The Chair of Governors can be contacted via Rebecca Tills, the Clerk to Governors at email@example.com, Laidlaw Schools Trust, Suite 2, 3rd Floor, St Nicholas Building, St Nicholas’ Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RF or 0191 6622416.
Chair of Governors
John was born, bred and has lived all his life in Sedgefield, married to Maxine. John and both of his children are ex-pupils of the College and John is so proud to be its Chairman. He has been given the gift of 5 wonderful grandchildren, who keep him young!
He has spent all his professional life working in the National Health Service, initially as a nurse working in many local general and mental health hospitals, before going into Nursing Education and then Management. He was for 14 years Vice Chair and SID of the local Mental Health Trust.
He is currently the County Councillor for Sedgefield Division where his roles include Chair of Durham and Darlington Fire Authority, including National Fire Commission and FSMC. He Chairs the County Adult, Health, and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee along with Regional Health Committees. He is also Chair of Durham County Planning Committee. He is a Justice of the Peace.
It is an honour and pleasure to Chair the Governing Body of such a wonderful College and to support and encourage the young people of today who will be the Adults of the Future.
Vice Chair of Governors
Sarah joined County Durham Fire Brigade in 1994 serving as a retained firefighter at Stanhope fire station for two years before joining the wholetime service in 1996. Sarah has served her wholetime career in Cumbria Fire Service and Cleveland Fire Brigade before returning to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service in 2000.
She has had a wide and varied career serving at a number of fire stations and within support departments across the service gaining a wide range of operational, managerial and leadership experience. Sarah specialised as the Quality Assurance Manager in Training, Risk Manager, Operations Delivery Manager, Head of Organisational Development and Head of Workforce Development.
Sarah was appointed as Assistant Chief Fire Officer on 14 February 2018 and is a member of the Service Leadership Team with strategic responsibility for the Service’s support functions which include, Training, Assets, Assurance and Workforce Development.
In 2016 Sarah gained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Teesside University.
Sarah has been a governor at Sedgefield Community College since 2018 taking an active part in her role and is the link governor for health and safety.
Before retiring Melvyn was a director of a company involved with a section of the construction trade and can appreciate the financial and personal problems that can occur in any type of business.
Melvyn has been a governor at the College since 2012 and has been pleased to be associated with the rise to the success that it has achieved with the hard work of Head Mr David Davis, the dedicated staff and governors. He is sure that the transfer to the Laidlaw Schools Trust and new Head Mr Geoffrey Robinson will continue with the success achieved.
The Special Educational Needs is one of the areas that Melvyn has been involved with as well as finance over his period of attendance.
Having two children, one in teaching and two grandchildren of school-age gives Melvyn a direct insight into educational queries or problems.
Chris has been a parent governor at Sedgefield Community College since 2017. Chris has enjoyed working as part of the SCC governing body team and is currently an associate governor.
Both of Chris’s children are currently at SCC and his wife is a primary school teacher, so Chris has a good insight into both the challenges of providing a great educational experience and of high parental expectations.
Since graduating from University in 1995, Chris has had leadership roles within the retail, telecommunications and insurance industries. Several of Chris’s recent roles have focused on providing exceptional customer satisfaction and the achievement of a variety of business and customer targets.
Chris believes that many of the same principles of delivering a great customer experience in business also apply to the way we communicate and treat our parents.
Helen is a registered Operating Department Practitioner and since 2010 has worked in NHS hospitals around the region in perioperative care, the latest being cardiothoracic surgery at James Cook University Hospital.
In 2018, Helen joined Teesside University as a Lecturer in the School of Health and Life Sciences and is now a Senior Lecturer, having completed the PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. With two children of secondary school age, she has a specific interest in curriculum development but also the mental health and wellbeing of students.
She is currently studying for her PhD in nutrition and the optimisation of elderly surgical patients has been published in leading perioperative peer-reviewed journals and is a professional mentor for the Girl Network Charity.
Chris has been a parent governor at SCC for three years and is a primary school Headteacher in County Durham. After graduating from Lancaster University in 1998, Chris returned back to the North East to focus on teaching in primary education. Throughout his career he has held a number of teaching and leadership positions across two Local Authorities and has been a serving Headteacher for over 10 years.
During his time as a parent governor at SCC, Chris has been involved in the appointment of a new Headteacher and the conversion of the school to become part of the Laidlaw Schools Trust. In his governor role he is responsible for the monitoring of teaching and learning.
Chris has no other relevant business interests and pecuniary interests that impact on his role as a governor.