Meet Our Governors

  • Mrs Alison Woodcock

    Head Teacher Governor

    As Head Teacher of Otterburn Primary School and Nursery 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 schools, parents, staff, governors and pupils is essential and that governors play an important part in the school community.

  • Mrs Helen Spiller

    Staff Governor

    My name is Helen. I am the year 5 and 6 teacher at Otterburn Primary School and have been in post since 2016. I have been teaching for 20 years and have taught all year groups in many different types of schools.

    I am passionate about teaching young children and enjoy seeing the progress they make as they learn to read and write for the first time. I love the outdoors and believe this time can be very beneficial in both learning and in the emotional development of the children.

    Outside of school I am married with two children. I enjoy family time especially camping and walking. Scouting has always played an important part in my life growing up. I am currently a beaver leader and the Group Scout Leader at my local Scout Group.

  • Mr Cliff Lamb

    Co-opted Governor

    My name is Cliff, I am aged 64. I was born in Northumberland and I have also lived in Lancashire, Shropshire and Worcestershire throughout the course of my working life as an engineering manager in the construction plant environment. After partially retiring in 2013 I moved to Elsdon, I am now enjoying being active in the local community. I am involved in several ways including being a member on the committees of Elsdon Projects in the Community and Elsdon Village Hall. I have also been active with North Tyne Youth group since 2015 and currently hold the position of being a Trustee.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, photography, music and sailing.

    As a governor of Otterburn Primary & Nursery I hope to help and enable the staff to ensure the children in our community receive the best education and successfully enjoy their time at school.

  • Mrs Amy Murray

    Co-opted Governor

    I am Amy, I am a mum to Jacob & Bella who attend the school, I am married to Tim who is a farmer at East Woodburn. I have worked as the school administrator since December 2017. Before working in the school I worked in hospitality, in hotels mostly taking on many roles including management. I also worked in software support.

    I joined as a governor to get a better knowledge of how the school works and to help and assist the school team. I love my job and I feel I am challenged each day. Being a governor and working in the school I see everyday the work we do as a governing body benefiting the school.

    In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking, shopping and exploring new places and activities as a family.

  • Mr Dave Cookson

    Chair of Governors

    My name is Dave. I am the Head of School Improvement for the local authority, so work across all schools in Northumberland. I'm also a governor at an academy and a secure children's home.

    In my spare time I like outdoor pursuits and spending time with my children.

    My aim is to make Otterburn an even more successful school by providing support and challenge to the headteacher and staff.

  • Mrs Jilli Rogerson

    Parent Governor

    I am Jilli Rogerson, mother of Katie (year 5) and Jake (year 2). I joined the Governors because I wanted to get more involved and ensure that all children have the opportunity to thrive at Otterburn. I hope to be able to represent other parents to make sure that school provides the best possible opportunities and experiences for all our children.

    I have been Treasurer of the School PTA since 2015 and have regularly provided support to the school on the swimming bus, outdoor sessions at Rupert's Wood as well as the PTA fairs and discos.

    I have lived in the Rede Valley all of my life and myself attended Otterburn First School from 1988. I am actively involved in the local community through Rochester Village Hall, Rochester and Byrness Children's Parties and the Upper Redesdale Show. I have worked in Nature Conservation and Land Management for over 12 years and also have an active role in our family farm.

  • Dr Claire Maxim

    Co-opted Governor

    I am Reverend Claire and joined our governing body in November 2022.
    I have been ordained in the Church of England for 12 years, and arrived in Northumberland in Spring 2022.
    I am passionate about education and opportunity at all stages of life for everyone, and particularly enjoy storytelling.
    Before being ordained, I worked as an engineer for EON for twenty years, and have an eye for strategy, processes, and making good connections - whether by wiring or building good relationships!
    I am keen to see Otterburn School thriving at the heart of the community it serves, and look forward to offering pastoral and practical support wherever I can.

  • Mrs Joanne Willis

    Parent Governor

    I am Jo, Mum to Seth and Elsie who attend Otterburn Primary. I joined the Governors in November 2022 as I wanted to become actively involved with the education of my children and their peers. I am interested to see how the school runs 'behind the scenes' and look forward to helping the Governors in any way I can.
    I am the Community Development Officer for the Ray Wind Funds, where the education and opportunities for local children are a priority. I help my partner on the family farm when I can and also run our holiday cottage.
    I am Vice Chair of the school PTA and try to participate when I can, be it asking for raffle prizes, manning a stall or making tea and coffee.
    I grew up in Ponteland until my family moved to Yorkshire when I was a teenager, having returned North in the last 8 years I am enjoying being part of a close knit rural community.

  • Vacant Position

    Local Authority Governor