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Meet Our Governors

Meet our Governors, if you would like to speak to any of them or if you are interested in becoming a school Governor, please enquire at the office.

Governors are a very special part of our school.

Governors are a very special part of our school. 1 Cllr. Amanda Hopgood, Chair of Governors.
Governors are a very special part of our school. 2 Mrs Lesley Joyce, Vice Chair of Governors.
Governors are a very special part of our school. 3 Mr James Wolsey
Governors are a very special part of our school. 4 Mrs Margaret Sleeman
Governors are a very special part of our school. 5 Dr Sandra Whitton
Governors are a very special part of our school. 6 Mrs Lesley Hamill
Governors are a very special part of our school. 7 Mr Nigel Simpson
Governors are a very special part of our school. 8 Mrs Joanne Hall
Governors are a very special part of our school. 9 Mrs Kate Hall
Governors are a very special part of our school. 10 Mrs Fiona Dibb
Governors are a very special part of our school. 11 Mrs Gayle Foster
Governors are a very special part of our school. 12 Mrs Helen Wilkes
Governors are a very special part of our school. 13 Mr John McCourt
Governors are a very special part of our school. 14 Mr Richard Royle
Governors are a very special part of our school. 15 Cllr Mamie Simmons
Mrs Amanda Hopgood - I became a governor in 2006 and currently have the privilege of being the Chair of the Governing Body.  I, my family and both my children attended Finchale. I was a mortgage advisor and am currently a County Councillor representing the Newton Hall ward. Along with two other governors, I set up and oversee the running of Canterbury Kids Club which is the before and afterschool club available for children at Finchale.  I am also involved in the Durham County Credit Union running the weekly collection point in school for the children's savings accounts.
Mrs Lesley Joyce - I became a Governor in 2011. I have two daughters who both attended Finchale.  Being able to take an active role in their education by being part of the governing body was and still is very important to me. I work part time as a Senior Researcher with Proctor and Gamble at their Newcastle Innovation Centre. 
Dr Sandra Whitton - I am proud to say that I have been Head Teacher at Finchale Primary since January 2006 and during this time the school has undergone some significant developments. The Governors work tirelessly to support the education and well-being of our pupils and to ensure that not only do they have the best possible facilities within which they can learn, they have the best possible staff to ensure this happens!

Mr Nigel Simpson - I became a Governor in 2009. My son attended Finchale, so I am keen to help and support school. I have worked in the retail industry since graduating in Business in 1996, I currently work for Gregg's as the Head of Commercial Planning. 

Mrs Lesley Hamill - I became a parent Governor in 2013 and currently have three children in school. I am a trained secondary languages teacher. I very much enjoy teaching French at Finchale on a voluntary basis, and helping out with school trips.

Mrs Kate Hall - I have been a Governor since March 2012 and as well as attending myself many years ago, I now have two children at Finchale Primary School.  I am a parent helper, which I thoroughly enjoy, and am also currently an active member of the PTA. I work part- time as a Finance Director for a consultancy company of which I am also a part- owner. 

Mrs Fiona Dibb - I became a Governor in December 2013. I have two sons at Finchale and a daughter who attended in the past. I am happy to be involved with what goes on in school and I often attend as a parent helper.  I am an active member of The Friends of Finchale PTA. I work part-time as a supply teacher for Hays Education which keeps me busy. 
Mr James Wolsey - I have been a Governor at Finchale since 2000.  My first career was in Social Work, where I specialised in children and mental health. I am a retired lecturer from New College, where I taught Psychology and Social Work Practice.  At Finchale I enjoy filming school performances, editing these, and producing DVDs for sale to parents/carers and families. 
 

Mrs Jo Hall - I became a Governor at Finchale Primary School in 2004. I have worked at Finchale since 2003 in a variety of teaching roles and am currently Special Educational Needs or Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO) working on a part-time basis.   
 

Mr Richard Royle - I became a Governor at Finchale Primary School in 2008. I have a number of reasons for wanting to be a governor, including putting something into the community where I live and being the parent of twin boys who started at the school in 2010.  I am also a Headteacher of a Durham Special School so it is interesting for me to see how a different sector of education works.
Cllr Mamie Simmons - I became a Local Authority Governor in 2008 after having been a Governor several years previously. I have lived in Newton Hall for 38 years. I taught in both Primary and Secondary Schools and was a headteacher in a Primary School with a Nursery before I retired in 1994. I am a County Councillor and for several years I was Chairperson for Newton Hall Community Association.
Mrs Margaret Sleeman - I have worked at Finchale since 2007 and am currently the Deputy Head Teacher of our amazing school.  As well as being the Deputy Head Teacher I am also a class teacher and responsible for Data, Assessments and Numeracy.

 

 Gayle Foster - I feel very privileged to have been elected parent governor at Finchale since December 2015, especially having attended here as a child myself.  My daughter is already at the school, and I hope my son will follow in a few years time so I have a vested interest in Finchale for a long time to come. I work part time as an Online Brand Manager, but my background is in performance and people management. 

Mrs Helen Wilkes - I am a former pupil of Finchale and I currently have 3 children who attend.

I have worked as a secondary school PE teacher for the past 15 years, which I thoroughly enjoy and being a primary governor I feel I can give something back. I lead an active lifestyle, which includes playing competitive netball.

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