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2018 - 2019




Brian Patterson

As a former teacher with 48 years experience in the secondary and further education sectors, I have been a school governor in Dudley for 30 years, including being Chair or Vice-Chair at four local schools. Currently I operate within a Multi-Academy Trust.

In addition, I have 50 years experience as a Public Sector examiner, assessing students up to GCSE and A level in two different subjects, Chief Examiner in one and, separately, advisor for ten years to a major examining board.

I have advised on educational matters to professional bodies and to overseas’ governments. Within Dudley I have been a member of the Schools’ Organisation Committee and have Chaired both the Schools Forum and the Local Admissions Forum. I also Chair the Black Country Strategic Advisory Group dealing with the use of the Primary Schools PE and Sports Premium.

I remain, as I always have been, passionate about the value of education to the whole of society and in particular for our shared responsibility for enabling young people to achieve their potential, whether that be in a traditional academic environment, whether in a more skills-based sector or in sport or in performance-related work.


Jim Conway

I am presently a community governor of a local secondary school and previously Vice-Chair of the Corporation of a Further Education College. I have lectured in the further and higher education fields in the social work, hospital and penal sectors.

I have been a school governor for the past twenty years and member of the DAGB for the last fifteen years serving on a range of education committees.

I see education as the major factor in the enlightenment and cohesion of our society, which must be available to the whiole community.

The statutory legislation that underpins the voluntary sector being superior to the law of contract should be the ultimate decision-making authority representing schools in the local community.

I look forward to governance going beyond prevailing practice and moving towards a more proactive approach for the education of our children.


Jane Morgan

I have lived in Kingswinford with my husband and daughter for over 25 years and have been a governor for 15 years. Currently I am Chair of Governors at both Crestwood Park and Dawley Brook Primary Schools and I enjoy every moment.

At meetings of the DAGB Executive we meet each term to discuss Local and National issues and we put on events about Mental Health, SEND, Funding for our own Local Authority as well as for our neighbours



George Craig

I am a founder member and Chair of the Board of directors of the Hales Valley Trust. I became a National Leader of Governance (NLG) in 2013 and was appointed as National Leader of Governance Advocate for the West Midlands region in January 2015. In September 2017 I was appointed as West Midlands Stronger Governance Champion and I currently manage a team of NLGs and NLG Advocates across 16 local authorities. I am an experienced External Review of Governance practitioner, IEB Chair and I also work in a professional capacity as an education consultant, providing a wide range of support and training for the Department of Education, Regional Schools Commissioner, Local Authorities, school leaders and governors both locally and nationally.

Janet Ingram

I am married with two daughters, one of whom is a primary school teacher.

I have been a community governor at St Margaret’s Hasbury Church of England Primary School for five years, and previously for over 25 years as a staff governor at Colley Lane Primary School. I retired from teaching six years ago

I joined the Executive Committee last year and hope to contribute to the excellent work they do.

Martin Jones

I am married with two grown-up children and have been a teacher for in excess of 32 years.
I have served as a governor at various schools for over twenty-five years, both in Dudley and in Birmingham. During that time I have been both Vice-Chair and Chair at my children’s primary school. I am now a co-opted governor at Netherton C E Primary, a school which last year became an academy, joining the Worcestershire DoWMAT.

Geoff Lawley

I have been a governor in Dudley for a total of 43 years at four schools. I have been a member of the Executive for fifteen years or more and was a founder member of the Association.
I am also involved with various groups (such as Health) within the Borough and believe in giving all children the best start in life, not being dependant on social status or family wealth.

Paul Leyshon

I have been a governor in Dudley schools for almost 25 years and, in that time, I have concentrated my efforts on supporting our Special schools in Dudley. I believe that every child deserves the very best provision from our schools, whether they be mainstream based or in Specialist provision.

I am currently Chair of Governors at Pens Meadow School, Vice-Chair at Rosewood SEMH school and a member of the Board for Dudley’s Virtual School. I also sit on Schools Forum as Governor representing Special Schools.
I have lived in the borough for all my life, my two sons attending schools locally, one in Mainstream, the other in a Special School, so I consider that I have a reasonable amount of knowledge and experience with issues faced by our schools.

I have recently celebrated my 40th Wedding Anniversary and, having worked for the Local Health Authority for just over 40 years (coincidence?) I took early retirement in 2014.

Terry Reynolds

I have been a governor in Dudley for 22 years, the first 12 as a parent governor at both primary and at secondary levels, and subsequently 9 years as a community governor at primary level.

I am currently Vice-Chair at the Church of the Ascension Primary School and a member of the Dudley M.B.C. Appeals and Exclusions Panel.

Pam Stevenson

Having worked in education for many years I became a governor in 2003 at Halesbury Special School. Throughout the last 20 years education has been politicised and initiatives introduced which are not always in the best interests of the pupils or teachers.

I am committed to ensuring that, as a governor, my first priority is addressing the needs of our pupils as every child deserves an education which maximises their potential.
Being a governor is a rewarding experience particularly attending school performances etc. where you meet the children for whom you are working.


Clerk to the Association

Jill Snow

I am appointed by the Executive on an annual basis as Clerk to DAGB. I have been employed by Dudley MBC as a clerk for over 30 years, during which time I have also been a governor (including being Chair) at several primary schools. I have completed the Certificate for Clerking of School and Governing Boards and have helped the Association in preparing documents for the termly newsletter.