Governing Body Membership and Responsibilities


Linsey Carroll

Parent governor  - Elected by Parents| mental health & wellbeing
First appointed 30 Jun 2022 - Term of office ends 29 Jun 2026


Tim Clifton

Staff governor  - Elected by Staff
First appointed 1 Sep 2018- Term of office ends 31 Aug 2026

Tim Clifton - self portrait

I have been a teacher here at Belgrave Primary School since 2010 and a staff governor since 2018. I am a senior leader here in school and the year six teacher. I have a range of responsibilities including maths coordinator, curriculum lead and pupil premium coordinator. I find my role as governor very rewarding and it is a pleasure to work with such a great team of fellow governors who contribute so much and are so valuable to the life of the school.

Jamie Farrell

Co-opted governor - Appointed by governing board| pupil & sports premiums
First appointed 27 Sep 2023 - Term of office ends 26 Sep 2027

As a parent of 2 children, both who attend Belgrave Primary, I am passionate about creating opportunity for all children at the school regardless of their social backgrounds and individual needs.

I am an HR Professional with a background in aviation and hospitality. Great leadership, learning & development and talent management are at the heart of my job, as well as partnering executive directors to achieve their strategic goals and I am keen to extend these skills in order to support the fantastic work already undertaken at Belgrave and further support the schools vision and future.

Deborah Forrest

Co-opted governor - Appointed by governing board | curriculum | safeguarding
First appointed 30 Nov 2022 - Term of office ends 29 Nov 2026

deborah forrest

I was appointed as a governor in November 2022.

As a governor, I am keen to support Belgrave to achieve the Belong, Enjoy, Enthuse, Succeed motto. As a dedicated educator for over two decades, now working in higher education, I have a strong passion for learning. I believe high quality teaching at primary level is vital for strong foundations of learning for every child. 

Andy Lucas

Parent governor - Elected by parents
First appointed 7 Dec 2020 - Term of office ends 6 Dec 2024

Josiah Mainwaring

Parent governor - elected by parents| maths
First appointed 28 Sep 2023 - Term of office ends 27 Sep 2027

My name is Josiah Mainwaring and I will have both of my children attending Belgrave. Prior to my current job I trained as a teacher achieving a PGCE in for secondary mathematics. Whilst I did not enter the teaching profession ultimately, I still enjoy coaching and teaching as part of my day to day. I regularly help out a local youth club and have enjoyed helping my kids in their first steps in education.

I now work as a civil engineer and where I am responsible for the maintenance of industrial building and the design and safe construction of new structures. I still utilise the teacher’s skill set daily as I develop and mentor junior colleagues.

I love sport, my current favourites being cycling, running, the gym and squash. I cycle to work most days and got to the gym 3 times a week.

I've put myself forward for the position of parent governor at Belgrave as I believe this is the best way I can serve the school whilst my children are there. I believe that my skills, background and enthusiasm will complement that of the current board.


Franck Schmidlin

Co-opted governor - Appointed by governing board | chair of governors  | pay panel | english | website compliance
First appointed 13 Feb 2018 - Term of office ends 30 Nov 2025 -

Portrait of Franck Schmidlin

I am a Frenchman, employed as a Senior IT consultant. I have been a governor since January 2018 and Chair since Decembre 2022. My 2 daughters have studied at Belgrave, and are now striving in high school. My role as governor is to be a critical friend to the wonderful staff of Belgrave, supportive of their efforts, but never afraid to question and challenge them when necessary.

Rev Neil Stacey

Co-opted governor - Appointed by governing board | vice-chair of governors | looked after children | send
First appointed 22 Nov 2016 - Term of office ends 21 Nov 2024

Portrait of Rev Neil Stacey

Our son, Ben, has been happy all the way through his time at Belgrave, so I am keen to help the school to continue to provide an excellent, broad education for children. I have 3 older children, who each went to university; one of them is now a secondary school teacher. Previously I have had experience of being a school governor in two primary schools in East Middlesbrough. As a new governor again, I am looking forward to learning again how best to support the school!

Lynne Taylor

Staff governor - Elected by staff | e-safety
First appointed 20 Oct 2015 - Term of office ends 20 July 2027

Portrait of Lynne Taylor

I am a staff governor, my school role is Deputy Head and SENDCo.

I have been a governor for 17 years.  I have also been a governor in my previous role so have worked alongside many people in different committees, I am always very impressed with the amount of time, energy, expertise and commitment that governors give to school on a voluntary basis and would like to thank my fellow governors for their time, challenge and support.

I particularly enjoy being able to advocate for children with different needs and ensure that all decision making reflects our ethos of inclusivity and diversity.

Ex-Governors whose term ended in the last 12 months

Churni Jennings

Co-opted governor | pupil & sports premiums
First appointed 16 Dec 2016 - Term of office ended 27 Sep 2023


For details of the Board of Trustees, committees and members please follow the link to The Learning Trust Governance page:

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