Members of the Interim Executive Board

An IEB (Interim Executive Board) has now been appointed and is in place at Ferham Primary School. 



Neil Hardwick

My name is Neil Hardwick and I am currently the Head of Finance for Children’s Service in Rotherham. I am also a governor at a Wakefield School for several years now and have a lot of experience of schools finance, school performance, building projects etc. I am a father of two boys who are now at college and university and hope to help the school to provide the best education for the children at the school.

Mark Janvier

Mark Janvier is a highly experienced school governor, with 20 years of school leadership experience. A long-standing Chair of Governors at a Catholic primary school in Rotherham, Mark has played a very active role in enabling school-to-school support in both Faith and LA schools, and has a track record of successful collaborative leadership.


As a National Leader of Governance, Mark has helped secure school improvement through the chairmanship and governing body development of a federation of schools in Barnsley; governor training delivery; and participation in local and regional school leadership fora.


Mark is married to a teacher and has four children – two of whom are still in school. In his day-to-day work, Mark is a Deputy Director in the NHS and has a breadth of experience and knowledge in system leadership, regulation and improvement; performance analysis and assessment; governance and strategic incident leadership.

David Silvester 

David is a National Leader of Education who has led schools as Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and now JMAT CEO for 20 years. He has worked across the school system as a system leader, associate headteacher and in a mentoring capacity. He has a passion for education and believes that success is possible in any context, given the right ethos, management, systems and organisation.


David is head of Forge Teaching School and has created ForgeCPD Cloud, which seeks to ensure that the schools in our region work in collaboration in the best interests of children across our system.

Amy Leech 

Amy is an experienced Human Resources professional and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) with over 20 years experience, 16 of which have been in a managerial/leadership role.  Her experience accumulates within Local Government and she currently undertakes the role of HR Business Partner for Children and Young Peoples Services (CYPS) within Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, where she heads up a team to support the CYPS Directorate that includes Education and Skills.


Amy works with Schools both within Rotherham and surrounding areas to achieve improvements and identify best working practices.


Amy lives with her partner and they have one child who is in the last year of Primary School.

Richard Punshon

Richard is experienced in the education sector and is currently the Educational Leadership Director at JMAT.  He has experience as a teacher and has been involved in school governance for 20 years.  He has worked in school improvement and also chaired school governing bodies.  To advance his understanding of education Richard is currently enrolled on a PhD in education leadership.  His vision is a fair, accessible and equal education for all children.