Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

The Governing Body

The Role Of The Governing Body

The Governing Body at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Who Are The Governors?

The Governors are a broad mix of individuals, drawn from:

  • The parents
  • The staff
  • The community

The Structure Of The Governing Body

Governing Body Structure

Other statutory Committees

  • Complaints Committee
  • 'First Committee'
  • Appeals Committee

When The Governors Meet

A calendar of meetings is established for each school year.

Typically the full Governing Body meets once per term, with powers delegated to sub committees which meet a minimum of once per term.

The governors of extra statutory committees can and do meet at other times if needs arise.

Governing Body procedures and Terms of Reference

The Governing Body procedures and Terms of Reference booklet for 2016-17 can be downloaded here.

Governing Body Code of Conduct

The Governing Body Code of Conduct (and information regarding the Register of Interests) can be downloaded here.

Contact The Governors

The Governors welcome and value comments on the school. Any Governor is happy to listen and receive views, explain issues, or if the area of your query is not known to them seek to ensure that an appropriate Governor or member of the school contacts you.

Please contact the Chair of Governors in writing:

The Chair of Governors,
c/o Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls,
Jockey Road,
Sutton Coldfield.
B73 5PT

or by email

Are You Interested In Joining The Governing Body?

The Governing Body is a dynamic structure, which relies on a continuing influx of members to replace those who retire at the end of their term of office. New Governors ensure diversity, fresh opinions, new views and ideas, and ensure that the strategy and direction of the school remains relevant to the needs of the students and community.

There are different categories of Governor, and vacancies in each category are filled in different ways. Where Parent Governor vacancies arise, letters are sent to parents of current students to invite applications to commence the process.

If you feel you may wish to become a future Governor, please contact Mrs N. Lloyd, the Chair of Governors.

The Governing Body

Mark Allwood Jo Benton Hilary Cannan Matthew Cannan
Narinder Chopra-Bown Nicky Lloyd Ruth McIntosh Steve Millman
Bob Pattni Charlotte Senior Hannah Tipper Nick Tuton

Mark Allwood

Position: Co-opted Governor
Committees: Personnel and Chair of Finance/Premises

Expiry Of Term: 24/03/20

I am a Purchasing Manager responsible for purchasing and contract negotiation including IT, facilities and utilities.

A focus of the Finance and Premises Committee is to ensure that appropriate control on the school finance is been adopted and best value in terms of resources, maintenance and future developments that will ultimately improve the learning environment for the pupils.

Jo Benton

Position: Parent Governor
Committees: Curriculum and Personnel

Expiry Of Term: 06/06/18

I have daughters in Year 9 and Year 13 at the school. I am a Human Resources Manager for a small IT company. This includes responsibility for Health and Safety.

Hilary Cannan

Position: Co-opted Governor
Committees: Finance/Premises

Expiry Of Term: 13/12/20

I am Deputy Business Manager at the school.

My knowledge of the workings and procedures of the school helps enable others to make decisions that support the priorities of the School Development Plan.

Matthew Cannan

Position: Community Governor
Committees: Curriculum and Personnel and Link Governor for Safeguarding and Inclusion

Expiry Of Term: 13/12/20

I am a solicitor specialising in Child Protection. I represent parents and children when the Local Authority has child protection concerns.

I am keen to promote careers in law. I have talked to students about Magistrates Court proceedings and advocacy. I have also attended the school's Careers Evenings

Narinder Chopra-Bown

Position: Parent Governor
Committees: Personnel and Curriculum

Expiry Of Term: 13/10/17

I have a daughter in Year 9 at the school.

have extensive experience of work in the National Health Service. This has included teaching, nursing and as a Ward Manager, I also have fifteen years' experience as a Further Education lecturer, and seven years as an External Moderator for an exam board. I am a founder member and secretary of a support group for children and adolescents with diabetes called DAYS. Currently I am focusing on developing skills in property renovation and rentals.

Nicky Lloyd

Chair of Governing Body and a member of the Finance/Premises and Personnel

Expiry Of Term: 26/09/19

I have twin daughters in Year 11. I was elected as a Parent Governor in September 2012 then co-opted for a further term as a Community Governor in September 2015. I have been Chair of the Governing Body since September 2013.

I am a Chartered Accountant with experience in Human Resources and have previously been a governor on the Board of Birmingham City University. I hold a senior leadership role at a local NHS Foundation Trust, and this enables me to bring a different perspective of leadership to the Governing Body.

My focus as Chair of the Governing Body is to enable all girls to achieve their best, regardless of family background or income. I am proud to lead a school which provides academic excellence, extra-curricular opportunities and high aspirations for our students’ future careers.

Steve Millman

Position: Staff Governor
Committees: Curriculum and Finance/ Premises

Expiry Of Term: 06/07/20

I am a teacher of Maths and Critical Thinking as well as Assistant Head of Sixth Form. Before my teaching career began I had over twenty years' experience in fixings and buildings accessories.

My role includes monitoring and guiding Year 12 students and overseeing provision for students aspiring to study at Oxbridge.

Bob Pattni

Position: Co-opted Governor
Committees: Finance/Premises

Expiry Of Term: 26/09/19

I have a daughter in Year 12 at the school. As a Finance professional with over 23 years of experience in further and higher education, I can advise on strategy, funding, estates and the financial management of the school.

Charlotte Senior

Position: Community Governor
Committees: Finance/Premises and Chair of Curriculum Committee

Expiry Of Term: 1/12/20

I was appointed as a Community Governor in December 2012 and have been Chair of the Curriculum Committee since September 2015. I was co-opted for a further term in December 2016.

I am a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) and have over 11 years' experience working with one of the large global professional services firms. I am able to use the financial and accounting knowledge gained from my career to inform Governing Body discussions and decisions around finance and to ensure that school finances are as robust as possible, which is increasingly important given the current financial challenges facing the education sector.

Hannah Tipper

Position: Co-opted Governor
Committees: Finance/Premises and Personnel

Expiry Of Term: 16/06/20

I am a chartered accountant at a large firm specialising in tax valuations. I also have experience of recruitment, training and performance management.

Through the stewardship of the school's budget, I am proud of our work to support the building of the Katherine Grainger Sports Hall which opened in July 2014.

Nick Tuton

Position: Parent Governor
Committees: Chair of the Personnel Committee, member of the Curriculum Committee and Link Governor for Careers and Health and Safety

Expiry Of Term: 13/10/17

I have a daughter in Year 13 of the school's Sixth Form.

My experience in Manufacturing and Engineering ensures that a non-education/ public sector view adds value to Governing Body discussions.

Ruth McIntosh

Position: Staff Governor
Committees: Curriculum

Expiry Of Term: 6/7/20

This is my fourth year teaching at Sutton Girls. I am a teacher of English and Assistant Head of the English Department. I also support the head of Arden and Ursa houses in encouraging students to participate in collaborative and competitive events.