Our Governance Team

Directors

Full Name: Fiona Stagg

Role (s): Chair of the Directors Board and Trust Safeguarding Champion

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff:

None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

  • Head of Governance and Policy – Shaw Education Trust
  • Owner – SBW Governance (sole trader)
  • National Leader of Governance
  • Independent Clerk
  • Chartered Town Planner – MRTPI

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As a National Leader of Governance Fiona supports governance boards across the Midlands region. She currently works for Shaw Education Trust as Head of Governance (a short term contract).

At SBW Governance she supports schools and academies by undertaking external reviews of governance, training and development, self-evaluation and mentoring and offers a clerking service.

Fiona is a firm believer in networking and collaboration as a key to supporting pupil outcomes and recently trained as a Pupil Premium Reviewer.

Fiona has been a governor for 15 years and is an experienced chair at primary level and is currently chair at The Meadows Primary Academy in Blurton, Stoke on Trent and she was formerly a trustee at The Evolve Alliance, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (resigned March 31st 2019).

Relevant Memberships include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, NASEN and the National Governance Association

Full Name: Nicola Chell

Role (s): Vice Chair of the Directors Board and Trust Inclusion Champion

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: None.

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

  • Admin Assistant to relation of CEO
  • Chair of Knypersley First School PTFA.

Nicola has been the Chair of The Learning First Federation for several years, where she led the governance team to effectively support the achievement of the outstanding judgement at Knypersley and the good judgement at Kingsfield First School.

Nicola oversaw the work to amalgamate the federated governing bodies to ensure they had a clear vision and to think and work together as one effective governance team. She has effectively chaired meetings, overseeing work to develop the boards skills to effectively challenge and to always ensure the outcomes for all children are the best that they can be.

She has also previously been the chair of the Finance, Buildings and Personnel Committee, where she has analysed budgets to drive strategic priorities for both schools and ultimately raise financial efficiencies and effectiveness for all. She has been involved in staff recruitment, Pupil Premium Link Governance, and also the Executive Heads Performance Management process.

Full Name: Wayne M Holt

Role (s): Director and Chair of the Finance Audit and Resource Committee

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: Husband to a member of Oxhey First School teaching staff.

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

Formerly a Governor at Oxhey First School for seven years including holding the position of Vice -Chair of the Leadership and Management Committee.

Wayne is a qualified civil engineer with 30 years’ experience and Owner and Director of a Civil and Structural Engineering Design Consultancy currently employing 30 people. He has extensive knowledge and experience in business strategy, finance and employment law.

Aside from his technical engineering and professional qualifications, Wayne has a Master’s degree in Management and Business.

Full Name: Tim Bainbridge

Role (s): Director and Trust Health and Safety Champion

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

  • Owner of TJB Pest Control Ltd

Tim has background in Telecommunications and Pest Control previous business roles include leading teams of Engineers as a Field Manager being responsible for all aspects of performance including discipline and grievance setting performance targets, coaching for performance and health and safety. He is an accredited Union Safety Representative experienced in writing and maintaining risk assessments, completing accident investigations and implementing safety action plans. Tim was responsible for an operational budget and generating additional revenue able to ensure that all financial targets are met.

Tim has 6 years’ experience working in a HR role as a Transition Manger enabling people to find new roles through interview and CV writing coaching undertaking face to face training or Webinars. He has been responsible for negotiating settlement agreements and voluntary leaver packages, negotiating with unions to change attendance patterns and work locations. Tim is experienced in conducting grievance investigations and reporting findings to all parties involved.

In his current role in pest control Tim continues to utilise his experience in health and safety while also reengaging his customer facing skills after 6 years in a back-office role.

Tim has 12 years’ experience as a Governor with 5 years as Chair of the Governing Body he was a link governor for Health and Safety with experience of safety walks, risk assessment, accident investigations, grievance hearings, settlement agreements, finance and performance management.

Full Name: Benetia Mounsey

Role (s): Director and Trust Curriculum Champion

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Benetia has extensive experience in schools, from class teacher to senior leader, and more recently as a School Improvement Advisor.  She has worked alongside Governors in her previous role as Headteacher, and then more widely in her role within a Local Authority.  She has also been a member of an Interim Executive Board.  Benetia relishes the opportunity to utilize this experience working as part of the team of Directors at the Children First Learning Partnership.

