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Meet our Local Governing Body

Ex-Officio Governor

The Principal of our academy also sits on our local governing body as a governor.  He is referred to as an ex-officio governor.  This means that he will remain a governor for as long as he is employed in his role as Principal.  

 

Simon Webster

 

Simon Webster

Appointed

1st September 2014

Attendance at LGB meetings for 2017-2018
LGB meetings - 6/6

Pay Committee - 1/1

 

Committee Membership for 2018-2019: 

Member of all Governor Committees (Finance & Staffing, Curriculum, Health, Safety & Premises, Foundation)

Register of Interests:
None
 
Bio

I joined the Governing Body upon my appointment as Headteacher of Richard Wakefield C.E. (VC) Primary School on 1st September 2014.  Prior to taking this post I was Acting Executive Headteacher at All Saints’ C.E. (C) First School, Denstone and St Peter’s C.E. (A) First School, Alton.

Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are board appointed are appointed by the trust board.  Their term of office is 4 years.  At Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy the governance structure allows for 3 board appointed governors.

 

Nic Becker BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Computing, ACMA, CGMA 

Parent Governor and Chair of Governors
 

Appointed:
13th March 2014

Attendance at LGB meetings for 2017-2018
LGB meetings - 6/6

Pay Committee - 1/1

Register of Business Interests:

None

Other positions held:
UK & Ireland Property & FM Lead, MCBC

School Link Responsibility:
Early Years Foundation Stage, Parent & Community and Website
Member of Finance & Staffing Committee and Curriculum Committee

Nic Becker BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Computing, ACMA, CGMA

 

My eldest daughter attends Richard Wakefield School, soon to be joined by her younger sister.  I was delighted to be elected as parent governor in 2014 to work alongside other governors and school staff. 

My background involves nearly 10 years of senior management experience within Finance, Commercial and Property environments and I was keen to use my skillset to support the school in its development.

Over the last 2 years I have learned a lot and have enjoyed supporting the school to move from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.  

I believe the school is now in a great place to continue to develop and deliver a well rounded, excellent experience for our children.

Alex Grady BA (hons), PGCE, PGDip 

Parent Governor and Vice Chair of Governors

Appointed:
8th May 2012

Resigned:

1st September 2018

Attendance at LGB meetings for 2017-2018
LGB meetings - 6/6

 

 

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by the parents/guardians of the students who attend Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy.  When a parent governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all registered parents and guardians and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years.  At Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy the governance structure allows for 2 parent governors.

Jessica Townsend BSc (Hons), MSc Occupational Psychology

Parent Governor

Term of office end date:

19th March 2018

Register of Business Interests:
None

School Link Responsibility:
Safeguarding

Member of Finance & Staffing Committee and Curriculum Committee

Both my children run into school every morning happy to be there, and for me it’s important that this continues by providing good quality teaching and a nurturing environment where children get the chance to become the best that they can be.

I have a background working in very varied educational settings and hope that this enables me to have a good understanding of some of the issues faced by schools.  This in turn will allow me to help our school continue to strive for continuing high standards. 

DR KATE FOX, BSC (HONS), DPHIL MICROBIOLOGY (OXON)

Parent Governor

Appointed:

12th June 2018

Committee Membership for 2018-2019:

Member of Finance & Staffing Committee and Curriculum Committee

Register of Business Interests:

None

Staff Governor

The Staff Governor is elected by the staff based at Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy.    When a staff governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all members of staff based at Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years.  At Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy the governance structure allows for 1  staff governor.

Lindsay Jeffrey

Appointed

1st September 2016

Attendance at LGB meetings for 2017-2018
LGB meetings - 6/6

Committee Membership for 2018-2019: 

None

Register of Interests:
 
None
 
Bio

To be added

 

Co-Opted Governor

At Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy the governance structure allows for the local governors listed above to co-opt up to three further governors to the local governing body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making local governance even more efficient and effective.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years. 

 

Jeremy Tutt ACMA; CGMA; BA (Hons) 

Parent Governor
 

Jeremy Tutt ACMA; CGMA; BA (Hons)

Term of office end date:
10th November 2017

School Link Responsibility:
Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

Register of Business Interests:
None

Other Positions held:
Finance Director

Member of Finance & Staffing Committee and Curriculum Committee

I was elected as parent governor in November 2013. In 2014 I was assigned the role Governor for Pupil Premium and Sports Premium. 

