Chair of Governors
Mr D P Wallbank, BA
Vice Chair of Governors
Mrs K A Miller, BSc, ACA
|Governors:||Dr S Edmends, MBBS, FRCA, MMedSci(Keele)|
|Mrs J A Grant, BA|
|Mr D Holland, MA|
|Mr I G MacDonald, LL.B, Dip.LP, MBA|
|Mr A J McGowan|
|Mr G E Neyt, LLB|
|Ms F Tordoff|
|Mr M R Warren, BA, M.Arch|
Dr S Edmends - Employment and Compliance Committee
Shireen qualified in Medicine from London University in 1987, and was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Stoke in 1997. She has an interest in medical education and has held many posts in this area; including most recently, Associate Medical Director for Postgraduate Education at the University Hospital of North Midlands. She is the Head of the Postgraduate School of Anaesthesia and Critical Care in the West Midlands. She has a daughter and a son who are former pupils.
Mrs J A Grant - Employment and Compliance Committee
Born and bred in Stoke on Trent, Julie graduated from Birmingham University and went on to have a career in Marketing working for various UK businesses including Allied Domecq, Pizza Hut and Britannia Building Society. She founded her own marketing services company - Plinkfizz - from which she retired in 2011. She now works as a freelance marketing consultant. Julie is married to Lionel and they have a daughter who is a former pupil of the Senior School.
Mr D Holland - Business Committee
A Classics graduate from St. John’s College, Cambridge, David is Headmaster of Hill House School, Doncaster. He is a member of the Society of Heads, and sits on both the Society’s Main Committee and its Futures Committee, which briefs the Society and the Independent Schools’ Council on forthcoming educational change and challenge. David also serves as an ISI Inspector, and is a member of the board of a Multi Academy Trust which currently constitutes 6 primary schools in South Yorkshire.
David is a firm believer in, and advocate of, the importance of a high quality all-round education, and the necessity for excellent relationships between independent schools and the wider community.
Mr I G MacDonald - Business Committee
Iain qualified as a Scottish solicitor, working in private practice for 5 years before moving to London where he worked in corporate legal and senior management roles for more than 10 years prior to moving to what is now General Electric (GE) in Stafford. At GE, he has held a number of senior management roles, advising on general commercial and legal issues, both in UK and in Northern Europe. He is a law graduate of the University of Aberdeen, has an MBA from Kingston Business School and is a qualified as a lawyer in both Scotland and England. He is married and has two sons in the Senior School.
Mr A J McGowan - Employment and Compliance Committee
Andy is a Senior Managing Director and COO for Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology Operating Group. Andy joined after graduation and is now globally responsible for CMT’s New Business Approval, Client Delivery, QA, Finance, HR, Legal, Marketing, I&D and Operating Income performance. Andy is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (global organisation for young CEOs and Entrepreneurs) and a patron of the London Science Museum and Royal Television Society. Andy studied Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University graduating with 1st Class Honours and awarded the Watt Club Medal for Outstanding Merit and Distinction. Andy is married to Jo and has a son and a daughter both of whom study at the School.
Mrs K A Miller - Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Business Committee
Mrs Kath Miller is a former pupil of the Orme Girls’ School, a past president of the Old Girls’ Society and the parent of three former pupils. She graduated from UMIST with a degree in Mathematics and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. Kath has recently retired from PM Training, Project Management (Staffordshire) Limited after 35 years with the Company. PM Training delivers work-based learning to candidates aged from 14 in a wide range of vocational skills.
Mr G E Neyt - Business Committee
Graham is the Managing Director of a legal business based in Manchester and London which services the insurance businesses of and is ultimately owned by Markel Corp. He also sits on the UK national markets executive of Markel International insurance company. He was previously managing partner of a Staffordshire law firm and practised as a solicitor in the area for 28 years specialising in commercial litigation. Graham is married and has a son at the Senior School.
Ms F Tordoff - Employment and Compliance Committee
Fiona Tordoff is a former pupil of the Orme Girls' School and parent to a current Senior School pupil. She graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Political Science and went on to qualify as a Fellow of the CIPD working in the private sector She holds a Masters in Social Science from the University of Birmingham and the Institute of Directors Diploma. She is CEO of the Institution of Railway Operators, a membership organisation and also a Member of the Cheadle Academy Trust.
Mr M R Warren - Business Committee
Matthew is a design lead for a leading global development and construction business and is focussed on delivering cultural and residential regeneration in central London. Following the successful completion of a Masters degree in Architecture, Matthew, along with two partners were awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative & Cultural Practice 2013, which has led to the establishment of their own design practice exploring the links between professional practice and education. Matthew is also a keen advocate of North Staffordshire and has previously held roles with the Staffordshire Society of Architects and the North Staffordshire RIBA.
Mr D P Wallbank - Chair of Governors, Governor with responsibility for Child Protection (Safeguarding)
David is a former pupil of the School, and has two children in the Senior School. He is a graduate of the University of Kent at Canterbury and was a West Midlands Police Officer for thirty years holding the position of Detective Inspector. For eight years he specialised in child protection and safeguarding work and was vice-chair of NE Forum of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board. David now works in education at an academy in Newcastle-under-Lyme, where his role involves the welfare, attainment, behaviour, attendance and safeguarding of the children.