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Our Governors

The governing body has a range of duties and responsibilities. The role of a Governor is to offer challenge and support to the school, acting as a critical friend. Governors have the task of ensuring high quality provision for all pupils results from the joint endeavours of all staff, pupils, and all levels of governance. The Local Governing Bodies play a crucial role in assisting the Trustees in meeting the demands of their accountability, by providing focused governance at local school level, most accountability particularly in representing the views of the school’s stakeholders, including pupils, parents, staff and the local community.

Meetings Dates for 2023-24

The meeting dates for the Local Governing Body meetings for the 2023-24 school year are:

Wednesday 4th October 2023

Wednesday 29th November 2023

Wednesday 13th March 2024

Wednesday 26th June 2024

Governors 2023-24

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Governors Attendance 2023-24

Mr Bill Maxwell

Role: Chair of Governors

Business Interests: None

Bill is retired, after working for Reckitt Benckiser for 35 years in Hull and Derby in senior manufacturing roles.  Bill’s interests are Rugby Union, which he played for 26 years and gardening. He was also part of the Scouting movement for 25 years.

Bill was a governor at Ings Primary school and Chair for over 6 years and was designated a National Leader of Governance.

Bill was a Trustee at Thrive Cooperative Learning Trust for 5 years and is now moving to being a governor.

Strengths are;

  • Commitment and governance experience

  • Mentoring skills

  • 35 years industry experience

  • 6 years experience as a Trustee

Ann Haddock

Role: Co-opted Governor

Business Interests: None

Ann worked in industry in Brussels before becoming a teacher.  She was a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and a Head of Year for a number of years, and now works at the University of Hull, where she is involved in teacher training and the delivery of French language courses for trainee teachers.

Strengths are:

  • A background in secondary school training as well as in industry

  • Experience in a pastoral role in secondary school

  • Experience in organising school visits

  • Links with Higher Education

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Vicky Callaghan

Role: Headteacher

Business Interests: None

Vicky has been the Headteacher since 2014 and has a wealth of experience in coaching and staff development. Having worked in a number of schools throughout the Yorkshire and Humberside region, she has gained over 18 years senior leadership experience. She is a passionate education professional who thrives on improving the life chances of all young people.

Strengths are:

  • Coaching

  • Staff Development

  • Educational leadership

  • Raising standards

Lee Tether

Role: Co-opted Governor

Business Interests: None

Lee is currently the manager of the Connexions Service in Hull which provides careers guidance and other support for young people. He has had over 30 years’ experience as a careers adviser working in numerous schools in the Hull area. He has a keen interest in transition issues and how schools interact with business. He is a local authority commissioner at Hull City Council of post 16 education for young people with special educational needs.

Strengths are:

  • Careers education and guidance policy and practice; local, regional and national

  • Special educational needs policy

  • Employer engagement; links to the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Careers and Enterprise Company

  • Post 16 transition

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Mrs Zakithi McHunu

Role: Parent Governor

Business Interests: None

As a parent of two girls, one of whom is currently at Newland; Zakithi is passionate about their education and learning experiences. Originally from South Africa her background has mainly been in accountancy. She is passionate about training and is eager to help Newland School for Girls excel as a whole.

Strengths are;

  • Managing budgets

  • Continuing professional development​​

Dr Elvis Hernandez

Role: Co-opted Governor

Business Interests: None

Dr Elvis Hernandez is an Executive Director/CEO of OSL Risk Management (UK) with over twenty years of experience in risk management and decision analytics. He has been a Senior Risk Engineering, Former Central Banker's Economist, and Senior Executive Consultant/Trainer at Real Options Valuations (ROV-US). Dr Elvis has a PhD in Finance (University of Hull), a PhD in Engineering Science, a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI), and an Associate Fellow of the Academy of Higher Education (AFHEA). He has many academic articles published in international peer-review journals.

The pandemic brought a lot of challenges and uncertainties to school management, finance, and operations, and a lack of clear and consistent data-driven leadership can affect performance negatively. So, Dr Elvis decided to be Governor to provide advanced expertise and knowledge in risk management, strategies, and data analytics to ensure clarity of vision, strategic direction, and education quality for schools and their students.

Strengths are:

  • Risk Management

  • Strategic Direction and Vision

  • Data Analytics

Andrew Harris

Role: Staff Governor

Business Interests: None

Andy has been a Science Teacher for the past 4 years, he got into teaching tutoring maths during the third year of his Biomedical Science degree. He had prior experience of teaching karate and lifeguarding and realised it was something he enjoyed. He is originally from Cramlington, a town just North-East of Newcastle, He is a lifelong Newcastle United supporter and follows F1, Rugby (union and league) Basketball and Cricket.  He cares deeply about ensuring children get the best education they can so they can access as much of life as possible. When the opportunity to become a Staff Governor arrived he took 5 minutes to decide he wanted to do it. He believes he can give a good perspective to the LGB and hopes he can help maintain the fantastic school!

Strengths are:

  • Problem Solving

  • Troubleshooting

  • Critical Thinking

Resigned:

 

Mr Sam Evans (Resigned 06/11/23)

Role: Co-opted Governor

Business Interests: None

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