School Governors

Beech Grove Primary School

School Governor Information

Reverend Sue Richardson (Chair of Governors)

I was born in York, but have lived in Middlesbrough for 14 years and love it. I am vicar of St Oswalds and St Chad’s Church, as well as having served as a Governor at both Marton Grove and Beechwood Primary Schools before it became Beech Grove Primary School for 14 years too. I share my life with a loopy lurcher puppy called Phoebe and fred the Eternal Goldfish. I like to read and enjoy hearing our children read when I can too.

Charles Rooney LA Governor

I have been a ward councillor since 2003 and represented Clairville ward since 2007. I am currently the exective member for regeneration. I have been a school governor for many years and enjoy particularly seeing our children happy and making progress. I pop into school to listen to pupils read once a week I have been married for nearly 35 years and have two daughters and two granddaughters. In my spare time I like motorcycling and usually travel abroad once a year, I have been as far as the Czech Republic and southern France but most years I travel to Ireland where I have family and enjoy touring. I also enjoy reading and walking and try to use a pushbike as transport to the town hall at least once a week to get some well needed exercise.

Janine Walker – Parent Governor
My name is Janine Walker I have been a parent governor for couple years. I’ve watched the school grow over the years as all my 8 children have been or are currently still in school I’ve become very close to the school with many of the teachers and reception staff I am also chair of the PTA. My favourite books I love to read are the Cathy glass series.

Phil Andre – Co-opted Governor
I have spent all my working life in childcare and education helping to meet the needs, etc. of children and young people from about age 3 to post-graduate level. After working eleven years in schools in Newcastle, I engaged in another eleven years advisory work for a local authority (North Tyneside) before going freelance specialising in issues such as equality, diversity, citizenship, religious education, combating bullying and child protection/safeguarding. Although semi-retired, I still work with schools, local authorities and universities when they want a little help. In recent years, quite a lot of time has been taken up with school governance and working with refugees and asylum seekers. When not working to earn money to pay the bills, I like to travel, update some blogs I’m responsible for, keep up with the news and read. My favourite book? I probably have a different one every month, but, because I enjoy it so much, I often return to “MIdnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie.