Meet the Governors

Governor Information including Disclosure of Business & Pecuniary Interests

Name

Category

Appointed

End Date

Business and Pecuniary Interest

Iain Baker

Foundation

Spring 2015

Ex Officio

None declared

Terry Dale

Foundation

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

None declared

Kenny Hadfield

Foundation

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

None declared

Colin Hopkins (Chair)

Foundation

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

Lichfield DBE – Director of education

CECET – Director

Lichfield Diocesan Education Services Ltd – Director

Lichfield Diocesan Academies Services Ltd – Director

Judith Jennings

Parent

Spring 2016

Spring 2020

None declared

Anna Lacey

Foundation

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

None declared

Geoff Locke (Vice Chair)

Foundation

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

Local arboriculturalist/contractor – Family Relation

Hayley Miller

Co-opted

Spring 2016

Spring 2020

None declared

Sarah Pickup

Local Authority

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

Aspire Achieve Advance - Employer

Kidsgrove Town Council – Councillor

NULBC Council – Councillor

Graham Sansom

Foundation

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

None declared

David Shemilt

Foundation

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

None declared

Samantha Smith

Parent

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

None declared

Emily Verow

Headteacher

Autumn 2015

Ex Officio

None declared

Aimee Williams

Staff

Spring 2015

Spring 2019

None declared

 

Colin Hopkins : Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor

Colin Hopkins : Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor

Colin Hopkins has been the Director of Education for the Diocese of Lichfield since September 2006, and in this role has strategic responsibility for 205 Church of England schools and academies in the Diocese. After teaching English at Wellington College and Stamford School (where he was also a resident house tutor), he changed career and was appointed to the staff of the Church Commissioners for England (where he worked initially in asset management and then in strategic financial policy) before transferring to the Archbishops’ Council. From 1999-2001 he was Secretary to Lord Dearing’s Church Schools Review Group which published its report, The Way ahead: Church of England schools in the new millennium, in June 2001. After a further two years as National Schools Development Officer for the Church of England, he moved to work for Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (2003-06), where he was responsible for new projects including diocesan-sponsored Academies, before his appointment to his current role in 2006.

Colin is a director (and Chair) of the Church of England Central Education Trust (CECET), and is also a director of several other academy trusts: Wulfrun, St Bart’s and the Erudition Schools Trust. He has been a governor of a number of Church of England schools, and is currently the Chair of The King’s CE(A) School, Kidsgrove, and also of Lichfield Cathedral School. He is married to Rachel and they have twins (Lucy and Oliver), now at primary school.

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Geoff Locke : Vice Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor

Geoff Locke : Vice Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor

Geoff Locke is vice-chairman of Kidsgrove U3A, for whom he tutors in philosophy at Kidsgrove Fire Station! He is a Kidsgrove Town Councillor and a former member of the Church of England Board of Education. Having previously been a Governor of Clough Hall, he is now joint vice-chairman at King’s.

 

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Anna Lacey : Foundation Governor

Anna Lacey : Foundation Governor

I am a single mum and have two daughters, both away at university.


I have been a member of St Thomas church since 2008 and am involved in many activities through the church. I also run my own business and organize craft fairs in the local area.

 

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Kenny Hadfield : Foundation Governor

Kenny Hadfield : Foundation Governor

Born in Macclesfield in 1972, and raised by my Grandma. I attended Ryles Park High School, and started working for the Co-operative in 1988. I am a Senior Retail Manager looking after 20 branches.


I am married to Kerry with a son Maximus, and we have lived in Kidsgrove for 12 years.

 

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Graham Sansom : Foundation Governor

Graham Sansom : Foundation Governor

Graham Sansom is retired but taught Science (KS 3-5) in a 1500-pupil comprehensive school for fifteen years. His eldest daughter teaches, also in secondary education. From 2000 to 2012 he worked in Albania and while there served on the Boards of a school for expat children and a theological college. Kidsgrove became his home in 2014 and he is a member of St.Thomas' church.

 

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David Shemilt : Foundation Governor

David Shemilt : Foundation Governor

David was born in Stoke-on-Trent and is married to Sue. They have lived in Kidsgrove since 1970. Now (semi) retired David's working background is in banking and management. A Christian and member of St. Thomas' Church Kidsgrove, he has been a primary school governor for 30 years of which the last 18 have been as Chair of Governors at St. Thomas' Primary School. He is now also a Foundation Governor at The King's School. 

 

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Terry Dale : Foundation Governor

Terry Dale : Foundation Governor

Terry has lived in Clough Hall for past 46 years. He is married with 2 children, both of whom were educated at Clough Hall School. He is now retired following a lifelong career in banking. In the past he served for many years as a governor at St. Thomas's Primary School and is a member of St. Thomas's church.

 

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Reverend Iain Baker : Foundation Governor

Reverend Iain Baker : Foundation Governor

Iain was born and brought up in the North East of England, and has lived in Kidsgrove since 2003 when he started as Vicar of St Thomas' Church.  He has a keen interest in seeing a Christ centred education in Kidsgrove. He chairs St Thomas' Nursery Management committee, and is a governor at St Thomas' Primary School and The King's School. He is the father of two girls who are working their way through the schools!

 

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Sarah Pickup : LEA Governor

Sarah Pickup : LEA Governor

Sarah Pickup is a Chartered Accountant and currently teaches Accounting in Further Education and Higher Education. She is a Kidsgrove Town Councillor and has been a school governor in Staffordshire for almost 20 years. For the last 11years she has been a parent Governor of Clough Hall, and is now a Local Education Authority appointed Governor at The King’s school.

 

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Samantha Smith : Parent Governor

Samantha Smith : Parent Governor

I was elected to the Governing body in February 2015.  My eldest son and daughter both attend The Kings.  In September my youngest daughter starts in year 7. 

I am a local business owner who has a huge interest of all the children in our area.  Being a parent governor allows me to influence the environment in which my children spend a significant amount of their time. 

 

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Judith Jennings : Parent Governor

 

 

 


Hayley Miller : Co-opted Governor

Hayley Miller : Parent Governor

Whilst enjoying a career as a banker, I feel very privileged to have been able to keep alive a love of education through schools involvement for the past 28 years.  My work has taken me to many parts of the UK, but Kidsgrove has always been home - and the school always part of that community. This is an exciting and challenging time for The Kings, and a great opportunity for us to work together to build an environment everyone can be proud of.

 

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Emily Verow : Staff Governor

Having first joined the school as Head of English in 2006, Mrs Verow was appointed deputy headteacher in 2014, then Head of School in 2016.   Recently converting as a Church of England school, she has worked hard to ensure that our Christian values of justice, grace, trust, thankfulness, aspiration and celebration are at the heart of everything we do.

As headteacher, Mrs Verow’s role focuses on the leadership and management of the whole school where she has a specific responsibility for school strategy and ethos, whole school policies, personnel, finance and resources.

Finally, Mrs Verow takes a lead role in representing the Newcastle Under Lyme District schools as part of the secondary headteacher's forum for Staffordshire.


Aimee Williams : Staff Governor

Aimee Williams : Staff Governor

Miss Williams joined the school in 2009 and has held many positions in the English department, most recently head of faculty. In 2016, Miss Williams was appointed head of teaching and learning where she monitors, develops and improves the overall quality of classroom practice within the school. Further duties include overseeing the professional development programme and coordinating the coaching programme, as well asproviding school to school support as a Newcastle District Specialist Leader in Education.


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