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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 Sparkes Parent Representative Chair, Health and Safety
Mrs Irene Watson Co-opted Representative Deputy Chair, Pupil Premium, Sports & PE 
Mrs Eve Morton Local Authority Representative Curriculum chair, Safeguarding, Literacy
Mrs Laura Addis Parent Representative  SEND 
Mrs Lauren Willis Parent Representative  
Fr Martin Lee Co-opted Representative Staffing and Finance
Vacancy Co-opted Representative  
Vacancy Co-opted Representative  
Mrs Dawn Child Staff Representative  Curriculum
Ms Carmel Parker  Head Teacher   
Mrs Sue Ormerod  Foundation Representative Staffing and Finance Chair, STEM
Mr Andrew Burtenshaw Foundation Representative  
Mr Paul Truscott Clerk 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.

Irene Watson

Co-opted representative

Deputy Chair, Pupil Premium, Sports and PE


I have been a governor at Forest Hall Primary since September 2017.  I am the Early Years governor and have recently taken on the role of Pupil Premium governor.  This involves supporting, challenging, monitoring and evaluating the work of the school in raising the attainment and progress of children that are eligible for pupil premium funding and helping to ensure that the children in Early Years are provided for in accordance with EYFS requirements and are well prepared for their next phase of education.


I was previously a Head in a Northumberland school and before this was Vice Principal Teaching and Learning.  Prior to this I was a Deputy Head. I have held various posts in education having trained as a National College of School Leadership Consultant Leader and Remodelling Consultant. I was also involved in the Beacon School Initiative and the Best Practice Research Programme with Newcastle University.  I have experience of being a governor in both the primary and secondary sector. 


I hope to be able to use my skills to offer supportive challenge to the school in hope that this will enable all children of Forest Hall Primary to achieve their own personal best and to have as good as possible a start to their educational life. 

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.


Laura Addis

Parent Representative 



I have been a Parent Governor since May 2018. My role as Parent Governor is to provide a parent’s perspective on the school and provide support to the Governing Body and the school staff.I am currently the IT governor which forms part of the staffing and finance committee.


I currently have two children in the School, one in Year 2 and the other in Year 5. I feel I have the children’s best interests at heart. I applied to become a governor, so that I could support the management team and the parents/carers of our children.


I have worked in the customer service industry for over 12 years now, which gives me clear communication skills, the ability to adapt to different situations and good time management skills. I feel being a parent governor gives a chance of developing new skills and gives the opportunity to make a real difference and to contribute to children’s educational needs.


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.

Forest Hall Primary School Governing Body and Committees Structure 2018-19

Governors' Impact Statement 2018-19