Our Governing Body

For a full list of governor membership from 2019-2021 CLICK HERE.

Current Governor Profiles

Fiona Barclay

Job title / organisation: 

Teacher of Science

Length of time as a governor:

Since Oct 2018.

Governor role: 

Parent Governor

Committee involvement: 

Finance & Resources Committee

Link Governor for maths

Background information: 

Married with two boys, I am a science teacher in a nearby secondary school. As a family we love living in Newcastle and relished the opportunity to live for a time in Beijing and Singapore. As a family we love to learn and discover new things.

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

I am passionate about contributing to and enhancing the educational experience of young people. Education is an amazing, fun and nurturing journey where young people gain the tools to learn, unlock their potential and achieve their dreams. I believe we have the opportunity and responsibility to encourage young people to be life long learners who participate and contribute positively to society. GCMS strives to provide such a journey and I welcome the chance to offer my support. 

Main interests/hobbies:

Happiest outside, often walking golf courses with my golf mad boys. I love socialising with family and friends, meeting new people and learning from their experiences and perspectives.

Jeremy Bell

Job title / organisation: 

Retired

Length of time as a governor:

Since Oct 2008

Governor role: 

Co-opted Governor

Committee involvement: 

Vice Chair of Governors

Admissions Committee

Finance & Resources Committee

Staffing Committee

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David Brocklehurst

Job title / organisation: 

Director, Cussins

Length of time as a governor:

Since Dec 2020.

Governor role: 

Parent Governor

Committee involvement: 

Not applicable

Background information: 

I am a chartered town planner having studied at Newcastle University from 1995-2000. I am currently the planning Director for housebuilding company Cussins based in Alnwick.  I have a child in year 5 and second child joining next year.

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

I am passionate about inclusion and every child having the same opportunities to make the best of themselves academically, physically and socially.  As a parent governor I hope to have some influence on the success of the school. 

Main interests/hobbies:

My hobbies and interested are centered around sports, whether that is watching or playing or encouraging others.  I also love music and travel and walking our springer spaniel.

Neil Daley

Job title / organisation: 

Teacher

Length of time as a governor:

Since Feb 2018.

Governor role: 

Parent Governor

Committee involvement: 

Curriculum & Pupil Performance Committee

Link Governor for Anti-Bullying

Background information: 

I have a daughter who is currently in Year 7 at GCMS. I am an Art teacher with experience of both secondary and middle schools. My secondary subject is Design and Technology. I have taught in both secondary and middle schools in Northumberland and South Tyneside

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

I am motivated by robust curriculum, in particular the delivery of a broad, balanced and joined-up curriculum across school, supporting students on their onward journey. I am delighted to support the drive to maintain a dynamic curriculum tailored to our students’ needs.

Main interests/hobbies:

Painting landscapes, primarily of Northumberland and The Lake District, accounts for much of my spare time. I enjoy working with novice athletes as an assistant athletics coach. I have a keen interest in Design, arising from prior professional experience as an Interior Design consultant.

Allyson Edney

Job title / organisation: 

Length of time as a governor:

Since June 2020.

Governor role: 

Co-opted Governor

Committee involvement: 

Staffing Committee

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Liz Gardner

Job title / organisation: 

Teacher, Dame Allan's/Westfield

Length of time as a governor:

Since Apr 2014.

Governor role: 

Foundation Trust Governor

Committee involvement: 

Curriculum & Pupil Performance Committee

Link Governor for Sex and Relationships Education

Background information: 

I am a local resident.  My two children were at GCMS, following first schooling at Archbishop Runcie, before moving on to Gosforth Academy.   Professionally, I am a secondary geography teacher with experience working in a number of settings, including the state and independent sectors, FE and a country park.  I am also an examiner.

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

My experience of the education sector means that I understand how the school system works.  In addition, I bring my knowledge of the local community, experience of having children in the Gosforth pyramid and many years experience as a Governor.

