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Who are the governors at Lordswood Girls’ School?

 

 

 

Here you will find a description of each governor at the School, currently eleven.

 

 

 

Further down the page you will find more information about the Trust and the Governing Body.

 

 

 

The Chair is Ralph Minott and the Vice-Chair is Simon Aykroyd.
Ralph Minott

Ralph Minott

Chair of Governors

Role on Local Governing Body 

 

 

 

I hold the roles of LGS Chair of the main governing body and Chair of 
the Premises sub-committee. As LGS Chair, I am also a Trustee and sit on the Lordswood Trust Board, which is over both Lordswood Girls’ and Boys’ 
schools, where I act as Vice Chair. My Key Results Area link at LGS is
 for Property and Health & Safety.

 

Employment Details

 

I work for Calthorpe Estates (Lordswood’s landlords), as the Director of
 Development.

 

Background

 

I am a “Nottingham Boy” born and bred, and where I have lived all my 
life. Married to Natalie, we have three boys, Reece 16; Corey 14 (who attend a Nottingham converter academy) and Perry 11.

 

I joined LGS governing body through an enquiry made by the previous head 
in 2008 to our old CEO at Calthorpe, Richard Allen. Richard felt from my background and last role, where I was the Group Property Development Director
 for Nord Anglia Education PLC, I’d have empathy for one of the few state schools on Calthorpe Estate. I had joined Nord Anglia in 2004, following their
 acquisition of Leapfrog Children’s Day Nurseries, a business I co-founded in 1998 with 4 other co-founders, in which we had developed from scratch to 39 outlets across the UK. At Nord Anglia we managed to amass a “frightening” 
portfolio of 110 Day Nurseries (caring weekly for over 10,000 children 0-5
years), plus 6 International Schools, and a respected Education Services
 Business; the ‘hidden’ face of services such as Ofsted. Since my own schooling, pre comprehensive, and probably from being a 
failed 11-plus’ee, I have retained an interest in education, and achievement, particularly where there is challenge. Calthorpe does add the dichotomy of working for the landlord of some of the city’s and country’s renowned independent schools.

 

Interests:

 

The interest which has dominated 38 years of my life is the martial art of Taekwondo, in which I have been lucky enough to have achieved GB Olympian status, but from which; (as much as from my mother, a 1950’s Jamaican 
immigrant, and single working parent of 4 boys from the age of 22 through the 
60’s and 70’s); I have learnt to hold “working hard to achieve your dreams” and ‘Indomitable Spirit’ as the two life traits I most admire.

Michael Slowik

Michael Slowik

Governor

 

 

Role on Local Governing Body

 

I was elected as parent governor in October 2012 and have continued my governor role as a governor from October 2016 onwards.  My link governor responsibility is in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and safeguarding. Part of the governor role is to attend regular governing
 body meetings and to visit the school at regular intervals to ensure that standards are met.

 

The role as governor entails getting the voice of the girls who attend the Lordswood Girls’ School (LGS) and their parents heard. I fully support the excellent commitment given by LGS teaching staff to the school and their
 pupils in order to excel.

 

Employment Details

 

I trained as a medical doctor in Germany in the 1980s  and did my postgraduate training in the West Midlands region in Psychiatry in the 1990s. For almost 15 years I have been working as a Community Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Black Country which involves seeing and supporting young
 people who suffer from mental health difficulties and working with the child’s network..

 

Further Information

 

I have lived in Harborne since 2003 and am married to my
wife Jane. We have two daughters – one of them attended LGS in the past and
transferred to King Edwards 6th form College in Stourbridge for her further
education.
  The younger daughter is still
at LGS in Year 10. My interests are varied: playing sport, reading books,
travelling and spending time with my family.

Isabelle Hutchins

Isabelle Hutchins

Governor

 

 

Role on Local Governing Body

 

I am a governor for Lordswood Girls’ School and I sit on the  6th Form Committee. My link is to Finance which is my own specialism having worked in
 finance related positions in both the commercial and public sectors.

 

Employment
 Details:

 

I have worked for the BBC for the
 past 15 years, mainly dealing with OfCom and the Indie sector. Whilst working full time, I completed a BSC in Social Science and an AAT Accounting Technician
 qualification.

 

Interests:

 

I enjoy travelling, reading and listening to storytelling but mainly I enjoy bringing up my son. In my
 eyes, this is the most challenging, rewarding and, at times, frustrating job of all!

Derek Inman

Derek Inman

Governor

 

 

Role on Local Governing Body

 

At Lordswood Girls’ School he has been a Governor for seven years, and he is also a member of Lordswood Academies Trust and Chairman of the Staffing Committee.

 

Employment Details

 

Derek Inman was Head of UK Regions for BT before his early retirement in 2002.

 

He was Chairman of Birmingham Forward and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, and more recently Chief Executive of The Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation and Midland Regeneration.

 

He is presently Chairman of the Journalists’ Charity in the Midlands.

