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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

The governors of Edward Wilson Primary School meet three times a year as a full Governing Body and each committee also meets six times a year. Minutes from the Full Governing Body can be found on the school’s website.

 

Working with the Headteacher and his Senior Leadership Team, the Governing Body play an important role in helping shape and develop the strategic direction of the school; providing skilled support and challenge to ensure that our aspirational targets are achieved.

 

Our parent governors often attend our weekly Coffee Mornings, held every Thursday. All parents are welcome to attend – please see Mrs Taddese for more information.

 

OUR GOVERNORS ARE:

 

MR SIMON MAIR
Chair

 

 

Simon has been a governor at Edward Wilson Primary School since July 2016. He works as an IT Consultant at Clifford Chance.

 

 

MR SHANE BROGAN
Vice Chair

 

 

 

 

Shane has been a governor since Summer 2016. Shane currently leads on membership engagement and development at the Co-operative Party, a political party with representation in Parliament that champions British co-operatives. Shane previously worked for youth charities on projects to develop the skills and capacity of young people in Northern Ireland. Shane is a previous governor of Queen’s University Belfast and is also an elected member of the National Council of the Co-op Group of businesses.

 

MR DARREN GUTTRIDGE

Headteacher

 

 

Mr Guttridge has been Headteacher at Edward Wilson Primary School from January 2014 and was previously Deputy Headteacher from 2010. A husband with two young children, Mr. Guttridge has three passions in life: his family, education and sport.

 

JO-ANNE LING

Staff representative

 

Ms Ling is the leader for the Early Years Foundation Stage and has worked at Edward Wilson Primary School since 2000.

 

 

MR THOMAS JENNINGS
Co- opted

 

 

Thomas has been a governor at Edward Wilson Primary since 2014. Thomas is currently an Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading international law firm, where he specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Thomas has a keen interest in music, theatre and sport and is passionate about child literacy. Thomas has previous experience of working with children and was formerly employed as a drama teacher at the European School in Brussels, Belgium.

 

 

MRS ARIFA AKTAR
Parent

 

 

Arifa is a parent governor with two children who are currently pupils at Edward Wilson Primary School. She is part of the PTA at Edward Wilson and is currently volunteering within the local community.

 

 

MR BEN POSTER

Co-opted

 

 

Ben became a Governor at Edward Wilson in 2018. Being passionate about forging greater equality of opportunity in society, he took up the role as a way of giving back to the community via improving educational outcomes. He currently works as an Associate for Bain Capital, a multi-asset investment management firm, which he joined after graduating from the University Of Oxford with a BA in Economics and Management.

 

MR DAVID NASH
LA Governor

 

 

David has been a governor since 2018. He is a Civil Engineer and the Co-Founder of two startups.

 

If you are interested in playing a role in our governing body, please contact Simon Mair, Chair of Governors, on CHAIR@EDWARDWILSON.ORG.UK to find out more.

 

NamePost/ Role on Governing BodyType of GovernorDate

 

Resigned

Register of Interest
Simon Mair

 

 

Chair of GB

Safeguarding link governor

Co-optedN/ANone
Shane Brogan

Vice Chair of GB

Chair of Curriculum, Children and Community (CCC) Committee

Maths

Co-optedNANone
Darren GuttridgeHeadteacher N/ANone
Jo-Anne Ling StaffNANone
Tom JenningsChildren EngagementCo-optedN/ANone
Ben Poster

Chair of Resources Committee

Literacy link governor

Co-optedN/ANone
David NashPremises and Health and SafetyLAN/ANone
Arifa Aktar ParentN/ANone
Sunil Patel  July 2016None
David Goss  July 2017None
Edward de Minckwitz  July 2018None
Hanaa Issa  July 2018None
Agnieszka Sanche  July 2019None
Cory Smith  July 2019None
Jude Luckett  July 2019None
Mary Amayo  July 2021None
Aalaa Al-Memar  July 2021None

Governors' Attendance

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