Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Mrs Lynda Lingard

Vice Chair of Governors

Dr Ruksanna Ahmad

Governors

Mr Jonathan Robinson

Mrs Lydia Gurney

Mrs Judy Stanyard

Mrs Julie Broadbent

Mrs Jenny Donaldson

Mrs Emily Davison

Head Teacher

Mrs Sue Skillcorn

 Chair of Resources Committee: Dr Ruksanna Ahmad

Chair of School Improvement Committee: Lydia Gurney

If you would like to find out more about the role of a governor, then please go to http://www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx

Chair of Governors, Lynda Lingard

Hello. I was delighted to be appointed a governor of Mill Lane school in September 2015 and Chair of governors in December 2016.

I have retired from a long career in education that included teaching in several primary schools, working in Children’s Centres and advising and training staff in Early Years Settings across Stockton.

I am Mum to two grown up sons and I am a volunteer driver for our local hospice.  I enjoy gardening, walking in the countryside with my dog and singing in a local pop choir.

I look forward to working closely with the governors and staff to make sure that all of the children in Mill Lane are happy to be in school and are supported and encouraged to make the most of their abilities and talents.

Vice Chair of Governors, Ruksanna Ahmad

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in September 2015 and I am very proud to be part of the school’s future direction.

I am a PhD Chemist working in industry in a range of roles including project management and research and development.

My interests include family orientated activities, taking days out, walking, supporting Middlesbrough FC, boxercise, Kettlebells and Metafit.

Head Teacher, Sue Skillcorn

I studied at Durham University and I qualified as a teacher in July 1996. I worked at Harry Dack Infant School and then worked at Handale Primary School as Assistant Head Teacher. I moved to Dormanstown Primary School as Deputy Head Teacher and I am now very proud to say that I have been The Head Teacher of Mill Lane Primary School since September 2015.

I have two children of my own and my hobbies include travelling, reading, horse riding and sport.

I am really enjoying my time at Mill Lane. I am passionate about giving every child the best possible start to their education to enable each and every one to achieve their full potential. I am committed to ensuring that each child learns the skills necessary to become life-long learners, to enable them to confidently go on to secondary school, college, university and beyond, and prepare them for life in the 21st Century.

Staff Governor, Judy Stanyard

I trained to become a teacher at Manchester University and have worked in a variety of schools in the North West of England, before relocating to the North East in 2003.  I was delighted to be given the chance to work at Mill Lane as Deputy Head teacher and officially started in December 2016.  I was thrilled to also take on the role as Staff Governor the following term, as I feel I can really help to move forward the learning experiences for the children at our school. 

I am a very family orientated person and love spending time with my young daughter and husband.  We keep our weekends and holidays very busy.  I my spare time I enjoy swimming, travelling, cooking and eating!

I have a great passion for Science and English and strongly believe that as educational practitioners, we should never place a ceiling on children’s learning or experiences.  As we say at Mill Lane – Shoot for the moon and you’ll land amongst the stars! 

Associate Member, Jonathan Robinson

I have been a governor at Mill Lane since 2004. I work as Head of Commercial for a government funded innovation centre that supports companies who are developing new medicines.

I am passionate about ensuring that the children at Mill Lane have a good start in their academic careers, such that they progress into secondary education equipped with the tools to reach their full potential. Whilst academic attainment is important, I believe the development of young minds into responsible adults is a key accountability at Mill Lane.

Parent Governor, Lydia Gurney

I became a Parent Governor at Mill Lane Primary School in June 2017.  My family and I moved to Stockton-On-Tees from Reading when I took up the position of Children’s Pastor at Stockton Baptist Church at the beginning of 2017.  I have two children at Mill Lane School and I am keen to get involved and build connections with the school.

Before working for the church, I worked in Banking and Retail Management.  I also have a degree in Music and before moving to Stockton, spent a lot of my time teaching children piano and flute as well as going in to the local schools to help with assemblies and choirs. 

