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Governor List


Type of Governor

Appointment Date

Mr G Hutton, Chair of Governors Local Authority 24/03/2016
Mr D Morgan, Vice-Chair Foundation (Lichfield Diocese) 15/11/2014
Rev B Durose Foundation (Ex Officio appointed by Lichfield Diocese) 01/09/2015
Rev L Sui Foundation (Lichfield Diocese) 22/11/2016
Rev V Flanagan Foundation (Lichfield Diocese) 13/10/2014
Vacancy Foundation (Lichfield Diocese)  
Vacancy Foundation (Lichfield Diocese)  
Vacancy Foundation (Lichfield Diocese)  
Vacancy Parent  
Mrs A McKie Staff (Teaching) 16/10/2012
Mrs L Willis, Head of School Staff 31/05/2013
Mr G Hutton Local Authority 24/03/2016
Miss V Bond Parent 20/04/2016
Mrs A-M Brindley Associate Member (Staff) 23/02/2014
Mrs U Shah Associate Member (Staff) 10/11/2015
Mrs C Barber Associate Member (Staff) 11/06/2014
Dr R Patel Associate Governor 23/02/2016

Governors who have held office in the last 12 months

Mr J Walker was a parent governor until his term of office ended on 14th February 2015.

Mrs N Weaver was a parent governor until her term of office ended on 14th February 2015.

Mr A Griffin was a foundation governor from 22nd July 2015.  He has stepped down from 1st October 2015.

Mrs N Bough was a parent governor who continued until December 2015.  She has since stepped down.

Mrs J Palmer was a Foundation governor who stepped down on 15th January 2016.

Mr I Hammond was a Foundation governor who stepped down on 8th February 2016.

Mrs H Luby was a Parent governor.  She finished on 31st August 2016.

Mrs B Sheldon was a Foundation governor.  She finished on 31st July 2016.


Governors Business Interests

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Pen Portraits

David Morgan
I am married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren who are aged from 5 – 11.  I have been a Governor for 8 years and Chair of Governors for 6 of those years.  I was born in Stoke-on-Trent and apart from 3 years in Worcester have taught in either Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire.My teaching career began at Moorside High School and then I moved to Worcester where I taught French and Physical Education.  I returned to the area to become Head of French at Biddulph High School and moved on to a City High School to become Head of Modern Languages teaching French and German.
I wanted Sixth Form experience and  became Head of Modern Languages at an 11-18 High School in Stafford.  After 4 years I was appointed Deputy Headteacher at St John Fisher High School in Newcastle where I worked for 21 years as Head of Sixth Form and had responsibility for the curriculum and the timetable.  Upon retirement I became Head of Critical Thinking at Newcastle College for five years.  I was also responsible for the Gifted and Talented programme in the Newcastle area.
I am currently a member of the Diocesan Board of Education and am also on the Barchester Committee which deals with the property and financial aspects of the diocesan schools.
I have been and am a keen sportsperson, playing league cricket in the North Staffs and South Cheshire league for many years.  I also played local rugby and keep active by attending the gym regularly and playing golf.
I worship at St Andrews in the Westlands and have been church warden since 2014.
At Stoke Minster, apart from being the Chairperson, I am also on the following committees:
Finance (Chair)
Action Planning (Chair)
Standards and Curriculum (Chair)
Headteacher’s Performance Management
Dismissal Appeals
and Link Governor for Pupil Premium and Safeguarding issues.

BA (French, Geography, History)
Certificate of Education (Qualified Teacher)
LLB (Bachelor of Law)
MIL (Member of Institute of Linguistics) (French) Institute of Linguistics Grade 2 (German)
Justice of the Peace 2005-2015

I really enjoy the challenge of working in such a delightful, friendly and caring school, in which all the staff are hard-working and very committed to the welfare of the children.

