Governor Information


Meet the Governing Board

The Governing Board of Whitgreave Primary School plays an integral part in the life of Whitgreave. The Governing Board give up their time to support all aspects of school life at both Whitgreave.

The Governors attend regular meetings with the Head Teacher and other members of the Leadership Team, to monitor, evaluate and challenge the school, on an on-going basis. They also support other events within school, such as the Christmas Fayre, Parent Consultation Evenings and School Performances.

Each Governor is also part of a Link Governor Team, who further supports improvements in teaching and learning, with a focus on a particular area, such as Quality of Teaching, Behaviour and Safety, amongst other key areas.

Governing Board Members

Brenda Hawkins – Co-Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor)

Jayne Pownall – Co-Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)

Adrian McDowell – Parent Governor

Kerry Tanner – Parent Governor

Kara Jones – Parent Governor

Angela Cox – Staff Governor

Sarah Redfern – Head Teacher Governor

Chris Pearson – Co-opted Governor

Graham Smith – Co-opted Governor

Kate Merrick – Co-opted Governor

Scott Smith – Co-opted Governor

Jacquie Brittain – Co-opted Governor

Nichola Parker – DHT – Associate Governor

Emma Guest – DHT – Associate Governor

Alex Albutt – AHT – Associate Governor

Gemma Butters – AHT – Associate Governor

Join our Team

If you are interested in joining the Governing Board, then please contact the School Office, for further information. Or, please speak to a member of our Governing Board. Thank you.

Governor Bios!

Brenda Hawkins

I have been a Governor at Whitgreave now for a number of years. I have a great commitment to the children and love the community of Low Hill having worked in the area for 21 years. I am part of the Achievement Committee and serve on both Finance and Achievement Committees. I enjoy visiting the school – talking and listening to children both in the classroom and around school. I regularly meet with staff to keep updated on school developments as we all strive to deliver outstanding teaching and learning.

Jayne Pownall

I am proud to be a Governor at Whitgreave.  I am also Link Governor.  My interest in education started when I had my children who are now adults, I was a Governor at their Primary School.  I have worked in Governor Support for 10 years.  I am pleased to say I was on the appointment panel that appointed the current Headteacher.

Angie Cox

I am the Family Liaison and Safeguarding Officer. I enjoy working with the parents and offering them the support and advice that they need. I am also part of the Safeguarding Team within the school and on the Governing Board. I enjoy being a part of the ‘team spirit’ that we work within at Whitgreave.

Sarah Redfern

I am very proud to be the Headteacher Governor at the Whitgreave Primary School. Whitgreave is an exciting, vibrant place to be, where all pupils are challenged to achieve. I have been a School Governor now for approximately 12 years, at a number of schools. However, this is my first post as Headteacher Governor. Whitgreave has an experienced Governing Board, who work in close partnership with all other stakeholders, in order to provide the very best education for our fantastic pupils.

Adrian McDowell

Having served on the Governing Board for four years, I have learned a lot about school management and the structure of primary education. I have served as a Link Governor on the Health and Safety Committee which has enabled me to support and challenge schools. As a parent, and qualified adult educator, I am passionate about education and believe that these roles provide me with the necessary skills to support me in my Governor role.

Kate Merrick

I have worked at Whitgreave for seven years; I love the community and staff that I work with! As the RE Leader, I am linked to our SDP aim to further develop and embed the skills of teaching staff to deliver outstanding teaching and learning in RE. I am also part of the Behaviour and Safety Governor Committee, who are responsible for whole-school behaviour systems, including lunchtime behaviour.

Nichola Parker

I have been working at Whitgreave now for a number of years as a Deputy Head Teacher. I am an Associate Governor and also, a member of the Link Governor Team. I enjoy working closely with the Governing Board, to support the school in moving forward.

Emma Guest

I have worked in the Low Hill community for a number of years as a Deputy Head Teacher. Being an Associate Governor allows me to stay involved in the learning of all of our children across school. I am part of the Link Governor Team and I ensure that Governors are involved in the monitoring of school life.

Alex Albutt

I have been working at this school for 9 years and really enjoy working with our staff, children and community. As Maths Leader, I am linked to our SDP aim to further develop and embed skills of teaching and learning to outstanding. I am an Associate Governor and also a member of the Link Governor Team.

Gemma Butters

I have been working at Whitgreave now for approximately 4 years, as an Assistant Head. I am a Strategic Lead for a number of curriculum areas and also, Phase Leader for KS1. I enjoy being on the Governing Board as an Associate Governor and playing a crucial part in school improvement. It is a very exciting place to work.

Chris Pearson

As a local Police Officer, I have worked with Whitgreave Primary School now for a number of years, supporting them whenever possible and developing close links. I am a newly-appointed Co-opted Governor who is learning quickly about all aspects of school life. I love being a part of the Whitgreave community and having an input within the lives of our young people.

Jacquie Brittain

As an experienced Governor, I am very excited to be part of the Governing Board at Whitgreave Primary School. I am also part of the Link Governor Team, whereby as Governors, we informally monitor teaching and learning within school and look for ways to make further improvements. I thoroughly enjoy working at Whitgreave Primary School, as I am also a Family Liaison Officer.

Kerry Tanner

I have been in post as a Parent Governor for the past five years at Whitgreave. Whitgreave Primary School really is a wonderful place to learn, staff are very caring and our children thrive because they are at the heart of everything we do. Four of my five children have attended the school and I’m hopeful that my fifth child will also be offered the opportunity to join next year. I am also very proud to be a past pupil of Whitgreave. Outside of Whitgreave, I’m a nurse and in my spare time I enjoy crafting and helping out with activities for children at a local church. Exciting opportunities are ahead and I’m always happy to help in any way I can.

Scott Smith

I have served as a School Governor and a Vice Chair for a number of years at a previous school. I am very excited to now be part of the Governing Board at Whitgreave Primary School. The school is a very busy, yet exciting place to learn and as Governors, we strive to ensure that through working with school staff, we give our children the very best education possible.

Jen Millington

I am the School Business Manager and feel extremely proud to be a part of a fantastic school such as Whitgreave. I know that our children are at the core of everything that drives Whitgreave and see each day the dedication and commitment of the team of staff within school that help and encourage our pupils to reach their full potential. I feel privileged to be an Associate Governor and aim to play a part in the continued success of the school.

More information

Read our Governor Handbook Sept 18

View our Governor Attendance Information