Governor Profiles

  • jclarke

John Clarke - Chair of Governors

I've been a governor and member of the Finance and Operations Committee since 2012 and Chair of Governors since 2015. My career has been varied and includes 13 years working for the co-op. As well as developing a range of business skills I learnt the importance co-operative values and principles. Everyday I saw the benefits of giving everyone the opportunity to realise their potential. Nowhere is this more important than in educating our young people. I use my professional experience to help the Academy maintain the highest standards of financial and operational management ensuring every penny delivers value to the academy's pupils. I use my belief in co-operation to work with all the different stakeholders to help every pupil be the best they can be. Through our governing body and sub-committees we help ensure the ethos of equality, responsibility and respect are at the heart of everything we do. Working with the dedicated staff and leadership team we drive continual improvement in pupil wellbeing and achievement. I share the ambition of all governors that the academy empowers everyone to reach their potential and be the best. If you think there's more we can do for our young people contact me, it's aways good to hear from parents and carers about their experiences of the academy. Governors are here for you and your children so get in touch. We value your feedback. Write or email me at academy@cas.coop

   
Category of Governor Sponsor / Chair
   
Date of appointment 20/05/2015
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group / Trust Board
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

None to Declare

 
Sub-Committees
 

Finance and Operations (Vice-Chair), Achievement Teaching and Learning, Student Wellbeing, Welfare and Community
 
 
Attendance record 2015-2016

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  • swwilliams

Steve Wynn Williams

I am vice chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Achievement Committee.  I am also Vice Chair of Governors at Stoke on Trent Sixth form College.  My day job is as Dean of Academic Development at Staffordshire University which means I am responsible amongst other things for learning and teaching and quality.  

My aspiration for the Co-operative Academy at Stoke-on-Trent is to become an outstanding academy and a beacon of excellence both locally and in the region.  But more than this I want every student to be supported to reach their potential so that they can go out into an uncertain world fully prepared to achieve their ambitions and approach with confidence any challenge they may face.

   
Category of Governor Partner/Vice Chairman
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Governing Body
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Vice-Chair of Governors for Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College
Member of Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE)
Royal Geographical Scoiety
Royal Society of Arts

 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Achievement Teaching and Learning (Chair)
 
Attendance record 2015-2016 2/4
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Karl Lawton

I joined the Governing Body in October 2016 as a Local Authority Governor. I am the Governor Support Manager at the Local Authority and support all schools and academies Governing Boards to fulfil their three core functions.  I have been a Primary School Governor for sixteen years and was privileged to be the Chair of Governors for six years of this.

I volunteered to join the Governing Board as I would like to contribute to the Co-operative Academy becoming outstanding,  by supporting and challenging the academy team to ensure that every pupil achieves to their full potential in a safe and supportive environment.


Category of Governor

Local Authority

   

Date of appointment

31st October 2016

   

Term of office

4 Years

   

Date of Resignation

N/A

   

Appointed by

Local Authority

   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Governor Support Manager / Sun Primary Academy (Bradwell) - Co-opted Governor

 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Achievement Teaching and Learning
 

Attendance record 2016 -2017

 
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Mycul Trelore

I'm a Store Manager for the Co-op Food currently working in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire but previously I have worked at branches in the Burslem and Tunstall areas of Stoke-on-Trent. I have been with the society for six and a half years and feel their ethos of championing a better way of doing business for the communities we serve is as vital as ever. 

Prior to working for the Co-op, I trained to be a science teacher working at schools across Manchester and Cheshire. Though ultimately not for me I gained a valuable insight in the day to day running of a school and the challenges and difficulties that they face. I am passionate about education and believe that there should be fair chance for all no matter their background. I look forward to the challenges that being a school governor at CAS will bring.

   
Category of Govenor Sponsor
   
Date of Appointment 20/01/2016
   
Term of Office 4 years
   
Date of resignation from Governing Body NA
   
Appointed By Co-operative Group
   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests 2016

Member of the Co-operative Political Party

 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Finance and Operations, Marketing Link Governor
 
Attendance records at the local Governing Body meetings over the last academies year 2015-2016 0/1
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Sue Tunmore

I’m a HR Director for the Co-operative Group, based at Angel Square in Manchester, where I work with many of the head office teams including membership, marketing, finance and Digital. It’s an exciting time to be part of the Co-op as we relaunch our new brand and membership offer this summer, and reinforce our commitment that all Co-op colleagues will champion a better way of doing business in the communities we serve. 