I am often in the playground at the beginning and end of the day with my children and I’m always happy to chat!

Emily Davison

I was appointed at co-opted Governor in June 2017 and am delighted to be part of the school. I worked as a teacher in China and a Teaching Assistant in Hartlepool before completing a teaching qualification. After teaching in schools for several years I accepted a position at Teach First, an educational charity whose aim is to end educational inequality. I have lived in Stockton most of my life (apart from 3 years in Newcastle studying for a Politics degree and a year in China) and am passionate about the town and its residents.

Co opted Governor, Julie Broadbent

I joined Mill Lane Primary school as a Co-opted Governor in December 2016 having taken early retirement from working in education and training across the Tees Valley. I have experience of working with young people and adults to help them gain skills and qualifications required to find employment or progress in their careers.

I am very pleased, to have this opportunity, to support the school to help all of the children reach their potential and prepare for the future.

I enjoy travelling, learning to play the ukulele and volunteer work to promote wildlife and heritage of the local community.

 

Register of Governor Interests

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_2016 – 2017_

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body

Term of Office

Committees

Official Responsibility

Attendance at

Governing Body

Attendance at  

Committee

Nature of Interest

Resignation Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1)

Governor in another school/education establishment

Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

 

Mrs S Skillcorn

Headteacher

N/A

SIP

RES

 

Headteacher

6/6

3/3

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Dr R Ahmad

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

30.09.2015 – 29.09.2019

RES

SIP

Vice Chair

6/6

3/3

1/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs N Gillan

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

16.10.2015 – 15.10.2019

SIP

 

4/5

2/2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Resigned

Mr R Lee

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

21.06.2016 – 20.06.2020

SIP

 

3/3

1/1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Resigned

Mrs L Lingard

Local Authority Governor

Appointed by LA

23.11.2016 – 22.11.2017

SIP

RES

 

Chair

5/6

3/3

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs L Gurney

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs J Broadbent

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.12.2016 – 09.11.2020

RES

 

1/5

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs E Davison

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB

05.07.2017 – 04.07.2021

N/A

 

N/A

N/A

Nil

 

 

 

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs J Stanyard

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

01.03.2017 – 28.02.2021

RES

 

3/3

2/2

Nil

 

Nil

Nil

 

Mrs N Gillan

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

09.05.2017 – 08.05.2021

SIP

 

0/1

1/2

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Mr J Robinson

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

16.12.2016 – 15.12.2020

N/A

 

0/4

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTERESTS

 

 

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_2015 – 2016_

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body

Term of Office

Committees

Official Responsibility

Attendance at

Governing Body

Attendance at  

Committee

Nature of Interest

Resignation Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1)

Governor in another school/education establishment

Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

 

Mr J Robinson

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

08.09.2015 – 07.09.2019

SIP

PMP

CHC

INT

Chair

5/5

3/4

1/2

2/2

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

 

Mrs J Coombs

LA Governor

Appointed by LA

10.08.2014 – 09.08.2018

SIP

RES

PMP

CHC

SEN

CPP

INT

APP

Vice Chair

5/5

3/4

3/4

2/2

1/1

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

21.06.2016

 

Mrs S Skillcorn

Headteacher

N/A

SIP

RES

CHC

PMP

Headteacher

5/5

4/4

4/4

2/2

2/2

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Dr R Ahmad

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

30.09.2015 – 29.09.2019

RES

PAP

CPP

N/A

4/4

4/4

1/2

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs N Gillan

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

16.10.2015 – 15.10.2019

RES

 

N/A

3/4

1/4

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs J Heap

Co-Opted

Appointed by GB

21.02.2011 – 07.09.2019

SIP

RES

N/A

5/5

4/4

4/4

Nil

Nil

Nil

23.06.2016

 

Mr Y Khan

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

08.09.2015 – 07.09.2019

SIP

PAP

HEA

NOM

CPP

N/A

2/4

2/4

1/2

N/A

N/A

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

01.07.2016

 