Rev.Bill Durose

I was born in Abbey Hulton in 1954.  I moved to Stoke in 1978 and I still live there now with my wife of 38 years Carole.  I left school at the age of 15 and I have always worked in the area.  I have a foundation degree in Business Management and also Theology.  I was ordained in 2013 and I am the curate in the Stoke team.  I have been a governor of Stoke Minster primary school for over 25 years and my passion for the school is as high now as it was when I first became a governor.  I run an after school chess club at the school which is always well attended.  I have held various posts on the governing body, from Chair of governors to my present post as vice chair.  I am also the link governor for RE.  

Carol Barber

I have been teaching in Stoke since 1988 when I started at Boothen C.E.(VA) Primary School and transferred to Stoke Minster (then Bishop Stamer) when both schools amalgamated. Over the years I have always found the school and community to be a friendly and welcoming place. I have been in the area for so long now that I often find myself teaching the children of previous pupils.
Prior to becoming a teacher I studied for a degree in Pathobiology, with subsidiary Chemistry, at Reading University, staying in Reading to gain my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). I then taught for 3 years in Hampshire before returning to my hometown.
During my teaching career, my main experience has been teaching in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. I have had subject responsibility for Design Technology, Science and Maths and as a senior leader have been responsible for many years for assessment and other aspects of teaching and learning. I became Assistant Head in 2008 and then Deputy Head in 2013.

Adele McKie

From an early age I knew that I wanted to be a teacher  so I trained  and received a B Ed in 1984. My degree was in History and RE. I initially worked in Yorkshire at a large First School  for three years  until getting married when I moved to  Stoke . I have been teaching at Stoke Minster C of E Primary School  ( formerly St Peters C of E Primary  and then Bishop Stamer )since 1988. I have seen many generations of the same families at the school over these years. I have always found Stoke to be a very friendly place and have enjoyed working here. 
During my teaching career, I have taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  I have had subject responsibility for R.E, History and English.  I have been a Senior Leader for many years  and as such I have had a responsibility for teaching and learning of other classes as well as my own. I am presently a Year 2 teacher , English Lead and Assistant Head.
 I became a School Governor in 2008. I have enjoyed working with so many committed people who genuinely care about the children at our school. The Governors work with the Head teacher to ensure that the  children at our school are happy and are making good progress. 

Anne-Marie Brindley

I came to work at Stoke Minster CE(A) Primary in September 2004 having worked in education as part of an Education Action Zone.  I became School Business Manager in January 2010.  I have been a Governor since 2008 when I joined the Governing Body to give me the opportunity to have a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of the workings of a school.  As part of the Governing Body, I am also on the Finance Committee and Health and Safety Committee.  I also attend Standards and Curriculum and Action Planning meetings.

Lynne Willis

Originally from Birmingham, I moved to Stoke-on-Trent to study back in 1983 and fell in love with the generous spirit of the people within our city. Needless to say, I stayed. I have worked in both Staffordshire and Stoke schools during my 26 year teaching career and have been a Headteacher now for 10 years.
I have been the Head of our school since 2008 and feel very privileged to work with such committed and excellent staff. I am completely committed to life-long-learning and in 2010 achieved one of my many goals by receiving my Masters in Educational Leadership, with a distinction, from Brian May (THE Brian May from Queen – it was amazing!) at Liverpool John Moores University. I still aim to reach my ultimate goal of achieving a PhD by the time I am 65 (only 13 more years to go so I must get a move on). 
I became a Christian when I was 24 and my faith remains hugely important to me which is why I chose to lead a Church of England School. I find the values of love, tolerance and respect for all are the driving force in both my personal and professional life. I appreciate that we are not perfect (I am far from it) but I believe we are here to form relationships, make connections and support each other to be the best that we can be. 
It is my hope that I am able to continue to serve the children and families of our community for a long time to come.