Liz Leck

Liz Leck

Governor

 

 

Role on Local Governing Body

 

I am a governor at Lordswood Girls’ School and I sit on the Sixth Form committee. My link is to Drama and the Performing Arts which is my own specialism having worked in the arts for over 20 years.  

 

Employment Details:

 

I work at Birmingham Hippodrome as the Creative Learning Manager. I have been in position for almost 10 years and prior to this I worked in marketing at Birmingham Hippodrome and the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. I established the Creative Learning Department at the Hippodrome and have created many different projects for young people of all ages and levels of ability to experience world class dance, drama and music – trying to make theatre as accessible as possible for everyone.

 

I have a BA hons in Applied Sociology and Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in International Marketing.  

 

Interests:

 

I am very lucky that my work also feeds my love of theatre and live performance – so I try to see as much as possible.

 

I have brought up 3 children – as a single parent and realise the difficulties that this can bring. However, through my love of the arts and my children’s voluntary and involuntary immersion in them… I can now boast one author, one Doctor of poetry and one kind son!  

Matilda (Tilly) Fosuah Orleans-Thompson BA Hons, MBA, LLB

Matilda (Tilly) Fosuah Orleans-Thompson BA Hons, MBA, LLB

Governor

 

Role on Local Governing Body

 

I am the Chair of the Sixth Form Committee and Key Results Area is for Attendance and Behaviour.  

 

I have been on the governing body since September 2003.

 

Employment Details

 

I have been working in Social Housing for the past 13 years both for Local Government and Housing Associations in the West Midlands.

 

Further Information

 

I am originally from Ghana, West Africa. I moved to the United Kingdom in 1996.  Prior to this move, I travelled through Western Europe, lived in Denmark for a year and then the United States of America (USA) for 13 years. I arrived in England in 1996 and lived in the London Borough of Bromley until September 2000 when I moved to Birmingham with my daughter.

 

Having had a University Lecturer and a Secondary School Teacher for parents my passion for education was kindled at a very young age. However, after a 7 month stint as a teaching assistant as part of my National Service (it was supposed to be for a year); I quickly realised that I was not cut out to be a teacher although I admire them greatly.  

 

To this end I applied to the Local Education Authority in 2003 to become a governor and was assigned Lordswood Girls. I was delighted as I have a very keen interest in the education of girls especially having come from a country where educating girls for some families was and dare I say still is a very difficult and costly decision. I was fortunate to have had the opportunities that I have had so my involvement in the school is my way of giving back to the community that I live in and also being a part of educating young people.

 

Interests

I enjoy baking, reading, and travelling.

 

 

Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson

Governor

 

 

Role on Local Governing Body

 

My time as a governor began way back in 2002 when I was elected as a Parent Governor. Since then I have gone on to chair the Learning and Achievement Committee, been the link governor to the PE department and supported the school through its transition to Academy status.

 

More recently I have Key Results Area responsibility for Curriculum and Learning

 

Employment Details

 

I have worked for Birmingham City Council for over 25 years, recently moving into the role of Governance Manager Highways. This involves managing the delivery and performance of the service provider on the largest Highways PFI maintenance contract. I have an MBA in Local Government Administration.

 

Interests

 

I have been fortunate to have had a successful athletic career, competing for my local club Birchfield Harriers, but also representing at county and Country level at the European Clubs on two separate occasions. I continue to compete today in the Masters age group. The sport has enabled me to travel widely and experience many different cultures acquiring an eclectic mix of friends along the way. The fortitude and determination I have learnt participating at the level I have has stood me in good stead in the workplace.

 

I have a keen interest in ensuring that young people are given the opportunity as I was with support from my parents to reach their full potential. Education and Sport are two essential vehicles that can drive this.

Vicky Blodwell

Vicky Blodwell

Parent Governor

 

 

Role on Local Governing Body

 

I have been a governor at Lordswood Girls’ School since November 2015 and am also a member of the Staffing Committee.

 

Background

 

I am originally from Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire but made a new home for myself in the Midlands when I moved here to study Law in 2001. I have lived in the Midlands ever and am now raising my own family here.

 

Since graduating with a LL B in Law I went on to study law at post graduate level, qualifying as a solicitor in 2009.

 

My current role is multi faceted. I represent those people and their families that have been seriously injured or tragically killed through no fault of their own, helping them get back on track with their lives with a real emphasis on rehabilitation. I manage a large department of Solicitors and fee earners in central Birmingham together with overseeing the operational running of the entire business, including its HR function and the training and development of staff.

 

Interests

 

I have recently had a baby boy so my free time is fairly limited at the moment- revolving around taking him swimming, trampolining and to various play centres!

Simon Aykroyd

Parent Governor

 

 

Role on Local Governing Body

 

I’m the newest member of the Local Governing Board, having been elected as a parent Governor in April 2016. I am currently Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body and also part of the Academy Trust board.

