Governance – David Ashton

David is a highly experienced HR professional and Senior Manager, with well over 30 years in HR and general management. Now retired and self-employed as a HR Consultant.


For 15 years and up until his retirement in early 2017 David was Global Head of HR for the Denby Group, based at their head office on the main manufacturing site of Denby Pottery. The well-established and internationally renowned Pottery is one of the area’s leading employers, located locally in Denby, Derbyshire, and was a founder employer partner of the David Nieper Academy. Previously David held HR and/or senior management posts with a number of well-known Companies including Raleigh and Johnson-Diversey.


David has been actively involved with the Institute of Leadership and Development and CIPD for many years chairing several committees, including promoting personal development opportunities and has been an Advisor and Trainer for a number of local colleges.


David is a keen advocate of the employer partnership as this creates an ideal link between school and work. This link is one of the many strengths of the Academy and he is delighted to be able to continue to contribute to the aspiration of the Academy to be one of the best in the area.