The Governing Body
The Governing Body at The North School is committed to supporting and challenging the leadership of the School to ensure that school improvement is paramount and the potential of students is maximised.
The details of the governors can be found below. Please note the non-confidential minutes to the Governing Body meetings are available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org
Governing Body Members
Mrs Liesl York (Chair), Co-opted Governor
As Chair of Governors I am highly committed to the success of The North School and seek to ensure continuous improvement.
Having lived in Ashford all my life, I now work for the Local Authority after a twenty five year career in the financial sector.
I have three children who attend The North School and I am keen to use my skills and ability to help positively shape the future of all the young people who attend the school. The school is part of my community and I am keen to challenge and be ambitious for the school to allow all students to achieve their own personal potential.
Mr Alan Barham, Co-opted Governor
I am retired but like to keep active in terms of work and keeping healthy, e.g. walking and cycling.
Currently, Chair of Sallygate Independent School Management Committee and a Governor of The North School and Dover Grammar School for Boys.
Our children and partners plus six grandchildren keep us occupied and young at heart.
Mr Trevor Brenchley, Authority Governor
I am married with five children and two grandchildren and I have lived most of my life in Ashford.
For the past nineteen years I have worked for Brakes in various roles, starting as a Supply Planner to my current role as Director of Product Supply. My team of 150 are responsible for ordering product from the supplier to the pick face in our depots for over one million boxes of food daily.
One of my reasons for becoming a governor is that I am passionate about connecting businesses to schools, especially around the transition from sixth form to apprentice. With this in mind I developed a two-year apprenticeship scheme at Brakes, which was a great success in its first year with two apprenticeships being offered, with one of the successful applicants being a student from the North School.
I am also Chairman of Park Farm Rangers Football Club whose members include more than 250 children from all ages.
Mrs Helen Brown, Parent Governor
I have lived in Ashford with my husband for fourteen years and have two children, one of whom attends The North School.
I have worked in the charity/social care sector, mainly with fathers and young families, offering support and group activities.
I wanted to transfer these skills to the governing body and develop new ones.
Mrs Rachel Gough, Co-opted Governor
I attended secondary school in Kent, after which I taught English in several large comprehensive schools, a grammar school, a Further Education College and overseas.
My career then moved into local authority school improvement and I have many years' experience of supporting secondary schools across Kent. I have a broad and informed understanding of many aspects of secondary education and take a keen interest in issues to do with literacy, equality and inclusion. I am currently the School Improvement Adviser for Swale Academies Trust and Chair of the Governors' Challenge Committee at another school.
I am very pleased to be able to offer my skills to the governing body at The North School, and to contribute to its work for the benefit of staff and students.
Mrs Lyn Greenfield (Vice Chair), Co-opted Governor
In my role as co-opted governor at The North School I am particularly interested in the welfare and educational provision that The North School offers our children.
I have lived in Ashford all my life and have attended local schools and believe that The North School forms an important part of our community. For the past twenty eight years I have worked for a large Ashford-based company and have a role in customer services which involves dealing with clients, staff and visitors from different backgrounds in a range of positions. Within this role I challenge the business to improve processes and record outcomes accurately; I also monitor results and seek improvements and am solution focused. These are all skills that I am able to bring to the Governing Body at the school.
Following a successful election process in September 2017 I am now the Vice Chair of the Governing Body which will mean I can continue to enhance my skills in governance which will help me to hold the school to account.
Mr Thomas Hay, Co-opted Governor
I grew up locally and, having lived in London for most of my adult life, I moved back to Kent with my young family eleven years ago. I have over twenty years experience in financial services, retail and not-for-profit, giving me a strong understanding of financial, commercial and operational management as well as expertise in governance and regulation and exposure to project management. I am thrilled to have the opportunity of using my skills and experience to contribute to the future of The North School and help provide the best opportunities for each and every student.
Mrs Anna Lawrence, Headteacher
It is a great privilege to be the Headteacher of The North School. The exciting and rewarding prospect of being able to work with the whole school community is at the core of my commitment and determination in supporting out students and their families. Fundamentally, I am here for one reason : to create the very best learning environment for our students. With the support of experienced and highly motivated teams of teachers, governors and support staff, I hope to be able to continue improving opportunities and outcomes for our young people.
Mr Themistoklis Pagoudis, Associate Member
I live and work in London but I am still emotionally attached to Kent, where I lived for two and a half years at the beginning of my professional life. I am collaborative and a good communicator with excellent stakeholder management skills. I have a passion about education and worked for Canterbury College for two and a half years as an HR officer.
Being a governor has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to give back to the local community.
Mr Richard Phillips, Parent Governor
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Mrs Jacqueline Spain, Co-opted Governor
I am an Ashfordian. I have five children and two grandchildren, all having been, or still in the process of being, educated in the local schools.
I was very active in local sport, playing hockey for Ashford and netball in the Ashford leagues.
My interest in becoming a governor stems from wanting all children to have the best education possible for them as an individual, to be involved in that process and to give something back to the community. I look forward to playing an active part in some way that supports the school and its students. I appreciate there is a lot to learn but that is a challenge and learning curve I think I will enjoy.
Running a local business has broadened my experience in terms of finance, staff management and working as a team. I believe my life skills as a busy working mother and my genuine interest and love for people would add something to the board of governors. Time management is a particular strength!
Mr Neil Wickens, Co-opted Governor
I am married with two children. My son attends The North School and my daughter is at Willesborough Junior School. I moved to Ashford in 2001 and to date my career has been within the public sector, specifically policing and criminal justice.
I have significant experience in performance management, audit/compliance and the development of organisational strategy. My current role includes managing governance and scrutiny arrangements, building relationships with partners and delivering specific projects to support organisational objectives. In particular I am the lead officer for work to improve services to those in mental health crisis and I also manage engagement with young people across the county.
I am keen to use my experience and knowledge to positively shape and influence the education local children receive. I am committed to both supporting and challenging the headteacher to ensure students receive, not only the best education possible, but also the necessary life skills to make a really positive contribution to society.
I welcome this opportunity to contribute to the development of the school for the benefit of current and future students and staff.
Mr Matthew Willerton, Staff Governor
I have worked at The North School for four years as a computing and ICT teacher and have been teaching my subject for nearly twenty years.
I live in Canterbury with my wife and two small children. My hobbies include maintaining my classic 1986 Ford, local history, building computer systems and gaming.
My role, as well as being a teacher, also includes being the digital innovation lead, which I am using my technical skills to help move the school forward, reduce workload and have a positive impact on student attainment.
I am passionate in helping the school move forward and delivering an excellent experience for students and parents.
The North School Governing Body used a Two Team Method of Governance with Dedicated Resource and Outcomes Teams for 2019/20
The North School Governing Body used a Two Team Method of Governance with Dedicated Resource and Outcomes Teams for 2018/19