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Governors

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.

Governing Body

Sue Beardsmore

Sue Beardsmore

John Bishop

John Bishop

Vernica Broomfield

Vernica Broomfield

Richard Davis

Richard Davis

Bridget Dennis

Bridget Dennis

Irene Kambenja

Irene Kambenja

Imran Shaikh

Imran Shaikh

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor

Sam Towers

Sam Towers

Sue Virgo

Sue Virgo

Marjorie Wills

Marjorie Wills

Maureen Morgan-Pottinger

Maureen Morgan-Pottinger

Governor Profiles

Sue Beardsmore

Sue is a co-opted governor. She is Chair, and a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee, and the Child Protection governor.
Sue has been a governor at Benson for over 12 years, and has been the Chair since 2004. She has previously been Chair of all the school’s committees and has a wide experience of school governance and issues.
She has a background in broadcast journalism in the Midlands and has lived in Birmingham for over 30 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 and communities.
She has experience as a non-executive director of arts and health organisations, and is a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s West Midlands Committee.

 

John Bishop

John is a co-opted governor. He has been a governor at Benson for three years.
John graduated from The University of Birmingham with a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Sports Science in 1999. Since then he’s been working with primary schools throughout England and Wales to support the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of pupils as the founding director of a successful social enterprise – Evolve: A Social Impact Company.
John has recently completed his teaching qualification and is a member of the Institute for Learning. He is also the founder and Vice Chair of a voluntary football club in North Birmingham called Sportsco FC

 

Vernica Bromfield

Vernica is a Local Authority governor, a member of the Achievement and Learning Committee and the Literacy Link Governor. Vernica became a governor in September 2013, with no prior knowledge, but with a keen interest in children’s education.Vernica volunteered to assist in the delivery of functional Maths to female adults at Small Heath Community Centre, and previously was an IT Analyst for a construction company for 14 years. She decided to change her career direction to education to make a difference. She currently works as a supply ICT/English Teacher in SEN Schools and main stream secondary schools in the West Midlands.

 

Richard Davis

Richard is a co-opted governor. He became a governor in 2012, and sits on the Health, Safety & Premises Committee, and is a former chair of the same 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

Irene Kambenja

Parent Governor- Health and Safety Committee. Irene has lived in Birmingham for 13 years and has been a parent governor at Benson for 3 years. She works for the NHS and has BSc in Disaster Management, and is due to finish an MBA programme in Public Health Management. She has a particular interest in promoting children’s welfare and protecting them from harm. She says, “ I feel being a Governor is a good way to help in the community and become involved in my children’s education and the education of young people in Birmingham; and hope I will continue to make a useful contribution to all aspects of the school.

Imran Shaikh

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 Taylor

Lisa has been a parent governor since 2012, she is currently Chair of the Achievement and Learning Committee. Lisa wanted to be a governor at Benson because both her children were pupils at the school, and her youngest child still attends. Lisa has seen the school grow from being a one form entry to a first choice two form entry. Lisa not only brings community representation, and a parent’s point of view, she’s also an experienced teaching assistant with a wealth of educational, special educational needs and inclusion experience

Sam Towers

Sam is a co-opted governor. He was elected in 2013. He chairs the Health, Safety & Premises Committee and is a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee.
Sam has a background in commercial development and consultancy, with a degree in Building Surveying from Birmingham City University. He’s worked as a shopfitter; an estate manager for Mitchell’s and Butlers and most recently as a building surveyor at Savills. Sam is currently undergoing assessment to become a Chartered Surveyor. With a listed Victorian building and a growing school population to house, Sam’s professional skills are a valuable asset to the Governing Body.

Sue Virgo

Sue is a Staff Governor and is a member of the Achievement and Learning Committee. She is one of three assistant head teachers at the school, and has been in that post for two years. She says, ‘It is a role I thoroughly enjoy and take seriously. I am also the Literacy Co-ordinator at the school, accountable for attainment in reading and writing across the school. This is my eleventh year at the school and I have been a Staff Governor for almost seven of them. So I am quite experienced in matters of school governance. Being a Staff Governor has enabled me to both support and help develop the school on many different levels especially as I have an insight and perspective from working within the school.

 

Marjorie Wills

Marjorie is a co-opted governor. She has been a parent at Benson for 12 years, she has four children and all have attended Benson and one is still in attendance in Year 2. Marjorie has recently completed a degree in Business and Human Resource Management at University. She hopes to start a Masters degree in HR in October. Prior to her studies Marjorie has worked as receptionist in several GP’s surgeries, but has decided to change her career and move into HR. Marjorie became a governor at Benson because she is passionate about the school and its community and wants to give something back to it.

 

Maureen Morgan-Pottinger

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

Summary of Publication
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Further Governing Body Information
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GB Annual Statement
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Attendance Register 2015-2016
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