Members

The Earl of Romney

Julian Romney (Lord Romney) is semi-retired, but has been a school governor in the private and public sectors, taking roles as Chair, Vice Chair and Chairman of Property Committee. Julian was a local Magistrate/Justice of the Peace, General Commissioner of Income Tax, Valuer and Land Agent and has experience in a number of financial and management roles. Julian has been involved in a range of voluntary organisations in West Norfolk, including YMCA, St John, Air Cadets and Sea Cadets. Julian was High Sheriff of Norfolk in 2007.

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Mrs Kath Blake, BSc (Hons)

Kath Blake has recently retired from her role as senior Physics Teacher at a local Academy. Within her career Kath has held school management roles of Head of Physics and Head of Science. Kath has in excess of 25 years teaching experience & formerly, she was employed as a Clinical Biochemist in the local hospital.

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Mr Alan Hayes, JP, MA, BSc, MRSC, FICPEM

Alan is a local Magistrate/Justice of the Peace and private sector regulator and was previously a senior police officer. He is currently an Adjudicator for the CILEx Compensation Fund, Chair of Trustees of a local charity, Training Officer for the local Air Cadets Squadron and Area Manager for St John Ambulance. Alan has significant strategic management experience in the public, private & voluntary sectors and has had previous experience as Head of Professional Standards/Internal Affairs and has been Director of Human Resources. Alan has been a School Governor since 2012, including Lead for Finance & Personnel; Equality & Diversity.

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Mrs Georgina Holloway

Georgina Holloway is semi-retired. She was previously a School Governor and Non-Executive Director for the Norfolk & Norwich Healthcare NHS Trust. Most recently Georgina has undertaken the role of Non-Executive Director for the King’s Lynn & Wisbech Hospitals NHS Trust. Georgina is a Chair of Trustees and Trustee of a number of Norfolk Charities and is involved in various local civic and youth organisations. She is the County President for St John Ambulance and formerly the High Sheriff of Norfolk (2011).

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Mr Alex Robinson MA, MBA

Alex Robinson is a director and co-founder of Ortoo Technologies Ltd which launched GovernorHub.com for UK schools in 2013. Previously he has held the positions of a non-executive director for Norfolk NHS Community Health and Care Trust; CEO of the UK National Skills Academy for IT and European Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Transformation Director at Aviva plc. In addition, Alex holds various voluntary positions including School Governor in Norfolk.

 

Directors

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Mr Andy Walder, BA (Hons)

Prior to his recent retirement, Andy Walder held the position of Executive Director of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). He has previous experience as a Marketing & Development Director/Consultant in a number of private sector organisations. Andy is a qualified Cricket Coach.

 

 

 

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Mrs Dorothy Pulsford-Harris, LLB (Hons), BA (Hons)

Dorothy is a qualified Barrister who has practised in all the courts in England and Wales for the past 40 years including Tribunals. Although retired at the end of 2012 Dorothy still advises when required from time to time Qualified Mediator and Member of the Professional Mediators Association. Dorothy has been a Generalist Adviser with Citizens Advice Bureau for 3 years specialising in dealing with local authorities, DSS, bailiffs, housing difficulties and general welfare benefit difficulties.

Despite being retired, she continues to apply the standards of professionalism required by the legal profession, that of the Bar Council and the Standards Board of England and Wales which moderates the legal profession as it relates to barristers.  This includes the keeping of confidential information.

Dorothy has worked with a number of voluntary organisations over the years in various capacities including chairing and a director: Victim Support, Norfolk, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Victim Support, Swaffham Rotary Club (2010-2011), Rotary District 1080 2015/16. (Rotary in East Anglia), North Wootton Parish Council and councillor, West Norfolk Carers, District 1080 Charitable Trust, Rotary International Constitutions Committee, Safeguarding Officer for Rotary District 1080 (Rotary in East Anglia).

Dorothy is also a qualified chef having been classically trained many years ago and worked in several restaurant kitchens under many well-known chefs.

 

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Lisa Cook, BEd (Hons), NQPH

Lisa Cook is a qualified teacher and has worked in several Norfolk schools since 1994. She has sixteen years of leadership experience as the headteacher of four primary schools. Lisa has two years of experience working as a local authority School Improvement Partner in three Norfolk Schools. Her subject specialism is biological sciences. She has particular expertise in leading underperforming schools and those in challenging circumstances

 

Mr Mark Deveney

 

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Mrs Karen Gardner, Chair

Karen Gardner took early retirement in 2010 after 35 years in education with previous roles including: Head of Department, Head of House & Assistant Headteacher. Karen is a ‘Local Leader of Governance’ and has extensive experience in Chairing Governing Boards and has recently been appointed to Norse Commercial Services Primary Catering Board as a governor representative. Karen currently undertakes a range of voluntary roles, is a member of Norfolk County Council’s School Admission Appeals and Exclusions Panels.

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Mr Karl Jermyn, Finance Director

Karl Jermyn is a qualified Chartered Accountant (1997) with previous experience as a Senior Accountant, Finance Director and later Managing Director of a private sector organisation in Great Yarmouth with turnover of £30m and 150 staff. Karl is Chairman of Great Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Trustees of a Norfolk Charity.

Mr Peter Wadlow

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Peter spent 39 years on the staff of a High School in South Norfolk from 1971-2010. In that time he was a Head of Year and later Head of House.

He joined the Senior Leadership Team as Senior Master in 1984 later becoming Assistant Headteacher and Acting Deputy Headteacher. He was appointed Acting Headmaster in the Summer Term of 2008 awaiting the arrival of a new Headteacher. He was a member of the School Finance Team and also responsible for links with 7 Primary Schools.

Retiring in 2010, he was re-appointed part time Senior Leadership Consultant at the school and served in this capacity until 2013.

He has served as a Governor of 2 Primary Schools and on the Board of Management at a Pupil Referral Unit.

Since retiring he has continued to be a Governor of a large and successful High School chairing both Exclusion and Grievance Panels.

In 2017 he became a member of Norfolk Admission Appeals Panels.

He is a trustee of the Margaret Reeve Educational Trust and a trustee of Walsoken Church House Charity.

Outside of education he is a Churchwarden and PCC Secretary.