Full Name: Wayne George Richings

Role (s): Director and Member of the Finance, Audit and Resource Committee

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Wayne has been a school Governor for the last 12 years at Reginald Mitchell Primary school. He has been Vice Chair of the Governing body and chair of finance/personal and premises committee, being involved in a variety of HR and Health and Safety issues alongside many staff recruitment activities.

He is part of a corporate team working remotely as a Process and Applications Consultant and a Regional Logistics Manager with 23 years’ experience in the technology sector, activities include project management, supply chain, IT and Logistics, cost initiatives and cost savings.

His Core activities are within logistics, Supply chain and project management, managing and supporting 3 sites in Europe for all logistics requirements, supporting customers and suppliers across the European region.  Wayne supports major projects on a global stage for all 39 sites across Europe, America and Asia. He has Extensive experience of international travel with project implementations, cost efficiency savings and initiative management.

Wayne is also heavily involved in a wide variety of community support events liaising with town and county councils, the police and fire brigade. He has been a secretary for the local rotary club and supporting 52 other groups specialising in media and marketing. He regularly gets involved in local charity and fundraising events.

Full Name: Abigail Rourke

Role (s): Director

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Abigail is an experienced Headteacher, a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector.  Since she became Headteacher in 2005, she has led all of her schools from an Ofsted category of RI to Good, with two of those schools becoming Outstanding (most recent in March 2017- Knypersley First School).  She has been an Executive Headteacher providing system leadership to many other schools and is currently the Executive Head of Reginald Mitchell Primary and CEO of the Children First Learning Partnership Multi Academy Trust. She has a MSc in School Effectiveness and has recently achieved her National Qualification of Executive Leadership.

Full Name:          Sarah Haydon

Role (s):               Director and Member of the Finance, Audit and Resource Committee

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office:   4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff:

Worked closely with previous Learning First Federation Governors for a number of years, but no personal relationships. Children attend Knypersley First School necessitating good parent relationships with class teachers.

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

Husband is a Director of Hollinshead Coaches, which is used by all CFLP Schools to provide coach services However, no contractual relationships are in place.

Chief Officer at Biddulph Town Council, which operates across a number of work areas within the town.

Sarah was a Governor within the Learning First Federation, leading on the medium-term strategic direction of the schools. Sarah prepared the Three-Year Strategy, following consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and in line with relevant legislation.

Within her position at Biddulph Town Council, Sarah is the Responsible Financial Officer and accountable for human resources, strategic direction and compliance issues across a wide range of areas, including Health and Safety, fire evacuation and building management. Sarah is well-suited to being a member of the Finance Audit and Resource Committee as part of her Director role.

Sarah is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Principal Member of the Society of Local Council Clerks, with professional qualifications in both Housing and Local Council administration. Sarah has a BA Hons Degree in Politics and Modern History and a Masters Degree in International Politics.

Full Name: Sarah Tudor

Role (s): Director

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff:

None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

Provider of Teacher Education – Staffordshire University

Non-Executive Director – PM Training

Non-Executive Director – University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

Governor – Staffordshire University

Non-Executive Director – Staffordshire University Services Limited

Associate – Chartered Institute Personnel and Development Fellow – Higher Education Academy

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Sarah is Director of Employer Partnerships and Associate Professor of Work Based Education and Skills at Staffordshire University. She has a master’s degree in strategic human resource management and is qualified to teach in post-16 education. As part of her current role she leads a team of 40 business development and careers development staff to generate income and create opportunities for students and the existing workforce to achieve their potential. Under Sarah’s leadership Staffordshire University has become one of the largest providers of higher and degree apprenticeships, this experience has led to Sarah playing a key role in a DfE policy lobby group to develop Ministers’ and Civil Servants’ understanding of higher and degree apprenticeships in practice. Sarah has recently been awarded an Associate Professorship at Staffordshire University in recognition of the sector-leading work she has undertaken in driving work-based skills as an option to develop the region’s current and future workforce.

Sarah has significant experience of board-level roles and currently holds two non-exec directorships at PM Training and the University Vocational Awards Council. She is also the staff representative on the Staffordshire University board of governors. This experience will allow Sarah to bring senior-level challenge to the new MAT to ensure it continuously improves, meets and exceeds its aims and grows to achieve its potential.

