Chair of Governors - Councillor Philip Tye

Pecuniary Interest - Youth Almighty Project

Appointed Governor - 13.07.2013

"I was elected as a Ward Councillor for Silksworth in May 2006 and have held a number of internal and external appointments since that date including, Chairman of Sunderland South Area Committee, Chairman of Planning and Highways, Chairman of the Sunderland West Place Board and Vice Chairman of Sunderland West Area Committee.

I have lived in Silksworth all of my life and have attended New Silksworth Infants and Junior Schools before moving over to Farringdon School for my secondary education. I have been a school governor for over 20 years most recently at New Silksworth Infants and Venerable Bede C of E Academy.

My full time occupation is Operations Manager for a large manufacturing/construction company in the region. My remit is to cover all operational matters for the business, but predominantly our work is in the North East and Yorkshire Regions. In addition to this I am also a director at Gentoo and sit on the main board.

I am a Chartered Member of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) and I am a previous chairman of the Tyne and Wear Branch.

As well as my full time employment and my role as a Councillor for the Silksworth Ward I am the Chair of a local charity, Youth Almighty Project (YAP). I volunteer at least four nights a week as well as maintaining the website www.youthalmighty.co.uk.

My work with the Youth Almighty Project involves a wide variety of tasks; I chair the management committee which is the umbrella organisation as well as chairing two sub committees, which include Silksworth Colliery Welfare as chairman of the club and Silksworth Youth and Community Centre.
I lead and manage sessions, plan activities and act as the organisations Designated Safeguarding Lead. I assist our full time project manager with the organisation's policies and procedures and offer HR and H&S advice to the organisation and it's 23 members of staff."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015, 09.03.2016

Extraordinary Meetings: 03.09.2015, 05.09.2015, 02.12.2015, 16.12.2015, 20.01.2016, 07.03.2016, 18.04.2016 

Resource Committee Meetings: 24.09.2015, 19.10.2015, 11.11.2015, 16.12.2015, 04.02.2016, 22.02.2016, 22.02.2016, 24.02.2016, 07.03.2016

Performance Committee Meetings: 24.09.2015, 07.03.2016

HT Challenge Meetings: 13.01.2016, 23.02.2016

 

Vice Chair of Governors - Mrs Rachel McDonald

Pecuniary Interest - None

Appointed Governor - 29.06.2015

"I have lived in silksworth all my life and attended both Silksworth Infants and Juniors. I am married with 2 boys who both attend silksworth infants and nursery. I have worked in children's social services for 12 years and education nursery for the last 8 years. I have a vast knowledge within all year settings and know a lot about the education system. I am very passionate about my job and now being on the board of governors I now feel I can use my knowledge to help the school move forward. As a parent and knowing other parents within the community I feel I would be able to pass information to and from meetings and reassure parents that changes going on in the school will be listened too and there views will be taken on board. I hope I will make a big change to the school as our children deserve the best education possible."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015, 09.03.2016

Extraordinary Meetings: 03.09.2015, 05.09.2015, 02.12.2015, 16.12.2015, 20.01.2016, 07.03.2016, 18.04.2016 

Resource Committee Meetings: 22.02.2016, 24.02.2016

Performance Committee Meetings: 24.09.2015, 07.03.2016

HT Challenge Meetings

 

Co-opted Governor - Mr Michael Dougherty

Pecuniary Interest - None

Appointed Governor - 23.05.2015

"I have served on the Governing body for over 6 years at New Silksworth Infants. I currently work as a Day Centre Officer with adults with learning difficulties, I have also worked in many Residential Care settings with Adults with Learning Difficulties. During my 21 years working in Sunderland City Council I spent 10 years seconded into the Trade Union as a Branch Officer, working to support and help members. Prior to this I was a Police Officer in the Northumbria Area."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015, 09.03.2016

Extraordinary Meetings: 03.09.2015, 05.09.2015, 02.12.2015, 16.12.2015, 20.01.2016, 07.03.2016, 18.04.2016 

Resource Committee Meetings: 24.09.2015, 19.10.2015, 16.12.2015, 04.02.2016, 22.02.2016, 22.02.2016, 24.02.2016, 07.03.2016

Performance Committee Meetings:  

HT Challenge Meetings

 

Co-opted Governor - Mrs Lynn Woodcock

Pecuniary Interest - None

Appointed Governor - 11.05.2015

"I have lived in Silksworth most of my life with my children all going to the local schools. I trained as a teacher and spent all my teaching life in Sunderland schools, the last twenty years in an Infant School. I have worked in all year groups including nursery and have worked directly with children with special educational needs. While I was teaching I was the teacher representative on the school's governing body and since I have retired I have served on the governing body of other local schools. I have experience of both teaching and governing which I can bring to this governing body."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015, 09.03.2016

Extraordinary Meetings: 03.09.2015, 05.09.2015, 02.12.2015, 16.12.2015, 20.01.2016, 07.03.2016

Resource Committee Meetings:  24.02.2016

Performance Committee Meetings: 24.09.2015, 07.03.2016

HT Challenge Meetings

 

Co-opted Govenor - Mrs Karen Todd

Pecuniary Interest - None

Appointed Governor - 01.05.2015

"I have very recently been appointed as a governor at NSIS.

