Interim Executive Board of Governors

IEB Members:

Mrs. Julia Millard
Chair Of Governors 

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; in my spare time I am an avid football supporter, making regular trips to watch Liverpool FC play.

Date of appointment February 2015