King Edward VI Northfield School for Girls is governed by a committed team of people who all feel passionately about creating the very best learning opportunities for our students. Between them they have a wealth of experience in education, finance and knowledge of the local community.

Sits on:

Exclusion, Complaints, Salaries & Personnel Appeals Committee; Pastoral Committee; Finance, Estate & Resources Committee and Personnel & Salaries Committee.

Link Governor for Arts & Technology and for the More Able Pupils.

Term starts:
13.03.2018
Term ends:
12.03.2022

Sam was nominated as Chair of the Governing Board in September 2017 and feels privileged to lead a board with such a wealth of skills and experience. She grew up in Northfield so was delighted to join the team at Turves Green Girls’ School back in 2013.

She hopes that during your child’s time at Turves Green, they will develop a life-long love of learning and a thirst for knowledge, which will not only help them to reach their potential academically, but will help them to become more resilient adults, and able to make better informed life choices.

She is highly experienced in management / finance with twenty years experience as Managing Director / owner of a Birmingham based commercial insurance brokerage (regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority). She is driven, enthusiastic and dedicated to getting the best out of people. She has a B.Sc. (Jt. Hons.) in Accounting and Business Economics from Southampton University, and is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.

In her spare time she enjoys trying to play league badminton, spending time with her husband and adult children, and walking her dogs.

Sits on:

Exclusion, Complaints, Salaries & Personnel Appeals Committee; Finance, Estate & Resources Committee (Chair) and Personnel & Salaries.
​Link Governor to Health & Safety and the Environment and Link Governor to the Maths Faculty

Term starts:
08.07.2021
Term ends:
07.07.2025

Lesley was born and educated in Nottingham but she has firm roots in the Northfield area. Whilst the School that Lesley attended in the coalmining region of Nottingham did not have high academic aspirations, she was very fortunate to be taught by an outstanding teacher who recognised her abilities and encouraged her to aim higher. She moved to Longbridge at the age of 18 and joined the Rover Group Management Trainee Scheme, living in a flat on the Bristol Road. She qualified as a Management Accountant whilst working at Rover Group and won a prize for the third highest mark in her examinations with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She moved from Rover Group to HSBC Bank and spent fifteen most enjoyable years working in various senior financial management roles within the Commercial Banking sector.

Since 2003, Lesley has been working in the Education sector and her current role as a member of the Executive leadership team at Bromsgrove School involves many aspects of strategic, financial and operational management. Lesley is very aware of how fortunate she has been in her career and recognises that her educational experience has had a significant impact upon both her success and her personal values. She is committed to ensuring that all of our girls at Turves Green also leave School with skills, confidence and high aspirations for the future.

Lesley enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She also enjoys walking her dog, travel and socialising with her wider family and friends.

Sits on:

Exclusion, Complaints, Salaries & Personnel Appeals Committee; Finance, Estate & Resources Committee, Personnel & Salaries Committee (Chair) and Curriculum Committee
Link Governor for the Humanities Faculty and for Training for the Board of Governors.

Term starts:
08.07.2021
Term ends:
07.07.2025

John firmly believes that every child should be able to attend a school where a supportive and aspirational environment allows the child to become a responsible adult and fully develop their various talents. For this reason he has applied to become a Local Authority Governor and is delighted to serve at Turves Green Girls’ School where this aim is delivered.

Prior to his retirement he worked for 37 years in education. His science teaching and school management experience was gained in four diverse secondary schools with wide levels of pupil ability, included pupils with physical and hearing impairments. John’s final role was as an advisory teacher for Dudley MBC. This entailed liaising with all Dudley schools to identify their needs for management computer systems, negotiate provision from suppliers to meet those needs and deliver support and training within the council’s overall ICT policy.
Since retirement he has volunteered with Midland Mencap for two mornings a week supporting adult clients. John also plays bass guitar in a 50’s – 60’s rock and roll band!

Sits on:

Curriculum Committee

Term starts:
10.12.2018
Term ends:
09.12.2022

Debbie is Head Teacher at Cofton Primary School, one of the primary feeder schools to TGGS. She has taught at Cofton for 19 years, having first arrived as EYFS/KS1 Leader, progressing to Assistant Head Teacher, then Deputy Head Teacher and now Head Teacher. She has taught for 31 years altogether – from Nursery to Year 6 – so has a thorough understanding of Early Years and Primary Education. Overall, she considers herself to be incredibly privileged to work with children – something she is still very passionate about after these many years! Transition from Year 6 to secondary school is also an area she has great interest in – she believes this needs to be as seamless as possible to ensure the best start to secondary education.

