The Affinity Federation

Meet Our Governors

 

Our federation came into effect on 1 July 2014 and is made up of Whitmore Park Primary School (WPP) and Willenhall Community Primary School (WCP).  As a federation, we have one “federated” governing body.

Structure and Remit

The term of office for all governors and members is four years.

  • Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Federated Governing Body
  • Parent Governors are appointed by the parent body through election
  • Headteacher Governor is automatically appointed unless they choose not to be a Governor
  • Associate Members are appointed by the Federated Governing Body and Staff and Parent and Community Members are appointed by the Federated Governing Body
  • Staff Governors are elected by the staff body

At the end of each academic year we will publish attendance figures for each governor.

List of governors

Mrs Deborah Austin
  • Chair
  • Co-opted Governor
  • Headteacher Performance Management Governor
  • Safeguarding (Federation)
  • Looked After Children Governor
  • Chair of Resource Management local board (WCP)
  • WCP Local Board
Term of office: 1 Jul 2014  -  30 Jun 2022 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
Register of interests: None

I was originally appointed as a parent Governor to the Whitmore Park local board in October 2009 whilst my children were at the school, and became Chair of Resource Management Committee in Summer 2013. When my children moved on to secondary school I was appointed as a community governor and have remained an active member of the Board.

In July 2014 I was co-opted to the Affinity Federation Board, by virtue of being the Chair of Resource Management at Whitmore Park and was appointed Chair of Governors for the Federation in September 2017. During academic year 2020/21 I am joining the Willenhall Community local board to support our new governors as they settle into their role.

I have been with the school and Federation through periods of significant change, seeing the new school build at Whitmore Park, the collaboration between Whitmore Park & Willenhall Community primary schools, and the working together of both schools to drive improvement and outcomes for all the children in our Federation.

Outside of school I work for a local firm of Chartered Accountants, where in addition to over 30 years of experience in accountancy, audit and financial reporting, I deliver an alternative work experience programme for post 16 students which allows them to develop problem solving skills in real life business situations.

We are not a Governing body that rests on its laurels, and there are always new challenges to focus on, but it is very rewarding to see the benefits for the children of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I can often be seen at both schools so please stop me and say hello.

We aim for all our children to leave us as the best version of themselves they can be and I look forward to what the future brings and where it takes our schools.

Mr Karl Miles
  • Vice-chair
  • Co-opted Governor
  • Training Link Governor
  • Headteacher Performance Management Governors
  • Health & Safety (WPP)
  • Safeguarding (Federation)
  • Looked After Children
  • Chair of Resource Management local board (WPP)
  • WPP Local Board
Term of office: 1 Jul 2014  -  29 Jun 2022 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
Register of interests: None

I am an ex pupil of the school, I have one child who attended the school, and one child still at the school. I have worked at a local aerospace manufacturing company for over 30 years. I am a senior trade union representative at work, and have been for over 10 years. I also sit on the executive heath and safety committee at work for over 10 years I have gained qualifications in business administration, and information technology.

I am proud to be a Federation governor, and along with my colleagues on the governing body, staff and children work hard to make school a happy, safe and rewarding place to be.

Mrs Lorraine Knowles
  • Headteacher Governor (WCP)
  • WCP Local Board
Term of office: 1 Sep 2019  -  (member by virtue of position in school) Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Register of interests: Relationship to a member of staff within WCP
Mrs Jacqueline McGibney
  • Headteacher Governor (WPP)
  • WPP Local Board
Term of office: 1 Jan 2010  -  (member by virtue of position in school) Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Register of interests: None
Cllr Ram Lakha OBE
  • Co-opted Governor
  • Headteacher Performance Management Health & Safety (WCP)
  • WCP Local Board
Term of office: 9 Dec 2020  -  8 Dec 2028 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Register of interests: Coventry city council elected member. Willenhall forum, Carers Trust, General Charities Trustee

I was appointed as a governor at Willenhall Infant School and also Willenhall Junior School in 1991. When the two schools merged into Willenhall Wood Primary School, I carried on as governor and also served as Deputy Chair. When the schools merged with Chace Primary School the school became Willenhall Community Primary School which I am still serving.

I have served as a City Councillor for more than 26 years and am still serving. During that time, I have served in various positions of responsibilities including Lord Mayor of City and Chaired various Committees and Scrutiny Boards. Currently I am Deputy Cabinet Member City Services.

Mrs Sue Squires
  • Co-opted Governor
  • WPP Local Board
Term of office: 1 Jul 2018  -  30 Jun 2022 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Register of interests: None

As a member of the senior leadership team, I have attended governing body meetings as an observer for the past five years. I have been a staff governor for almost a year now and this has enabled me to become fully involved in the governance of the school. As deputy and class teacher I am able to represent the staff’s view at meetings and share my knowledge of the school with governors. I am entirely committed to raising attainment and working towards our goal to become an outstanding school.