Heather Luby = Pending reallocation

I am Mother to three children, two of which attend our school, the third to attend in three years time.
I wanted to become a Parent Governor of our school as it takes such an important role in my children's lives. To me, education  is paramount, so any contribution I can make as Governor to compliment it, facilitates not just my own children, but  each student within school.
I play an active role within school, accompanying classes on trips and volunteering where I can, alongside my duties as Link Governor with our thriving Early Years and Foundation Stage, where my educational passion truly lies. Early years curriculum gives our children the best possible start in life with a fantastic education, in a caring, nurturing and safe environment.
I am currently a stay at home Mum with my youngest child, but my professional background lies in the insurance and customer service sectors.

Usra Shah

I started working at Stoke Minster primary school in 2012-2014 as a volunteer whilst doing my STLS level 2 and level 3 course in childcare. I started working as a Inclusion Support Assistant in 2014 till date. During my 4 years at this school I admired the school's driven force of love, tolerance and respect for all.

As a parent of 2 children in this school I know how important it is for a school - parent relationship.  Bearing this in mind I joined the governing board in 2015 as a governing associate to gain a more in depth knowledge in to the school and I am also the link governer for ICT.

Dr Rekha Patel

I was educated in Madras at the Good Shepherd Convent School,which was followed by Medical School and I arrived in the UK in 1971.

I was married in the UK and I have one son and one grandson. They live in Canada. My husband is a retired consultant in geriatric medicine.

My postgraduate training in the UK started in Kidderminster. I later became a Senior Registrar in Birmingham and my final career move was at New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton as Consultant Anaesthetist. I was College Tutor for the Royal College of Anaesthesia for 5 years and Clinical Director for the Department of Anaesthesia for 3 years.

On retirement, I worked for the Department of Justice as a doctor on the Health Appeal Tribunals and for the last 8 years have been a magistrate.

I have involved myself in charity work which included procuring and delivering medicines and equipment to Krakow in Poland and helping with eye camps in India.

I have enjoyed my time with the children of Stoke Minster helping them to read and I look forward to extending in the school my involvement as a governor.


MBBS   [Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science]

DA   [Diploma in Anaesthetics]

FFARCS [Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal College of Anaesthetists]

Graham Hutton

I am married with 2 children and moved to Staffordshire in 2015.  I was brought up in south Manchester but have always loved South Cheshire/North Staffs as a region and decided after 30 years living in London that this is where I want to live.  I have been a Civil Servant and Management Consultant for the last 30 years.  I was a school governor at a large comprehensive school in Surrey for 8 years, 7 of which I was Chair of Finance.  I was also a co-opted member of Surrey Education Committee.

I am passionate about life-long learning and practice what I preach.  I believe that education and qualifications are the only sure way forward if you want to progress in life.  My MBA is from Cass Business School (1996) and I have other qualifications in Mediation (2013) and Mentoring of small businesses (2014). My wife is a teacher and one of my sons is also a teacher.

My main focus in the school will be the business aspects so I am on the Finance Committee.  I am delighted to be supporting the school and will be a participative governor so pupils, parents and staff can expect to see me at most of the school events, listening to children read, working with the School Business Manager and other staff as well as the other volunteer Governors.

Although Mrs Willis (Headteacher) and Mr Morgan (Chair of Governors) asked me to be a Governor, my official position is the Local Authority Governor.  I would like to state how delighted I am to be part of this school.

Rev Leslie Siu

I spent my childhood in Hong Kong before coming over to the UK for secondary school at the age of 12.  I'm married to Meleri and we have 4 children.  I grew up in a Christian home, but it was only in my teenage years that I began to understand what it really meant that Jesus gave up his life for me.  I started going along to church more regularly and learning more about what it means to be a Christian.  After school and university, I started working for a church before being ordained as a Church of England minister in 2015 and have been a part of St. Andrew's Church in Newcastle-Under-Lyme since then.

I had the privilege of working alongside a primary school in London for a number of years through assemblies, lunch and afterschool clubs, as well as being generally available to support families.  That experience has given me a real love for spending time with children and young people as well as their families, and to walk with them through the ups and downs of everyday life.  I have seen how much God loves the people he has created, and how he longs to see each person enjoy his kindness and his love, and I hope that I'll have the opportunity to share God's grace with everyone at Stoke Minster. 





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