I have no direct connection to the school, but I hope to bring some skills and personal qualities that will enhance and support The Governing Body.
I am firstly a mother of two children and appreciate the challenges this brings and how important a good education is for their future. I am also a serving Head Teacher of 12 years.
I believe I am approachable, full of enthusiasm and energy and love my job. I hope to positively contribute to making a difference for the families attending NSIS."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015, 09.03.2016

Extraordinary Meetings: 03.09.2015, 05.09.2015, 02.12.2015, 16.12.2015, 20.01.2016, 07.03.2016, 18.04.2016 

Resource Committee Meetings:   24.02.2016, 07.03.16

Performance Committee Meetings: 24.09.2015, 07.03.2016

HT Challenge Meetings: 13.01.2016, 23.02.2016

 

Co-opted Govenor - Miss Sophie Clinton

Pecuniary Interest - None

Appointed Governor - 25.06.2015

"I attended both New Silksworth Infant and Junior School and I have recently been appointed as a governor at New Silksworth Infant School, in which I am hoping I can contribute some of my skills and knowledge to fully support the school, children, families, local community and governing body.

I have worked with children and young people for a number of years within the Youth Almighty Project, where I plan, lead and manage sessions supporting the children and young people. I have experience in managing budgets, engaging with the local community, responding to local needs and improving outcomes for children and young people.
I am looking forward to supporting the development of New Silksworth Infant School for both its current and future pupils."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015, 09.03.2016

Extraordinary Meetings: 03.09.2015, 05.09.2015, 07.03.2016, 18.04.2016 

Resource Committee Meetings: 19.10.2015, 11.11.2015, 04.02.2016, 22.02.2016, 22.02.2016,  07.03.2016

Performance Committee Meetings: 

HT Challenge Meetings

 

Parent Governor - Miss Kelly Forster

Pecuniary Interest - None

Appointed Governor - 29.04.2015

"Dedicated mother to my child who attends New Silksworth Infant school. I'm a small business owner but my background is working in the public sector for both the NHS and civil service. I'm passionate and committed to the school and my son's and local residents education. I'm well organised, approachable, exceptional communicator and have lots of enthusiasm."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015, 09.03.2016

Extraordinary Meetings: 03.09.2015, 05.09.2015, 02.12.2015, 16.12.2015, 20.01.2016, 18.04.2016 

Resource Committee Meetings: 24.09.2015, 19.10.2015, 11.11.2015, 16.12.2015, 04.02.2016, 22.02.2016, 22.02.2016, 24.02.2016

Performance Committee Meetings:

HT Challenge Meetings

 

Parent Governor - Miss Nicola Ritchie

Pecuniary Interest - None

Appointed Governor - 29.04.2015

"I live in Silksworth with my two children, both of which attend New Silksworth Infant School. I take an active role in School life having attended the School myself. I like to help organise outside of School activities and events, and have also been on school trips assisting Reception and Year 2 classes. I believe my opinions and suggestions can be invaluable, as I believe all parents, like me, want the best possible education for their children. I intend to give 100% to see that happens at New Silksworth Infant School."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015, 09.03.2016

Extraordinary Meetings: 03.09. 02.12.2015, 20.01.2016, 07.03.2016, 18.04.2016 

Resource Committee Meetings:  24.02.2016

Performance Committee Meetings: 24.09.2015, 07.03.2016

HT Challenge Meetings

Staff Governor - Mrs Victoria Merrie

Pecuniary Interest - None

Appointed Governor - 05.03.2015

"As an employee I have a unique insight into the activities of the school and bring to the governing body an understanding of the schools ethos and culture as well as professional knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses.

I am passionate about keeping the classroom and children's learning at the heart of discussions by the governing body. In order to do so I will bring staff opinions to the attention of the governing body so that, as key stakeholders, the staff can contribute to the development of the school and always in the interests of our pupils."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015, 09.03.2016

Extraordinary Meetings:  05.09.2015, 02.12.2015, 16.12.2015, 20.01.2016, 07.03.2016

Resource Committee Meetings:  04.02.2016,  24.02.2016, 07.03.2016

Performance Committee Meetings:

HT Challenge Meeting:

Associate Governor - Mr Alan Bickle

Pecuniary Interest - None

Appointed Governor - 23.02.2015

"During my careers I have worked as a Civil Servant in Newcastle and in 13 years at a hostel for homeless men in Chester le Street. Following this I moved to Norcare providing support, advice and accommodation for offenders leaving prison. During my time there I started as Project Worker before becoming Project Leader working closely with police; probation service; social services, housing associations and councils. Later in my career I had a spell as a Classroom Assistant in New Silksworth Junior School where I worked 1-1 with child with behavioural issues, following this I then took up the position as Caretaker in the school for a number of years.
I am currently a Minister at the local Independent Methodist Church and part of the leadership team there. I feel that I bring experience, leadership, empathy and understanding to the governing body at New Silksworth Infant School."

Attended Meetings

Termly Meetings: 11.11.2015

Extraordinary Meetings: 03.09.2015, 05.09.2015, 02.12.2015, 16.12.2015 

Resource Committee Meetings: 24.02.2016

Performance Committee Meetings: 24.09.2015

HT Challenge Meetings: 13.01.2016