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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 governors@north.kent.sch.uk.

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.

     Mrs Vicki Jessel, Co-opted Governor

 I have lived in Kent for seventeen years and have two teenage children at school in Canterbury.  As a family we farm in Brabourne with a mixture of arable, grassland, stock and five alpacas.  I am the farm secretary responsible for the day to day running of the business including accounts, commercial and holiday lets and our Event Centre, Penstock Barn.

Before moving to Kent I was Marketing Director at Savills for ten years running a busy department and I hope to use my knowledge gained over this period to the benefit of The North School.

I am also a non-executive Director of Swale Academies Trust.

     Mrs Anna Lawrence, Headteacher

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     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

The North School Governing Body used a Two Team Method of Governance with Dedicated Resource and Outcomes Teams for 2018/19

GOVERNOR

NAME

GOVERNOR

CATEGORY

NOMINATING

GROUP

TERM OF OFFICE

START OF TERM

GOVERNOR RESPONSIBILITY

BUSINESS INTEREST DECLARED

DATE DECLARED

ATTENDANCE

RECORD 2018/19

Mrs Liesl York

 

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 Years (2nd term)

30 September 2019

Chair of Governors

Joint SEND

Resource Team

Chair of Governors at The Federation of Willesborough Schools.

Declared 17 July 2019

7/10

Mrs Lyn Greenfield

 

 

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

1 September 2016

Vice Chair of Governors

Joint Personal Development, Joint Behaviour and Welfare

Safeguarding

Outcomes Chair

Governor at The Federation of Willesborough Schools.

Declared 26 June 2019

4/7

Mr Alan Barham

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

21 March 2018

(2nd Term)

Outcomes Team

6th Form

Resource Team Chair

 

Alan Barham Business Support Services.

Member of Dover Grammar School for Boys Governing Board.

Chair of Management Committee at Sallygate Independent School, Dover.

Chair of Meopham

Declared 25 September 2019

9/10

Mrs Helen Brown

Parent

Parental Election

3 Years

11 May 2018

Outcomes Team

Joint SEND

None

Declared 17 July 2019

6/7

Mrs Victoria Jessel

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

16 March 2016

Outcomes Team

 

Partner in Jessel Farms

Director, Swale Academy Trust

Declared 17 July 2019

5/7

Mrs Jacqueline Spain

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

22 November 2017

Outcomes Team

Careers

None.

Declared 17 July 2019

 

6/7

Mrs Anna Lawrence

HT

n/a

25 October 2018

All meetings

None.

Declared 17 July 2019

8/8

Mr Neil Wickens

 

Co-opted

(Previous Parent)

Governing Body

 

4 years

18 December 2019

(2nd Term)

Link Training

Resource Team

Health & Safety

None.

Declared 17 July 2019

7/7

Mr Matthew Willerton

Staff

Staff Election

3 Years

8 November 2018

Outcomes Team

Website

None.

Declared 17 July 2019

 

6/6

Ms Rachel Gough

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

13 March 2019

 

Outcomes Team

School Improvement Advisor, Swale Academies Trust/

Chair of Governors, Westlands Secondary School, Sittingbourne.

Declared 1 April 2019

 

3/4

Richard Phillips

Parent

Parental Election

3 years

18 December 2019

New Governor

None.

Declared 18 December 2019

Nil

Trevor Brenchley

Associate

Member

Governing Body

1 year

22 May 2019

New Member

Director Product Supply, Brakes Food Service

Spouse CSA Lloyds Band, Ashford.

Declared 23 May 2019

 

3/3

Themistoklis Pagoudis

Associate

Member

Governing Body

1 year

22 May 2019

New Member

Advisor, Waltham Forest Borough Council.

Declared 9 June 2019

2/3


 

Governor

Resignations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr George Clifton

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

21 March 2018

(2nd Term)

Resigned 18 12 19

Resource Team

 

Member of Swale Academy Trust

Chair of Westlands Primary School

Governor at Regis Manor Primary School

Vice Chair at Westlands Secondary School

(All Swale Academy Trust Schools)

Declared 17 July 2019

6/7

Will Jones

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

22 May 2019

Resigned 12 11 19

New Member

None

Declared 30 May 2019

3/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The North School Governing Body used a Two Team Method of Governance with Dedicated Resource and Outcomes Teams for 2018/19