Meet Our Governors

  • Mrs Margaret Tait

    Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor

    My name is Margaret Tait and I have been a Community Governor for 2 years. I worked for 25 years as the manager of a Citizens Advice Bureau and then spent 8 years working as a Development Officer at the regional office of the British Lung Foundation. After I retired I volunteered to listen to the children read 3 years ago and became a community governor 2 years ago. I am also a Parish Councillor and volunteer at Wallington Hall. I am married to John and we have 2 grown up children.

  • Mrs Mari Mander

    Local Authority Governor

    I am former teacher with a background in encouraging pupils who find learning a challenge. I spent time in Special Schools as well as the Primary Sector. I also taught French and was involved with the Healthy Schools programme being very interested in personal, social and health education.

    I love reading for enjoyment as well as study. I also enjoy travel, walking, films, cooking and watching tennis.

    I'm married to Peter, (the Vicar) and we have 2 grown up children and 2 grandchildren.

  • Mr Darren Gaukrodger

    Parent Governor

    My name is Darren Gaukrodger and have become a parent governor during the autumn 2016 term. I have run my own electrical engineering company since 2001, I work in the Natural stone and Oil Industry working throughout the UK and also overseas. I was born and grew up in West Yorkshire and moved up to Northumberland 8 years ago. I am married to Karen and we have two daughters the oldest is in year 1 and the youngest will join the reception class in September 2017. I feel this is a good time to become a parent governor as there are many years ahead with our girls at Otterburn school. I look forward to working with the governors to help the school move forward and achieve high standards

  • Mr George Chapman

    Parent Governor

  • Mr John Bell

    Co-opted Governor

    My name is John Bell. I have been a Co-opted Governor since November 2015. I work for Northumbria Health Care Trust in Hexham. I have spent the last twenty five years working in the public sector at both team and strategic level. I am married to Deb and we have two grown up children and four grandchildren.

  • Mr Alan Colby

    Associate Governor

    My name is Alan Colby. I became an Associate Governor of Otterburn First School in December 2015. I worked 38 years in local government, including 16 years in social housing and 22 years in policy & research. For 4 years I ran a community tea room with my wife in Elsdon, before finally retiring. Between us my wife and I have 6 children, and 9 grandchildren. I am very familiar with the challenges faced by young families, and I hope that with my background in policy development I can make a positive contribution to the future of Otterburn First School.

  • Mr Kevin Price

    Vice Chair / Parent Governor

    We moved to the area as we can see huge benefits in rural schooling and raising a family here.

    I have a background in physics and programming and have ran businesses for the last 10 years. So have experience hiring and managing teams, setting out strategy, forecasting, raising capital and dealing with stakeholders.

    I have two daughters, the eldest in year one and the youngest about to enter reception, so my involvement with the school has a number of years ahead of it. I look forward to working with the other governors in helping the school reach it's full potential

  • Mrs Tina Henderson

    Head of School Staff Governor

    tina.henderson@northumberland.gov.uk

    As Head of School at Otterburn First School I have a vested interest in its running and security. Staff governors offer a unique insight as their position allows them to see the link between practice and theory. I believe that good communication between the school, parents, staff, governors and pupils is essential and that governors play an important part in the school community.

    With my leadership, teaching experience and knowledge of the school I believe I can provide the link between all stakeholders. I have both supported and challenged the school in the past in my role as Acting Head Teacher but also when I previously served as Deputy Head and a Class Teacher. Prior to working in the North East I was a parent governor at a large two form entry primary school and have experienced the challenging role that governors face in ensuring that schools are a thriving educational establishment where all pupils are valued as individuals and encouraged to flourish.