Having gained a Mathematics degree from Liverpool University I went on to become a Finance Director working within a small leadership team and have been a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for over 20 years. I bring to our school my financial and commercial skills and greatly enjoy seeing the children and school develop and improve.

In my spare time I enjoy cycling and am a keen supporter of Burton Albion. I have been living in Tutbury since 2004 - being born in Bury combined with my surname it seemed an obvious place to live!

 

Foundation Governor

At Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy the governance structure allows for two foundation governors to be appointed by Lichfield Diocese.  This term of office is 4 years.

 

The Reverend PIP Short BA (Hons), AKC 

Foundation Governor
 

Term of office end date:
17th November 2019

School Link Responsibility:
English, Staff well-being and development

Register of Business Interests: 
None

Member of Foundation Committee, Finance and Staffing Committee and Curriculum Committee

The Reverend Patricia Ann Short BA (Hons), AKC

I have recently been appointed by the Diocese of Lichfield as an Ex Officio Foundation Governor.   My career was in education, teaching mainly English and RE and culminating with the headship of a city comprehensive school in Nottingham, followed by secondment to the team which established teacher appraisal in Nottinghamshire.  I then worked as an independent consultant and trainer in educational management and communication skills.

I was a vicar’s wife for over  thirty years, becoming my husband’s carer until his death in 1997 and working as a Reader in parishes and then in hospital chaplaincy.  I was ordained to continue work as a chaplain in 2000 at the Derby Acute Hospitals, then moved back into parish ministry in the Ashbourne group of parishes in 2010 as Associate Priest where I was a Foundation Governor at St Oswald’s Church of England Infant School.  I now work as an Associate Minister in Tutbury, Rolleston and Anslow.

I have a son, daughter-in- law and grandson.  I love cooking and offering hospitality.  I enjoy painting, gardening, the theatre and a range of crafts.

As a person I think I am pro-active and energetic.  I love meeting people and listening to them.  I enjoy challenges, trying to solve problems and helping other people to find ways to deal with theirs.  I believe that laughter is a vital part of life.

I hope that as a Governor I will be able to bring my knowledge and skills to benefit the children, staff and parents of the school.

Jackie Benstead 

Foundation Governor
 

Term of office end date:
31st December 2018

Register of Business Interests:
None

School Link Responsibility:
Maths

Member of Foundation Committee, Finance & Staffing Committee and Curriculum Committee

Jackie-Benstead

My Mum, myself plus two brothers and my two daughters have attended Richard Wakefield School.

I originally took on the role of Foundation Governor as a temporary role to cover for Rev. Ganz on his retirement.  I enjoyed the challenge more than I’d expected and when offered a permanent place decided to take it.  I have seen the role change a lot in my time, with more and more responsibility being put onto the Governors, the rewards are great though and I have really enjoyed being part of our journey from Satisfactory/Requires Improvement to Good.  Next we need to make sure we are ready for the SIAMS inspection.

I have been helping to run our Christian Club on Monday lunchtimes for many years now, and have been part of raising the profile of our Christian ethos in the school.  I am at present assistant church warden at St Mary’s and help plan our more relaxed services on Sunday afternoons, i.e. Light Service, Christingle, Palm Sunday and Open Gardens.

Workwise, I left school to undertake an electrical apprenticeship, gaining my HNC in electrical and electronics.  For more than 20 years I had the role of PCB Designer in an engineering department that designed control and communications equipment.  I became interested in complimentary therapies in the early 90’s and after completing courses in reflexology and massage, made the move to being a self employed therapist.

Cathy Wright BSc (Hons) 

 

 

 

 

 

Appointed:
17th March 2013

Resigned:
July 2018

Attendance for 2017-2018:
LGB - 4/6

Register of Interests:

Owner of Water Babies in Burton upon Trent

 

 

JOYCELYN HICKMAN 

Appointed:

11.09.2017

Resigned:

 

Attendance for 2017-2018:
LGB - 

Register of Business Interests:
None

WE CURRENTLY HAVE A VACANCY FOR A CO-OPTED GOVERNOR. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED OR SIMPLY WANT FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE ROLE THEN PLEASE CONTACT THE CLERK TO THE GOVERNORS .

 

Clerk to Local Governors: Emma Robinson erobinson@deferrerstrust.com