David Bavaird –  Co-opted Governor (Chair of Governors)

Background

I am currently a Director of a number of businesses based mainly in the North East and have worked in the fields of logistics and project management for the past 25 years. In addition to this I provide advice and funding to start up businesses and also sit on the boards of several charities.

Further Education

Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Stirling University and a Master’s degree from Warwick University

Previous jobs

I worked for Marks & Spencer for 10 years and have been a Director of several businesses in the past 15 years.

How long have you been a Governor at Norham?

I joined the Governing boday in 2014

What are your areas of interest?

I am interested in all aspects of business, accountancy and economics and I am particularly interested in working with start up businesses and with businesses who engage with their local community.Outside of work I am interested in most sport and in particular American sport.

Reasons for becoming a Governor

In becoming a Governor I hope to help to create an environment where pupils can maximise their potential by developing a range of skills which will prepare them for life after school with not all of these skills necessarily academic. The school is a vital part of our community and we must do all that we can to ensure that the school, its staff and pupils are engaging with this community, with local voluntary groups and local businesses and I hope that my contacts in the local community will help with this.


Audrey Kingham – Foundation Governor (Vice Chair)

 

Background

I have an extensive experience as a teacher in Further and Higher Education for the last twenty five years, working as a curriculum specialist, a Director and as a Deputy Principal with responsibility for the curriculum delivery, the business development function and student services including marketing and promotion. I have also undertaken a spell as an Ofsted inspector working in specialist areas of curriculum and leadership and management. I have worked extensively to develop partnerships at strategic level to underpin the business model for the College this includes the Queen Alexandra Sixth Form partnership, a unique partnership model with three secondary schools and a Further Education College.

What are your areas of interest?

I have particular interests in corporate reputation building and advise nationally within the FE sector as well as an interest to increase the participation in Higher Education to a broader group of students than the education system currently supports.

Reasons for becoming a Governor

I am now entering my third year as a governor at Norham High School, I have been particularly interested in the management of data and how this is shared within teams at the school as well as being a member of the SEF group underpinning governance elements of the school development plan. My particular interests include ensuring young people have access to the widest possible range of opportunities and to ensure that multi agencies including any influence I can bring to support young people and their choices for their future.

Faculty connection - MFL and Humanities


Steve Appleby – Local Authority Governor

 

Background

I have worked as an Accountant for the NHS for the last 30 plus years, currently for the local Hospital Trust, largely involved with the Financial Management of the organisation. I am on the Board of the Rising Sun Farm Trust.

What is your Link Area?

My current link areas are Numeracy and Attendance. Areas of interest however are, in no particular order, History, Literature, Football, and Cricket.

Reasons for becoming a Governor

I became a Governor to try and help a school which was similar to the one I attended, and in a similar area.

Faculty connection - Maths and Attendance

 
 

Michael Burton - Co-opted Governor 

 

Background

I am a time served Electrical Engineer from British Coal.  I am married with twin girls (now 23 years old) and live in Northumberland.  I have worked at TyneMet College since 2005, joining as an Electrical Lecturer from Industry

Previous jobs

Electrician at British Coal Lynemouth Colliery/Ellington Colliery
Electrical Engineer at UK Coal Ellington Colliery
Electrical Lecturer at TyneMet College
Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) Manager at TyneMet College
Assistant Head of Engineering – TyneMet College
Head of Engineering & Construction – TyneMet College

What are your areas of interest?

Local History and all aspects of Engineering and the promotion of this with a passion

Reasons for becoming a Governor

To ensure there is a consistent message regarding STEM (Engineering in particular) within the Borough and all the opportunities that fall out from a career in Engineering.  To offer this message to both young people and staff/stakeholders alike.  To provide a current point of reference and advice role

Faculty connection – Technology and ICT

 

Kerry Atkin – Parent Governor

 

Background

I am married to John and together we run a Martial Arts Gym.  We have 2 daughters

 

Further Education

I attended North Tyneside College and qualified as a hairdresser.  I then went on to receive level 1 & 2 in RSA Business Administration

Previous jobs

First of all I worked as a hairdresser but due to medical reasons I had to change the career path I was on.  I then started training in Business Administration and worked for an Electrician

What are your areas of interest

Teaching is my main area – so we can make sure Norham has the best teachers and pupils receive the best education

Reasons for becoming a Governor

My daughter attends this school so I want the best education, not only for her, but for all the pupils at Norham

Faculy connection - PSHE

 

 

Chris Drennan – Staff Governor

Background work –

After leaving school at 16 I completed a two year apprenticeship in ICT and became an ICT technician; whilst completing my training in a school placement I found working with young people much more rewarding. This lead me to becoming a Learning Mentor working with pupils to support their academic achievement then leading onto me working with pupils in KS4 on developing their life skills and preparing them for post-16 choices. I started Norham in September 2007 as a Learning Mentor within our Extended School. Whilst in Extended School I developed a wealth of experience and then later in 2009 was successfully appointed as Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator and have been in this role ever since.

 

What are your areas of interest? –

Outside of my working life I have just taken up a new hobby, collecting vinyl records after receiving a vinyl record player for Christmas. As well as this I enjoy ‘upcycling’ old furniture and giving it a new lease of life or I am constantly buying other “vintage” items.

Secretly I am a science-fiction fan and enjoy watching movies and TV shows.

 

Reasons for becoming a Governor –

My decision to become a staff governor came from my belief that all pupils at Norham High School deserve the highest quality of education, skills and training to prepare them for life in the modern world. I see my role as staff governor as an opportunity to ensure that the views of staff and pupils are considered when important decisions are being made which may affect them.

 

Faculty Connection – to be confirmed

 

 

David Bartlett

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Margie Burdis

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Peter Martin

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Simon Noble

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