Meet the Governors
Natalie Howes - Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor
Natalie joined the Academy Governance Committee in 2013, became Vice Chair of Governors in 2015 and subsequently Co-Chair of Governors in November 2017. She was appointed Chair of Governors in July 2018. Natalie is also a member of Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET) 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. As a Consultant Practitioner her core functions included expert practice; clinical and professional leadership; education and training; service development and research together with the duty of bringing strategic direction and innovation. She has lectured in her field at local, national and international levels.
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 successful consultancy company was established with her husband, providing business transformation 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 Parish 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.
Committee Membership: Teaching, Learning and Attainment; Standards; School Development; Christian Distinctiveness
Governor Lead Responsibilities: Numeracy; Science; Headteacher Performance Management
Term Of Office: February 2019 - February 2023
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.
Katie Jones - Vice Chair of Governors and Parent governor
Katie lives just around the corner from the school with her husband Tom and their three children. Their daughters both attend the school.
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.
Committee Membership: Teaching Learning and Attaintment; Standards; School Development
Governor Lead Responsibilities: Literacy; Physical Education
Term of office: December 2017- December 2021
Hayley Perry - Co-Opted Governor
Hayley's daughter left St Barnabas Church of England School in July 2016. She believes her daughter developed enormously during her time at 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 former police officer covering the Wellingborough area. She held this position for 13 years, developing a wealth of knowledge which has benefited the school. Her last post was a Domestic Abuse Officer involving multi agency team working to ensure those affected were correctly safeguarded and ultimately, risks were identified, actions were set, implemented and correctly recorded.
Hayley worked daily feeding information into the MASH, and receiving actions from them. She received bespoke training at work relating to the safeguarding of children, delivered by Barnado's. She was the local officer for all CAF referrals and responsible for orchestrating a police response to assist the Team Around the Family (TAF).
Hayley is now a pastoral manager and the Designated Safeguarding Officer at a local secondary school. Her role involves raising standards of pupil attainment, attendance and behaviour.
Committee Membership: Teaching, Learning and Attainment
Governor Lead Responsibilities: Safeguarding; E Safety
Term of Office: January 2017 - January 2021
Agnes Seaman - Foundation Governor
Agnes 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 third 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; Standards; School Development; Pupil Premium
Governor Lead Responsibilities: SEN and CLA
Term of Office: April 2015 - April 2019
Sue Campbell - Executive Headteacher
Sue attends all local governing body meetings as Executive 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. In April 2018 Sue took on the executive headship of Ringstead Church of England Primary School which is also in the PDET multi academy trust.
Sue has a husband, three grown up children, two grandchildren as well as a dog. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, walking the dog and reading. Sue is an active member of her local church and part of a village book group. She enjoys spending time with her family and walking on the vast beaches along the North Norfolk coast.
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.
Mary lives in Rushden with her husband and three daughters who all keep her extremely busy!
Committee Membership: Resources
Term of Office: May 2016 - April 2020
Juliette Minter - Staff Governor
Juliette is a staff governor on the local governing body. She joined the school in September 2015 as Early Years Lead and P.E. Lead. Prior to that she taught at a small village infant school and a larger 2 form entry school.
She is married with 2 sons who are both at university.
She has a keen interest in sport and has competed in many athletic events over the years. In her spare time she runs, cycles, paints and takes her dog out for walks.
Term of Office: May 2018 - April 2022