Main interests/hobbies:

Hill walking and orienteering, gardening, the environment.

Paul Herbertson

Job title / organisation: 

Value for Money Audit Principal at the National Audit Office

Length of time as a governor:

Since Nov 2020.

Governor role: 

Co-opted Governor

Committee involvement: 

Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee

Background information: 

I am a Chartered Accountant with a background in financial audit. In my current role I lead value for money audits of the government and its major spend programmes. I moved to the Gosforth area from London with my family in January 2020.

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

I hope to use my knowledge of finance and public sector service delivery to ensure that GCMS makes the best use of its funds to provide improved outcomes for its students.

Main interests/hobbies:

Playing and watching sports, particularly rugby.
Spending time with my three year-old daughter.
Following politics.

Lucy Johnson

Job title / organisation: 

Enterprise Coordinator North East LEP.

Length of time as a governor:

Since Oct 2020.

Governor role: 

Co-opted Governor.

Committee involvement: 

Curriculum & Pupil Performance Committee

Background information: 

I currently live on a farm in the countryside of rural Northumberland where we have both cattle and sheep. Having worked in the education and enterprise sector for the past 8 years both here in the North East and North West I was keen to use my experience to support the staff and pupils at GCMS.

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

Using my experience and knowledge of the North East, skills priorities in the region as well as the education sector, as a governor I hope to support decision making and help shape key issues and priorities within the school with a focus on careers and enterprise education.   

Main interests/hobbies:

My main interests and hobbies include singing, listening to country music and going on walks making the most of the beautiful coastline in Northumberland.

Ezz Maya

Job title / organisation: 

Length of time as a governor:

Since Nov 2016

Governor role: 

Co-opted Governor

Committee involvement: 

Finance & Resources Committee

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Gail Nichol

Job title / organisation: 

Retired teacher

Length of time as a governor:

Since Feb 1999

Governor role: 

LA Governor

Link Governor for Safer Recruitment

Committee involvement: 

Vice Chair

Staffing Committee

Background information: 

My professional career has been as a secondary school teacher. I taught Geography at Gosforth High School,(now Gosforth Academy), was a  Head of Year and later Assistant Headteacher. For several years I was the Link Governor between GHS and GCMS. When I retired I was invited to remain as a LA Governor at GCMS.

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

I hope that I have been able to bring my experience as a teacher, particularly my experience in pastoral work and my knowledge of the three tier system of education..
I aim to work collaboratively and supportively with fellow governors and school staff to maximise the potential of our pupils, to provide the best possible educational experience for them and to encourage them to become caring members of our community.   

Main interests/hobbies:

I enjoy travelling, reading, gardening, choir singing.

Richard Rook

Job title / organisation: 

Retired 

Length of time as a governor:

Since May 2014

Governor role: 

LA Governor

Committee involvement: 

Curriculum & Pupil Performance Committee

Background information: 

I have been a school governor since 2001 at both middle and primary schools. I was a member of the Newcastle Governors’ Association during the entirety of its existence. I have been a governor at Gosforth Central Middle since 2006.

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. I spent 45 years in public transport, latterly as the Tyne & Wear School Transport Co-ordinator for Nexus. 
Since retirement I now use my expertise in a number of roles with voluntary and community groups.  I am the General Secretary of the Tyne & Wear Public Transport Users Group, for which I organise their Annual Conference. I am also a standing member of the Newcastle City Council’s Transport Forum. I am the note taker for the Newcastle Elders Council and its committees. I have an interest in neighbourhood planning and, as Secretary of the Kingston Park Neighbourhood Forum, I am involved in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for Kingston Park. I am a founder member and Secretary for the North East Forum on Ageing. 