Mr R Lee

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

21.06.2016 – 20.06.2020

N/A

N/A

1/1

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs L Lingard

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by GB

15.09.2015 – 14.09.2019

SIP

CHC

INT

N/A

4/4

 

3/4

2/2

N/A

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs E Makaure

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

22.03.2013 – 14.10.2015

SIP

HEA

LIG

N/A

N/A

1/1

Nil

Nil

Nil

14.10.2015

Mrs M Pickles

Staff Governor

Appointed by staff

19.04.2012 – 18.04.2016

SIP

RES

N/A

4/5

1/4

3/4

Nil

Nil

Nil

18.04.2016

 

 

 

NAME OF SCHOOL: __Mill Lane Primary School_2014-2015_

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

 

Name, Category & Appointing Body Term of Office Committees Official Responsibility Attendance at Governing Body Attendance at Committee

Nature of Interest

Resignation Date
            Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1) Governor in another school/education establishment Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)  

 

 

Mr J Robinson

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

19.07.12 – 31.07.15 SIP

PMP

NOM

CPC

Chair 5/5 2/2

1/1

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil N/A

 

Mrs J Coombs

LA Governor

Appointed by LA

10.08.14 – 09.08.18 SIP

RES

PMP

SEN

CPP

INT

APP

Vice Chair 5/5 1/2

2/3

1/1

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil N/A

 

Mrs C  O’Brien

Headteacher

01.07.04 – 31.08.15 SIP

RES

Headteacher 3/3 (2 appointment of new HT) 2/2

3/3

Nil Nil Nil 31.08.2015

 

Mrs F Ahmed

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

16.10.14 – 16.03.15 Nil N/A 0/5 N/A Nil Nil Nil 16.03.2015

 

Mr D Coleman

LA Governor

Appointed by LA

29.05.12 – 31.07.15 RES

NOM

N/A 0/5 0/3

N/A

Nil Nil Nil 31.07.2015

 

Mrs C Fletcher

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

05.03.14 – 31.07.15 Nil N/A 2/5 N/A Nil Nil Nil 31.07.2015

 

Mrs J Heap

Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff

21.02.11 – 07.09.19 SIP

RES

N/A 1/3 (2 appointment of new HT) 1/3

1/3

Nil Nil Nil N/A

 

Mrs G Jackson

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

16.03.12 – 31.07.15 RES

PMP

CPP

APP

N/A 5/5 2/3

1/1

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil 31.07.2015

 

Mr Y Khan

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

10.03.14 – 31.07.15 SIP

PAP

HEA

N/A 3/5 2/2

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil N/A

 

Mrs E Makaure

Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

22.03.13 – 14.10.15 SIP

HEA

LIG

N/A 3/5 2/2

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil N/A
Mrs J Oliver MBE

LA Governor

APPOINTED by LA

06.11.12 – 05.03.15 SIP

RES

INT

PAP

N/A 3/3 1/1

1/1

N/A

N/A

Nil Nil Nil 05.03.2015
Mrs M Pickles

Staff Governor

Appointed by staff

19.04.12 – 18.04.16 SIP

RES

N/A 5/5 0/2

2/3

Nil Nil Nil N/A
Mrs S Sangowawa

Community Governor

Appointed by GB

01.09.14 – 31.07.15 SIP

CPP

HEA

N/A 3/5 ½

N/A

N/A

Cultures CLC (Chief Executive)

Aapna Services Ltd (Director)

Inspirational Arts Ltd

Nil Nil 31.07.2015

Register of Governor Interest Guidance

Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1.           Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.

Note 2.           Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school – Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner.  Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers.
  • A governor involved with any committee group, business or after school club who hire part of the school – Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school – Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.

The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually – as specified in the NCC code of conduct.  Staff had previously been included with the governor’s declarations but in light of the governing body register of interests being required to be published on the school web site, a separate register should be drawn up.  Staff governors will need to be included on both registers.