Local Governing Body

Shaun Flynn

Chair of Governors

I spent 27 years in my chosen profession, raising and qualifying from trainee, through branch, area and regional management to MD and CEO.

With no challenge left, and 20 years left to work I wanted a new goal and 5 years ago joined the motor trade, I am currently a sales manager for new cars at a Ford dealership. I am very much a family man, I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

I joined the board of governors at TGA (my third school governorship) nearly 6 years ago and have had the absolute privilege to be chairman for the last 3.5 years. Over the years I have been involved in many groups and organisations but my connection to TGA is the one I enjoy and am proud of the most. We have come a long way at TGA in recent years and now belong to a fantastic “family” in Wickersley. I have been lucky enough to work with three terrific head teachers, all of whom brought individual talents and skills to their role. We are far further ahead now than we have ever been, we must continue this trajectory, all of you are part of this.
Just like my business career we need challenges. Every student here at TGA is an important part of these challenges. My challenge to you students here at TGA is to do your best, be part of our present and our future but above all let’s all work together to make this school the best we can, a school that puts out great town firmly on the map and a school we are all proud of.
Sara Bowers

Sara Bowers

I am married with three daughters; two were students at the academy and one is currently at university.

I’ve worked at The Gainsborough Academy since it opened back in 2009.  Within that time I’ve worked in a variety of roles.  I am currently supporting literacy intervention within the library.  This year I’ve done a lot of work towards children’s reading, using the Three Book Challenge, which is a great passion of mine.

I am keen to support the academy on its journey to become an outstanding school.  Working with students every day has given me an insight into the ways they can be motivated, so they can aim high and achieve their dreams.

Debra Drakes (Woodhead)

Parent Governor

Claire Poulter

Parent Governor

David Miller

Staff Governor

I live in Mansfield, I have one daughter and in my spare time I like hiking, motor sport and attending concerts and performances.
I started teaching as a Spanish Co-ordinator in 1995 at a school on the outskirts of Nottingham. After having a number of roles at that school, I moved to a school in Chesterfield as Deputy Headteacher in 2005 and then moved to Newark Academy as a Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning in 2013. After a short tenure as a Principal at Gainsborough, I worked at Rawmarsh Community School in Rotherham for a year teaching Spanish and French both in the school itself and in its partner primaries. I returned to Gainsborough as Head of MFL in 2018 and again have taught French and Spanish in school and out in our local community.
I am committed to the process of constant review and improvement and believe that all students deserve a modern, relevant curriculum which sets them up for the next step. I believe strongly in developing student resilience so that they can go out into the world able and qualified. As staff governor, for me it is vital that all colleagues are supported to be at the top of their game to bring about the best outcomes for our students.

John Green

I started work as a Science teacher at a small school in Barnsley in September 1993. I arrived at Rawmarsh Community School in 2001 and have been a member of staff at the school ever since. I currently serve on the Governing Body at Rawmarsh Community School, a position I have held for 4 years.

Personally, I am married to Louise who is also a teacher, and have two children currently both at primary school. I live on the outskirts of Sheffield where I settled after completing my University studies there, although I am originally from Haydock, a village between Manchester and Liverpool. I care deeply about young people and the wider communities they come from and I hope that being appointed to the Governing body at The Gainsborough Academy will allow me to support the Leadership Team and other members of staff in moving the school forward over the coming years. I hope this will help to develop the students and give them the best possible chances whilst they are in school and after their school life is over.

Cheryl Myskiw

Cheryl Myskiw

I am a trained Accountant and School Business Manager.  I have worked in education for the last eight years, both inside and outside of the classroom.

I have three children, my two daughters attend The Gainsborough Academy in years 9 and 10.  My son is currently in year 5 at primary school.

I hope that by being appointed as a Parent Governor it will allow me to be able to support the leadership team in moving the school forward over the coming years.

Sam Bocock


After completing my Bachelor of Arts in Music and History and subsequent PGCE in secondary music; I started work at The Gainsborough Academy in 2017 as an NQT of music. I have since gone on to hold the role of music lead since 2019.

I am passionate about education and driving forward the quality of provision in schools for the children and wider community. As a colleague of the Wickersley Partnership Trust, I absolutely align myself in our core message that we send our young people out into the world – more able and qualified to play their full part in it. I hope that being appointed to the Governing Body at The Gainsborough Academy will enable me to support the leadership team and staff body in driving forward the ethos and standards of the school in the coming years.

Contact Us

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governing Body at clerk@wickersleypt.org, or by writing to:

Chair of Governors
The Gainsborough Academy,
Sweyn Lane,
Corringham Road,
DN21 1PB