The ethos of championing a better way and seeking to continually improve life chances is one that I take with me into my role as a Co-op nominated Governor. I know it is well matched by the passion and energy I have already seen by those involved in CAS. I’m delighted to have joined the team in June 2016 and look forward to supporting the Academy for many years ahead. I will also support the Student Wellbeing Committee. Having visited back in May, I was inspired by the commitment of all those I met.  I’m really looking forward to playing my part in supporting all involved with the Academy to reach their full potential and ensure we provide a safe, enjoyable and positive learning environment for our students and staff.

   
Category of Govenor Sponsor
   
Date of Appointment

22/06/2016

   
Term in Office 4 years
   
Date of resignation N/A
   
Appointed By Co-operative Group
   

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

2016
None to Declare
 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Finance and Operations, Health and Safety Link Governor
 
Attendance records at the local Governing Body meetings over the last academies year 2015-2016 1/1
 
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  • bbeckett

Brigitta Beckett

I have just recently joined the Academy's Governing Body. All four of my children have and do attend the school. My interest and experiences that I can bring to the school are my knowledge as a qualified Social Worker, my experience as Deputy Child Protection officer in Watermill School and some experience with Special Educational Needs. I am enthusiastic and willing to work with the Academy to empower the pupils to achieve their best potential in partnership with the Senior Leadership team.

Category of Governor Parent
   
Date of appointment 11/12/2013
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Family Social Worker at Watermill School
HCPC Member

 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Student Wellbeing, Welfare and Community, Safeguarding Link Governor
 
Attendance record 2015-2016 2/4
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  • achoudhary

Amjid Choudhary

I have been a Governor at the Academy since 2011. I am an accountant by trade and run my practice locally in Tunstall.

I endeavour to bring my social and financial expertise to the governing body, hence my current role as chair of the Finance and Operations committee.

As an individual who was born and bred in Tunstall, I can identify with the students and parent requirements, and their socio - economic needs

My aim for the Academy is for it to become a centre of excellence in not just academic study but also other activities such as sport, drama, music and art. In fact the Academy will be able to assist all students in whatever field they are interested in and nurture them to be the best possible students they can become.

Category of Governor Co-opted
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Governing Body
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests Education Committee at Tunstall Noor Jamia Mosque. Director of Choudhary & Co
 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Finance and Operations (Chair)
 
Attendance record 2015-2016 1/4
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Alison Surtees

I am a new member of the Academy’s Governing body. My youngest child is currently in Year 7. My experience is working with primary children, aged 3 to 11 years within a main stream school with Special Educational Needs. I believe that if children are having fun and enjoying what they are doing then it will have more of a positive impact on their learning. I am hard working and like to think outside the box and try to ensure all the children I work with reach their potential. I have been a Governor for 16 years at a primary level and I am looking forward to expanding my experiences and working at a high school level.


 

Category of Governor
Parent Governor
   
Date of appointment 09.02.17
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group / Trust Board
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

None to Declare

 
Sub-Committees
 

 
 
 
Attendance record 2015-2016  
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  • dspall

David Spall

I am a retired Staffordshire University lecturer who’s career spanned 40 years ended lecturing to students studying Graphic and Ceramics including Computer Aided Design. I have served as an elected Co-operative Group Governor since 2011.

I am Chairman of Alsager Highfields Foundation Primary School, also serving on the Cheshire East School Forum. In these capacities I have attended course which include the legal responsibilities of Governors of Academy’s. I am Chair of the Achievement and Teaching & Learning Committee and Governor responsible for overseeing SEN provision and the work of the Performance Faculty.

I intend to use my previous knowledge to ensure the Academy provides the finest education and training environment to all students.

