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Who we Are

Meet The Goverors

Katherine Muncaster, Alistair Blackburn, Mike Fitzjohn, Trudy Mclindon, Carmen Gonzalez-Eslava, Richard Landers, Myles McNearny, Steve Inch, Laura Whillans, Eleanor Mollett, Brian Cooke, Austin Holmes, Neil Duffitt, Saskia Metcalf

 

Laura Whillans
Steve Inch
Trudy Mclindon
Carmen Gonzalez-Eslava
Myles Mcnearny
Mike Fitzjohn

Brian Cooke

Eleanor Mollett
Austin Holmes

COMMITTEE STRUCTURE 2017/2018

COMMITTEE-MEMBERSHIP-2017-3

Link Governor Support

Subject Subject Leader Governor Name
English/Literacy Danielle Gholinia Laura Whillans
Mathematics Peter Donaldson Carmen Gonzalez-Eslava
Science and Environmental Education Angela Patton Eleanor Mollett
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Gaynor Davis Myles McNearney
Religious Education Faye Bridgehouse Trudy Mclindon
Physical Education Alistair Blackburn Austin Holmes
Humanities Faye Bridgehouse Richard Lander
French Danielle Gholinia Carmen Gonzalez-Eslava
Music Denise Story Trudy Mclindon
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Katherine Muncaster/Diana Vose Steve Inch
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Mr Donaldson supported by Mr Blackburn and Mrs Patton

 

Trudy Mclindon
Assessment Alistair Blackburn Carmen Gonzalez-Eslava

Katherine Muncaster Headteacher

Expiry of four year term of office Sine die

Appointed by ex officio

Committee membership

Strategy Committee (ex officio)
Staffing Committee (ex officio)
Learning Committee (ex officio)
SIP/Finance Committee (ex officio)
Premises/Health & Safety Committee (ex officio)

Register of interests -Yes Author and Consultant

Business interests – Author of Growth Mindset book and conference presentations

‘Feed Your Brain Learning’

Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Alistair Blackburn Staff Governor

Expiry of four year term of office 31st December 2018

Elected by staff

Committee membership

SIP/Finance Committee

Learning

Positions held on governing body none
Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Relationship to staff: none

Trudy Mclindon Chair of governor
I have been a parent at Tithe Barn school for nine years. In April 2014 I was elected as a Parent Governor and from 2017 have been the Chair of Governors. I believe primary education is fundamental to shaping what our children become and equipping them for the future. I wanted to be involved in supporting the school’s vision to develop cheerful, confident learners. In April 2018 I was co opted by the Governing Board and an keen to develop my role as Chair of Governors to provide an enriched learning environment ,where every child has the opportunity to develop a love of learning and achieve their potential. In my professional life I am a business consultant with over twenty years experience in retail, developing and mentoring management teams. Specialising in store, interior designs and property.

Expiry of four year term of office 31st March 2022

Elected by GB

Committee membership
Staffing
Learning

Health & Safety/Premises

Finance

Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Business: Business Consultant

Steve Inch  Vice Chair

Co opted Governor

Safeguarding Governor

I am now retired. After university (BA in Modern Languages; MSc in Applied Social Science), the first half of my career was spent as a social worker and then manager in a social services department. The second, as a senior executive in a national charity providing care and support to people with a learning disability and autism.

We have only lived in Heaton Mersey for a year, having moved here to support our daughter who gave birth to twins in January. Our three other grandchildren live in Sweden, so we don’t see as much of them! It is very interesting to observe the differences between the two childcare and educational systems.

Before we moved from Oxfordshire, I had been lucky enough to spend just over a year as a governor in our local village school. It was an extremely rewarding experience that prompted my application for the current role.

