School Governors

Beech Grove Primary School

School Governor Information

Reverend Sue Richardson (Co-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.

Craig Wright – (Co-Chair of Governors)
Craig is an Assistant Principal at a secondary school in Middlesbrough. He passionately believes that all children deserve a good school and as a governor at Beech Grove he sees every day the impact good teachers have on students. Craig was born in Middlesbrough and grew up here. He moved away to study before beginning his career in County Durham where he taught RE & Sociology. Craig returned to Middlesbrough to lead RE & SMSC at Ormesby School before joining the senior leadership team at Outwood Academy Ormesby. As a governor Craig is interested in driving outcomes for students, quality of teaching & learning and supporting leadership at Beech Grove. Favourite Book: It’s impossible to pick just one! I am a huge Harry Potter fan having read every book as a teenager. Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton is an equally excellent choice, I’m always inspired by powerful women!

Charles Rooney (LA Governor)
I have been a Councillor for nearly 17 Years and a School governor for many years coming to Marton Grove and Beech Grove shortly after being elected in the area in 2007. My pastimes include reading and walking, used to travel a lot via motorcycle but now intend to use pushbike power for shorter journeys. I have two daughters and three grandchildren, grandparent duties feature in my spare time. My favourite book is The ginger Man by J P Donleavy. I worked for BT as an electrician for 30 years and am currently Deputy Mayor of Middlesbrough.

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.

Richard Speakman (Co-opted Governor)
I have been a governor for over 20 years at this school. I live in the local area but work at North Yorkshire Timber at Brompton on Swale. I visit the school on a regular basis to check the progress of the pupils by going in to the classes. I do not have a favourite Book but a favourite author which is Clive Cussler.