In the little spare time she has, she enjoys walking with her husband and their dog, Watson, throughout the countryside and hills of the Midlands. She also has a passion for music and theatre and attends concerts and performances whenever she can. Her other love is History, especially visiting historical sites where History is really brought to life!

Sits on:

Exclusion, Complaints, Salaries & Personnel Appeals Committee; Personnel & Salaries Committee; Pastoral Committee (Chair); Safeguarding/SEND Governor. Wellbeing Link Governor.

Term starts:
11.07.2019
Term ends:
10.07.2023

Alison has been a member of the Governing Board at Turves Green Girls’ School since 2007, but her association with the school goes back a lot further, as she was a former pupil herself and she also chose to send her own daughters to this school.

Alison is the Safeguarding Governor and her main responsibility is ensuring all Safeguarding Procedures are in place. She works closely with the Designated Safeguarding Lead and other Pastoral Staff, who are committed to supporting every pupil to overcome any barriers they may face. Alison also meets regularly with the SENDCO to ensure pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are able to fully access an appropriate curriculum.

Alison is passionate about education, previously working as a Teaching Assistant at several local schools, and she endeavours to ensure that our girls are given the best possible opportunities to flourish during their time here.

Sits on:

Exclusion, Complaints, Salaries & Personnel Appeals Committee & Finance, Estate & Resources Committee.

Term starts:
13.03.2018
Term ends:
12.03.2022

Currently:
Chair of the Children’s Quarter Co-operative
Director Lindridge Enterprises and Chair of Trustees
Trustee National Institute for Conductive Education and Centre for Movement Disorders
Governor – City of Birmingham School
Honorary Alderman Birmingham City Council
Member of the Birmingham City Council Mental Health Operational Board
Member of the Interim Executive Board – Heathmount JI School
Governor at City of Birmingham School
Member of SENDIASS Independent Monitoring Board Birmingham City Council

Previously:
Councillor on Birmingham City Council (Northfield Ward) 1982-1995 and 1998 – 2012.
Chairman of the Royal Orthopaedic NHS Foundation Trust until Oct 08 having taken it into Foundation status in 2006
Worked for various companies including Xerox, Unisys and PMA Associates.
Les has considerable experience in both the Public and Private Sector at a senior level having served as a Councillor on Birmingham City Council with a period as a Cabinet Member with a portfolio which included education, together with being an appointed member of the Local Government Association, the national representative body for Local Authorities, during which time he chaired the Children and Young People’s Board and Safer Communities Board.Within the NHS Les has been the Chair of three NHS Hospital Trusts covering a period of more than twelve years with significant budgets and varying challenges. During this time, Les also steered one of these Trusts into Foundation Status. In the private sector he worked with board executives, especially in the aerospace industry, providing technology advice to improve business processes.

Sits on:

Personnel & Salaries Committee; Pastoral Committee; Finance, Estate & Resources Committee.

Term starts:
13.03.2018
Term ends:
12.03.2022

Cecelia is the support staff governor and serves on the Personnel, Finance, Estate  & Resources, Pastoral and Personnel Committees.  She has over 25 years admin and finance experience and her previous roles include PA to the Principal of a Sixth Form College and PA to the Regional Director of a Charity.  Cecelia is the Strategic Development Lead she has been employed at the Northfield School for Girls for 17.5 years.  She manages the support staff in school.

The importance of a good education and the opportunities that this brings was instilled in her from an early age and it is something that she has in turn instilled in her own daughters.  The role of a Governor is important and it is one which she enjoys as it enables her to contribute to ensuring that the girls at Northfield School for Girls are being provided with the best opportunities possible to enable them to succeed.  

Sits on:

Pastoral Committee

Term starts:
01.12.2016
Term ends:
30.11.2020

Emmanuel is married with two girls. The first girl was a student at Turves Green Girls’ School from where she proceeded to study at De Montfort University and now works with a pharmaceutical company. His second daughter also a former student and is currently in University resolutely following in the good example of her sister. The journey with his two girls through their years of educational development is without a doubt richly rewarding experience. As a Co-opted Governor he wants to be able to share some of these experiences with other parents and the school community in general. It is his considered opinion that the task of educating a girl is a collaborative one. Emmanuel’s experience in the school system in Nigeria, South Korea, Canada and the UK, and working with a vibrant Church community will help him to bring a cross-cultural perspective to meeting the educational needs of the girls at Northfield School for Girls.

