Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Mr D P Wallbank, BA

  Correspondence to be addressed to: The Clerk to the Governors, Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Mount Pleasant, Newcastle, Staffordshire ST5 1DB. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs K A Miller, BSc, ACA


Governors: Dr S Edmends, MBBS, FRCA, MMedSci(Keele)
Mrs E Gillow, BA
Mrs J A Grant, BA
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
  Mr D Webster


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 still has a daughter in the School, and a son who was a former pupil.

Mrs E Gillow - Chair of Employment and Compliance Committee

Elizabeth read French and Italian at London University and then qualified as a solicitor in 1994, specialising in employment law. She worked at Wragge & Co and Eversheads for a number of years before moving to Staffordshire and becoming a senior lecturer at Staffordshire University where she taught business law and employment law. She has a particular interest in the area of discrimination law and is in charge of disability issues within the law school. She has four children.

Mrs J A Grant - Business 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 pupil in the Senior School.

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 a solicitor and has worked in North Staffordshire for 28 years, specialising in commercial disputes. He is the former managing partner of a local legal business. He is married and has a son in 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.

Mr D Webster - Business Committee

David is Chief Executive of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice having worked in the mutual financial services sector for twenty five years. David is Honorary Treasurer at Keele University and in 2011 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University for his contributions to the linkage of local business to the University. David is married to Michelle and has a daughter, Grace and a son, Paul, both of whom studied at local universities.


Awards and Achievements

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Awards & Achievements Autumn 2017

Awards & Achievements Summer 2017

Awards & Achievements Spring 2017

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