Chetwynde School, Croslands, Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0NY

01229 824210

Chetwynde School

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience

Mr David Shields




Head of Revenues & Benefits Shared Services, Liberata UK Ltd, Lake House, Phoenix Rd, Barrow.

I have worked in the Revenues & Benefits field for 32 years, spending the first 10 with the London Borough of Newham were at the point of leaving I was the Benefits Manager, and the last 22 years with Liberata, who are Outsourcers managing multiple services for Local and Central Government.  Revenues include the administration\collection of Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates, and Benefits the assessment\payment of welfare benefit that is means-tested.

I manage Liberata’s shared service function that includes leading 350 people, based in four offices across the North of England, working in various roles ranging from Processors to Project Managers, and Leadership staff members. 

In addition, I also manage Liberata’s office in Barrow (Lake House) that includes a full range of facility management activities including; Building management, Health & Safety, and Finance. I have responsibility for several small budgets that all amalgamate into a Shared Service budget with the value of £7 million per annum.



I am married to Karen and we have two sons, Matthew, 20 years old and currently studying at York University, and Oliver, 8 years old and in Year 3 at Chetwynde School. 

I was born in London, moving North 25+ years ago, and living in Barrow for the past 21 years. I am a keen outdoor person, who enjoys watching and participating in many sports, as well as gardening, and spending time with my wife and boys. 

I have many core values, that include; hard-work, commitment, honesty, compassion, and pragmatism. As well as the development of good communication skills, honed by having been in management for 25+ years.  


Why did I submit an application to be a Parent Governor? 

My son Oliver is in Year 3, and my wife Karen has been an active member of the Friends of Chetwynde for the past two years, a voluntary group whose aim is to raise funds through the organising of events such as the Summer Fayre, as well as providing support other academic events such as sports day and parent evenings.  By default I have supported Karen at various events providing a physical approach, helping set up, put away furniture etc. as well as the odd spell supporting on a stall.

All of which has lead me to develop relationships with school employees, Teachers, Admin, and Governors, and provided a brief understanding of how a school runs and what some of the challenges are.

As a consequence when I was made aware that the school was looking to bring on-board additional Parent Governors, my wife and I felt that my experience in the world of business, and in particular management, leadership, and developing people, management of finances and budgeting, as well as access to other professionals such as Human Resources and Health & Safety managers, that can provide a second opinion on various matters is experience the school may find useful.  Couple this with my desire to see Chetwynde succeed, and exceed the high expectations of the Head, Staff, and existing Governors, I believe adding my experience, values, and desire to push the school forward would benefit the school, and help enhance the educational opportunities for my son, Oliver, and all of his fellow students.