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Meet the Governors

Below you will find some information about each member of our Governing Board. Everybody has a different skill set which is used to help the Nursery School run as effectively as possible. 



Emma Rettig, Chair

I joined the Governors as Co-Chair in May 2019. I work in Human Resources and my professional body encourages its members to volunteer through an organisation called Inspiring Governance. I was keen to get involved as I strongly believe that Early Years Education is key to a child’s long term success and I was looking for ways to give back to the community. I hope that my professional experience can help the governing body and Centre to continue to maintain the excellent high standards. I live in Glossop with my husband and when I’m not working or volunteering I can generally be found on the fells with my dog.





Zara Rowbottom, Vice Chair

I started as a Parent Governor earlier this year (2021) and was recently elected as Vice Chair. I have worked in nursery settings since leaving school and I come from a big family so children have always been a massive part of my life. I have a 3 year old son who attends Gamesley Early Excellence Centre which is one of the many reasons I wanted to get involved. I'm hoping my parent perspective, skills and knowledge will help me ensure the nursery is running to high standards so that we can give the best quality of early education to the children.

Jackie Riley

Jackie Riley



I have been involved with the Centre since 1973 as I was one of the first teachers appointed when it first opened. At first as it was a joint venture between Education and Social Services there was no governing body at that time. A management committee was formed and I was a member of that and later became a governor when a governing body was formed.
I have always found working at the Centre to be extremely stimulating and my aim as been the pursuit of excellence both as teacher and governor.






Rhoda Badge

Rhoda Badge

I have been a governor for approximately 12 years now, I first became a governor when my youngest child was in nursery. Both my children attended the nursery and I was keen to get involved and help out where I could. I am a speech and language therapist, and hope that my skills can contribute to the centre, whilst keeping me up to date with nursery education.

Rhoda Badge








Laura Willerton, Parent Governor

I became a parent governor earlier this year, I bring both a parent perspective and relevant skills to the role of Governor. In my work within the Banking sector I have gained experiences with both businesses and private sector organisations with the uk, which helps with my role as Chair of the Resource Management Committee. I am passionate about supporting the role Gamesley Early Excellence Centre plays within the community and supporting the emotional well-being of children in a nursery environment. I will endeavour to meet the requirements of Governors to work closely with the staff at GEEC by monitoring, questioning and challenging to collectively ensure the best possible standards of education and support for all children attending the Nursery.






John Pasiecznik, Clerk to the Governors

I spent over 30 years working for local councils. I have always had an interest in education and am delighted to be Clerk to the Governors. I have lived in Hadfield for over 25 years, am married to Pat, a retired teacher, with three grown-up daughters two of whom are teachers.