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.
- Mr D Butler (Principal)
- Miss R Widdowson (Chair)
- Mrs C Clements (Vice Chair)
- Mr B Lewing
- Ms C Radley
- Mr J O’Toole
- Mr K Slater
- Mr J Bennell
- Mrs Eleanor Mate (Professor Eleanor Bradley)
- Mrs Karen Reynolds
- Miss J Chadderton
Clerk to the Governing Board
- Mrs V A Iles
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.
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.
BA, BEd, PGCE
I have been running my own business since 2011 after working for over 30 years, much of it at a senior level, in the post-16 education and training sector. I now help community-based organisations flourish, thrive and achieve their goals and aspirations. In 2013 I was delighted to receive a national award for social entrepreneurship. When I became a Governor at Tudor Grange in 2010 I was impressed immediately by the dedication and hard work of the staff who were busy making the Academy one of the finest schools in the county. I had no hesitation in 2015 in accepting the invitation to become Chair of Governors. My target as Chair is to help the school ensure every child is happy, safe and flourishes way beyond their expectations. Speaking as a parent of a musician I can assure every parent that I know how important and enjoyable the arts are for children and that, even in times of austerity, we will do everything we can to ensuring the arts continue to play a huge role in the life of this very successful school.
Ben Lewing lives in Worcester and works for the Early Intervention Foundation, a small children’s charity based in London which focuses on using evidence to design support for vulnerable families. He previously worked in local government on children’s services strategy and partnerships, most recently as a strategic joint commissioner for Solihull Council and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group leading on early help in the early years, emotional wellbeing, support for children with disabilities, speech and language therapy and domestic abuse. Ben is social work qualified and started his career working in children’s homes in Birmingham, before he specialised in children’s rights and participation, working for Save the Children UK and the Children and Young People’s Unit. Ben has previous experience as a governor, at Northwick Infant School and Fort Royal Community Primary School, and is particularly interested in how schools care for the emotional wellbeing of their pupils, and support and challenge young people of all academic abilities.
Mrs Eleanor Mate (Professor Eleanor Bradley)
Eleanor is a Health Psychologist by background and currently works at the University of Worcester as a Director of Research. She has worked closely with the NHS for many years, conducting research to understand how individuals experience mental and physical ill-health. At the University, she works closely with the Research School to support the progress of postgraduate research students. She is particularly interested in the resilience and wellbeing of students as they progress through different levels of their studies and is keen to bring this experience to Tudor Grange Academy. Eleanor has two children currently studying at Tudor Grange Academy and, alongside Sadie, the family Jack Russell, they keep her and her husband busy in their free time.
Mrs 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.
Mr 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
Mrs 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.
Miss R Widdowson, Chair of Governors, and the Worcester LGB can be contacted via Tudor Grange Academy, Bilford Road, Worcester, WR3 8HN.