Sits on:

Curriculum Committee

Term starts:
07.02.2019
Term ends:
06.02.2023

I am a Curriculum Governor serving on the Curriculum sub-committee. I have worked as a part time  Teacher of Art at Northfield School for Girls since September 2014. I have two children in primary school, and have lived in South Birmingham for most of my life.

I have been teaching Art for over 12 years, in secondary schools but also in the primary and FE sectors. Previous to this I worked in museums and galleries, project managing and evaluating learning and interpretation projects. I have a MA Museum and Gallery Studies, and BA (hons) Art History.

I am committed to fostering the very best educational experiences for our students. I think that this is an exciting time for both the school and the local community, and I am keen to encourage our learners to engage with and have an impact on the regeneration of the local area. We are a very good school, and I will work hard to make sure that this is recognised more widely.

Sits on:

Curriculum Committee (Chair); Pastoral Committee 
Link Governor to English Faculty and for R.A.D.Y.

Term starts:
07.12.2020
Term ends:
06.12.2024

I became a governor at the school when my daughter was a pupil here. She had an extremely positive experience during her five years at the school and I am pleased to be able to continue to support KEVI Northfield School For Girls in my role as a co-opted governor. I work as a Senior Lecturer in primary education and am a strong believer in every individual deserving the best possible chance of success in education.

Sits on:

Pastoral Committee

Term starts:
06.05.2021
Term ends:
05.05.2025

Melody was born in Birmingham and is a former pupil at Turves Green Girls’ School. She is delighted to have the opportunity to join the Governing Board as a Co-opted Governor at the start of an exciting new chapter for the school.

She is a senior NHS manager with 32 years’ experience in strategic, operational and commissioning settings. She is currently the Cancer Commissioning Manager at NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.

She has a Certificate in Health Education; a Higher National Certificate in Business and Finance gaining the college award for Outstanding Achievement (for distinctions in all subjects); a degree in Business Studies; and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Policy and Management from the University of Birmingham.

Melody took an unconventional route into further education and undertook her undergraduate and postgraduate courses whilst working full time. She recognises the importance of education in opening up a wider range of career opportunities. She hopes to ensure that all girls have access to similar opportunities and are supported and encouraged to broaden their thinking about potential careers. She is equally passionate about creating a safe and supportive learning environment where girls can develop and broaden their ambitions.

Many of Melody’s roles have been in children’s services, including Safeguarding Business Manager for Birmingham CCGs, and at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital she developed and managed the first Regional Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate Services. She also commissioned specialised children’s health services and neonatal care for a number of years. She has a broad range of skills and is well versed in building strong relationships and leading challenging and demanding projects working with a range of multi-agency partners.

Melody is truly passionate about ensuring that our children and young people are at the heart of everything that we do, helping them to achieve their highest aspirations.

In her spare time Melody enjoys hill walking and has a passion for history, pre-raphaelite art and bird watching.

Sits on:

Curriculum Committee; Pastoral Committee

Term starts:
16.03.2020
Term ends:
15.03.2024

Dorcas sits on the Curriculum and Pastoral committees. She has two girls that attend Northfield School for Girls in Years 9 and 7. Dorcas has always had a passion for working with children. She believes that children should be encouraged to dream big and nurtured in the belief that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to with determination, hard work and a rich and varied education. Having worked at the BBC in various roles for over 14 years, Dorcas left her position in 2015 to pursue a career in education. She trained as an Early Years Teacher and has since worked as a Reception and Nursery Teacher. Dorcas also voluntarily teaches children Maths and English at a Saturday school in Aston. Dorcas hopes her skills and experience in education will help to push Northfield School for Girls to even higher educational outcomes for all the girls that attend.

Dorcas has a daughter with Type 1 diabetes that attends Northfield School for Girls and she has been extremely impressed with the support and nurture her daughter has received from the school. Dorcas hopes that as a school governor she will be in a position to help the school continue to provide support and care for those who need it.

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Miss Sharon Killeen
Clerk to the Governing Board
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Mr Neil Jones
Headteacher

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