Governor Profiles

See this page for further information on each Governor, including responsibilities, committee membership and pecuniary interests.

Mark Atkinson

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor   

My eldest child started at Heaton Manor in 2004 and my youngest followed suit in 2015.  I was not immediately involved with school activities, as my employment at the time involved working overseas.  I first showed interest in becoming a governor in 2015 and was invited to join as a co-opted governor in 2016.

Business/education background

I was educated at St Mary’s where I left to undertake an apprenticeship.  Most of my work has involved me being overseas, where I have been there to provide logistical management to large installations.  The highlight of which was managing a key team that were tasked to dismantle a vast site that had housed over 3000 workers.

I am a member of the Charter Management Institute and have been the line manager and an HR manager for over 350 personnel.  Directly involved in their career pathways, training, internal promotions, whilst also provided advice and support to personnel and also to senior management on disciplinary matters.

I am also currently furthering my own career portfolio by undertaking further studies to work towards additional level 6 management qualifications.

Local interest

Very keen on local sports and activities I have had some key roles within grassroots clubs.  I am a firm believer in a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise.  You will always find me near the top of various summits.  I often lead adult excursions up various mountains within the United Kingdom.

Vision for the future

I believe Heaton Manor should be the school of choice for everyone within practical distance.  I will strive to help our school challenge our students both mentally and physically.  This will affirm the parents trust in Heaton Manor when they see the well rounded young adults we help nurture by the end of Year 11 or Sixth Form.


Tim Berkley

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor   

Child started in 2012.  Elected Parent Governor November 2014

Business/education background

Local interest

I have lived in the North East since 1990 and think Newcastle is a great place to live and bring up children.  My wife is also a Governor at Hotspur Primary School, which my son previously attended and I am excited about the possibilities of collaboration opening up between schools as part of the Ouseburn Learning Trust.

Vision for the future

I believe that the state sector should provide quality education for all.  I intend to use my skills to help maintain the good work already done at the school, to support the school’s management and to raise the school’s profile as one of the best in the area.


Jane Edminson

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor 

I was first elected as a Governor in 2005 and have held various positions on the Governing Body over the years.  My three children attended the school.

Business/education background

My own education included West Jesmond Primary, a school in Surrey and Manchester University.

I currently work for Newcastle Local Authority for the Governor Services team in the School Improvement section.  Previously I have been a full time mum for a time and worked for some training organisations and, many years ago, the Gateshead Garden Festival.

I have been a Governor since 2001 at West Jesmond Primary (where I am Chair) and since 2014 at Benton Park Primary (where I am also Chair).

Local interest

I live locally and my children were all educated at local schools.  I am on the Board of the Ouseburn Learning Trust.

Vision for the future

I believe in ensuring all our pupils get the best possible education.  I support inclusive, comprehensive education.  The current education climate is uncertain and complex and I want to ensure that our school is in the best possible place to survive whatever the next initiatives from the Department for Education are.


Colin Jeffrey

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor   

Started as a Co-opted Governor in November 2015. My work with the Prince’s Trust inspires me to support young people to reach their educational potential.

Business/education background

Local interest

I am a trustee of the Peoples Theatre in Heaton and can often be found treading the boards in various productions.

I manage two local programmes for the Princes Trust that support young people aged between 13 and 25 years old.

Vision for the future

For Heaton Manor to become an Outstanding school that remains inclusive and diverse and excels at supporting every student to reach their educational potential.


Debbie Jones

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor   

I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2010.  In October 2014, following the establishment of the Ouseburn Learning Trust, I became a Foundation Trust governor.  My two children have both been educated within the Ouseburn Learning Trust pyramid, at Cragside Primary and then Heaton Manor. The eldest has since graduated from HM and is now at University, but my second child is taking GCSEs at HM this year.

Chair of Pupil Premium Committee 2013-2014 – this staff and governor group was set up as a forum to consider the best ways to meet the needs of pupil premium students.  Achieving excellence in teaching and learning emerged as the clearest means to do this, in addition to several separate PP initiatives established in the school. Initiatives now monitored through established committees.

Business/education background

Chartered Accountant (FCA) by profession, since 1991, with experience in both public practice and industry. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Currently a Degree Programme Director and Lecturer at Newcastle University, leading the ‘Flying Start’ degree programme.  This is run in partnership with ICAEW and PwC, and has received 100% Student Satisfaction scores for the last 4 years.  My role includes considering how Higher Education adds value for students, and I am currently working on the new Degree Apprenticeship route.

Non-executive director of NHS North of Tyne 2006-2012. My role was to challenge the strategy and scrutinise the decisions of the senior executive team, focussing on risk management and patient safety.  I chaired the Integrated Governance committee and Performance Advisory Group.

Local interest

I am a passionate advocate for the North East as a fantastic place to live, work, and bring up a family.  I am very interested in initiatives that attract talented people to our region as I know that the vast majority who come here quickly fall in love with the area!

Vision for the future

Our school should continue to bring out the best of children from all backgrounds, providing challenge in a safe and supportive environment.  The HM experience naturally encourages the development of firm friendships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, representative of society at large, which will stand our children in good stead for the future.


