Chair

Andrew Newman

I’m Andrew Newman, the club’s chairman. I lead the volunteer management committee that oversees the operation of the club and is ultimately responsible for ensuring the club meets the needs of its members and complies with relevant regulations.

I’m a husband, dad and geography/data geek. I’m a senior manager at the Department For Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where I help lead our Data Transformation Programme.

I have two sons who regularly use the club, at both the infants and juniors.


Other Members

Tony Dobson

I’m Tony Dobson. Together with a friend and neighbour I started Ecclesall Kids Club in 1995 and have been a member of the Management Committee ever since. My daughter was at the Club on its first day whilst in Year 1- she is now 27!

I’ve been involved with schools in a number of roles over the years: I’ve been a governor at Ecclesall Infants and Bents Green School as well as Chair of The Ecclesall Schools parents association. Prior to my current job I worked in a support role at High Storrs School. I am currently the practice manager at the PDSA which is a veterinary charity.


Alex Miller


I’m Alex Miller. I have a daughter currently in year 2 and a son who I expect will start in reception in September 2017. I’ve used kids club since my daughter started in reception and joined the committee in November 2014.

I’ve recently become a governor at the infant school. Away from school I’m a civil servant working at the department for education where I’m responsible for the collection and publication of data about the education system.


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Catherine Hayden

I’m Catherine Hayden. I joined the committee in September 2018, having used the club since my oldest child started school in September 2013. I now have two children using the club. 

As well as being a mum I qualified as an Occupational Therapist 21 years ago and work both in the NHS and independent practice, specialising in return to work for individuals with disabilities or following illness with the aim to enhance independence and quality of life.


Grazina Manchester

I’m Grazina Manchester. I have two children who regularly attend kids club and love the facilities it provides. I joined the committee in September 2018 when my youngest started in reception, and will be taking on the role of treasurer.

I have worked in financial services for around fifteen years, with the last ten years at Sheffield Hallam University, where I am an accountant.

Outside of school and work I love to explore the great Sheffield outdoors with my family, whether it’s on bikes or scrambling on rocks.