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2011 - 2012




Brian Patterson

I have been a community governor for over 22 years, being currently at Lutley Primary. During that time I was Chair at Lutley for about 15 years and, concurrently, Chair at Crestwood Park for three years. My whole life, until my retirement, has been spent working in Education, commencing as a classroom teacher (secondary school) in 1961 and subsequently in further and higher education, as a Head of Department. I have been an examiner (GCSE. CSE and A Level) and Chief Examiner and an advisor to a major examining board. Additionally I have advised on educational matters to professional bodies (in the field of computing and mathematics) and to overseas’ governments. I am (unsurprisingly) passionate about education and believe that every person (child or adult) should have every possible opportunity to achieve their potential, although I am sufficiently pragmatic as to recognise “real-world” limitations in the process.


Jim Conway

I am presently a Community Governor of a local Secondary School and Vice Chair of the Corporation of a Further Education College. Previously I was employed as Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the Further Education sector.

I have been a governor for the last twenty years and member of the DAGB for the last ten serving on the Schools Organisation Committee, Schools Forum, Governors Advisory Group and Asset Management Planning committee.

I see education as the major factor in the enlightenment and cohesion of our society, which should be available to everyone via comprehensive governor representation involving the whole community.

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


Jane Morgan

I am a community governor at Bromley Hills Primary School. I am married and we have one daughter attending the Kingswinford School. This will be my fourth year on the Executive.


Martin Bradney

I am at present working as a civil servant although for many years I worked in industry and am very active in the union side of the business. I was a Dudley councillor for twelve years. I am married with one daughter and have been a governor at Hillcrest School since 1996, being chair there for several years.

Doreen Calder

I have been a Local Authority governor for over 20 years at three schools in Stourbridge. At the moment I am Chair of Governors at one Primary School and a Governor at a College of Technology.

I enjoy visiting schools and participating in school activities and I believe that everyone is entitled to a good education.

Claire Franklin

I am have been a parent governor at Oldswinford Primary School for the past 18 months. I have two children attending the school and feel that it is very important for parents to get involved. This is my first year on the DAGB Executive and I hope to bring experiences both from my governor role and also my first role in life, being a mum.

Simon Hanson

I am an LA Governor and was appointed 6 years ago to Greenfield Primary School. I presently chair the schools Site and Finance Committee, act as Health and Safety governor and as training and link governor. I am a member of the Governors’ Advisory Group and the Admissions Forum.

Suzanne Hazelton

I retired six years ago after working as a primary school teacher in Sandwell and Dudley for almost forty years. Wishing to maintain my links with education, I volunteered to be a reading partner and was subsequently asked to join the Governing Body of Woodside Community School and Children's Centre. I have been a Community Governor for four years and Chair of Governors for two. During this time I have also served on and chaired various sub-committees and been DAGB Representative for the school. I find being a Governor both rewarding and challenging.

I look forward to serving on the Executive Committee during the next academic year and hopefully making a useful contribution to the work of DAGB.

Karen Hill

I am married with two daughters and am a parent Governor at Redhill School, Stourbridge. I became a Governor because I wanted to put something back into the local community and make a positive contribution to children’s education. I believe that in doing so we create an environment where the next generation gets the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Geoff Lawley

At the age of 64, married with two children and four grand-children, I have been a governor in Dudley for 31 years at primary, secondary and special schools. Currently I am vice-chair at a primary school.

Paul Leyshon

My interest in Governance stems from having the belief that every child really does matter and that our local schools should be equipped to deliver a quality education -whether that's in staffing, buildings or the delivery of the curriculum. As a governor I hope to make a small contribution to achieving and maintaining that quality. I am particularly interested in the education provided in our Special Schools. Currently I am the Vice-chair at Pens Meadow and Rosewood Schools, both of which are in the Dudley Borough.

Pamela Partridge

Having worked in education for many years I became a governor in 2003 at Halesbury Special School. I have acted as chairperson for the last 5 years. 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.

Terry Reynolds

I have been a Governor in Dudley for 20 years, the first 12 years as a Parent Governor at Primary and Secondary levels and subsequently 7 years as a Community Governor at Primary level.

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

Roger Timmins JP

I have served as a parent governor at the two schools which my children attended, I also serve as an LEA governor at three schools, at Old Park Special School and at Crestwood Park Primary, as well as at the Brier Special School where I have been Chairperson for over twenty years.

I have been appointed to the Schools Forum as a representative from primary schools. Other bodies on which I serve are the Education Appeals and Exclusions Panel, the Traded Services Management Board, and I was also on the School Governance Group.

I have been a member of the DAGB Executive as an elected member or as a co-opted member for most of the years for which it has been in existence, and have served as an officer at different times.

I believe that Education should be open to all, so that everyone can achieve their potential to the best of their ability.

I hope to be able to continue to serve the school community to the best of my ability.

Ron Wicken

I am a Local Authority governor at Bromley Hills Primary School and a Community governor at The Kingswinford School. At present I am Vice-Chair at both schools and serve on several committees. I am a widower with two grown-up children. My partner has four children and we have four foster children.