St Barnabas Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 3HB

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St Barnabas Church of England School

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Meet the Governors

Greg Cracknell - Co-Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor

Greg has been a governor at St Barnabas Church of England School since September 2013 but has previously been a governor at three other Church Schools in Northamptonshire, including four years as Chair at St Andrews CEVA School in Northampton. 

Now retired, Greg was a teacher in two schools in Peterborough before becoming a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Northampton. He is a member of the Peterborough Diocese Board of Education and a Director of our academy company – Peterborough Diocese Education Trust.

Greg is an active member of the Geographical Association (GA), being on their Early Years and Primary Committee, as well as being a Primary Geography Quality Mark Moderator, and a Global Learning Consultant for the GA.

He is a member of Gleneagles Anglican Church in Wellingborough, where he leads a Home Group. Other interests include travel, reading, music and his grandchildren!

Committee Membership: Teaching, Learning and Attainment; Standards (Chair); Admissions; Christian Distinctiveness; School Development

Governor Lead Responsibilities: Humanities; Religious Education

Term of Office: September 2017 - September 2021

Greg Cracknell and the Local Governing Body can be contacted via the school (St Barnabas CE School, St Barnabas Street, Wellingborough, NN8 3HB) Please see also the PDET Complaints Policy.

Natalie Howes - Co-Chair of Governors and Parent Governor

Natalie joined the local governing body as parent governor in 2013, became Vice Chair of governors in 2015 and in November 2017 she was appointed Co-Chair of governors. Natalie is also the Vice Chair of Peterborough Diocese Education Trust Governance Committee and an Ofsted Parents Panel member.

Natalie has a BSc (Honours) Radiography (Radiotherapy), an MA Applied Health Studies (Research) and has over 16 years experience working in NHS hospitals in England, with her last post being Consultant Therapy Radiographer in Oncology. She has lectured in her field at local, national and international level.

Natalie left the NHS in 2011 to devote her time to raising her young family. She then became Director of Centric4 Limited in 2013. This consultancy company was established with her husband, providing organisational change services for both private and public sector clients. Natalie specialises in leadership and organisational culture.

Natalie is a member of St Barnabas Church in Wellingborough where she leads 'Little Frogs' preschool services and activities. She participates in the planning and provision of 'Messy Church' and is also the lead safeguarding officer for St Barnabas Church.

Her sons completed their education at St Barnabas Church of England School in 2015 and 2017. Her daughter now attends the school having started in Reception in September 2017.

Committee Membership: Teaching, Learning and Attainment; Standards; School Development; Christian Distinctiveness

Governor Lead Responsibilities: Numeracy; Science; Headteacher Performance Management

Term Of Office: September 2017 - September 2021

Natalie Howes and the Local Governing Body can be contacted via the school (St Barnabas CE School, St Barnabas Street, Wellingborough, NN8 3HB) Please see also the PDET Complaints Policy.

Hayley Perry - Co-Opted Governor

Hayley's daughter left St Barnabas Church of England School in July 2016 to move on to Freeman's Endowed Church of England Junior Academy. She believes her daughter developed enormously during here time at the school and her daughter continues to attend the joint choir so Hayley still has links to the school. She was heavily involved in the fundraising within the school as the Secretary of the Friends of St Barnabas School.

Hayley is a police officer by profession and covers the Wellingborough area. She has done so for the past 12 years and has developed a wealth of knowledge which will benefit the school. Her current post is as a Domestic Abuse Officer which involves working as part of a multi agency team to ensure those affected are correctly safeguarded and ultimately, risks are identified, actions are set, implemented and correctly recorded.

Hayley works daily feeding information into the MASH, and receiving actions from them. She has received bespoke training at work relating to the safeguarding of children, delivered by Barnado's. Hayley was the local officer for all CAF referrals and responsible for orchestrating a police response to assist the Team Around the Family (TAF).

Hayley hopes her son will attend St Barnabas Church of England School in the future.

Committee Membership: Teaching, Learning and Attainment

Governor Lead Responsibilities: Safeguarding; E Safety

Term of Office: January 2017 - January 2021

Caroline Manning - Foundation Governor

Caroline represents St Barnabas Church as a Foundation Governor. She has two daughters, one of whom is currently at St Barnabas Church of England School and another completed her time at the school, leaving in July 2015.

Caroline is a Group Human Resources Manager in a large private sector company and has over 15 years of experience in HR working across sectors, including the police, specialising in change management and business transformation. 

Caroline has close ties to St Barnabas Church and is involved in Messy Church and the women’s outreach group “Women of Word”, WOW for short; and is an active member of the Friends of St Barnabas School.

Committee Membership: Resources (Chair); Teaching, Learning and Attainment; Christian Distinctiveness

Governor Lead Responsibilities: Literacy; Religious Education; Health and Safety

Term of Office: February 2015 - February 2019

Agnes Seaman - Foundation Governor

Agnes represents St. Barnabas Church as a Foundation Governor.  She and her husband retired to Wellingborough in 2011 to be near their family, including their grandsons who attended St. Barnabas Church of England School.