Alice Rippon

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor   

I became a school governor at Heaton Manor in December 2013.

Business/education background

I studied French and German at Durham University and have had a variety of roles since graduating in the learning and skills environment, both in the public and private sector.

Local interest

I enjoy living and working in the North East.

Vision for the future

To support the school in ensuring every young person achieves their potential. 


Debbie Robinson

Length of Service/Involvement with Heaton Manor School

I started working at Heaton Manor School in September 2000. I joined as a main scale teacher of Technology. In September I took over the responsibility of the Food Department. I currently hold a TLR in the Faculty of Art, Design and Technology.

I was appointed as co-opted Teacher Governor in November 2016.

Business/education background

I have always been interested in working with young people. Poor careers advice at school took me into Hospitality Management. After 5 years in industry I returned to University to train to become a teacher. I started my teaching career at Westgate Community College in September 1999. After my NQT year I moved to Heaton Manor School and have enjoyed many years working with our students and staff.

Local interest

I have worked at Heaton Manor for many years and I am passionate about our school and community.

Vision for the future

My vision for our school is to embed our all-inclusive nature. I aspire to support each student to develop educationally, emotionally and socially providing the best start in their lives.


Barry Speker OBE DL

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor   

Old boy of Heaton Grammar School from 1958 to 1965.  Governor for over 15 years.

Business/education background

Solicitor in practice in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1971.  Senior Partner of firm for over 25 years.  Now Senior Consultant at Sintons Law.  Sits as an Employment Judge and involved with various organisations including President of North East Council on Addictions, Honorary Chairman of North East Chinese Association, Trustee/Director of Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Age UK Newcastle, NE1, North of England Civic Trust, The Children’s Foundation, North East Initiative on Business Ethics Ltd, former President of Newcastle Law Society.  Former Chairman of Newcastle Partnership and Director of the Graingertown Partnership.

Vision for the future

I am committed to the school pursuing excellence and being an institution which maximises opportunities for children from all backgrounds and all abilities.


Wendy Taylor

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor

I was appointed as an LEA Governor in September 1999 in view of my role as an elected Councillor for the area. My two children attended Heaton Manor School between 1998 and 2009.

Background

I work as a Consultant in Clinical Oncology, based at Freeman Hospital.

I have been a Governor at Cragside Primary School for over 25 years and am currently one of the Vice Chairs. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and the Appeals Committee.

I have been a Newcastle City Councillor since 1988, representing the Dene Ward and have served on many Committees.

I was the Executive member for Environment, Sustainability & Transport from 2004-2011 and am currently the Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee.

Local interest

I came to Newcastle as a student to study Medicine and have never left. I have lived in High Heaton since 1980 and am married with 2 grown up children.  I think it is important for local Councillors to act as a link between the local schools and the communities they represent.  As a parent and a strong supporter of state education, I also want to help make sure our local schools are helped to provide the best possible education for our children.

Vision for the future

For our school to continue to be the school of choice for families of all backgrounds, making sure that every child has the opportunity and support to reach their full potential.

To continue to work with other schools in the Ouseburn Learning Trust and with other partners to increase the life chances of all of the children we represent.


Andrew Wareing

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor   

First child started in 2004.  Final child will complete 6th form in 2018. 

Became a co-opted governor in 2016.

Business/education background

Degrees in Social Research and Industrial Relations

Analyst in Government then 20 years with ACAS. Chief Operating Officer since 2012.

Local interest

I have lived in Newcastle within the local area of Heaton Manor School for 20 years.

Vision for the future

I have a strong belief in high-quality comprehensive state education and would like to help HMS to be a top class provider of education and life skills for children of all backgrounds, interests and abilities. I think we sometimes forget that schools are workplaces too and so I hope to bring the experience I have gained during 20 years working for ACAS, the employment relations specialists, to support HMS to be a great place to work as well as a great place to learn.


Dawn Whitehall

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor   

My first child started Heaton Manor in 2001, the second in 2004 and I was elected as a Parent Governor 2009.

Business/education background

Vision

For Heaton Manor to provide a learning environment in which all children can discover their gifts, excel and achieve.


Alice Witherow

Involvement

I have been the Headteacher at Benton Park Primary since 2005 and worked with Heaton Manor as a Feeder Primary School in the Heaton Partnership and now in the Ouseburn Learning Trust (OLT).  I became a co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of Governors in 2015.

As a Primary School Head teacher I also take a keen interest in transition and have worked in the OLT to support staff CPD across Primary and Secondary as well as supporting some staff exchanges between Primary and Secondary.

Education Background

Local Interest

As the Head teacher of an outstanding Primary School I have a vested interest in the education of pupils who leave our school.  Heaton Manor is our main feeder and I feel that some of the approaches in Primary Schools can support development in Secondary.  Likewise we have also benefitted from some work with subject specialists and I feel very strongly that education is life long and that the transition between phases and disciplines should be seamless.  My knowledge of education and teaching brings both support and challenge to another school as well, I hope, as an understanding of the contexts in which schools operate.

Vision

I want to support Heaton Manor to offer an outstanding education to its pupils and to continue to work in partnership within the Ouseburn Learning Trust to ensure success for all.

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