Interim Executive Board of Governors

IEB Members:


Dr. Michael Joseph McDade

Chair of Governors

I live and work in Newcastle upon Tyne. I am Chair of the Board of Directors of a high performing Converter Academy, appointed by the RC Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle for a renewable period of four years. I have been a Governor there for fifteen years; the last four years as Chair during which I led the transition to Academy status and the refurbishment and rebuild of the school.
I was appointed a National Leader in Governance in 2013 and I have a particular interest in governance, recruitment and strategic planning that responds to changing student needs.
I recently joined the Governing Body of a challenging primary school in an area of high deprivation and I am enjoying working with the new Headteacher and Governors to ensure that all students are supported to achieve their maximum individual potential and to be rounded and aspirational learners.
I work as a Director of the Cenacle Ltd and with the National Careers Service. In addition to these I write for ‘The Key’ and sit on the Schools’ Admissions Panel for Newcastle City Council.

Date of appointment February 2015


Mrs. Julia Millard
(Acting Chair Of Governors Nov 2016 to date)

Portfolio Holder – Welfare, Behaviour and Attendance 

I have been a Governor since 1999 and a Chair since 2001. I am currently Chair of the Governing Body of a Nursery School and a Primary School in County Durham.
I have been a National Leader of Governance since 2011 and have wide experience of supporting Governing Bodies throughout the North East in all types of schools.
I have three children and in my spare time I enjoy art and crafts.

Date of appointment February 2015

Mr. Roy Patel

Portfolio Holder – Safeguarding, SEND, Disadvantaged, Finance and  Child Protection.

I have been a School Governor for over seven years. I am the Chair of County Durham Governors and I am a member of The Schools’ Forum. I am also a fully qualified Parent Support Advisor.
I am currently Chair of Governors at two schools and Vice Chair at another two; some of these school are Special Schools. I keep fully up-to-date with education and have an interest in SEND, Safeguarding, Behaviour and Finance.
I am fully committed to the children who, I would say, come first in any decision I would make; I have children of my own who are of school age. Being self-employed allows me to support schools as needed. I am fully committed to our Federation and value everyone’s opinion in taking our schools to the next level.

Date of appointment February 2015

Mr. Tony Mays

Portfolio Holder – Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

I began my teaching career over 35 years ago and taught in three very different secondary schools. In 1996 I began working in a local authority as an adviser. Since then I have held various positions including for the last 7 years Head of Education. I retired in June 2014. During this time I worked extensively on school improvement, particularly schools in Ofsted categories. I have considerable experience of school federations, reorganisations and academy conversions. In November 2014 I started an Educational Consultancy company and am currently undertaking a part time interim role as Head of Raising Achievement in Leicester City.  I have a wide range of other interests including; walking, running, theatre, travel and watching football.

Date of appointment February 2015

Mrs. Alison Aisbitt

Portfolio Holder – Leadership and HR.

After studying law at Liverpool and attending the Bar in London, I now work for Sunderland City Council as the Legal Advice Development Manager for Social and Welfare Law.
I am a Foundation Governor of Our Lady & St Thomas Primary School in Willington and have been the Chair of the Governing Body since 2002.
I was appointed as a National Leader of Governance in May last year and bring a wide range of experience of managing people and services, dealing with change and monitoring plans and projects to bring about improvement.
I am a member of a Management Committee of a voluntary project in Sunderland, which is heavily involved in community development in the East End.
I am married and have a daughter called India; in my spare time I am an avid football supporter, making regular trips to watch Liverpool FC play.

Date of appointment February 2015

Mrs. Dorothy Brennan

Portfolio Holder – Outcomes

I am a retired primary school Headteacher. I have a keen interest in leadership and, during my career, I worked with many new and experienced Headteachers as a consultant Head, Professional Partner and Local Leader in Education which I found fascinating and a privilege.
As a member of the IEB, I aim to support the Federation in its mission to provide the richest possible education for the students.

Date of appointment as February 2015