Governing Body Membership and Responsibilities

Rhonwen Barraclough

Trust governor 

Portrait of Rhonwen Barraclough

I first became a governor in September 2014, was elected Chair in 2018 and joined The Learning Trust board of trustees in 2022. I am keen to do all I can to help the school go from strength to strength so that our children can continue to have a happy and positive experience and develop personally as well as academically.

Linsey Carroll

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

Tim Clifton

Staff governor | curriculum & ethos committee
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.

Deborah Forrest

co-opted governor | curriculum
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. 

Churni Jennings

Co-opted governor | head teacher performance management panel
First appointed 16 Dec 2016 - Term of office ends 10 Nov 2024

Portrait of Churni Jennings

I have two children at Belgrave Primary School, where I was elected governor in 2016. I was also honoured to be elected Chair of Governors in November 2020.

My background is in chartered accountancy with years of experience in practice, commerce, industry and most recently, in education. Since 2007, I have been working as an educator, firstly in professional education and then more recently in higher education. I am delighted to support the school in acting in the best interests of its pupils. I firmly believe in children receiving a top quality education which will be invaluable to them for the rest of their lives and I feel privileged to be able to support Belgrave's vision, ethos and exceptional approach to teaching and learning.

Andy Lucas

parent governor | head teacher performance management panel
First appointed 7 Dec 2020 - Term of office ends 6 Dec 2024

Franck Schmidlin

Co-opted governor | chair of governors | head teacher performance management panel | 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. My 2 daughters have studied at Belgrave, with the youngest currently in Y6, and I have been a governor since January 2018 and Chair since Decembre 2022. 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 | vice-chair of governors | looked after children | safeguarding
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 | 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

Karen Chaplin

Co-opted governor | curriculum & ethos committee | curriculum | maths | head teacher performance management panel
First appointed 14 Nov 2017 - Term of office ended June 2022

Carena Graham

Parent governor | operational committee (chair) | website compliance
First appointed 1 May 2018 - Term of office ended 30 Apr 2022

Chris Martin

Parent governor | operational committee | pay panel
First appointed 1 May 2018- Term of office ended 30 Apr 2022

Dr Amrith Shetty

Parent governor | pay panel
First appointed 7 Dec 2020 - Term of office ended 10 Dec 2022

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