School Governance

Governor Information

Geoff Crosby

Community Governor

Originally elected as a parent governor in 2009 with 2 children at the school, who have both now left, I am pleased to continue as a community governor. Having worked as an Accountant in a number of manufacturing industries in the private sector I am currently employed as Finance Manager at a large local Northumberland based Charity.

As well as contributing as a member of the Finance Committee I have a keen interest in the wellbeing of the children. This has been reinforced by my employment with the Charity with particular interest to safeguarding of pupils and prevention of any bullying.

Lorraine Ferguson

Community Governor

I have lived in Whickham for over 20 years, and I have 3 children, twin daughters who have already been through primary and secondary school, and a son at Whickham Parochial. I always took at great interest in school life when my daughters were at primary school, and I can see how things have moved on and developed within the education system in only a few short years. With that in mind, I was keen, and was fortunate enough to be elected as Parent Governor at this school. The children’s social and educational development is so important, and for me to be able to be a part of a team of dedicated individuals, understanding how the school is run, and contributing to decision making is both exciting and rewarding.

My background is as a Human Resources professional, having worked for a children’s charity for 20 years now. Many of the skills developed during my career can equally be applied to the role of Governor, including interpersonal skills, staff recruitment and training, budget monitoring etc. I have a particular interest in Safeguarding, having been trained to deliver Safeguarding courses, including protecting children and young people on-line. Hopefully I can use some of this knowledge and experience to help the growth of the school and its pupils in years to come.

Paul Hopkinson

Community Governor

I am a local resident whose own children have been through their primary education in Whickham. I have been a governor at Parochial for over 8 years now and started from a position of wanting to be more involved in my local community. I am particularly pleased to be involved with Parochial as it successfully combines academic strength with pastoral care.

I am a solicitor by trade and work closely with a number of public sector and charity sector organisations, including an education team in a local authority. I try to bring my experience in these areas to my role as a governor. I also help out with the finance sub-committee on a regular basis and do ad hoc work when requested by the school.

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