Biographies

A short introduction to the Governing Body

Tracey Booth MBE – Chair of Governors
I started volunteering as a Governor at Churchill Community College in 2002 when my daughter started school there. At that time I was elected as a Parent Governor. Since then my status has changed several times and I am currently a Local Authority Governor and Chair.

I work as a Senior Project Manager for Cofely who work in partnership with North Tyneside Council to deliver its support services (Finance, Revenues and Benefits, Human Resources, Payroll, Customer Services, ICT and Procurement). I transferred to Cofely after spending 32 years for North Tyneside Council, 17 of these years in Human Resources.

David Baldwin – Headteacher
David Baldwin is Headteacher of Churchill Community College in North Tyneside and has been in this post since 2000. He is a National Leader of Education, providing support to other schools through coaching as well as taking on the role of Executive Headteacher to support the improvements in other schools.

David leads by example and chairs the Schools Forum, Secondary Education Improvement Partnership, South East Area Children’s Strategy Group and the Wallsend 14 to 19 curriculum development group. He also chairs the unique North Tyneside Learning Trust and the academy sponsor North Tyneside Academy Foundation. These organisations help to support improvements and wider opportunities across an extensive range of schools.

Jennifer Bruce – Co-opted Governor
I have worked at Churchill Community College for a number of years and I am currently an Acting Assistant Headteacher responsible for our iPad@CCC programme and I contribute to Teaching and Learning and IT Support. I also lead the curriculum area of Food, Textiles and Health and Social Care. As a Co-opted Governor, I am proud to be able to support the College and its students strive for excellence.

Vivianne Buller – Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Body in December 2010 where I serve as Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance & Staffing Committee. I also serve on the Teaching and Leadership Committee and I am the Numeracy Link Governor. I just loved Churchill from the moment I put my foot across the door. The care and consideration given to the pupils is heart-warming and the desire to provide an outstanding education is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Simon Battensby – Parent Governor
I am a married father of 2 children, my eldest attends CCC, my youngest will attend in September 2018. I work full time for the Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel as an assistant chief engineer. I specialise in electrical engineering, health and safety and fire management. When I am not working I enjoy Judo, Diving and Rugby with my sons and wife. This is my first post as a school governor and whilst I am completely new to this I am keen to learn.

Richard Ludlow – Co-opted Governor
Having started teaching at Churchill Community College in 2012 as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher, I am now Curriculum Leader for Modern Foreign Languages and a member of the Extended Leadership Team. Being a part of the Governing Body at Churchill Community College gives me another opportunity to further develop the outstanding practice which takes place on a daily basis

Gill Wilson – Co-opted Governor
I started volunteering as a governor at Churchill Community College in 2002 when I was elected as Parent governor. At that time I had two children in the school. Over the years my status has changed to LA governor and now Co-opted governor. I have enjoyed being on the journey with this school from a satisfactory grading from Ofsted to Outstanding.

In my professional capacity, I work for North Tyneside Council as a Training Officer and am also director of Generation Training and Development. Even though my children left Churchill a number of years ago I remain as passionate about contributing to the college for the current and future students.

Kerry Lilico – Co-opted Governor
I am an Executive Headteacher of 2 very special and unique schools within North Tyneside, Grasmere Academy and Stephenson Memorial Primary School.  My passion lies within inclusion and innovative teaching and learning practices.  I believe that we should fully prepare our children for their future aspirations, and as my children at Stephenson Memorial feed into Churchill Community College, in order to fulfill my moral values of serving the community within my area, it was a very easy decision to join the governing body at Churchill.

Jonny Rees – Co-opted Governor
Having worked within education for 12 years, I am keen to be involved with the governance of a local school. I feel that I have a lot of experience and enthusiasm and will bring a different perspective and viewpoint on the governance of the school.

Following the successful completion of my GCSE’s, I left school to commence studies in a vocational setting at an FE college which enabled me to combine my academics with developing sporting abilities and skills. Following successful completion I progressed to Northumbria University to study Sport and Exercise Sciences with Coaching. Upon completion of my degree I progressed into Further Education, firstly as in class support within the Sports Department and have progressed through a number of roles into my current role of Head of Curriculum and Performance for Wellbeing and Education.

Kerry Swindon – Co-opted Governor
I am currently a teacher of MFL and Assistant Principal at Excelsior Academy, and previously worked at the predecessor school, West Gate Community College. I have taught in the west end of Newcastle for 22 years, beginning my journey into school leadership in year 2 as an Assistant Head of Year. I have held the following roles: Assistant Head of Year; Head of Year; Assistant Principal for Standards.

Jill Huxtable – Co-opted Governor
I am the Head of School at Churchill Community College and joined the Governing body in September 2017.

Andrew Sugden – Foundation Governor
I’ve been a Governor at the College since November 2012, when I was appointed as a Foundation Governor, nominated by the North Tyneside Learning Trust. My full-time job is at Northumbria University where I work with businesses and other organisations that might benefit from accessing our research or teaching expertise. Alongside a perspective on higher education, I also bring expertise from business and economic development having previously worked at both the North East Chamber of Commerce and One North East.

Claire Wedderman – Foundation Governor
I joined the Governing body as a Foundation Governor in May 2017.  I am part of the Resources and Safeguarding, Personal Development and Well-being Committees.

Colwyn Wilson – Parent Governor
I joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in November 2017.  I am part of the Resources and Leadership Committees.

Jayne Robinson – Parent Governor
I joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in November 2018 and I have two children in the school.

Lowri Clasper – Parent Governor
I have lived in Wallsend all my life, and now with my husband and two children who both attend Churchill Community College.

I qualified as a primary school teacher after having my own children and working at the DWP for almost 20 years. I then became more aware of the vast amount of ‘behind the scenes’ work undertaken in all schools, to deliver a high class, quality education to the children of our community.

When my own children moved up to secondary school, I wanted to understand better the challenges and work of a secondary school to prepare our children for their futures, so volunteered to become a Parent Governor in 2013. I have found this role hugely rewarding and interesting, and am immensely proud to be part of a multi-award winning team at CCC, as we continue to strive for excellence for all students, staff and the wider learning community we serve. I would encourage anybody to become involved with their local school, in any capacity they have to offer.

Audrey Peebles – Parent Governor
I became a Governor at a local primary school in 2005, then at Churchill Community College in 2010 as a Parent Governor, to take in an interest in my child’s education. I have one child who is currently in Sixth form. Churchill has given my son a good foundation both as an individual and academically. My aim is to make a positive contribution to the College and every child’s education (both current/future) and to play an active role in helping the College to go from strength to strength. I am incredibly proud of the progress and the journey that the College has taken in recent years. I am a member of Achievement, Safeguarding & Facilities, Pupil Discipline Sub Committees and Link Governor for Sports College.

Associate member

Louise Doran
I joined the Governing Body in January 2019 as an Associate Member.  As Director of Support Services within the College, and as an experienced School Business Manager of over 10 years, I am delighted to support the Governing Body to continue to deliver an outstanding experience for all stakeholders.

Jacqui Sugden – Clerk to the Governing Body
I am the Clerk to the Governing body and have 15 years experience of clerking be it with national trade associations, a further education college or schools across the range of provision from primary to secondary, a private nursery and a pupil referral unit. Whilst I am not a Governor and don’t have a vote or count as part of the quorum for meetings I enjoy being part of Churchill’s Governing body team.