Sarah lives in Biddulph and is committed to education in the area and has experience of governance as Vice-Chair of Oxhey First School between 2008-2010 and Chair of Biddulph High school between 2015-

 

Members

Full Name: Jody Shaw

Role (s): Chair of Members Board

Date appointed: 1st April 2019

Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff:

None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

  • Member of Woodhouse Academy

Jody is currently Area Manager UK & Ireland for an Animal Nutrition and Health company. EMENA

He is responsible for all Sales and Management functions within the UK & Ireland. Within his current and past managerial roles change management has been key. Jody has a wide range of experience in conducting   S.W.O.T analysis, focused impact evaluation, resource allocation (labour and capital), strategic planning short-medium and long term with the primary element throughout being open, transparent and honest communication.

He has held a wide range of governance roles such as

Former governor, Moor First School

Former governor and Vice Chair Woodhouse Academy

Former governor and Vice Chair Oxhey First School

Former Non Exec Chair, Biddulph Schools Partnership Trust

Member, Woodhouse Academy

Jody has also taken part in the Chair of Governors leadership development program (2014) with  National College

Full Name: Sarah Bradley

Role: Member

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

None

Sarah has previously been a member of the Learning First Federation governing body and she believes that strong governance is vital to a school’s success. She has worked hard to be a critical friend to support the work of the Headteacher but willing to question and challenge when the need arises making a difference in improving standards throughout the schools.  She is naturally inquisitive and has the ability to question and analyse. She has expertise in Safeguarding and Health and Safety undertaking both link governance roles. She has been an active member of the Finance, Buildings and Personnel Committee.

She has an enhanced mental health qualification including in how to deal with self- harm and suicide. She is also a family liaison officer dealing with families going through crisis (death of a relative). She offers training to prison staff on how to deal with people with a mental health illness and is also a trained negotiator.

Full Name:​ Mr Stephen Chaddock

Role (s):​  Member  Date appointed: 1​st​  April 2019    

Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff:​

None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

None

By profession Stephen is a Senior Systems Analyst at a leading UK financial services firm. A core member of the IT teams delivering change and business agility, he collaborates frequently with company directors and management in a number of governance committees to identify Key Performance Indicators (KPI), define strategy and analyse performance data.

In his role as a school governor for the Learning First Federation he has supported the senior leadership teams via the “Finance, Buildings and Personnel” committee to deliver best value and excellence in teaching within the Federation.

He has a keen eye for detail, has a strong belief in continuous improvement through the promotion of high standards and creating strong foundations for children’s education to be built upon.

Full Name: Nicola Chell

Role (s): Vice Chair of the Directors Board, Member and Trust Inclusion Champion

Date appointed: 1st April 2019     Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership Members

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff:

None.

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

  • Admin Assistant to relation of CEO
  • Chair of Knypersley First School PTFA.

Nicola has been the Chair of The Learning First Federation for several years, where she led the governance team to effectively support the achievement of the outstanding judgement at Knypersley and the good judgement at  Kingsfield First School.

Nicola oversaw the work to amalgamate the federated governing bodies to ensure they had a clear vision and to think and work together as one effective governance team. She has effectively chaired meetings, overseeing work to develop the boards skills to effectively challenge and to always ensure the outcomes for all children are the best that they can be.

She has also previously been the chair of the Finance, Buildings and Personnel Committee, where she has analysed budgets to drive strategic priorities for both schools and ultimately raise financial efficiencies and effectiveness for all. She has been involved in staff recruitment, Pupil Premium Link Governance, and also the Executive Heads Performance Management process.

Full Name:​ Mrs Lesley Drumm

Role (s):​  Member Date appointed: 1​st​ April 2019

Appointed by: Children First Learning Partnership

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff:​

None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions:

None

Lesley was Chair of Governors at Kingsfield First School when it federated with Knypersley First School in 2016. She has since been Link Governor for Science and Computing and served as Chair and Vice Chair on the Curriculum Committee and, for several years, Vice Chair of the Federation.  She trained to teach in schools, but spent 22 years working as a Computing lecturer at Staffordshire University, during which time she developed many skills which are relevant to her role as a Member of the Children First Learning Partnership; questioning, interviewing, social skills, statistical analysis, etc. Having now retired, she is volunteering with Citizen’s Advice.