Meet The Directors

Mr Ivan Whitfield
Chair of Directors

Mr Derek Turner

“I am currently Chair of Governors and Governor of Acre Rigg Academy since 1997
I am passionate about education and enabling all young people so that they can achieve their full potential.

I bring my experience of a lifelong career in Engineering.

My position as Chief Engineer involved me Project Management, Budget( preparation and control), Health and Safety, H. R. and managing a team of 60 highly motivated people

I enjoy the opportunity to act as a critical friend to the Academy and improve the work we do as Governors.”

Mr Mike Simpson

I became a Governor at Stephenson Way Academy and Nursery School in 2008 and have been Chair since 2013.  I have however taken an interest in the school for many years as my Dad worked there when it first opened in 1961.  I retired from my position of Human Resource Development Specialist at 3M UK plc in 2010 after almost 40 years service. I hold a BA in Education and Training from the University of Huddersfield together with other qualifications in learning, coaching and assessment.  I am married, have three children and two grandchildren.  I go to the gym at least four times a week and have, since 1962, been a massive Beatles fan.

Mr Robert Robson

Mrs Lindsey Moses

Miss Allison Boustead

Allison has been a teacher at Tudhoe Colliery Primary School since 2005 and is currently Deputy Head at the school responsible for leading teaching and learning. She has extensive experience teaching across the primary sector and has been a Leading Literacy Teacher and an Advanced Skills teacher, supporting various schools in County Durham in writing and maths.

Mrs Rachel Hodge
Chair of Governors – Shield Row Primary School

Hello, my name is Rachel Hodge I am the Chair of Governors at Shield Row Primary School in Stanley, County Durham. I have been a Governor for about 6 years, and I love it. I joined to try and make a difference, and improve the quality of education for my 2 sons. My eldest son Bailey left the school in 2013, after excellent results, and moved on to Tanfield Comprehensive. My youngest son Jamie is 9, and currently in year 4 at Shield Row.

Whilst I’m not at the School, I am a Police Officer working for Northumbria Police Force. I joined here in 2001 after working in the West Midlands Police Force for 4 years. I love my job, dealing with different things on a daily basis. It can be exciting, it can be sad; I just enjoy the challenge, and the huge variation of the role.

In my spare time (when I have any) I like to play squash, go to the gym and cycle. I enjoy to reading in my downtime, mostly crime or mystery books, something with a twist to the story. I love animals and as a child I would always pick up waifs and strays in need of help (it’s a good job my parents were understanding). I have numerous pets of my own, a cat, a dog, 4 Guinea Pigs, a Hamster and some fish. Is it any wonder if I won the lottery I would like to move to a farm – my idea of heaven!

Mrs Joan Temple
Chair of Governors – Dene House Primary School

Mrs Temple worked within Durham County Council’s Education Department for more than 30 years.  Starting out as a Learning Support Assistant Mrs Temple also contributed to Durham Portage Service (pre-school children with special education needs) and finally completed her career with Durham Parent Partnership Service.

Mrs Temple has served in the governing body at Dene House for more than 12 years being Chair of Governors for the past 6 years.

Having retired from work Mrs Temple is now an active member of Seaham Harbour U3A (University of the Third Age) and leads a busy and diverse life splitting her time between school and U3A.  Mrs Temple still finds time to enjoy her holidays both at home and abroad and meeting friends for lunch.

Mr David Bowes
Chair of Governors – Victoria Lane Academy

I have been a governor for about 34 years. My first role was as a parent governor at St Francis CE (Aided) Junior School in Newton Aycliffe.

I am Chair of Governors there and also at St Michael’s CE Primary School, Bishop Middleham and Victoria Lane Academy, Coundon.

As Chair at Victoria Lane Academy I am also a Director of Tudhoe Learning Trust. Since the beginning of 2013 I have been a National Leader of Governance.

I have been retired since 2007 (although it doesn’t feel like it) having spent 38 years in the Civil Service including two years working in a Local Authority.

My aim is to ensure all children receive the best education the school can give them.

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