Agnes has worked alongside her husband, who is an Anglican Minister, and has significant voluntary experience over many years with children’s groups.  During her time in Wellingborough, she has volunteered at a weekly mums and tots group, as well as doing ‘Open the Book’ assemblies at the School, and volunteering at JAM Club.  She and her husband are also members of the Wellingborough Schools’ Christian Assembly Team.

Agnes has previously been a school governor in both Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire, and brings practical experience of spending time with children in addition to her enthusiasm, creativity and love of fun!

Committee Membership: Resources; Admissions; School Development; Christian Distinctiveness; Pupil Premium

Governor Lead Responsibilities: Pupil Premium; Religious Education; Headteacher Performance Management

Term of Office: November 2017 - November 2021

Nicky Cekaj - Co-Opted Governor

Nicky is currently in her second year of being a governor at St Barnabas Church of England School, but she has previously been a governor at another local primary school for eight years. She has been a primary school teacher for eighteen years, working in both KS1 and KS2 and appreciate and value the hard work of all members of a school community.

She has one primary aged son who left St Barnabas in 2016 and who enjoys school and all the activities and events associated with it.

Nicky looks forward to supporting St Barnabas move towards becoming an outstanding school.

Committee Membership: Teaching, Learning and Attainment (Chair); School Development; Pupil Premium

Governor Lead Responsibilities: SEN and CLA

Term of Office: April 2015 - April 2019

Kirsti Edmead - Co-Opted Governor
Kirsti is married and has two children who attend Redwell Primary School in Wellingborough.  She attended Croyland, Redwell and Weavers schools in Wellingborough when she was growing up. 
In secondary school she developed a love for languages which she carried through to degree level, obtaining a 2.1 in Law and Spanish from the University of Wales, Cardiff. On graduating, Kirsti took a post graduate course in Legal Practice at Leicester De Montfort University and subsequently qualified as a Solicitor in 2003. She worked for the regional law firm, Tollers, until 2015, specialising in elderly client law, including wills and probate. In 2015 she also gained a Masters in Business Administration.
Kirsti took a short break from the law in 2015 and became responsible for compliance and quality assurance at Service Six, a local charity supporting vulnerable children and families. She has now returned to elderly client law and works for Brethertons Solicitors in Rugby.
During her spare time, Kirsti coaches artistic gymnastics to girls aged 4 - 16, something she has done for over 20 years! 
Kirsti has a passion for learning and development and joined the local governing body to try to assist with the school's continued improvement. Her focus is on giving all children, and staff, the opportunity to excel in their own individual ways.
Committee Membership: Admissions; Teaching Learning and Attainment
Governor Lead Responsibilities: Physical Education
Term of Office: July 2016 - June 2020

Sean Garden - Co-Opted Governor

Sean graduated from the University of Guelph in Canada with a BA in Business Management and Economics.  For the past 11 years he has been working for the International Coffee Organization, an intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together exporting and importing Governments to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation.  He currently ho the post of Head of Finance and Administration ad interim.

Sean and his wife moved to Wellingborough five years ago, after living in Spain for ten years, with their two sons who have recently completed University.  His wife is a volunteer at Home Start, a family support charity, and his motivation to become a Governor was to be able to give something back to the community.  He hopes with both his work and life experiences, he will be able to add value and provide a positive contribution to the governance of St Barnabas Church of England School.

Committee Membership: Resources

Governor Lead Responsibilities: Information Technology

Term of Office: November 2016 - November 2020

Katie Jones- Parent governor

Katie lives just around the corner from the school with her husband Tom and their three children.  Katie's eldest daughter is currently in reception at St. Barnabas, and her youngest is counting the weeks until she hopes to join September's cohort. 

Katie graduated from Oxford University with a law degree and has practised as a lawyer in London for the last ten years.  Katie specialises in planning, environmental and compulsory purchase law and currently works for law firm Pinsent Masons.

Katie, Tom and the children attend the Salvation Army in Kettering.  In their spare time, the Joneses are keen cyclists and outdoors enthusiasts and are currently devoting energy and love into the renovation of their house.  Katie also loves reading and devours books on her daily commute.

Katie is looking forward to supporting the school and representing a parent perspective in decision making.  Katie has direct experience as a parent of a child with special educational needs, including getting an EHCP in place for her step son and takes an interest in SEN provision.

Term of office:  December 2017- December 2021

Sue Campbell - Headteacher

Sue attends all local governing body meetings as Headteacher.  She has been in post since September 2013 having moved from a small rural primary school in South Northamptonshire where she was a teaching head for five years.

Sue has a husband, three grown up children,  two grandchildren as well as a dog and a rabbit.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, walking the dog and reading.  Sue is a churchwarden at her local church and part of the village book club.  She enjoys spending time with her family and walking in North Norfolk.

Mary Salter - Support Staff Governor

Mary is support staff governor on the local governing body, representing the schools’ non teaching staff.  She joined the local governing body in April 2016 as she moved into the Bursar role in a more formal capacity. Mary has worked at the school since October 2013 when she joined as a temporary administration assistant as her youngest daughter started school.

Originally from the north, Mary moved to the area in 2001 when her role in banking provided an opportunity to work in central London and from there to become a front line support manager for all branches across the South of England.

Mary has settled in Wellingborough with her husband and three primary school aged daughters, who all keep her extremely busy!

Committee Membership: Resources

Term of Office: May 2016 - April 2020

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