Expiry of four year term of office 31st October 2019

Elected by GB

Committee membership
Learning Committee
Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Relationship to staff: none
Business: Retired

Mike Fitzjohn local authority governor- Co opted

I was first elected as a parent governor in 1984 and have been a governor of the School in some guise ever since. I have been Chair of Governors on two occasions, from 1986 to 1992, and from 2006 to September 2015. I have witnessed some amazing highs – the ever fabulous children which the School continues to produce, some hugely committed adults, and the OFSTED Inspector in 2009 who said “I wish I could give you higher than ‘Outstanding'” – and a few more challenging moments, not least being ‘pig in the middle’ in the 2013 Peel Moat debate. One of the few advantages of being my age (67) is that one can take the long term view: there will always be day to day concerns (which staff and Governors will try to address) but, if children continue to work hard and play hard after they leave the School, there is no limit to their achievements – I look at my own children and their peers and see highly successful teachers, doctors, vets, accountants, barristers, businessmen and women, international sportspeople, actors, and many other occupations.. And all with that caring nature so carefully honed by the Tithe Barn ethos. By profession I am a Town Planner and, prior to retirement, worked in Local Government, national Government, and for Sport England.

Expiry of four year term of office 31 December 2019

Appointed by Local Authority

Committee membership

Strategy Committee
SIP/Finance Committee
Premises/Health & Safety Committee
Chair of Premises/Health & Safety Committee

Appeals Committee

Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Business: Retired

Relationship to staff: none

Eleanor Mollett Co opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor in January 2017, and am on the learning committee and a link governor for science. I currently work for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a project manager for digital services and have previously worked for other government departments, which has given me experience of government policy and managing public projects. Prior to joining the civil service, I was a biochemist and I have a particular interest in encouraging science and technology in schools, which I also do through the STEM ambassador programme.

Expiry of four year term of office 31st December 2020

Elected by GB

Committee membership
Learning Commottee

Link Governor -science
Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Relationship to staff: none
Business: Project Manager

 

Brian Cooke  Co opted Governor

This is my first year of being a govenor. My aim is to bring my experience and knowledge of being a (retired) nuclear engineer and systems management consultant into the govenor team to add to the existing govenor knowledge base. My personal objective is to assist in achieving the absolute best for the children in the learning process.

Expiry of four year term of office 30th June 2021

Elected by GB

Committee membership
Health and Safety/ Premises committee

Link Governor -TBD
Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Relationship to staff: none
Business:Retired

Austin Holmes  Parent Governor

I am delighted to take up my first Governors role at Tithe Barn, and am committed to working hard and getting involved in the school to make it the best it can possibly be for our and future children.
I have worked in HR for a number of years at various companies and currently work for Thomas Cook and I hope that my HR experience and background can assist the school moving forward.
I am an enthusiastic and positive person, who is interested in how things work and how they can be improved, and I am really looking forward to working with the children, staff and families within the school community.

Elected by parents

Expiry of four year term of office 31st August 2021

Carmen Gonzalez-Eslava  Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Expiry of four year term of office 31 August 2020

Committee membership

Strategy Committee (ex officio)

Staffing Committee

Learning Committee- Chair of Learning Committee

Business: Vice Principal FE college

Richard Landers  Co opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Expiry of four year term of office 31 March 2022

Committee membership

Staffing Committee

Strategy  Committee

Premises and Health and Safety Committee

Appeals Committee

Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Relationship to staff: none
Business: Barrister

 

Committee membership

Staffing Committee – Chair of Staffing Committee

Strategy  Committee

Appeals Committee

Premises and Health and Safety Committee

Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Relationship to staff: none
Business: Human Resource Partner

Laura Whillans Parent Governor

Expiry of four year term of office 31st September 2019

Elected by parents

Committee membership
Staffing Committee
Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Relationship to staff: none
Business: Barrister

Myles McNearney Co opted Governor

Expiry of four year term of office 31st October 2019

Elected by GB

Committee membership
Learning Committee Chair of Committee

Appeals Committee
Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Relationship to staff: none
Business: International Schools

 

Brian Cooke  Co opted Governor

This is my first year of being a govenor. My aim is to bring my experience and knowledge of being a (retired) nuclear engineer and systems management consultant into the govenor team to add to the existing govenor knowledge base. My personal objective is to assist in achieving the absolute best for the children in the learning process.

Expiry of four year term of office 30th June 2021

Elected by GB

Committee membership
Health and Safety/ Premises committee

Link Governor -TBD
Register of interests – none

Business interests – none
Relationship to any member of school staff -none

Relationship to staff: none
Business:Retired

Ed Tonge Associate Member

Previous 4 year term expired 31 August 2015.Re-appointed for 4 year term by GB from 1 September 2015

Elected by Governing Body

Committee membership

Register of interests – none

 

 

 

 


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