Governor Profiles

Pen Profiles

Rob Millington - Head of Newfriars College

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests: Partner works at Blackfriars Academy
General information:

Rob started his teaching career in September 2005 where he was appointed as an ICT teacher and co-ordinator at Blackfriars. Prior to this, Rob worked as a careers advisor in schools around Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Rob went back to University to undertake his PGCE alongside a Masters Degree in ICT and Business Systems.

 Rob has held various leadership roles in schools and college including deputy principal at Blackfriars and Head of School at the Coppice Academy. Rob is a qualified SENCO and is completing his Masters qualification in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  Rob has helped establish Newfriars College and Project Search in partnership with the Royal Stoke hospital in September 2018. He hopes Newfriars will build on the outstanding reputation that Blackfriars FE department has held both nationally and in the local area for the past 26 years.

 

 

Kevin Wintle

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests
General information:

Kevin has 12 years’ experience working in the FE sector across a number of Colleges in Stoke, Staffordshire, Liverpool and Telford. Kevin has specialised in Data Management, Curriculum planning and Resource Management over those years, holding a number of senior positions. With detailed knowledge spanning Data, Finance, IT, Estates and HR gained each of the institutions he has worked for. 

 

Robert Dowle

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests: NONE
General information:

Rob became a governor at Newfriars college as a result of his son, Jack joining as a student in September 2018. Rob has stated that he was so pleased with how well he settled into college life, and therefore he wanted to contribute to the newly formed College. Rob is the link governor for health and safety as he has vast expertise and knowledge of this area.

Rob has been a governor at another school for over 10 years, many of those as vice chair of the governing body. Rob will be looking to bring his experience in that position to help the college maintain and build upon its existing outstanding reputation.

 

Berni Pearce

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests: NONE
General information:

Berni’s career in education began in 1996 as a Newly Qualified Teacher of English in a local secondary school. Soon after, she became Second in English and then promoted to Head of English. Berni very much enjoyed the challenge of being a middle leader and working closely with her team to deliver the best possible outcomes for pupils. After 4 years as Head of English and a long run of successful Key Stage 3 and 4 results in the department, she became an Advanced Skills Teacher. During the 6 years as an AST, she worked with over 25 schools and found supporting other colleagues in their setting very rewarding. In 2010, she was appointed as an Assistant Headteacher and a Specialist Leader of Education in 2012. In September 2015, Berni became Director of Teaching School and a member of the Shaw Education Trust School Improvement team. Her career to date has been varied and extremely enjoyable, busy and so worthwhile. She says “every day is a privilege to work alongside so many committed professionals and to teach pupils who use their education to go on to achieve and succeed as adults”.

 

Jane Gaffney

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests: ESPRIT MAT
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Robert Taylor

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests: Partner works at Newfriars College
General information:

Rob started his police career in November 1994 as a Police Constable on a response shift within Tunstall. Rob quickly discovered that he enjoyed neighbourhood policing and became a neighbourhood community officer at Normacot and Dresden in 1999. That gave Rob the opportunity to work closely with community leaders to address significant crime and disorder issues such as violent crime and drug abuse. In 2000 Rob was nominated for and won the Police Review National Community Police Officer of the Year for Staffordshire Police.

Rob has had many opportunities to work on all aspects of

Leadership and Management and completed a level 5 qualification at Staffordshire University and was promoted to Detective Inspector.

 In 2016 I was moved to the role of business architect for the SP25 transformation programme completing a full restructure of both the operating model and the IT infrastructure working in partnership with consultants from KPMG and Boeing.

 In 2018 Rob moved to become the Head of the Force CID in the North of Staffordshire with the responsibility for all serious and complex investigations, Organised Crime Groups, Counter Terrorism and Safeguarding, working with both statutory and non-statutory partnerships. Rob is currently undertaking a strategic leadership and transformation MSc.  at Derby University; studying subjects such as partnerships, evidence-based research and leadership.

 Newfriars College, formerly Blackfriars Further Education, has been a part of Rob’s life for the last 15 years and is incredibly proud to be associated with the College. Rob is link governor for Safeguarding and will support with Prevent and E-safety alongside other emerging issues related to this area.  

 

Claire Deakin

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests
General information:

Claire is a parent of a current student at Newfriars College and a past student of Blackfriars, Newcastle. She has had a close relationship with Blackfriars from when her son was two and a half years old. Being involved in Christmas fayres and charity events, organisation of annual Proms and a careers ambassador for 'Which way next' careers events.

Claire has held a various roles working in television and theatre. One of these roles being a licensed chaperone for Staffordshire Education authority for the last 20 years. This involved the welfare and safeguarding of children in all aspects of performance.

 

Dave Humphries

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests
General information:

 Dave has a wide knowledge of serving schools and governing bodies, having been chair and vice chair of governing bodies  over the last 15 years in a variety of different sectors. Dave is currently Chair of a Local Special School and a mainstream Primary school. Dave has also been on and Interim Executive board and helped  turn around a school that was judged to be in urgent need of improvement. Dave has supported at Trustee level and been involved as a governor through major consultation processes including forming a Multi-Academy Trust and Federation of Schools.

Dave is the owner of a business in the local area and has a real passion for supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Dave is determined to ensure the best possible outcomes and education, care and support for our students.  Dave feels his broad wealth of knowledge, including  parent forum support would help provide direct links between the newly formed College Council and parents.

 

Karyn Oakley

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests
General information:

 Karyn is a serving Headteacher, and has worked on both a local governing body and Board of directors. This has given Karyn an excellent insight into governance at all levels, including the role of chair and subject link governor.

 Working in a primary school means that Karyn can offer different experiences and perspectives on education. Karyn is the designated safeguarding lead and will  bring a wealth of experience in safeguarding. Karyn is passionate about education and curriculum development and believes that all young people deserve the very best. Over the past 2 years Karyn has built an excellent relationship with the College, and has offered supported internship and work experience opportunities at her school. Having learnt more about the challenges faced by students at Newfriars, and the exciting creation of the College Karyn would like to support in this exciting new chapter of its journey. 

 

Jason Jones

Last date of office: January 2019 - September 2022
Record of meeting attendance: Attended all meetings to date
Pecuniary interests
General information:

Jason started working in the leisure industry in 1986, quickly progressing from centre assistant to duty manager where he remained for 25 years until redundancy in 2011. During his time working for the council he became a fully qualified swimming teacher specialising in special needs students taking on students that would normally not get the chance to swim in a public swimming pool.

 Since joining the Blackfriars federation as a swimming teacher, Jason has progressed to Land Based Studies Teacher and Health & Safety and Premises Manger, adding a number of qualifications such as Award in Education and Training, Iosh Managing safely, Nebosh General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health. He has also managed three of the college’s improvement projects including a new roof, new fire doors and a 1.7 million pounds extension to the college and grounds.

 Jason is passionate about the college, it students and staff, and works tirelessly to ensure the college is a safe, inviting and comfortable place to experience college life.