Governors

Handsworth Grange Community Sports College Governing Body

Governors are volunteers who are appointed to the governing body and take responsibility for three key roles:

  1. The performance of the school and holding the Head and Senior Leadership Team to account.
  2. To ensure that the finances are allocated in an appropriate manner which helps to support and improve pupil achievement.
  3. The strategic direction of the school.

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and reports directly to the governing body.

The governing body meet at least three times a year as a full governing body. Much of the work of governors is delegated to the appropriate committee.

Governors carry out their role in a variety of ways including membership of committees, visits to school, link governor roles, attending school events and providing specific expertise to help decision making.

Please find below details of our governing body and committee structure.

Committee Structure, membership and terms of reference


Chair of Governors: Elizabeth Underwood 
Vice Chair of Governors: Kabier Aslam

Pen portraits of our Governors:


Elizabeth Underwood

PR and communications consultant specialising in education and professional development expert delivering CMI Leadership and Management Diploma courses for Corndel. Founding head of communications for Learndirect in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Business interests: None. 

Financial interests: None.

Kabier Aslam

Business entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in the commercial and retail sector. Worked with voluntary organisations in the local community with young adults and the elderly. Former pupil of Handsworth Grange. Work and live in the locality. Passionate parent governor since 2010. Vice Chair of Governors since 2016.

Business interests: None

Financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: Trustee at Darnall Community Nursery

Jim McDonnell

A solicitor and Senior Associate at a commercial law firm, columnist for the Law Society Gazette, and part-time Executive and Assistant Producer for a professional theatre company. Living locally for many years, Jim has been a community governor at Handsworth Grange since 2012.

Business interests: None

Financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None


Steve Sims

Steve lives locally in Sheffield and is married with two daughters. He is an MBA graduate of Sheffield Hallam University and also has a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and Development.

His background is in education and training, providing services to young people and secondary schools within the city. Steve currently works within the Local Authority.

Business interests: None

Financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: Tapton Academy, Sheffield

Neil Craig

Neil is a business analyst in the steel industry

Business interests: None

Financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Abdul Khayum

Abdul is a managing director of a property rentals business

Business interests: None

Financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: Oak Tree High School, Sheffield


Debra Clarke

Debra is a School Business Manager in a nearby primary school

Business interests: None

Financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Clair Marlow

Solicitor and the Deputy Head of Governance Services at Sheffield Hallam University, specialising in litigation, dispute resolution and corporate compliance. Formerly a Director and Governor of a Barnsley Primary Academy and Teaching School Alliance, Clair is committed to governance, education and raising the aspirations of young people.

Business interests: None

Financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Lisa Finch 

Works for Sheffield City Council and is also an Invigilator at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College

She has two children who both attended Handsworth Grange one who was diagnosed at the age of 13 with attention deficit disorder. I am passionate about helping pupils thrive.

Business interests: None

Financial interests: None

Governors roles in other schools: None

Jessica Procter

Jessica lives locally in Handsworth. She works at Sheffield Hallam University as a Policy and Compliance Officer, and is currently on a secondment as a Business Relationship Manager. Jessica is a graduate of The University of Sheffield and has a Master’s degree in Political Science: Governance and Public Policy.

Jessica has a personal interest in widening participation, and is committed to enhancing staff wellbeing in her workplace.

Business interests: None

Financial interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None