Category of Governor Co-opted
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Chair of Governors Alsager Highfield Foundation Primary School

Trustee Alsager Co-operative Trust

Treasurer Cheshire East Association of Governing Bodies
 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Student Wellbeing, Welfare and Community (Chair), Achievement Teaching and Learning
 
Attendance record 2015-2016 4/4
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  • agreenhough

Andy Greenhough

I’m the Director of Employer Engagement at Stoke on Trent College and I’ve been a Governor at the Academy since May 2014.  I’ve lived in the north of the City all my life and I’m passionate about the impact that the Academy can have on our community.  I’m eager to use the knowledge I’ve gained from 17 years working in employment, education and training to help the Academy to be innovative whilst maintaining the highest standards. Like everyone involved in the Academy I want our students to achieve in a safe, aspirational and supportive environment.

Category of Governor Partner
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Governing Body
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

None to Declare

 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Achievement Teaching and Learning, Student Wellbeing, Welfare and Community
 
Attendance record 2015-2016 4/4
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Simon Plunkett

I work for the Co-operative Group in its Secretariat division and have responsibility for organising the Group’s Annual General Meeting and elections under ‘One Member One Vote’ which enables 2.7m Co-operative Group members to vote on Group policy, and their Board and Council representatives.

This role involves complex project management to deliver the general meeting as well as regular data analysis to ensure that the Group’s member register complies with regulatory needs. As part of this role, I work closely with the Group’s customer facing businesses and marketing functions to devise an annual communication plan to promote elections and encourage participation amongst members and employees.

Prior to this role, I managed the North West Regional Board in the Co-operative Group, and was responsible for managing governance arrangements for the Board and its 10 sub committees.

I believe that an approach to learning based on co-operative values and principles at CAS can encourage all students to maximise their learning potential and become actively involved citizens in their local communities.

Outside of work, I am a keen cyclist who enjoys spending weekends on long rides in the Peak District.

Category of Governor Sponsor
   
Date of appointment 01/03/2015
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group/ Trust Board
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

None to declare

 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Finance and Operations, Governor Development Link Governor
 
Attendance record 2015-2016 3/4
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Laura Spindlove

I’m a senior associate at PwC working as an auditor within the public sector risk assurance department. I have joined the Board and the Finance committee since 2015 to use the experience I have gained during my professional career to support the Academy and to give something back to the community. I have a particular interest in the education sector and am passionate about supporting the next generation to achieve their full potential.


Category of Governor Co-opted
   
Date of appointment 22/07/2015
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Governing Body
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

N/A

 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Finance and Operations
 
Attendance record 2015-2016 3/4
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Ian Jennings

After a career as an avionics engineer in the Royal Air Force, followed by a short career break to bring up 2 children, I embarked on a second career in teaching. I am now in my 9th year, my 7th at the Co-operative Academy. I have a HNC in computing, a university degree in computing along with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Educational Practice. In addition to being a classroom teacher I have held a number of other posts, including head of Key Stage 3 ICT and Head of Business Studies. Here at the Co-operative Academy I am head of Computer Science and currently also head of Year 10 through maternity cover. I am proud to work at the Co-operative Academy​and play my part in becoming a centre of educational excellence, where the young people of Tunstall and beyond can attend in the confidence that they will receive all the support, guidance and inspiration that they need to achieve their full potential. Being a teacher governor is a real privilege and I am passionate about being part of a team that continues to deliver sustainable success and year on year improvement. The staff at this Academy work extremely hard to create a safe and inspiring environment and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the views and ideas of the teaching team.



Category of Governor Staff
   
Date of appointment 01/03/2015
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

None to Declare

 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Achievement Teaching and Learning
 
Attendance record 2015-2016 3/4
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Daryl Tomlinson

I have worked at the Co-operative Academy for over two years, initially as a Learning Support Practitioner and now as part of the Operations and Facilities team. I have also been appointed the Co-operative Coordinator, allowing me to provide a link between the Academy and the Co-op headquarters.

I fully support and embody the values of the Academy which are evident on a daily basis and I am keen on furthering the excellent work already carried out by both staff and students. An efficient and effective working environment has already been established, and now we can hopefully carry on along the road of excellence and become an outstanding Academy that benefits our community.  



