Governing Body


Mr Taylor, Chair of Governors

We, as School Governors, have legal duties, powers and responsibilities that we must exercise as a body. The role of the Governing Body is to:

  • Provide a strategic review of the school: to raise standards of achievement, to establish high expectations and to promote effective teaching and learning.
  • Act as a critical friend to the Principal; to provide support, advice and information; to ask challenging questions and to press for improvement.
  • Ensure accountability of the Principal and staff.
  • We also have prime responsibility for the finance of the school.

To enable the Governors to achieve these objectives, the Body is made up of key groups within the school, parents, staff, the Local Authority, the Church and the community. Some of the Governors are appointed by the Diocese, whilst others are elected. All serve for a term of three years.

The Body generally meets once a term; a number of sub-committees focus on finance, staffing, health and safety and the curriculum. I welcome your views and hopefully this summary will give you a brief insight into the role of the Governing Body.

Mr Craig Taylor
Chair of Governors

Governing Body Members

Name Type of Governor
Mr Craig Taylor Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Mrs Rose Birmingham Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Rev Allen Bower Foundation Governor
Mr Mark Cooper Foundation Governor
Rev Kate Watson Foundation Governor
Mrs Davina Pittaway Parent Governor
Mrs Lisa Thomas Parent Governor
Mrs Lynne Hickman Co-opted Governor
Mr Tom Richards Co-opted Governor
Mrs Anna McGuire Principal
Mrs Nicola Hartland Staff Governor
Mr Ray Perrins Staff Governor

Also see:

Governor Profiles

Mrs Rose Birmingham

Hi my name is Rose Birmingham. I live in Tipton with my husband and son, who has just started his journey at St Paul's. I have worked for Sandwell for many years, particularly with SEND and pupil premium children. I am passionate about ensuring children have the best start in life. I am impressed by the school's positive ethos and look forward to supporting this through my time on the governing body. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends and I go swimming when I can.

Rev Allen Bower

My name is Allen and I am Vicar of the local church St Matthew's Tipton. I have a number of years of engagement with church and non-church primary schools. I am passionate that church schools remain places of learning, creativity and formation for every member of our community. As a Foundation Governor I have a particular interest to work with the staff and other Governors in encouraging the Christian distinctiveness of St. Paul's school. I am married with two sons, I enjoy running, reading, community development and I am a long suffering Spurs fan.

Mr Mark Cooper

Mark brings a wealth of experience to his governor role at St. Paul’s. This includes seven years in business commerce and twenty-five years teaching experience. Mark has been Head of RE in an inner city 11-16 school in Handsworth, Birmingham and an 11-18 school in Wolverhampton. He was a PGCE mentor for Birmingham University; RE lead for a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and has led a number of CPD’s both locally and nationally. He is an AST (Advanced Skills Teacher) in RE. Most recently he was an Assistant Principal of a large CE school with a focus on SIAMS, PSHE, SMSC and Worship. He has fifteen years’ experience as a SIAS/SIAMS inspector.

Mrs Nicola Hartland

I have been working at St Pauls Academy for over 10 years now and have developed my role during my time here. My job is varied and very rewarding. I have a daughter who has is at University and I really enjoy going to the gym. Chiquitos is one of my favourite places to eat. I teach intervention groups of pupils in KS2 and hold responsibility for Safeguarding and Online Safety too. I am looking forward to the experience of being a staff governor; as a member of the Governing team and the challenges that it will bring.

Mrs Lynne Hickman

My name is Lynne Hickman, I was born in Tipton and have lived in Sandwell most of my life. I’ve been coming into St. Pauls for the last nine years delivering assemblies and after-school clubs. I work for Tipton Youth Project as a school’s worker and we are currently working with eleven schools in the Tipton area. I attend St. Matthew’s church in Tipton. I like to read, bake and watch cookery programmes, I also try to walk , weather permitting, most weekends. I have a son and daughter and a grandson.

Mrs Anna McGuire

As a member of the Governing Body of St. Paul's Primary School, I have enjoyed working alongside a dedicated team ensuring that our school provides a high quality education and secures good outcomes for pupils whilst constantly pursuing improvement. As Principal I am able to provide professional advice to the governing body and am pleased to receive constructive advice, challenge and a second opinion on proposals from other members.

Mr Ray Perrins

Hello my name is Ray Perrins and I am a Staff Governor and am a Behaviour and Safety Governor. I have lived in Tipton since the 1960’s and have previously worked as an engineer and have a wide range of experience in the public and private sector. I have worked at St Pauls since September 2009. I am married with 3 children.

Mrs Davina Pittaway

Hello, my name is Davina, I live in Tipton with my husband and son. I work for Sandwell MBC, currently as a Project Manager in Children's Services. I passionately believe that schools should give all children the best possible start in life, and as a Parent Governor I will support and challenge the school to be the best it can possibly be for our children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my son enjoy football training on Saturdays.

Mr Tom Richards

My name is Tom and in my working life I cover Tipton for the local Public Health department, working with schools and community groups to promote the health of everybody living and working in the town. As link governor for health and wellbeing I’m looking forward to working with students and staff at St. Paul’s to help maintain the positive, healthy working environment that I’ve observed on my visits to the school, and helping guide the great work the team at St. Paul’s has been doing to get everybody at the school fit and active. When I’m not working I like to spend as much of my time as possible out of doors, either at my allotment when I’m at home in Smethwick or camping, riding my bike, walking and swimming when I can get out into the countryside.

Mr Craig Taylor

My name is Craig Taylor and have lived in Sandwell all of my life. I am looking forward to being an active member of the governing body. I come from a Sporting background and currently working as a Project Delivery Officer for the Black Country Consortium Ltd. My role is around School Sport in particular the lead for the Black Country School Games and also strategic lead for Primary School PE & School Sport Premium in the Black Country. I have a First Class Combined Honours degree from Newman University in IT and Sport Studies. I am also a Football Referee operating on the National Contributory Leagues and Football Conference.

Mrs Lisa Thomas

I believe a child’s education is the most special thing we can provide for them and want to be part of making St Paul’s the best it can be. I have lived in Tipton all my life and work part-time as a Pharmacy Technician. If I’m not at Merryhill Shopping in my free time, I’ll be gardening! I’m married with one daughter and lots of pets!

Rev Kate Watson

As a newcomer to Tipton, I’m eager to get to know and contribute to community life and so I’m delighted to join the governors at St Paul’s Academy alongside my role as curate at nearby St Matthew’s Church. Prior to being ordained, I worked as a landscape architect in the public, private and charitable sector including design for education projects. I’m married with three grown-up children. In my spare time I love cooking, baking, gardening and spending time with family and friends over a good meal.