Governors & Trustees

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 Principal, 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.

Gareth Moss
Chair of Governors

Local Governing Body

Mike Donoghue – Principal (Ex officio)

Appointed Headteacher at John Taylor High School in January 2010. Designated a National Leader of Education in March 2013. Oversaw the first change to ‘converter’ academy status of an ‘outstanding’ school in Staffordshire in November 2010. Worked towards John Taylor’s designation as a National Teaching School, again one of the first in Staffordshire.

Elected member of the Regional School Commissioner’s Headteacher Board for the West Midlands from September 2014.

Gareth Moss – Chair of the Local Governing Body (Co-opted Governor)

Gareth has been Chair of Governors for 4 years and a (Co-opted) Governor at John Taylor for 12 years. He is also Chair of the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust and is a National Leader of Governance. He is a qualified accountant currently working for an international services company. Between 2001 and 2007 he was Director of Resources at East Staffordshire Borough Council. He is a parent of 2 girls, both former pupils at John Taylor.
Gareth can be contacted at governors@jths.co.uk

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

Whilst my daughter was at JTHS I had the privilege of being a parent governor for seven years. When she left school I was pleased to have the opportunity to continue to support our school as a co-opted governor. I am the link governor for pastoral care within the school. This involves being the supportive and critical friend to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) department. I am also the named governor for child protection, pupil premium, prevent and looked after children.

Petra Cleary  (Co-opted Governor)

Petra has been a parent governor for the past 11 years and has previously been involved with the PTA (2 years vice chair, 3 years chair). From September 2015 she has served as a co-opted governor and is a link governor to Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Studies/Citizenship and Psychology. She is a qualified medical doctor (with experience in Dermatology and Breast Cancer) and has been an honorary Tutor at the University of Cardiff for 4 years (2006-2010). She is fluent in German and has an interest in art. Her 2 boys both spent 7 years at JTHS and developed an enduring love for rugby during their time there.

Charlotte Crutchley (Staff Governor)

Charlotte began working at JTHS as a Business Studies Teacher in 2011. In addition to teaching she became passionate about pastoral care in and around school and in 2014 made a successful application to become the House Learning Manager of Marchington House. Charlotte has undertaken the role of Staff Governor since 2014 and is honoured to represent her colleagues. Previous to training to become a teacher, Charlotte worked in Retail Management for a number of well-known high street names. Charlotte is part way through studying towards her Masters in Education and looks forward to completing this in the future. Away from school she is a proud parent to her 18 month old son.

Virginia Flek (Parent Governor)

Virginia Flek has been a Parent Governor for 3 years and is the mother of two active boys who both attend John Taylor.
Her background is in surveying and concrete technology. She currently works full time as a National Technical Sales Executive for a Global construction materials firm with whom she has worked for 25 years.
As well as holding her position as governor at the school, she also enjoys being a link governor for Health and Safety, P.E as well as Health and Social Care.

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.

Jeanette Hodgkinson (Co-opted Governor)

Jeanette joined the Governing Body at John Taylor High School as a community governor in Spring 2010, shortly before the school’s conversion to academy status. She is currently carrying out the role of Responsible Officer and in that capacity oversees quality, compliance and audit. Prior to her retirement in 2005 she practised as a barrister from chambers in Birmingham. She has two children: a daughter who left John Taylor in 2012 to pursue a career as a primary school teacher and a son who is studying engineering at university.

Andrew Jenkins (Parent Governor)

Andrew is a parent governor with 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 – Chair of the Learning and Standards Committee (Parent Governor)

Amanda Lee has been a parent governor of John Taylor for 3 years and Chair of the People Committee for 2 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

Barbara Richardson – Vice Chair of the Managing and Organising Committee  (Co-opted Governor)

Barbara was appointed as a Co-opted Governor at John Taylor in September 2013 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.

Claire Sanders – Vice 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.

Julie Sidwell (Parent Governor)

A Parent Governor linked to the Geography and History departments and previously a governor at primary level, she is also involved with fundraising at JTHS and Mosley Academy. Professionally, Julie has over 20 years’ experience working in local industry as an accountant, currently studying to further her knowledge whilst working part-time as Payroll/Invoicing Manager in Barton. She is a proud holder of Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards and has co-ordinated the DofE scheme at JTHS and helped run the youth club. Married to Robert for over 16 years, they have a daughter in Yr 9 at JTHS and a son in Yr 3 at Mosley Academy.

Sarah Boyce – Clerk 
Chris Burns – Vice Principal
James Twynham – Vice Principal
Barbara Mahoney – Business Director

Attendance as of 2nd February

Potential attendance at the Learning & Standards Committee meetings – 39
Actual attendance at the Learning & Standards Committee meetings – 31

Potential attendance at the Managing & Organising Committee meetings – 39
Actual attendance at the Managing & Organising Committee meetings – 29

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.

Useful Documents

Governor Succession Planning Policy

Register of Declarations Interest