 
Category of Governor Support Staff
   
Date of appointment 31.10.16
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group / Trust Board
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

None to Declare

 
Sub-Committees
 

Finance and Operations 
 
 
Attendance record 2015-2016
 
 
   
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Previous Governors

  • aherhoffer

Astrid Herhoffer

I am Dr Astrid Herhoffer, one of your governors . I head up the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies at Staffordshire University, one of the sponsors of your Academy. I lead a Faculty of creative subjects, including Art&Design, Humanities, Media, Journalism and Social Sciences. My own academic background is in the area of Russian and German literature, although I have not taught these subjects for quite some years now. The Faculty I lead is diverse in terms of its student intake as well as its breadth of subjects. I am a strong advocate of widening participation, giving every aspiring student the same chances of achieving their goals and aspirations, regardless of their background. The same goes for your Academy, where I am part of a governing body who will ensure that every pupil will be given the space and support to develop at their own pace to maximise their potential. I have a rich experience of supporting my own students through what can be challenging times and I am more than happy to extend this offer to any student of the Academy. If you want to take me up on my offer, please contact me ata.herhoffer@staffs.ac.uk.

Category of Governor Co-opted
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation 23/3/17
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests None to Declare
 
Sub-Committees
 
 
Achievement Teraching and Learning
 
Attendance record 2015-2016 4/4
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  • ncripps

Natalie Cripps

I joined the Governing Body in 2014 as a Local Authority Governor. I am a CIPD Qualified HR Officer for the Local Authority and have supported schools, academies and more recently corporate sections of the organisation with employee relations matters.  I volunteered to join the Governing Body as I am both passionate and motivated about education and investing in children to shape their future and being local to the area; I wanted to contribute to the high standards of education and drive academy improvement  for each child that attends the Academy to ensure they have the best possible education.  

   
Category of Governor LA
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation 29/09/16
   
Appointed by Local Authority
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

LA HR Officer

   
Attendance record 2015-2016 1/4
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  • ptaylor

Pauline Taylor

I have been a governor in Stoke on Trent in Primary and Secondary Education for over 20 years,

I am a Learning mentor, part of the iZone in the Academy and my expertise is in the pastoral care of our students. I am part of the Inclusion and Wellbeing Committee. I am passionate about removing the barriers to learning so that all our students needs are met.

Category of Governor Staff
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation 01/12/2016
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests None to Declare
   
Attendance record 2015-2016 4/4
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  • mgreenacre

Mike Greenacre

I have 45 years wide and varied business experience, primarily in the Travel sector.  I retired from business as Managing Director of Co-operative Travel Group in December 2011 after concluding a multi million pound joint venture with Thomas Cook. I was a Board Director of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents). I was a Board Director for the Institute of Travel and Tourism and also Vice Chair of the Travel Foundation, a sustainable tourism charity.

I currently act an ambassador for Just A Drop, an international water charity.

I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University in July 2010

I served on the Management Executive Board of United Co-operatives for 14 years giving me a grounded understanding of the many trading divisions of the Co-operative businesses.

I first became involved in the education sector with the planning and delivery of the new Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, representing the Sponsor. I now sit on the Co-operative Multi  Academy Trust Board based in Manchester. I was also a Board Director of the National Governors Association.

I am passionate about my involvement with education where I strongly believe I can make a positive difference to our students education outcomes thus contributing to a better quality of life for them in the future.


Category of Governor Sponsor/Chair
Date of appointment 2008
Term of office 8 Years
Date of Resignation 31/8/2016
Appointed by Co-operative Group / Trust Board
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Director and Minority Shareholder Greenstone Childrens Nursery Ltd

   
Attendance record 2015-2016 4/4
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  • mmatloob

Mohammed Matloob

The new school will build a higher profile for the city and will attract and inspire a whole generation. I believe it will engage and energise future students and make a major difference to young people with the introduction of a modern teaching environment. The school has brought a fresh, alive and energetic feel towards studying. With all the excitement the school has never felt so vibrant. All of the lively energy, the bubbly anticipation, the introduction of the new high tech facilities will benefit and encourage the students to succeed.

   
Category of Governor Parent
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation 01/12/2016
   
Appointed by Parent Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Member of Labour Party

   
Attendance record 2015-2016 2/4
 
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Tom Doyle

Category of Governor Staff
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation 31/3/2015
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

None to declare

   
Attendance record 2014-2015 3/3
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