Governance Overview

We have been part of the NEAT Academy Trust family of schools since 1 April 2017.

The level of governance in NEAT include:

  • Members
  • Non-executive directors/trustees
  • Local governing committees  

Our NEAT Board and Committee role overview shows the relationship between the diffrerent levels of governance.

Constitution

Our local governing committee has:

  • Two parent members (elected by parents of pupils at the school)
  • One staff member (elected by staff of the school)
  • Headteacher member (ex-officio)
  • Eight trust members approved by the NEAT board of directors
  • Two co-opted members approved by the Local Governing Committee

The terms of office of all members are four years, except:

  • Any co-opted members where the term of office is one year
  • Ex-officio appointments which are based on the person holding a particular office and continue as long as the person remains in post

Local Governing Committee Members

Anne-Marie Blackburn

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 09.12.21

Term of office ends: 08.12.25

Declared interests: Mental Health Panel Member – NHS since 17.11.21; Employee – UK Civil Service since October 2018

Laura Bridges

Parent Member

Elected by parents of Walkergate Community School: 06.06.23

Term of office ends: 05.06.27

Declared interests: None

David Buchan

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 14.06.23

Term of office ends: 13.06.27

Declared interests: Director – Bike4Health since 23.10.14

Alexander Stephen Burdon

Trust Member (LGC Chair)

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 09.02.21

Term of office ends: 08.02.25

Declared interests: Employee – The Operational Research Society since 08.01.24; Employee – Protect 365 since 03.02.20

Holly Busson

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 14.10.23

Term of office ends: 13.10.27

Declared interests: Employee – Avison Young since 05.05.10

 

David Coe

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 15.10.20

Term of office ends: 14.10.24

Declared interests: Employee – North East Local Enterprise Partnership since July 2019

 

Beverley Collins

Staff Member

Elected by staff of Walkergate Community School: 24.01.24

Term of office ends: 23.01.28

Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust since 01.04.17; Staff member – Walkergate Community School since September 2010

Donna Harrison

Trust Member (LGC Co-Vice Chair)

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 01.04.17

Re-appointed: 17.03.21

Term of office ends: 16.03.25

Declared interests: Employee – Clennell Education Solutions since 09.06.21

Jak Hogg

Co-opted Member

Appointed by Walkergate LGC: 30.04.24

Term of office ends: 29.04.25

Declared interests: Employee – Newcastle United Foundation since 04.12.18

Jade Martin

Trust Member (LGC Co-Vice Chair)

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 12.07.23

Term of office ends: 11.07.27

Declared interests: Staff Governor – Hadrian Park Primary School since 04.09.18

 

Dan Nelson

Headteacher

Ex-officio position based on role as Headteacher from 01.09.22

Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust since September 2022

Former LGC Members in the last 12 months

Shara Beaton

Parent Member

Elected by parents of Walkergate Community School: 15.11.21

Resigned: 24.05.24

Declared interests: Employee – Aramark Ltd since March 2018

Lee Edward Davie

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 06.03.19

Re-appointed as a co-opted member: 06.03.23

Term of office ended: 05.03.24

Declared interests: Employee – Accenture since January 2016

Amanda Lewis

Staff Member

Elected by staff of Walkergate Community School: 30.09.22

Resigned: 08.10.23

Declared interests: Employee – NEAT Academy Trust since September 2021

Alex Curran

Co-opted Member

Appointed by the LGC: 27.09.22

Term of office ended: 26.09.23

Declared interests: Employee – Newcastle United Foundation since 30.03.13

Sophie Johnson

Trust Member

Appointed by NEAT Trust Board: 30.09.22

Resigned: 04.09.23

Declared interests: Employee – Sophie Johnson Consultancy since September 2021; Employee – Westgate Hill Primary Academy since January 2014

 

 

Local Governing Committee Meetings

The Scheme of Delegation of Governance sets out the roles and responsibilities of each school’s local governing committee and the decisions that the NEAT Board of Directors has delegated to it.

Meetings

The local governing committee usually meets four times each year: once in each of the Autumn and Spring Terms and twice in the Summer Term.

Attendance Register

The attendance of local governors at meetings in 2022-23 is available below: