department deputy head and University director of medical research. I have considerable experience of committee work and practice which I believe I could bring to a governing body.

During my career I have I believe developed people skills which have allowed me to interact effectively at many levels including senior academics and recent school leavers. I have also been a committee member and chaired committees and councils of national and international groups and societies.

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