Governor Profiles

Mr John Rhodes - Local Authority Governor

I am proud to be a Governor at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School.  I like the fact that Gainsborough is inclusive and welcoming and that children are at the centre of everything that we do.  I worked at Bentley Motors for 42 years as a Maintenance Technician and Chairman of the Works Council before my retirement.  I am a Crewe Town Councillor and like to support the local community, I am also a Governor at Ruskin Comunity High School.  I am a season ticket holder at Crewe Alexandra and enjoy swimming and cycling.

 

Mark Boyd - Parent Governor

I am a dad with two children who attend Gainsborough.  I have a broad experience of school life and have first hand experience and insight of a parent's and family's point of view.  I am a procurement consultant and hope that I bring my management experience to the governing body at the school.  My children are happy and well supported by this school and I enjoy working with a great group of people for the common goal of improving our school.

 

Chris Adlington - Staff Governor

I began teaching at Gainsborough in September 2012.  I wanted to join the Governing board to gain a greater understanding of how governance impacts on the development of our school.  I love the fact that Gainsborough is a family and look forward to sharing ideas and thoughts on behalf of other teachers, good communication is vital for a successful school.  I like to spend my free time with my family going on days out and long walks.

 

Wendy Johns - Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor at Gainsborough for the past two years.  I am the Governor responsible for PE, Sports and Attendance.  I have been associated with Gainsborough for many years, my daughter is a Teaching Assistant here and three of my grand children attended the school.  Gainsborough is a rapidly improving school with great potential, full of positive attitudes and values.  I am particularly proud of the committment and care shown to every single pupil by the Gainsborough team across the whole school spectrum.  I am a retired Magistrate and Guide Leader but still serve as a local Church steward, Secretary and Treasurer for the local branch of NFOP and Treasurer of the Crewe and Nantwich Twinning Assosciation.

 

Barrie Richards - Co-opted Governor

I was invited to join the Governing board after stepping down as a governor at another school.  I work as a social worker at Cheshire East Council, having lots of experience, it was felt that I could help Gainsborough.  The school has a great ethos and is a good environment for learning and for children and staff to achieve their goals and build on their achievement.  I have two grandchildren at Gainsborough and in my spare time I am a DJ and children's entertainer and support Crewe Alex Football Club. I'm married and have an elderly cat called 'Jazz'.

 

Emma Brunt - Associate Governor

Gainsborough is an excellent school and the governing board have a committment to making improvements.  I am a Nurse Practioner with 29 years experience with primary and secondary healthcare provision.  I have an advanced practice master's degree and a post graduate certificate in education and manage my own training and consultancy business. I have a special interest in safeguarding children and am the safeguarding lead in three of my roles.  I enjoy travelling, socialising  and cooking.

 

Kevin Froggatt - Vice Chair

I have been a governor for 30 years at various schools. I wanted to develop an understanding of the education system and school management beyond that of a classroom teacher.  This was my way to try to influence and improve the provision, opportunities and experience for the children and staff by taking a pro-active part in the direction and management of local education provision.  I like the sense of 'Family' at Gainsborough, I have always found it to be a friendly but purposeful place and in everything it does the overall aim is to secure the best it can for all pupils in a caring and supportive environment.  I am a trained Fine Artist and have a keen interest in dance, theatre, performance, media and architecture.  I enjoy visiting places with historical and art connections and used my interests when developing the curriculum as a teacher and Creative Arts leader.

 

Nicola Hough - Co-opted Governor 

I have been a governor at Gainsborough Primary & Nursery School for a number of years. The pupils at Gainsborough are always at the heart of every decision that is made by the Governing Board and having grown up locally I have a good knowledge of the local community.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, visiting art galleries and spending time with my lovely family, as well as travelling around the world to visit new countries.

 

Kate Birchall - Chair of Governors

My son is a year 6 pupil and has been at Gainsborough since Nursery and I was a pupil at the original school in the 1970's!  I have been a governor for the past couple of years and love the school ethos here.  Gainsborough has the pupils interests at heart and wants the best for them.  I work full time as a civil servant which is a varied and intersting job and in my spare time I enjoy reading, walking with my family and helping out at my son's cricket club.

 

Su Garbutt - Co-opted Governor

I have a son in Year 6 at the school and having a child so happy at the school, I wanted to contribute to help the school continue to move forward. I was asked to join the board in 2016 and through my employment I work with a number of other governing boards within the county. This gives me an insight into how other boards work enables me to bring this experience to Gainsborough. I feel passionately about education and the continued improvement of the school and am very proud to be part of Team Gainsborough.

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