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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
The Governing Body  Responsibilities
Mrs Jackie SparkesParent RepresentativeChair, Health and Safety
Mrs Sue OrmerodFoundation RepresentativeVice Chair, Staffing and Finance Chair, STEM
Mrs Eve MortonLocal Authority RepresentativeCurriculum chair, Safeguarding, Literacy and Early Years
Mrs Karen Oliver Parent Representative  
Mrs Lauren WillisParent Representative 
Mr Davy DeGeeterParent Representative  
Mr Russell PickeringCo-opted Representative 
VacancyCo-opted Representative 
Ms Nikki RenaldiStaff Representative Curriculum
Ms Carmel Parker Head Teacher  
Mr Andrew BurtenshawFoundation Representative 
Mr Paul TruscottClerk to the Governors  
The Governing Body was reconstituted in September 2015.
Any of the governors can be contacted via the school office 
Please see the link below to view any of the governors interests.




Jackie Sparkes

Chair of Governors

Parent Representative, Health and Safety 


I re-joined the Governing Body in 2018 having previously been a parent governor. I have lived in the area for over 20 years and have seen the children of many friends and neighbours attend the school and go on to flourish and achieve great results having benefitted from a sound start on their education journey. My son now attends the school and is very happy here.


I believe in supporting children to attend a local school where they can grow as part of a community where they live and develop friendships which can last a lifetime.


By profession I am a Chartered Town Planner currently working in a local authority. I bring skills in monitoring and evaluation, strategy development and can support work to sustain and improve the school's built environment and assets.


I will support the school to deliver great outcomes for all pupils so that Forest Hall Primary School is the school of choice for families in the area.

Eve Morton

Local authority representative

Curriculum Chair, Safeguarding, Literacy


I have been a governor at Forest Hall Primary School for approximately 3 years. I am the governor responsible for safeguarding; the literacy link governor and I chair the ‘Curriculum and Standards Sub-Committee’.


I have been a qualified teacher for 20 years, the last 4 of which I have worked in an advisory role for the School Improvement Team. I am well placed to provide support and challenge to promote standards and learning at school.
When invited, I was keen to become a governor at Forest Hall as this is the school I attended as a child. I enjoy being part of the governing body and I’m keen to be part of the journey supporting teachers, as well as pupils, to promote, achieve and foster a love of life-long learning.


Sue Ormerod

Foundation representative

Staffing and finance chair, STEM


I have been a governor at Forest Hall Primary School since 2013 and currently Chair the Staffing and Finance Sub- Committee. I am also the governor responsible for computing and ICT.


I am the Regional Director for Nigel Wright Recruitment with responsibility for managing the recruitment of senior executives in IT and Digital for clients throughout the North East. Outside of work, I am an Enterprise Advisor with the North East LEP, I sit on the advisory board of Dynamo and the board of the North East Women’s Leadership Board at Newcastle University. I am very fortunate that my career has given me the ability to help students understand what careers are available to them in the region.

I was delighted when the vacancy for a Trust Governor at Forest Hall became available.  As a former pupil, Forest Hall Primary School was a very special part of my education and I feel privileged to be part of the Governing body.  I thoroughly enjoy my role and the opportunity it provides me to support the teachers as they in turn, guide the pupils as they start their education and hopefully, their love of learning.


Lauren Willis

Parent Representative 


I am new to my role as parent governor at Forest Hall Primary school this year. Since my son started his education at the school, for the last 2 years I have helped out with PTA events and fairs as and when I have been able.


I work at one of our local hospitals here in Newcastle and I am fortunate to work part time, leaving me with time I hope I can put to good use, as a Parent Governor at Forest Hall Primary School, supporting the staff as they deliver the curriculum to the children, inspiring a love of learning.

Governors of Forest Hall Primary School 2021-22

Governors' Impact Statement 2018-19