Governors

The Governors of the Academy are responsible for the staffing, finance, premises, curriculum and future planning of the school. The Governors work very closely with the senior leadership team in making decisions about the school.

The responsibilities of the LGB are delegated from the Trust Board and are detailed in the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation which can be found here.  The Trust Terms of Reference for Local Governors can be found here.

Contact details for Chair & Vice Chair

Chair

Miss R Widdowson,
Clerk to Governors Mrs V Iles
c/o Tudor Grange Academy Worcester,
Bilford Road, Worcester WR3 8HN

Vice Chair

Mrs C Clements
Clerk to Governors Mrs V Iles
c/o Tudor Grange Academy Worcester,
Bilford Road, Worcester WR3 8HN

Governors

Full Name role date appointed Appointed by relevant business and pecuniary interests Trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions/charities Personal relationships with trust employees or other members/trustees/ local governors Date interest declared Meetings attended year 20/21 (max 4) 
Rebecca Widdowson Community Governor 01/01/20 GB/Board n/a Trustee of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership Trustee Rowlands Trust n/a 01/01/20 4
Cherie Clements Community Governor 12/12/18 GB/Board n/a Trustee Bromsgrove Arts Trust (1097575) n/a 12/12/18 2
David Butler Ex Officio 01/08/19 Ex-officio by virtue as Principal n/a n/a Married to Mrs J Butler, DSL and College Leader 01/08/19 4
Clancy Radley Community Governor 01/05/19 GB/Board n/a n/a n/a 01/05/19 1
Jim O’Toole Community Governor 24/02/20 GB/Board n/a Trustee Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire n/a 24/02/20 1
Karen Reynolds Parent Governor Safeguarding Governor 13/01/20 Elected by parents n/a n/a n/a 13/01/20 1
Joanne Chadderton Staff Governor 24/02/20 Elected by staff n/a n/a n/a 24/02/20 2
Karen McStay Staff Governor 26/03/21 GB/Board n/a n/a n/a 06/07/21 1
Jo Widdowson Community Governor 18/06/21 GB/Board n/a n/a Sister in Law of Rebecca Widdowson, Chair 06/07/21 1
Neil Herman Community Governor 18/06/2021 GB/Board n/a n/a n/a 06/07/21 1
Anna Deacon Skeats Parent Governor 05/11/21 GB/Board n/a n/a n/a 05/11/21

Governor Profiles

Mrs Widdowson

Rebecca Widdowson

Chair

I am a Solicitor and Managing Partner of a law firm in Worcester City centre. I have a background of regulatory compliance and practice management and I bring considerable experience in managing professionals. Outside of work I am a very keen cyclist and fund raiser. I would like to see greater engagement between schools and businesses to give students the best opportunity of employment when they leave education. I hope I bring a useful skill set to assist the senior management of the school develop the academy and its students to their full potential.

Mrs Widdowson

Cherie Clements

Vice-Chair

My background has always been Finance, after leaving school I completed the 1990’s version of an apprenticeship within Finance, I enjoyed it so much I progressed on to a formal accountancy qualification and became a Chartered Management Accountant. After working within the manufacturing and charitable sector my current role is Director of Finance at a local Further Education College where I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team, having over 12 years experience of the education sector I have seen the numerous challenges Schools and Colleges face whilst continuing to make positive longstanding impacts upon students futures.Education had a positive impact upon my career and direction in life, I am eager to support and share the skills I have gained to benefit the school and the young people they support.

Clancy Radley

Clancy Radley

I stem from a youth and community background and have vast experience of working with a broad range of young people, families and the wider community.

I mentored students at Tudor Grange for roughly 7 years, mentoring students at risk of exclusion,before being asked to join the LGB.

I currently run a youth group in Hereford for young people with learning disabilities and also work at Worcester learning zone where I am a tutor and student coordinator. My key areas of focus are SEN and Mental ill health including supporting highly anxious students to access education.

I am passionate about ensuring that students and young people have the best opportunity to thrive, and have the resources and support to make the most of what life throws at them, particularly in such challenging times.
I am hopeful that my skills are beneficial to the LGB, and the wider school and contribute to the students having a positive experience at TGA Worcester.

Jim O’Toole

Jim O’Toole

Jim O’Toole has 25 years’ experience in the management of international sport and sponsorship programmes. He has been CEO of two world championship series, in powerboat racing and professional sailing and has worked at two Premiership Rugby clubs, London Irish and Worcester Warriors where he was Chief Executive when Warriors were last promoted to the Premiership. He runs his own sports marketing business based in Worcester and his most recent project was running a European Equestrian Series, the Event Rider Masters. He is a trustee of Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Karen Reynolds

Karen Reynolds

I have lived in Worcester for the last 17 years, with my husband and two children. My daughter attends Tudor and my son is hoping to start here in September 2020.

