Governance Overview

We have been part of the NEAT Academy Trust family of schools since 1 April 2017.

The levels of governance in NEAT include:

  • Members
  • Non-executive directors/trustees
  • Local governing committees

Our NEAT Board and committee role overview shows the relationship between the different levels of governance. 

Constitution

Our local governing committee has:

  • Two parent members (elected by parents of pupils at the school)
  • One staff member (elected by staff of the school)
  • Headteacher member (ex-officio)
  • Eight members approved by the NEAT board of directors.

The terms of office of all members are four years, except:

  • Any co-opted members where the term of office is one year
  • Ex-officio appointments which are based on the person holding a particular office and continue as long as the person remains in post.

Current Local Governing Committee Members

Angela Campbell

Trust Member (LGC Vice-Chair)

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 02.10.17

Re-appointed: 02.10.20

Term of office ends: 01.10.24

Declared interests: Employee – Northumbria University since September 2014; Governor – Beech Hill Primary School since September 2012 

Peter Carter

Trust Member (LGC Chair)

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 02.10.17

Re-appointed: 02.10.20

Term of office ends: 01.10.24

Declared interests: Trustee and member – Trinity Academy since August 2017

Director – Blue Flames Conference and Leisure Centre since December 2012

Nichola Draper

Headteacher

Ex-officio position based on role as Headteacher from 01.04.17

Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust, West Walker Primary School

Kelly English

Parent Member

Elected by parents of West Walker Primary School: 16.12.22

Term of office ends: 15.12.26

Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust, West Walker Primary School

Claire Fiddes

Parent Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 11.11.21

Term of office ends: 10.11.25

Declared interests: Employee – Sam’s Coffee Shop since January 2020

Shayan Gazerani

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 02.11.21

Term of office ends: 01.11.25

Declared interests: Employee – NUFC Foundation since September 2014

Nicola Lawson

Staff Member

Appointed by West Walker Primary School staff on: 12.12.23

Term of office ends: 11.12.27

Declared interests: TBC

Jade Martin

Co-opted Member

Appointed by West Walker LGC: 28.11.23

Term of office ends: 27.11.24

Declared interests: Governor – Walkergate Community School since 12.07.23; Governor – Hadrian Park Primary School since 04.09.18

Amanda Parry

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 18.07.23

Term of office ends: 17.07.27

Declared interests: Employee – NHS Business Services Authority

Former LGC Members in the last 12 months

Carly Dobson

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 02.10.17

Re-appointed: 02.10.20

Resigned: 16.02.24

Declared interests: Employee – Barnados since September 2004

Laura Webster

Staff Member

Elected by staff of West Walker Primary School: 15.10.21

Resigned: 09.11.23

Declared interests: Governor – Ravenswood Primary School since October 2021; Employee – West Walker Primary School since April 2016

Louise Reay

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 22.10.19

Term of office ended: 21.10.23

Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust, Benfield School since September 2019

Local Governing Committee Meetings

The Scheme of Delegation of Governance sets out the role and responisibilities of each school’s local governing committee and decisions that the NEAT Board of Directors has delegated to it.

Meetings

The local governing committee usually meets four times each year: once each in the Autumn and Spring Terms and twice in the Summer Term.

Attendance Register

The attendance of local governors at meetings in 2022-23 is available below: