Pen Portraits - Bilbrook Middle School, Staffordshire
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Pen Portraits

Andrea Dawson – Chair & Foundation Governor
Having worked in education, as a teacher, head teacher and school improvement adviser throughout my working life, I was delighted to become a foundation governor through Holy Cross Church. It is a privilege to be associated with all three schools that make up the Federation and to be part of a governing board that has such a wide range of professional knowledge and experience.

Jessica Shulman – Vice Chair & Parent Governor
I am a parent of 2 children, one who is currently at Perton Middle, the other at St Chad’s. I have been involved in Governance since 2016, prior to that I was an advisory member of St Chad’s Governors’ marketing committee. I am the SEND, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium Governor at PMS, Vice Chair of the Governing Board and Vice Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee.

Professionally my background is in sales and marketing. I bring to the board skills in the areas of information, data analysis, understanding of legislation and compliance along with business administration and project management. Additionally I am a qualified FE teacher. My interest in Education has grown as my children have move through school system, in particular I am interested in technology, SEND provision and providing quality education for all children.

Alison Colin-Stokes – Parent Governor
I have 20 years teaching experience working in Secondary schools as an English and Drama teacher, Head of English, Head of Year and Assistant Head. I currently work in a primary school with years 5 and 6. I have previously served as a foundation governor in a different authority gaining experience serving on several different committees and assisting in navigating the school towards federating with two other schools. I have been a foundation governor at St. Chad’s, Pattingham since 2014 and more recently have become a parent governor at CCHS serving on the Perton Middle Committee. I have one daughter in year 2 at St. Chad’s and one in in year 6 at Perton Middle.

Donna Golby – Staff Governor
I have 2 children, both in secondary education. I have a keen interest in supporting quality education. I have worked within a school environment for 16 years.

I am the staff governor for the Federation and I joined the board in February 2016 after a whole school staff vote

I am part of the committee at BMS school and sports premium Governor at BMS

I am the Supervisory Science Technician at Codsall Community High school and within a wider school context I get involved with staff wellbeing events at CCHS.

Alasdair Lewis – Co-opted Govenror
I joined the Governing Body in October 2017 as a Co-opted Governor. I have lived in Newport, Shropshire since 1988. I am married and have 3 adult sons all of whom went to local schools.

I have recently retired from HM Land Registry where I worked for over 30 years. For the last 7 years I was the Director of Legal Services.

I firmly believe in the difference that good governance can make to the success of a school and I believe that my career has equipped me with a range of skills that will enable me to make a positive contribution to the life of Codsall High.

Between 2006 and 2010 I was a Parent Governor at the Burton Borough School where I was the chair of the Curriculum Committee. In addition to becoming a governor at Codsall, I have also recently joined the Governing Body of Haughton School in Telford.

Rev’d Simon Douglas
As vicar of Holy Cross church, I have served as an ex officio foundation governor for the federation for the 4 years since I arrived, particularly serving on the Bilbrook Middle School committee. I also come in to school frequently, to take assemblies, meet with pupils and staff and support lessons. I have been a school governor for more than 15 years, across 3 local authorities, including 7 years as chair. Prior to ministry I was in education for more than 15 years, both in and out of the classroom. I am currently also governor of Lane Green First School.

Nigel Whitaker – Health & Safety Link Governor
As Health & Safety Link Governor since April 2019, I welcome the opportunity to offer my professional and specialist skills, supporting the high quality of education and environment that my own 2 children enjoyed before moving up to Codsall High School.

I believe that my experience as a professional engineer (24 yrs service in the Royal Air Force, prior to my current position in the Civil Service) has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and desire to make a positive contribution to the development and wellbeing of young people. In addition to my role as a Governor I am also a STEM Ambassador, raising awareness of the opportunities available in STEM careers.