I have worked in education for the last 10 years at a large local primary school. For the past 4 years I have been the lead Thrive Practitioner, which is a role that supports all children with their social and emotional development and studies how the brain grows and develops, during childhood. Two years ago I qualified as a Thrive trainer and train other teachers and people in primary education. Previously, I worked in Banking and specialised in the learning and development of training staff. The emotional well being of children is a passion of mine and one that I feel I can bring my experience to, as a parent governor.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the cinema and I am a keen rugby union fan and support Worcester Warriors.

Joanne Chadderton

Joanne Widdowson

Joanne Widdowson

I am a Marketing and Sales Manager for a print and mail company in Droitwich. I have been in media, marketing and communications for nearly 20 years and have experience of networking and engaging with businesses and individuals from various sectors and walks of life. I have been married for 23 years and have two older children who have been through secondary and sixth form education so have experience of what it is to be a parent of stressed and anxious teenagers sitting important exams. I am keen to see access to extracurricular activities for all students regardless of their abilities or financial capability as I believe that every child needs the chance to discover their potential. Another area of great interest and concern for me is the positive mental health of students in today’s digital, ‘always on’ society and I am keen to help make sure that no child suffers unnecessarily.

Karen McStay

Karen McStay

Qualified in Business & Finance and employed within various sectors from print and publishing to marketing and retail, joining Tudor Grange Academy over 7 years ago has enabled me to diversify further and qualify as a level 6 Career’s Advisor. It has allowed me to grow links with further and higher educational settings alongside local businesses all of which provide our students with enriching activities and knowledge so they can make informed choices about their future pathways. With over 29 years’ worth of employment knowledge I am keen to support our students with the key employability skills that are required of them for entering the world of work. I am a Mental Health First Aider within the Sixth Form and support our students through challenging times as well as working closely with all departments within the Academy to ensure the smooth running of daily life in the Sixth Form. I am on the staff social committee which involves organising Christmas and summer parties along with all things “social”. I have one daughter about to start in the Sixth Form and another who left 2 years ago and now attends university. I am keen to give our students the opportunities that stretch them outside the classroom and build on their life experiences.

Neil Herman

Neil Herman

After leaving school, I trained as an accountant while working for a company based in Worcester and have subsequently been employed by various organisations mainly in Birmingham and the Black Country. The majority of these roles have been in the manufacturing sector working for several multinational companies headquartered in the UK, US and Europe. These roles have allowed me to interact and integrate with colleagues around the world. After gaining an MBA at Aston University I moved into general management and was responsible for two businesses, one based in the West Midlands and the other in the Netherlands. I now operate my own company providing accounting services to corporate clients.

I have been working as a Mentor on various programs with undergraduate and postgraduate students at Aston University for the last 12 years and also act as a Mentor and placement visitor on several programs including those run by the Engineering Development Trust and Birmingham Young Professional Society. I have had some outstanding opportunities during my career and I am always keen to encourage young people to explore the wider opportunities in the workplace and to aspire to achieve more.

I am a Trustee on the Board of two charities, one based in Sandwell and the other in Hereford and Worcester.

Anna Deacon Skeats

Anna Deacon Skeats

I am the CEO of a national charity supporting some of most vulnerable communities across the UK to become happier, healthier, and more connected. I am incredibly driven to supporting the development and delivery of cross-sector action to address health inequalities at a national and local level, through leading high-quality community led programmes and projects.

I began my career as a Public Health Nutritionist within the NHS and I have worked across the public, private and charitable sector within various health and wellbeing leadership roles spanning the past 18 years.

I was keen to join the TGAW team of Governors, to support the great work of the Academy. I have two children that attend the school who are both very happy at the school.

I am committed to supporting the Academy’s strategic growth and development, ensuring it is a place where every pupils’ needs are met, supporting the Tudor team to provide a rich, inspiring environment for children to grow and develop and reach their full potential, regardless of their ability or background.

 

Governors who have left over the past 12 months

Full Name role date appointed Date resigned
Joseph Bennall Community Governor 01/04/2019 15/10/2020
Keith Slater Community Governor 12/12/2019 28/03/2021
Ben Lewing Community Governor 08/06/2018 10/05/2021
Professor Eleanor Bradley Parent Governor 13/01/2020 15/10/2021