Father Adrian Hughes – Chair of Governors
Fr. Adrian is the Vicar of St. George’s Church. He has been involved with schools and governing bodies in one way or another for the past twenty years. He has been a member of the Marden Governors for just over two years.
He says, ‘I love being around these young people in this learning environment and I am constantly amazed at the imagination and hard work of our staff to help them realise their potential. This is an exciting period at Marden High School with our new Head and Deputy Head and a brand new building. It raises our expectations of what might be possible and encourages us to explore even more ambitious possibilities for learning in this place.’
Jane Newton – Vice Chair
Jane Newton is a parent governor with a son in Year 8. She has worked in education for 23 years as a Science Teacher and as a manager of a centre for students with behaviour difficulties.
She presently works at Southlands Special school in North Shields.
Jon is a Chartered Accountant and has recently taken up the post of Finance and Commercial Director at Your Homes Newcastle, the arms length company responsible for around 27,000 council houses in Newcastle.
He has held a range of senior finance posts working in and with local authorities; until December 2016 he was the Account Director in charge of the finance service, and wider back office services, provided to North Tyneside Council – and was previously Head of Finance at the Council.
As part of that role, he led the team providing services to the vast majority of schools in North Tyneside, including running the schools’ funding formula.
Jon is married with two daughters (at St Thomas More RC Academy) and lives in Monkseaton. He may occasionally attend meetings in his cycling lycra, for which he apologies in advance.
Claire has been a parent governor at Marden since 2015. She particularly enjoys working as a team with the staff and other governors, to ensure that we are continuing to build an excellent and supportive education for all students at Marden.
She works as a clinical psychologist and psychological therapist in an older people’s mental health service in the NHS.
James has lived on the coast for over 35 years and has a strong connection with Marden High School as he, his brother and cousins all attended the school during the 1980s. Currently his daughter is studying in her last year for GCSEs and his son is in Year 8.
James works in Northumbrian Water’s Asset Strategy Team as a Technical Manager, responsible for developing and implementing policy for effectively dealing with waste water.
The company, through its Just an Hour community involvement scheme, has supported him over the past seven years in fulfilling the role of an active and dedicated Parent Governor, firstly at King Edward Primary School for four years and then here at Marden High. He has a strong desire to help provide our children with the best possible standard of education and in so doing afford them with as many opportunities in life as possible.
James says, “I use my experience and knowledge to good effect in this very important stage of our children’s education. This includes chairing the Finance & Premises Committee, being secretary of the Care Guidance & Support committee and as part of interview panels for senior appointments in school, such as Head Teacher and Deputy Head. Away from Marden, I’m a keen musician playing trumpet for Newcastle Concert Band, a STEM/Business Ambassador and represent Northumbrian Water on several regional groups, such as Heritage Coast and Coastal Streams partnerships.”
Louise has lived in Cullercoats for thirteen years. Her daughter, Grace (13), is in Year 8 of Marden High School and her son, Tom (8), is in Year 4 of Cullercoats Primary. She considers this to be a wonderful place to raise and to educate a family, and her service on the Governing Body of Marden High School reflects her desire to contribute to this community for the future.
In her working life, Louise is a Professor of Geography at Durham University (https://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/staff/geogstaffhidden/?id=2710), where she also serves on the academic governance body of Senate.
Louise says: “I enjoy teaching and writing about my subject immensely. It is a real privilege to spend time with young people, talking about their engagement with the geographical world in which they live. Within the UK context, the expectations placed on young people have perhaps never been higher. As a school governor, I would like to make a contribution to meeting those challenges in our local community. As the school looks forward to the future, with my fellow governors I would like to play a role in ensuring that it has the support necessary to grow and to flourish.”
Nick works with young people to encourage their learning and personal development with a charity based in Newcastle. He is particularly interested in young people’s leadership and empowerment.
Helen Mudditt is a parent governor, elected in November 2016. She has a daughter in Year 8 and her professional background is in Nursing in the NHS.
Nicoll Loyd joined the Governing Body in January 2017. Her two sons were students at the school: the youngest having just graduated from University and the eldest continuing his studies in America
Nicoll has over thirty years’ experience working in a range of roles in the NHS and is very much looking forward to working with the Governing Body to maximise the potential of Marden High School – furthering its great reputation as a school you want to both learn and work in.