I am delighted to welcome you to the Governing Body page of the John Taylor High School website.

The role of the Governor has evolved over the recent years and at John Taylor we continue to support the Head of School, Senior Leadership Team and staff in their respective roles to offer the best quality of education to our young learners.

The enthusiasm for the schools core purpose of improving teaching and learning is matched by the ambitions that the school and the Governing Body share.

As an Academy the Governors also have wider responsibilities for the administration and governance of the school, and at times these can appear cumbersome and a distraction from our core purpose. We ignore these responsibilities however at our peril; it would be too easy to undermine the good work in the classroom by neglecting the issues that Inspectors and Auditors require of us.

Each of the Governors and their category are listed below. All time is given freely and there are no expenses for these roles. Time is spent both attending formal Governor meetings but also regular visits to school to support teaching, learning and the wider activities of the school. If you have any questions regarding Governance at John Taylor please feel free to contact us.

Barbara Richardson
Chair of Governors

Local Governing Body

Katie Cochrane – Head of School


Barbara Richardson – Chair of the Local Governing Body (Co-opted Governor)

Barbara was appointed as Chair of Governors at John Taylor in September 2018 and a director of the MAT in 2015. Barbara is a qualified teacher of science and for 16 years worked as a Deputy Headteacher in a large outstanding secondary comprehensive school. Latterly she has experience of working with a local authority in a school improvement capacity and is a former accredited School Improvement Partner. She works part-time as an Associate Lecturer in Governance at the University of Derby and within the community serves as a magistrate in the Family and Criminal Court and charity secretary for a local football community trust..

David Beaty – Chair of the Managing and Organising Committee (Co-opted Governor)

David Beaty is a Regional Director for HSBC responsible for the bank’s Corporate Banking business in North England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and North Wales. He has worked for HSBC for 32 years. David lives in Yoxall and has three children, two sons who are ex JT pupils and a daughter in Year 11. His wife is a former JT teacher and he has been a parent governor for five years. David chairs the Managing and Organising Committee.

Chris Burns (Staff Governor)

Chris was appointed to JTHS in 2004 as Vice Principal. After nearly 30 years in senior management she decided in January 2018 it was time to step down and concentrate completely on her passion of teaching A Level Law. Chris was elected as a 'teaching staff' governor in July 2019 and brings with her a wealth of experience at senior level particularly in the pastoral and intervention areas together plus a passionate commitment to John Taylor High School. She has 4 children, 2 step-children, 3 grandsons and 2 dogs so is kept busy both in and out of school!

Chrissie Foster (Staff Governor)

Chrissie has been Examination Manager at John Taylor since October 2009 and had the privilege of becoming Support Staff Governor in November 2015. She is also a Specialist Leader in Education for Examinations. Previously, Chrissie worked for 6 years at a secondary school in Sandwell where her job role included many aspects of the school administration roles before taking over and creating the Examination Department following Government changes in 2004. She is also actively involved in the charity Birmingham Christmas Shelter which works throughout the year raising funds and opens over the Christmas period to feed and house the homeless and vulnerable. She has a 22 year old daughter studying to become a junior school teacher.

Andrew Jenkins – Vice Chair of Managing and Organising Committee (Parent Governor)

Andrew has gained 12 years previous governorship experience as vice chair, finance chair and personnel chair. Andrew is the MD of a management consultancy, working with senior management and leadership teams, people development and aligning to strategic direction. Previously Andrew worked all over the world with 3i, a global venture capital organisation. Prior to that he was a Chartered Engineer. Andrew is a parent of 3 girls, one of whom is still at John Taylor.

Amanda Lee – Vice Chair of the Learning and Standards Committee (Parent Governor)

Amanda Lee has been a parent governor of John Taylor for 4 years and Chair of the People Committee for 3 years. She has a daughter in year 10. Amanda has over 15 years human resource practitioner experience gained within the National Health Service, construction and retail sectors. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and currently works full-time as a senior lecturer in human resource management at Coventry University

Sally Moran (Co-opted Governor)

Sally has been a co-opted governor linked to JTHS Data since 2017. She works for a UK chemical company focusing on financial analysis and strategic planning. Previously, she worked for Citigroup and Crédit Suisse Investment Banking in New York and London as a Vice President, specialising in advising US and European financial institutions on mergers & acquisitions and capital issuance. More recently, she set up data tracking systems for two local primary and preparatory schools. She has a particular interest in modern foreign languages and has worked with local schools introducing primary school children to French and German. She is married with two daughters (JTHS Years 8 & 9) and a son (Y6).

Claire Sanders – Chair of the Learning and Standards Committee (Co-opted Governor) 

Claire was appointed as Co-opted Governor in 2011; a role which she finds both challenging and rewarding and thoroughly enjoys. Claire brings with her 10 years’ experience as a Human Resources Professional most recently as Senior Human Resources Manager at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has a wealth of experience in Change Management, Employee Relations and Employment Law. Claire has a Masters in Human Resource Management, a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Workforce Planning and is also registered with the British Psychological Society, able to administer psychometric testing for both Recruitment and Development purposes. She is the proud parent of a delightful two year old boy.

Angus Stewart (Parent Governor)

Angus was elected as a parent governor at JTHS in May 2019. Angus has spent over 30 years within the financial services industry initially in retail banking with Barclays and now as CEO of an online mortgage broker. For the past 7 years Angus has been a Parent Governor at Yoxall St Peters which is a primary school within the JTMAT. Angus has a daughter in Y7 at JTHS.

Dianne Whiting – Clerk (email:

Throughout the academic year Governors also attend presentation evenings, visit departments for subject Link Governance work, sit on interview panels, judge competitions, provide support via the school’s mentoring scheme, work within school committees e.g. Health and Safety and provide mock interviews for 6th Form students.

JTMAT links

JTMAT Organisation Structure

JTMAT members and directors of the trust

Useful Documents