Our Governing body is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds and skills. Together we are responsible for making sure the school vision is upheld, that the very best standards of teaching and learning are maintained, and that the school is financially secure.
Each governor has provided a brief personal statement below.
Chair and Safer Recruitment Governor
Compliance – Policies and website
Chair of Finance and Staffing
Vice Chair- Training and Development, Safeguarding
Expansion/Build – Special Project Health and Safety
Pupil Premium and Sports Premium
Achievement and Learning – focus Y 5/6
Sue is a co-opted governor. She is Chair and a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee. She has been a school governor for over 12 years, with wide experience in issues of governance and change. Her background is in broadcast journalism – she worked for the BBC in the Midlands for over 25 years. She has a BA in English and Politics and an MA in Mass Communications. She currently works as a media and communications consultant with people of all ages from a variety of organisations and businesses in this country and abroad. She has experience as a non-executive director of arts and health charities, and is currently Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s West Midlands Committee. Although not originally from Birmingham, she has lived in the city since 1976.
Richard is a co-opted governor. He became a governor in 2012. He is a former chair of a Health and Safety committee. Richard has worked in schools as a Site Manager since 1994, and his experience of the practical aspects of the day to day running of a school, his considerable Health and Safety expertise and his understanding of what is needed to make Benson a good place to work and learn, as well as his experience as a valued member of the school team are invaluable to the governing body. In his spare time Richard is a very keen field archer and scuba diver.
Imran is a co-opted governor, and is a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee.
Imran has key managerial experience in leading multinational companies in the field of sales and marketing. He has been involved in Project Management and successful product launches in key sectors of Industry. He also brings to Benson his extensive administrative and finance knowledge. He has a BA in Economics & Commerce and currently works for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
Lisa is an experienced governor and is vice chair of the governing body. Her responsibility this year is safeguarding and governor training. She has extensive working knowledge of the curriculum, data and assessments and brings this to meetings. As a governor Lisa challenges the Head Teacher on all aspects paying particular attention to Teaching and Learning.
Sam has been a co-opted governor since September 2013. He has chaired the Health, Safety & Premises Committee and sat upon the Finance and Staffing Committee; however, since September 2016 he has primarily focused his attentions upon the refurbishment and development works taking place at the school. Sam also monitors the school’s statutory compliance, health, safety, and premises maintenance strategy. Sam is a chartered building surveyor at Savills with a background in commercial building consultancy and project management. With a listed Victorian building and a growing school population to house, Sam’s professional skills are a valuable asset to the Governing Body.
I have been a teaching member of staff, in various capacities, at Benson since 2008. Prior to my time at Benson I taught at a special school for children with mild learning difficulties. I have a passion for Art and enjoyed developing the provision and status of Art at Benson. I have provided Art training internally to staff within Benson as well as externally to training teachers. I have previously been the lead mentor for newly qualified teachers at Benson as well as supporting another school with their process of supporting training teachers. Having always lived locally to the school, I feel I have a valuable insight not only to Benson from the perspective of a staff member but more importantly, the children and where they come from.
Parent governor and has a daughter in year 4. She has been a Civil Servant for over 17 years and has a background in higher education and ESOL. Her main interest are in special education needs and its governance. Maureen came to Birmingham from Sheffield in the 1980s, and knows the local area well. She currently lives in Winson Green and is commited to developing the educational provision for the growing number of children living in the local community. She is a member of the Health, Safety and Premises committee, a link governor for SEND and with a curriculum responsibility for literacy in year 2
Andy has been appointed as a governor by the local authority in 2018. He is a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee. His background is in education. He was a headteacher of a school in Walsall for 26 years. He also worked as a school improvement partner for a number of years for Birmingham and Walsall, which involved him working in a number of schools. He is currently working as a freelance consultant within a number of schools. He also provides support to governing bodies as an external advisor on the performance of their head teachers. He has written a number of books both for pupils and teachers on mathematics and science, including books for Caribbean countries. His most recent publications are on educational leadership and behaviour management. He has lectured across England and the Caribbean. When he can find time he enjoys playing and watching football, cricket, working on the family allotment and reading.
I am delighted to have been invited to join Benson’s Governing Body as a co-opted governor.Having been the Head Teacher of Benson for 12 years I really know the school and its community – a fabulous oasis in the area providing so many exciting opportunities for its children.I bring with me a wealth of experience in education, as a serving Head Teacher I fully understand the daily challenges that face Mrs Dennis and her team. My knowledge of the curriculum, finances, behaviour, staff recruitment, staff retention through to data and assessment can be used to support the school on the next part of its journey.Being able to offer this support to Mrs Dennis and her school from a role within the governors really appeals to me.
As we say at Benson “Once a Bee. Always a Bee!”
pdf GB Annual Statement
pdf Governor Information and Attendance Register