Main interests/hobbies:

I enjoy walking and the study of local history. I am a member of the Newcastle Society of Antiquaries and Benwell Local History Group.
I have been involved in providing a service for the public for many years, whether as a public transport professional or in work for various voluntary organisations since retirement. I  became a school governor through providing a service for schools. In addition to providing efficient and safe school transport to many schools throughout Tyne & Wear, it also gave me great satisfaction to be involved with the local authorities in school travel plans. I was involved with Mrs Blackburn with the original GCM School Travel Plan.

Helen Ryan

Job title / organisation: 

Length of time as a governor:

Since Dec 2020

Governor role: 

Parent Governor

Committee involvement: 

Not applicable

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David Slipper

Job title / organisation: 

Head of PE, GCMS

Length of time as a governor:

Since Sept 2016

Governor role: 

Co-opted (Staff) Governor

Committee involvement: 

Admissions Committee

Finance & Resources Committee

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Deeanne Smith

Job title / organisation: 

Deputy Headteacher, GCMS

Length of time as a governor:

Since Oct 2016

Governor role: 

Associate

Committee involvement: 

Curriculum & Pupil Performance Committee (Associate)

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Jayne Thorpe

Job title / organisation: 

Retired Teacher

Length of time as a governor:

Since May 2014

Governor role: 

Co-opted Governor

Committee involvement: 

Chair of Governors

Admissions Committee

Curriculum & Pupil Performance Committee

Finance & Resources Committee

Link Governor for SEND

Background information: 

I have had 3 job titles - Nurse, Mother and Teacher. I nursed for 9 years, then had 6 children - all of whom attended Gosforth Central Middle School, and was a teacher at a Gosforth first school for 12 years. I have been retired from teaching for 2 years.

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

The skills and experiences from teaching, my knowledge from 17 years involvement with GCMS both as a parent and governor, my understanding of the Gosforth community, a desire to ensure all children achieve their potential - not just academically - from their time at GCMS and to fulfil all governor requirements effectively.

Main interests/hobbies:

Walking, theatre and music, reading.

Claire Walker

Job title / organisation: 

Assistant Headteacher, GCMS

Length of time as a governor:

Since Feb 2019

Governor role: 

Staff Governor

Committee involvement: 

Curriculum & Pupil Performance Committee

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Susannah Webb

Job title / organisation: 

Headteacher, GCMS

Length of time as a governor:

Ex-officio

Governor role: 

Ex-officio

Committee involvement: 

Admissions Committee

Curriculum & Pupil Performance Committee

Finance & Resources Committee

Staffing Committee

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Karen Willis

Job title / organisation: 

Adult and child Safeguarding in the NHS 

Length of time as a governor:

Since Oct 2016

Governor role: 

Parent Governor

Committee involvement: 

Link Governor for Safeguarding

Background information: 

I have 3 children, 1 at GCMS. I am safeguarding link governor and work in adult and child safeguarding in the NHS and as a GP locally.  

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

I’m interested in child and staff wellbeing and also am involved in student teaching and bring these interests and my expertise in safeguarding to the governing body. 

Main interests/hobbies:

Raghda Zahran

Job title / organisation: 

Length of time as a governor:

Since Dec 2020

Governor role: 

Parent Governor

Committee involvement: 

Not applicable

Background information: 

I started my career as an executive in various departments and projects in the Healthcare and Finance sectors. I transitioned to higher education teaching, research, management, and engagement with industry and government entities. I led several projects and developed cross-disciplinary courses and programmes. I studied BSc Pharmacy, BSc Computer Science, MSc Information Security, MA Education at Durham University, and Doctor of Education (EdD) at Newcastle University. My work as a learning enhancement and technology adviser involves identifying ethical practices to integrate emerging technology in teaching and learning across the curriculum.

What you hope to bring to the governor role:

I aspire to support the GCSM governing body in making decisions that incorporate parents perspectives in providing a safe, positive and inspiring learning environment.

Main interests/hobbies:

I like to run tech design and design sprints and coding hackathons for children and adults and support tech entreneurships. My most enjoyable time is with my children and students.