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Governor Profiles

Our school governors

 

The composition of our Interim Executive Board brings together a wide range of skills and expertise from within the world of education and also the wider world.

To fulfil our roles of providing strategic leadership, monitoring and review we meet several times a term. Currently we do not operate a committee structure, and all Board members are usually asked to attend all meetings.

The governing board


 

Phil Bennington (Chair)

 

Phil has worked in schools and education in North Yorkshire for over 30 years. He is currently Strategy Director for the Swaledale Teaching School Alliance based at Brompton-on-Swale Primary school and is the Teaching School Council representative for North Yorkshire.

 

Michelle Farr (Vice Chair, Safeguarding)

 

Michelle is currently Headteacher at the Forest School.  She has experience in a range of different schools including leadership in mainstream inner city secondary, special provision and pupil referral units/alternative provision and has worked across 5 local authorities.  Her experiences have been in maintained school, academies and free schools.

 

Kate Lounds (Local Authority Adviser, Associate Member)

 

Kate is currently a Lead Improvement Adviser for the North Yorkshire County Council School Improvement Service; working with primary and secondary schools. She has specific expertise in Post 16, as well as wide experience of inspection and working with leaders and governors in all phases of education and types of school. 

 

Carol-Ann Howe

 

Carol-Ann’s current post is within North Yorkshire County Council as Head of Inclusion Support Services. In this role she leads the centrally employed specialist teaching, support and habilitation services, Educational Psychology and Early Years services. Her responsibilities include quality assurance of service delivery and outcomes for children, and completing SEND reviews for both mainstream and special schools.  She has developed the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ professional guidance, and continues to consult to them on complex case work around SEND.

 

Martin Surtees

 

Martin is a qualified public sector accountant, currently employed by North Yorkshire County Council. He has worked in senior roles in relation to school funding and broader Children’s Services resource management in both Newcastle and Hertfordshire local authorities. Recently he has operated as the Chief Financial Officer for a Multi Academy Trust based in Newcastle. He has an in-depth knowledge of school funding, school organisation issues, the special school sector, and the factors pertinent to effective budget management in schools.

 

 

Other information

Full name

Position of responsibility

Date of appointment/term of office

Who appointed them

Date stepped down

Business and financial interests

Governance roles in other educational institutions

Material interests (see * below)

Attendance (see **)

 

Phil Bennington

Chair

20.09.2018/maximum 4 years

NYCC

N/A

Strategy Director for Swaledale Teaching School Alliance, Brompton-on-Swale Primary school.

Governor at The Michael Syddall CE VA primary school, Catterick Village

None

5/5

Michelle Farr

Vice Chair, Safeguarding

20.09.2018/maximum 4 years

NYCC

N/A

None

Headteacher at The Forest School

None

5/5

Mark Peart

Headteacher/Associate Member

20.09.2018/maximum 4 years

NYCC

N/A

 

 

 

0/5

Kate Lounds

 

Local Authority Adviser/Associate Member

20.09.2018/maximum 4 years

NYCC

N/A

Employee of NYCC

Associate Member of Skipton Parish CoE VC Primary School IEB

None

4/5

Kirsty Hallett

None

20.09.2018/maximum 4 years

NYCC

N/A

Employee of NYCC

None

None

5/5

Carol-Ann Howe

None

20.09.2018/maximum 4 years

NYCC

N/A

Employee of NYCC

None

None

3/5

Martin Surtees

None

20.09.2018/maximum 4 years

NYCC

N/A

Employee of NYCC

Trustee at Kenton School Academy Trust, Newcastle Upon Tyne

None

5/5

 

The records of the governing body shall be kept in a secure place provided at the school and shall be available for inspection by the public, members of the governing body, parents of pupils at the school and the Local Authority. To access copies, please contact the school.

Confidential items and confidential minutes shall not be made available for public inspection.

 

*arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)

** Attendance record at governing body meetings over the past year (Autumn term 2018, dates included: 20.9.18, 02.10.18, 11.10.18, 25.10.18, 14.11.18)

 

The previous Governing Board stepped down on 19th September 2018.

KH 16.11.18

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