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Meet the Governors

The LGB is appointed by the St Chad’s Academies Trust Board. The term of office for a Governor is four years. The Chair of Governor position needs to be elected and ratified by the Trust Board annually. Governors at St John’s don’t serve on individual committees, all agenda items are discussed at Full Governing Body meetings.

Father Roger Gilbert – Chair of Governors (ex officio) (PCC)

For over forty years I have worked in education and my association with St John’s started in the 1980s when I was head teacher. I chose teaching as a career as I wanted children to have the same opportunities in life that my teachers had given to me.

Tracey Rilett – Vice Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)

I currently work for Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) providing advice and guidance to older people, as a Community Welfare Advisor, I have been employed with them since 1998, my main function is to undertake home visits to older people in Sandwell.

Lisa Espinosa (Parent Governor)

I am a parent governor at St John’s CE Primary Academy, my oldest son attended the school and is now in Year 9 at high school. My daughter is currently in Year 5. As well as my Governor duties I work full time for Sandwell Adult and Family Learning where I am in charge of Health and Well-being curriculum.

Mandy Douras (Non-teaching Staff Governor)

I am married with three children and am currently employed as a Higher Level Teaching assistant at the school. I have been working at the school for more than ten years.

Huw Bishop (Diocesan Governor)

Huw has extensive experience in leadership, having been principal and executive principal of three successful Church of England secondary schools. Huw is Assistant to the Diocesan Director of Education, a SIAMS and Ofsted inspector.