 

I have two daughters at Lordswood, the eldest in Year 10 and her sister in Year 8.

 

Employment Details

 

I have a keen interest in education and the local community. I work at the University of Birmingham. My current project is helping the University replace their existing Human Resources, Payroll and Finance systems.

 

Interests

 

Outside of work, I enjoy photography and cycling – you may spot me cycling through Harborne on the way to work!

 

I have been very impressed with my daughters’ experience at Lordswood and I’m looking forward to making an active contribution to the ongoing development and success of the school.

Tom Coppins

Governor

 

 

Role on Local Governing Body

 

I have been a governor at Lordswood Girls School since November 2015 and was also a member of the Risk and Audit committee, responsible for monitoring the financial risks at the school and liaising regularly with the Finance team.

 

 

 

Background

 

I am originally from Marlow (Buckinghamshire), but have become an ‘adopted Brummie’ after moving to study at the University of Birmingham where I graduated with a First Class degree in Business, and have remained ever since. Since graduating I have qualified both as a chartered accountant and an accredited counter-fraud specialist. I currently work for Deloitte LLP as a Manager and have done for over four years. My current role sees me performing and overseeing reviews of risks and controls for a variety of clients in a number of different industries and locations.

 

 

 

Interests

 

Outside of work I have a number of interests including music, which includes playing the trombone and bass in a number of local jazz bands, and sport, with a particular interest in basketball and cricket.”

 

 

 

The Academies Trust

 

 

 

Lordswood Academies Trust comprises:

 

          • Lordswood Girls’ School

 

          • Lordswood Boys’ School

 

          • Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

 

An Academy is an “independent” state school.

 

It is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and governed by Articles of Association.  These, along with information about the company, and the governance structure, can all be found on the Trust part of this website.

 

The Academies Trust is responsible for its land and assets. The Trust is the direct employer of staff, has direct health and safety responsibilities, is the schools’ admissions authority, and is responsible for ensuring that the schools undergo an annual external financial audit.

 

Academies are responsible for providing some services that would have previously been provided by the local authority.

 

At Lordswood there is a Trust body which is the overarching accountable body. There are currently 9  members and they meet twice a term

 

Reporting to them is a “Staffing” committee and a ” Premises” committee which have representatives from both schools. They discuss staffing, premises and financial issues which are relevant to both schools. . There is also a committee which concentrates on the Sixth Form.

 

The Schools are still separate schools.

 

The Governing Body

 

 

 

Each school has a local Governing Body which discusses matters relevant to that School, and reports to the Trust.

 

The role of the local governing body:

 

The role of the local governing body is a strategic one. It is responsible for the conduct of the school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement.

 

It:

 

          • Provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework

 

          • Agrees the school improvement strategy, which includes setting targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures

 

          • Monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy

 

          • Responds to Ofsted reports as necessary. It holds the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.

 

There are currently 11 members. These include parent governors  who are elected, and co-opted governors, who are appointed. All appointments are for four years.

 

The Governing Body meets  twice per term.

 

A list of the current members of the Governing Body can be found below. You can contact the Governing Body by emailing the Clerk to the Governors, Tina van Zeller at t.van.zeller@lordswoodtrust.co.uk

 

Pecuniary and business interests of governors:

 

 

 

 The following business or pecuniary interests were declared  for 2016/17:

 

Ralph Minott – employee of Calthorpe Estates (landlord)

 

Jane Götschel – relative working at the school

 

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PositionNameElectedRoles and committees
ChairRalph Minott17.09.12Trustee, Premises
Vice ChairSimon Aykroyd (Parent governor)18.03.16Trustee, Premises
Governors
Jane Gotschel
Miralee Askew - resigned Oct 2015
Vicky Blodwell18.11.15Staffing
Liz Leck25.11.13Sixth Form
Judy Johnson10.09.14
Michael Slowik 01.10.12SEN and Safeguarding
Isabelle Hutchins19.11.14Sixth Form
Tilly Orleans-Thompson15.06.13Sixth form
Tom Coppins18.11.15Risk and Audit
Clerk to the GovernorsTina van Zeller

Total number of full governing body meetings: 6

 

Governor Attendance Register 2015/16

 Number of possible meetingsNumber attendedNumber of recorded apologies
Miralee Askew101
Simon Aykroyd22
Vicky Blodwell531
Tom Coppins55
Isabelle Hutchins651
Derek Inman651
Judy Johnson641
Liz Leck642
Ralph Minott66
Tilly Orleans-Thompson651
Michael Slowik651
Jane Gotschel66

Other attendances by Trustees: Graham Darbyshire (1),

 

Departures:

 

Jo Mawby – resigned before first meeting

 

Miralee Askew – resigned 24th September 2015

 

Appointments:

 

Vicky Blodwell and Tom Coppins were appointed on 18th November 2015.

 

Simon Aykroyd was elected as a parent governor on 18th March 2016.