Governors

Contact details for Chair & Vice Chair

Chair

Miss J Skipp,
Clerk to Governors Mrs G Giles
c/o Tudor Grange Primary Academy St James,
Halifax Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 2BT

Vice Chair

Mrs P Wensley,
Clerk to Governors Mrs G Giles
c/o Tudor Grange Primary Academy St James,
Halifax Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 2BT

The responsibilities of the LGB are delegated from the trust board and are detailed in the trust’s Scheme of Delegation which can be found here. The Trust Terms of Reference for Local Governors can be found here.

Governors

Name role date appointed Appointed by Term of office ends relevant business and pecuniary interests trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions/charities personal relationships with trust employees or other members/trustees/ local governors date of declaration
Mrs Joanne Luckhurst Staff Governor 01.01.18 Trust Board 01.01.24 Employee of TGAT Nil Nil  
Miss Sarah Deakin Ex Officio – Executive Principal 01.09.15 Trust Board  n/a Employee of TGAT Nil Nil  
Mrs Vanisha Parmar Parent Governor 23.02.21 Trust Board 23.02.25 Nil Nil Nil  
Miss Julie Skipp (Chair) Community Governor 25.01.21 Trust Board 08.03.25 Nil Nil Nil  
Mr Joseph Jones Parent Governor 23.02.21 Trust Board 23.02.25 Nil Nil Nil  
Mrs Stacey Davies Staff Governor 08.02.21 Trust Board 08.02.25 Nil Nil Nil  
Mrs Paulene Wensley (Vice-chair) Staff Governor 23.02.21 Trust Board 23.02.25 Nil Nil Nil  
Reverend Paul Day Diocesan Governor 12.07.21 Trust Board 11.07.25 Nil Nil Nil  

Governor Profiles

Mrs Vanisha Parmar

Mrs Vanisha Parmar

Parent Governor

I am a mum to two children and have been living in Shirley for the past 15 years. I feel it is important to ensure that children are provided with the right environment and support to allow them to thrive and be the best they can be. In addition, it is equally important that our school is an exemplary school leading and following best practice. I am diversity and inclusion practitioner and in my professional capacity I have led on promoting wellbeing and equality, diversity and inclusion strategies the legal profession, higher education sector and the third sector; my expertise are primarily in organisational leadership and change.

Mrs Joanna Luckhurst

Mrs Joanna Luckhurst

Teacher Governor

I am Jo Luckhurst, a teacher governor at the school for the last 5 years. I have worked at our Academy since before the time it became part of the Tudor Grange family in January 2013. This is the first year I can say that I have taught every child in the school from Year 2 upwards, it is a great pleasure to see all our children growing and developing in their own ways. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the journey which has seen the school grow into the amazing place it is today. I am privileged to work with a wonderful, dedicated, supportive team of staff and welcome the opportunity to represent their views as one of the governing body. As many know, I am passionate about science having had a career prior to teaching as a Fabric Technologist. As well as a lovely husband I have three grown up sons of whom I am immensely proud.

Miss Julie Skipp

Miss Julie Skipp

Chair of Governors

I am semi-retired and have lived in the area for over 40 years. Having benefited from an excellent education in Solihull, my focus is now to give back to the local community and in particular the schooling of our younger generation.

During my 31 year professional career I was responsible for developing and implementing high level workplace strategies for public and private sector clients across the UK and Europe. This included working with Universities and Colleges in the design of their learning spaces.

Employing the knowledge and skills I have gained, my aim is now to help optimise the education, well-being and future opportunities for the children at St. James Academy and to support our dedicated teaching staff.

Mr Joseph Jones

Mr Joseph Jones

Parent Governor

I have lived in Shirley my whole life and currently have one child who attends TGPA St James. I am a double award-winning PE teacher, Assistant Headteacher and qualified SENCO, working for a successful MAT in Solihull. I have experience in working with pupils from the four broad areas of need. I have a keen interest in developing a whole school approach to supporting children’s mental health and well-being and regularly work with external specialist, including educational psychologists, psychiatrists, SOLAR, Social Services and the local authority in supporting students to achieve their full potential. In my spare time, I am also the Chairman of the Solihull Schools Football Association and as a parent governor, I would like to be given the opportunity to use my skills and experiences to ensure an excellent education for all.

 Mrs Stacey Davies

Mrs Stacey Davies

Staff Governor

My name is Stacey Davies. I have worked for the Trust for seven years as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and most recently licensed Thrive Practitioner and Mental Health first aider. I have a passion for supporting the Mental Health and wellbeing of children. Outside of work, I enjoy writing and am currently awaiting my first published children’s book to be released.

I have two children, (18 and 12) both boys, who keep me busy (as a football mum). As I am local to the area, both of my children have attended TGPASJ and have moved up to TGAS.

Mrs Paulene Wensley

Vice-Chair of Governors

I am currently one of three parent governors on the TGPA St James Governing board. I have three children whom currently attend TGPA St James and I have lived within the local area for many years. The school provides the children with a strong sense of community whilst giving every child an opportunity to achieve their potential and I am proud to be part of this. My professions include Nursing, Midwifery and I am currently a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse within Shirley. I am passionate that children are given the opportunity to develop vital life skills in a nurturing environment which promotes self-efficiency, equality and that education is an integral part of their ongoing development and journey.

 

Governors who have left over the past 12 months

Full Name Role Date appointed Date resigned
Lucy Campbell Community Governor 12.10.20 04.04.22
Joanne Brown Parent Governor 03.04.17 13.06.22
Mr Rocheford Pearson Community Governor 27.03.17 12.07.21

LGB meeting attendance

Name Role Total attended 
Rocheford Pearson Chair 3/3
Lucy Campbell Vice Chair 3/3
Joanne Luckhurst Teacher Governnor 3/3
Julie Skipp Community Governor 2/3
Stacey Davies Teacher Governnor 2/3
Joseph Jones Parent Governor 1/3
Vanisha Parmar-Budhia Parent Governor 2/3
Paulene Wensley Parent Governor 2/3

Name Role Total attended 
Rocheford Pearson Chair 3/3
Zanib Hamood Vice-Chair 2/3
Lucy Campbell Community Governor 3/3
Sarah Lewsey Community Governor 2/3
Joanne Brown Parent Governor 1/3
Joanne Luckhurst Teacher Governnor 3/3
Holly Lynch Teacher Governnor 3/3

Name Role Total attended 
Rocheford Pearson Chair 5/5
Zanib Hamood Vice-Chair 3/5
Lucy Campbell Community Governor 3/5
Sarah Lewsey Community Governor 5/5
Rev Peter Law Jones Community Governor 2/5
Joanne Brown Parent Governor 3/5
Sharron Mora Parent Governor 1/5
Joanne Luckhurst Teacher Governnor 5/5
Holly Lynch Teacher Governnor 5/5