Mr Jamie Ormes
  • Associate Member
  • Chair of Performance & Standards Local Board (WPP)
  • WPP Local Board
Term of office: 20 Dec 2017  -  19 Dec 2021 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y Y N Y Y N
Register of interests: None
Mrs Leigh Tovey
  • Parent Governor
  • Chair of Performance & Standards Committee (WCP)
  • Pupil Premium (Federation)
  • EYFS (Federation)
  • WCP Local Board
Term of office: 30 Jun 2018  -  29 Jun 2022 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
Register of interests: None

I am an ex pupil of the school and all three of my children attended willenhall primary as well. I have been a governor now for a number of years and enjoy the role , I am chair of the wcp performance and standard committee.

I work in a local pre school and have done a lot of training that helps with my role of a governor like safeguarding , health and safety and first aid.

During my time as a federated governor I have seen lots of changes such as seeing the new school being built at Whitmore park, the collaboration and the working together of both schools to drive improvement and outcomes for all the children in our Federation.

I am proud to be a Federation governor, and along with my colleagues on the governing body, work hard to make school a happy, safe and rewarding place to be, i hope to continue to help both school and the pupils that attend them be the best that they can and help them build they collaboration between the schools and their communities for years to come.

Mrs Rosella Brennan
  • Co-opted Governor
  • WCP Local Board
Term of office: 21 May 2020  -  20 May 2024 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Register of interests: None

I am a working professional with over 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles and sectors and currently work in Higher Education. I am a Coventry resident and live in the City with my husband and two young children. As a parent, I appreciate all that a school community voluntarily does and is often relied upon to do, it is for that reason I have volunteered as a co-opted Governor for the Affinity Federation. Schools have stretched resources and they rely on the good will of their staff and parents to achieve things for the benefit of the whole school community in which they are situated. I hope that the skills I have developed over my career, can help this Federation to achieve great things for its staff and students.

Mr Matthew Jordan
  • Co-opted Governor
  • WPP Local Board
Term of office: 9 Dec 2020  -  8 Dec 2024 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y N NS Y N Y
Register of interests: Hold a senior position in another educational institution: Coventry University - Head of Operations

I am working professional with experiences in a range of sectors and roles. I currently work in the Higher Education sector in senior management with experties in strategy, operations, and transformation. I voluntereed as a co-opted governor as I am passionate about the importance of education to all and the difference it makes to our individual lives, our communities, and our society.

Mr Michael McCormick
  • Staff Governor
  • WPP Local Board
Term of office: 8 Oct 2019  -  7 Oct 2023 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Register of interests: None
Mrs Marsha Norman
  • Parent Governor
  • EYFS (Federation)
  • WCP Local Board
Term of office: 9 Jul 2019  -  8 Jul 2023 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
Register of interests: Employee of WCP as a DRA working 7.5 hours weekly
Mrs Gail Todd
  • Co-opted Governor
  • WPP Local Board
Term of office: 4 Dec 2019  -  3 Dec 2023 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Register of interests: None
Mrs Mary Hulene
  • Co-opted Governor
  • WCP Local Board
Term of office: 21 Mar 2021  -  20 Mar 2025 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y
Register of interests: None

I have been living in Coventry for 10 years and I have been working for Coventry University since 2012. I have experience of both UK and European educational systems and I very much hope that my skills, knowledge and background can help the Affinity Federation in its goals to provide children the best education while also maintain its vital role in the community.

Rev Pam Howell
  • Co-opted Governor
  • WCP Local Board
Term of office: 21 Mar 2021  -  20 Mar 2025 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y Y
Register of interests: None

I am the Vicar of St John the Divine Church of England Church in Willenhall, Coventry. I have also been a Foundation School Governor at Stretton Academy in Willenhall since 2016, and I was Foundation Governor at Whitnash Community School in Whitnash, Leamington Spa from 2013 to 2015.

I was previously a solicitor, until I was Ordained in 2012. I worked with our previous Vicar here in Willenhall for a year on 2011 to 2012 on a placement and loved being here. I have enjoyed giving Collective Worship assemblies for Willenhall Community School over the years, and I was delighted to be offered this role as governor as I know many of the families and children in the area.

I am married to my husband who is an engineer, and we have two grown-up children. I hope that I bring some of the skills I have learned in my previous working life and my current role to the board, to help us keep on promoting all the good things happening here and ensure the school continues to deliver excellent teaching for pupils and their families.

Mr Kam Gill
  • Parent Governor
  • WPP Local Board
Term of office: 29 Mar 2021  -  28 Mar 2025 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
 
Register of interests: None
Mr Dave Wood
  • Associate Member
  • WPP Local Board
Term of office: 19 Dec 2018  -  18 Dec 2022 Attendance:
20202021
29 19 20 21 11 24 9 26 27 9 17 23 27
SepOctOctOctNovNovDecJanJanMarMarMarApr
Y N N Y N
Register of interests: Employee of The Futures Trust
Attendance key:Y- Attended
N - Apologies accepted
NA- Apologies not accepted
NS- No apologies sent
? - Attendance not marked
- Not required

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   Whitmore Park Primary School
Halford Lane, Coventry, CV6 2HG
   
tel:    (02476) 335 697
web: www.WhitmorePark.org
Willenhall Community Primary School
St James Lane, Coventry, CV3 3DB
tel:    (02476) 302 004
web: www.WillenhallPrimary.org
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