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More about Our Governors

Name: Darren Lennon

Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor, Chair of Governors

Term of Office: September 2015-September 2019

Committees: Standards and Finance

Positions of Responsibility: Chair of Governors

Register of Interest: Teacher in another Authority

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Biography: 

I am chair of governors at Holly Grove Primary school. As a local community member and a child who attended early education at Holly Grove, I have strong links with Holly Grove Primary School and this is why it was important for me to choose Holly Grove as a school for my daughter and also why I have dedicated my time to the role of Governor at Holly Grove.
I completed Teacher Training as a graduate from Wolverhampton university (2008) as B Ed (Hons) QTS which helped to secure my teaching position within Key Stage 1 in Birmingham. This position later became Key Stage 1 and 2 co-ordinator. I currently work as an Inclusion Manager and SENDCo (following completion of the National SENDCo award, again through University of Wolverhampton).
In addition to my teaching and in school roles, I have worked for Staffordshire children's services (within Family Assessment, Safeguarding and currently the Edge of Care Service) and I use skills from both positions within my day to day work, life and within my role as a Governor.
I look forward to working with the fellow Governors, Staff, Parents and Pupils to achieve the best we can for our children. 

 Name: Dawn O'Hare

Category of Governor: Staff

Term of Office: Continual

Committees: Standards and Children

Positions of Responsibility: Head Teacher

Register of Interest: None

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Biography: I have been head teacher at Holly Grove since January 2008, prior to this I worked in two Lichfield schools, one as the Deputy Head and the other as a member of the leadership team as Literacy lead. I have also worked in a school in Birmingham before moved to Lichfield. This is the third governing school body I have been on.

 

 

Name: Lorraine Brown

Category of Governor: Parent 

Term of Office: December 2013-December 2017

Committees: Standards and Finance

Positions of Responsibility: Safeguarding Governor

Register of Interest: None

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Biography: My name is Lorraine Brown and I have been a Parent Governor for 12 years. I have two boys, both have been pupils at Holly Grove, the youngest left last year and I have a Nephew in year 6. I work reduced hours as a First Aid Officer in a local school. I enjoy helping in school when I can and I help with fund raising activities organised by the FOHG. I like to go to the cinema and enjoy reading.

Name: David Henn

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office: Sept 2015 - Sept 2019

Committees: Standards and Finance

Positions of Responsibility: Sports and PE Governor

Register of Interest: None

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Biography

I'm 68. married, with two daughters and five grandchildren, and have lived in Burntwood for 47 years. I worked for Severn Trent Water all of my career managing major construction projects. I have been involved with Hammerwich Cricket Club since 1975 and during that time have held several posts, including that of Club Captain, and Chairman for 16 years.  I have been recently appointed President of the Club.
 
I am a member of  Burntwood Rotary Club, an organisation dedicated to raising money for local charities, and was President in 2012.  I instigated the Best Achiever's Award given out each term at five local primary Schools, and presenting the school leavers from each school with a dictionary. 

Name: Mark Payne

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office: September 2015- September 2019

Committees: Standards and Finance

Positions of Responsibility: Vice Chair of Governors, Prevent Governor, Finance Chair

Register of Interest: Wife has been an employee of the school/ children were former pupils

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Name: Ann Mantle

Category of Governor: Staff

Term of Office: September 2015- September 2019

Committees: Standards and Children

Positions of Responsibility: 

Register of Interest: Works at Holly Grove

Voting Power: Full voting powers/ child was a former pupil at Holly Grove

Biography: I have worked in Education for the last 23 years and at Holly Grove 22 years. I have mainly worked in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) but have had experiences within other areas of the school. I have been a staff governor for the past 8 years. For the last three years I have been running Forest School sessions at the school. I have an Early Years Honours Degree, I am pediatric first aid trained  and I am the First Aid Leader at Holly Grove.I am also qualified as a Forest School Leader Level 3.

Name: Matt Backhouse

Category of Governor: Parent

Term of Office: May 2013- June 2017

Committees: Standards and Finance

Positions of Responsibility: 

Register of Interest: Wife employed at the school/ children attend the school.

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Biography : My name is Matt Backhouse and I have been a Parent Governor for around 2 years. I have three children, two boys and a girl who are all current pupils at Holly Grove.  I work as Head of Materials and Logistics for Bombardier Transportation Services supporting the operational teams to provide Safe, Reliable and Cost effective trains daily to the Arriva, East Midlands and Virgin Train Operating companies. I enjoy helping in school when time permits, and am a member of both the Finance and Standards Committees. I am a keen dingy sailor and also help coach a youth football team for Chase Town Scholars.

Name: Rob Trow

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office: September 2015- September 2019

Committees: Standards and Children

Positions of Responsibility: 

Register of Interest: None

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Name:  Phil Pipe

Category of Governor: Co-opted
Term of Office: Second term, been a governor now for just over 4 years

September 2015 - September 2019

Committees:  Standards committee, Finance committee
Positions of Responsibility: Chair of Standards committee
Register of Interest: Teacher in Staffordshire/ children former pupils of the school
Voting Power: Governor
Biography:  I became a parent Governor when both of my children were at Holly Grove, one has since moved up to high school. I am a teacher of maths at a secondary school and have been for over 20 years. Although born a southerner, I have now lived in the Midlands for over half my life. I enjoy spending time with my family and even suffering watching the Villa!
Joanne Wall - Parent Governor

Name:  Sue Barnes 

Category of Governor: Associate 
Term of Office: Continual
Committees:  Standards & Children and Finance Committee
Positions of Responsibility: Assistant Head teacher, SENCO, Early Years Leader, Safeguarding Lead
Register of Interest: Parent of a former pupil  and husband employed at the school.
Voting Power: None

Biography: I have been a teacher at Holly Grove Primary since September 2009, where I was employed as the SENDCo and KS1 leader. Prior to this I worked in Walsall as EYFS lead, CPD lead ( Coninual professional development), a student and teacher mentor and leader of Ruth Miskin. I also worked in a Birmingham school before moving to Walsall. This is my first role as an associate governor.

Name:  James O'Connor

 

Category of Governor: Associate

Term of Office: Continual

Committees: Standards, Finance and Children

Positions of Responsibility: Assistant Head Teacher, Key Stage 1 Leader, Teaching and Learning Leader

Register of Interest: None

Voting Power: None

Biography: I have been Assistant Head Teacher at Holly Grove since September 2015. Prior to joining the Senior Leadership Team at Holly Grove, I had the role of Leading Practitioner at a local Burntwood school, focusing specifically on school improvement and raising standards in Teaching and Learning. I have also lead Literacy and the mentoring and coaching of NQTs and students in a previous school in Heath Hayes where I spent the majority of my early teaching career. I am passionate about improving standards for our children and believe strongly in giving them the very best start academically, socially and culturally that we possibly can.

Name:  Theresa Surplice

Category of Governor: Associate 
Term of Office: Continual
Committees:  Standards & Children and Finance Committee
Positions of Responsibility: Assistant Head teacher, Yr5/6 Leader, Maths Leader
Register of Interest: None
Voting Power: None

Biography: I have been a member of the teaching staff at Holly Grove since September 2001. During this time, I have held various positions of responsibility including P.E, Mathematics, English and MFL in addition to becoming Year 5/6 Leader and then Assistant Headteacher in September 2015. Before joining Holly Grove I taught at primary schools in Walsall and Wolverhampton where I led P.E. and Mathematics.

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