Governing Body

Acting Chair of Governors

Mrs Barbara Peace-Ebanks


Mrs Pauline Beall 

Miss Rachel Conroy

Mr Ryan Powner (School Improvement)

Mr John Taylor (Resources)

Mrs Maureen Milburn (Staff Governor)

Mrs Louise Marr

Mrs Marion Dalgleigh

Mr Andrew May

Head Teacher

Mrs Sue Skillcorn

 Chair of Resources Committee: Mrs Barbara Peace-Ebanks

Chair of School Improvement Committee: Mrs Lydia Gurney

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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.

John Taylor, Governor

I am John Taylor, and I became a Co-opted Governor at Mill Lane Primary School in June 2018.  My wife and I have lived in Eaglescliffe for 42 years, and we have a grown-up daughter and grandson in Surrey. Until retirement I worked for ICI (later Huntsman) in the petrochemical industry. I am a member of Stockton Parish Church, with a particular interest in asylum seekers and in the Mill Lane area. Most weeks I can be seen in school listening to children read, and I sometimes help on school trips. I have previous experience as a School Governor at St. Mary’s primary school in Long Newton near Stockton, and although that school is very different, I would like to use that experience in Mill Lane School.



Barbara Peace- Ebanks

I joined the Governing Body of Mill Lane Primary School in June 2021 and am really excited to work with the Mill Lane family to make the school the best it can be. I have 40 years experience in education both in the UK and the Cayman Islands where I worked for over 20 years. I retired from my post as a Senior School Improvement Officer recently and returned to the UK to live in Stockton where I spent my teenage years. I am keen to work within the community in which I live and this is why I have become a Governor. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading  and enjoy traveling. 

Acting Chair of Governors

Pauline Beall 

As a Stockton-on-Tees Councillor for the Stockton Town Centre Ward I am pleased to be a Governor at Mill Lane school. I believe that our children should be given the best educational opportunities and skills that will set them up for life and this school, which is at the heart of the community, provides this.

Before I became a Councillor, I was employed by the Local Authority or agencies commissioned by them for over 40 years working in Housing, Community Development, Children’s Services and a Law Centre.

I live in Stockton with my husband who is also a Councillor and we both work hard on behalf of  the residents of Stockton. I am a grandmother to one adult and two children, and great grandmother to two primary age children, all of whom I support in various ways.

Maureen Milburn, Staff Governor

I was appointed as the Staff Governor at Mill Lane Primary School in September 2022.  I have lived in or around the Stockton-on-Tees area all of my life and I have worked in Education in various roles since September 2000.  I have five children and five grandchildren so I know first-hand the complexities of family life.  I hold a BA Hons degree in Business and I have a very hands on, can do approach to life.   If you need to speak to me please call into the school office or leave a message for me and I will do all that I can to help you.

Ryan Powner, Governor

I became a Governor at Mill Lane Primary School in June 2022.  My family and I moved to Teesside from Manchester when I took up a finance consultancy role, working exclusively within the Education sector.  Before moving, I worked for a 10 School Multi Academy Trust, progressing from Finance Apprentice to a Primary Management Accountant and Trust Procurement Officer.  I am now the Chief Finance and Operations Officer for Stockton on Tees only Primary specific Multi Academy Trust, Prince Regent Street Trust.  I have two young children and live a very happy seaside life in Redcar, much different to where I grew up!


Marion Dalgleish

I joined Mill Lane Primary School as a Parent Governor in September 2023, having been a parent of children attending the school for the last four years. As a family we have enjoyed living locally for the past seven years, getting to know the community Mill Lane serves. My professional background is in environmental work and I currently work part time for Groundwork charity. I have a personal interest in faith matters and engaging positively with the rich diversity of cultures and faith backgrounds at the school.

I am pleased to have the opportunity to support the school to help children reach their potential and prepare for the future. In my spare time I enjoy writing, being outdoors and volunteering at the Petch Street Community Garden.


Behaviour Statement

To read the Governing Body Behaviour Statement please click here: Governor Behaviour-Statement-2024

Details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees

To read the details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees, please click here: Structure and responsibilities

Register of Governors Interests 

To read the register of the governing body interests, please click here: Governors Interests Mill Lane 2023-24


Mill Lane Attendance

To read the register attendance for the governing body, please click here: Governors Register of Attendance for Mill Lane