Governor Profiles

Mr D Brown Chair Community
Mrs S Webb Headteacher
Mr J Bell Vice Chair Parent
Mrs E Maya Parent
Miss D Smith Deputy Head, Associated Governor
Mrs E Gardner Parent
Mr N Hearn Teaching Governor
Mrs K Willis Parent
Ms G Nichol Vice Chair Local Authority
Mr R Rook Local Authority
Mrs J Thorpe Community
Mrs C Willoughby Local Authority
Mrs C Chetcuti Parent
Mr D Slipper Teaching Governor

David Brown
Community Governor

I was recently elected to the role of Chair of Governors with a keen interest in supporting the school and the community it serves

Previously I worked in middle schools, as a Headteacher and once retired, as a consultant to school management teams, including GCMS.

I hope that my experience brings a broad perspective of education and an understanding of key issues in managing priorities and achieving success in a school which is ambitious for its children.

As Chair I hope to work with everyone to ensure that we build upon the school’s success in a way which recognises the sustained hard work of the staff and values the contribution of everyone in helping to move the school forward.

Liz Gardner
Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor new to the Governing Body in March 2013.  I have a child in Year 5 and another in a feeder school.   Currently I work part-time as an Education Warden at the Rising Sun Country Park and an AS level examiner.  Before having my children, I was a full-time Geography teacher in a comprehensive school in Lancashire, having changed direction from a career in policy administration at the Department for Education in London.  In recent years, I have also worked part-time in an FE College and an independent school in the Tyneside area and was Chair of my children’s Preschool Committee.

Gail Nichol
LEA Governor

I am a retired teacher having spent much of my career at Gosforth High School where I taught Geography, was a Head of Year, and latterly Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for pastoral organisation.

I have a strong commitment to the 3-tier system of education which we have in Gosforth, believing that it provides a nurturing and yet challenging environment for pupils.

As a Governor, I work alongside other Governors, the school staff and the Headteacher, to help to provide a happy school where pupils can thrive both academically and socially and be enabled to reach their full potential.

Richard Rook
Local Authority Governor

Richard has been a Local Authority Governor at Gosforth Central Middle School since 2006.
He worked in public transport for more than 40 years and recently retired from the post of School Transport Development Officer with Nexus, in which role he was responsible for the planning and administration of all school transport in Tyne and Wear. Richard is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He was the North East Representative on the Association of Transport Coordinating Officers National School Travel Executive. He was also an Enumerator in Newcastle for the recent National Census.

He is a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle and has been involved in researching databases on their behalf. He also attends local history groups regularly with Violet his wife, who is also a School Governor. Country walks and enjoying football and gardening are hobbies.

Jayne Thorpe
Community Governor

My family has been associated with GCMS since 1998 when the first of our 6 children started school there. Our youngest child is currently in year 8. I became a parent governor when first appointed (at least 8 years ago) and am now a community governor and member of the curriculum committee.  I am a first schoolteacher within the Gosforth Pyramid. The role of governor has enabled me to really appreciate the hard work; dedication and commitment the staff have in their work and the hurdles the school is faced with. It is a privilege to be a part of the governors and to support the work and applaud the successes of the school.

Christine Willoughby
Local Authority Governor

I started as a parent governor when my daughter was first at GCMS, some 13 years ago.  More recently I have been a Local Authority governor and was Chair of the Governing Body from 2008 – 2013.  I currently chair the Finance Committee.

Alongside the pressure on results I see it as important to create a successful and happy School in which all children can succeed and realise their full potential – both through academic achievement and extra-curricular activities.  This is a strength of GCMS and I continue to be impressed by its values and achievements.

Now retired, my professional background was in librarianship, progressing into management in Northumbria University’s Academic Services Department.  Many of the skills for this role can be transferred directly to my role as governor, where experience of strategic planning and decision making, financial and staff management, space planning and performance monitoring are all essential to the operation of a successful school, together with an emphasis on excellence in service delivery.