Governor Pen Portraits

Father Adrian Hughes – Chair of Governors

21 Canon Hughes Adj Toned 3X

Father Adrian is the Vicar of St. George’s Church, Tynemouth. 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 five 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.

The last twelve months have thrown up a whole series of unanticipated demands on us all, and our task as governors has been to encourage and support the school in meeting these challenges, to secure the safety, welfare and well-being of our staff and students, and to continue to deliver the highest possible standards of teaching and learning. Even in such times as these the governing body continues to challenge the school explore new ways of improving and enhancing what we can offer to our students.

Jon Ritchie

Jon Ritchie

Jon is a Chartered Accountant and is currently Executive Director of Corporate Services at Sunderland City Council. He is the Council’s statutory Chief Finance Officer, a role that is responsible for the management of the Council’s £600m revenue budget and £200m capital programme, including the City’s education finances.  He also oversees a range of corporate services, including legal, HR, procurement, IT and corporate affairs.

Prior to moving to Sunderland in 2018, he has held a range of senior finance posts working in and with local authorities, including North Tyneside Council, where he was Head of Finance. 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 (one at St Thomas More RC Academy) and lives in Monkseaton.

Kehri Ellis

Kehri Ellis is Chief Executive of North Tyneside Learning Trust, the Foundation Trust to 43 schools in North Tyneside. Kehri’s career history includes six years as Director of Newcastle Partnership, four years as Head of Social Investment at Sunderland Housing Group, as well as a number of senior regional management roles with national disability and mental health charities.

Kehri began her career in housing, managing the homelessness and housing advice service at Sunderland City Council. Kehri has an MA in Housing Policy and Management an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Kehri joined the Governing Body at Marden in September 2018 as a Foundation Trust Governor and has a daughter in Year 7. Kehri also currently serves as Chair of Governors at Carville Primary School in Wallsend

Kristian Grundy

My name is Kristian Grundy. I am a husband to Katey and father of four lovely children; Billy, Florence, Dorothy and Elsie, all of which attend, or will hopefully have the opportunity to attend, the wonderful Marden High School.

I am currently Head of Art at a local middle school and I have been a teacher for 16 years with a range of experiences across three schools, including classroom teacher, Head of Year, Head of Department and Assistant Head.

I am a creative, enthusiastic person who enjoys working in a productive, proactive team. I have learned that a positive, sustainable outcome to any challenge is achievable, if we work together and this is what I strive for in my professional and personal life.

Leadership and inspiration is in us all and all views should be considered, the greatest solution can blossom from the smallest of ideas.

I look forward to supporting the students and staff at Marden High School in their continued positive journey now and into the future.

Louise LangleyIMG_7350

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 (, 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 Brereton

Screenshot 2017-01-25 08.52.42

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.

In his personal life he is a keen amateur climber and mountaineer. His step daughter Caitlin was a Marden student until 2016.

Margaret Stewart

Formerly a research biochemist and then a Board level Director in the NHS, Margaret now has a number of roles in retirement including: lay governor of Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group; lay member of the NHS England Performance Advisory Group North East and North Cumbria; lay representative of Health Education North East; chair of Citizens Advice North Tyneside; trustee and vice chair of Northumbria Historic Churches Trust; and  member/chair of  schools admission appeals panels in Tyne & Wear. Margaret lives locally, she is married to Laurie and she enjoys choral singing, travel and learning Irish.

Scott Wilson

Scott is the head of Retail franchise for Ireland & The Channel Islands of a well-known and loved UK coffee brand and joined the governing body in 2019 as a parent governor.   He has spent over 20 years working in large corporate businesses across a number of retail, leisure and hospitality sectors and is pleased to be able to share this experience to support Marden High School.

Scott has lived and worked all over the UK and abroad but came home to the north east and now lives in Holystone with his wife and 2 children, his eldest son is currently a student at Marden and his youngest son very much looking forward to join in the near future.”


Mark Stutt

Hello, my name is Mark Stutt, I’m very pleased to join the Governing Body at Marden High School.

My background is in education, having worked in Further Education in the North East for over 15 years. I have my own Forest School business. I was a Governor and Chair of Governors at my daughter’s Primary School and look forward to helping the Governors at Marden HS contribute to its success.




Dan Jewell

Daniel Jewell is a Teacher of Mathematics at Marden High school and has been teaching since 2013. Prior to that he worked in banking after achieving his Masters in Mathematics at the University of Liverpool.

He is excited to use his experience as a teacher to support Marden High School in his role as staff governor.

A new dad as of January 2021, outside of Marden he plays badminton competitively for a Northumberland team.