Governing Body

Chair of Governors: Ms. C Gater
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c/o Birchwood High School
Parsonage Lane
Bishop’s Stortford
CM23 5BD

Constitution of the Governing Body

Governor Category Appointed By Role Status Occupation Date Appointed Term of Office Expiry Date
Bamlett, Ruth Community Governor Governing Body Director Active Primary Education 13/03/2019 14/03/2023
Bothwell, Lee Staff Governor (Support) Staff Director Active Senior Admin Manager 01/07/2018 30/06/2022
Coop, Nicola SLT Secretary Active Finance Director 01/09/2018 18/07/2022
Crowland, Ruth Community Governor Governing Body DIrector Active Specialist Teacher 07/03/2017 06/03/2025
Gater, Catherine Community Governor Chairs of Committee DIrector Active Gender Project Officer 14/07/2016 13/07/2024
Gray, Fred Community Governor Chairs of Committee Director Active Executive Director 15/11/2016 14/11/2024
Ingate, Chris Staff Governor (Principal) Ex Officio Director Active Principal 29/09/2010 Ex Officio
Lloyd Warren, Leigh Community Governor Governing Body Director Active Accountant 22/01/2020 21/01/2024
Mansfield, Jane Community Governor Governing Body Director Active Banking 22/01/2020 21/01/2024
Noblett, Ross Staff Governor (teacher) Staff Director Active Teacher 01/04/2019 31/03/2023
Scotcher, Hilary Parent Governor Parents Director Active Store Assistant 01/07/2018 30/06/2022
Sear, Charlotte Community Governor Governing Body Director Active Education 22/01/2020 21/01/2024
Townsend, Richard Community Governor Governing Body Director Active Councillor Education 31/01/2020 01/02/2024
Turner, Gill Parent Governor Parents Director Active Accountant 05/12/2018 04/12/2022
Wach, Jane Parent Governor Parents Director Active Head of Sourcing 09/09/2020 08/09/2024
Watkins, Lisa Parent Governor Parents Director Active Head of Automation 01/07/2018 30/06/2022
Wilson, Alison Community Governor Governing Body Director Active CEIAG 13/03/2019 14/03/2023
Winter, James Community Governor Chairs of Committee Director Active Head of Field Sales 07/07/2016 06/07/2024
Brown, Nicole Parent Governor Parents Director Retired Soft Services Manager 24/10/2015 Retired on 31/10/2019
Eastwood, Sarah-Jane Staff Governor (Teacher) Staff Director Retired Teacher 01/09/2017 Retired on 30/06/2018
Gallagher, Julie Parent Governor Parents Director Retired Human Resources Director 05/01/2014 Retired on 04/12/2018
Gubb, Sally Parent Governor Parents DIrector Retired Operational Manager 01/04/2018 Retired on 10/07/2019
Hazell, Alan Community Governor Chairs of Committee Director Retired Company Director 25/01/2016 Retired on 24/01/2020
Luxton, Liz SLT Secretary Retired Business Manager 29/09/2010 Retired on 31/08/2018
Newland, LucyKate Staff Governor (support) Staff Director Retired Learning Mentor 03/02/2016 Retired on 30/06/2018
Phillips, Michael Staff Governor (Teacher) Staff Director Retired Teacher 01/07/2018 Retired on 09/09/2020
Prior, Neville Co-opted Governor Chairs of Committee Director Retired Company Director 01/01/2018 Retired on 22/01/2020
Pritchard, Karen Community Governor Chairs of Committee Director Retired Solicitor 05/02/2016 Retired on 30/06/2018
Sherriff, Andrew Community Governor Chairs of Committee Director Retired Accountant 01/04/2018 Retired on 31/03/2019
Smith, Jonathan Community Governor Chairs of Committee Director Retired Retired 07/07/2016 Retired on 12/09/2018
Stocker, Mark Community Governor Chairs of Committee Director Retired Finance/ Pensions/ Actuary 20/01/2018 Retired on 09/12/2020
Swanepoel, Annie Co-Opted Governor Governing Body Director Retired Psychiatrist 01/12/2016 Retired on 03/03/2021
White, Emma Parent Governor Parents Director Retired Music Teacher 01/04/2018 Retired on 10/07/2019

Committees

Estates and Finance

  • Nicola Coop (SLT Serving)
  • Catherine Gater
  • Chris Ingate
  • Leigh Lloyd Warren (Chair of Estates)
  • Ross Noblett
  • Richard Townsend
  • Gill Turner (Chair of Finance and Vice Chair of Governors)
  • Lisa Watkins

Personnel

  • Fred Gray (Vice Chair of Governors)
  • Jane Mansfield (Chair)
  • Hilary Scotcher
  • Jane Wach
  • James Winter

Curriculum

  • Ruth Bamlett
  • Lee Bothwell
  • Ruth Crowland (Chair)
  • Hilary Scotcher
  • Charlotte Sear
  • Alison Wilson

Audit

  • Nicola Coop (SLT Serving)
  • Ruth Crowland
  • Catherine Gater (Chair of Governors)
  • Fred Gray (Chair)
  • Chris Ingate (SLT Link)
  • Leigh Lloyd Warren
  • Gill Turner (Vice Chair of Governors)

Steering

  • Ruth Crowland (Chair of Curriculum Committee)
  • Catherine Gater (Chair of Governors)
  • Fred Gray (Chair of Audit Committee)
  • Chris Ingate (SLT Serving)
  • Leigh Lloyd Warren (Chair of Estates)
  • Gill Turner (Chair of Finance and Audit; Vice Chair of Governor)

Elections

There are regular elections for members of the Governing Body of Birchwood High School. If you are interested in putting yourself up for election please contact Miss Walker

Meetings

Under Regulation 13 of the School Governance (Procedures) ( England ) Regulations 2003 , governing bodies must make their main meeting minutes available for inspection by any interested person.  It has been decided that in the spirit of this requirement and of open communication, we will publish these minutes on our website.  This will be done after their formal approval at a subsequent full meeting. They are a facsimile of the paper versions held on file by the school.