Meet Our Governors

  • Mrs Tina Henderson

    Head Teacher Governor

    As HeadTeacher 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.

    With my leadership, teaching experience and knowledge of the school I believe I can provide the link between all stakeholders. 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.

  • Mrs Helen Spiller

    Staff Governor

    My name is Helen Spiller. I am the Deputy Head Teacher and Early Years Teacher at Otterburn Primary School and have been in post for since 2016. I have been teaching for almost 20 years and have taught every year group 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.

  • Mrs Diane Urwin

    Local Authority Governor

    I am Diane Urwin. I became a governor at Otterburn and West Woodburn Schools early in 2019. I am a LA appointed governor and, as such, was appointed to the board of governors by the Local Authority.
    I have been a primary school teacher throughout my full career. I started teaching at a very large primary school in Sunderland, then I taught at numerous first schools in Northumberland. The last 12 years of my career were spent as headteacher at two different primary schools in Cumbria.
    When I decided to take early retirement I decided to offer my experience to become a governor. I want to support the schools, and also make sure that both schools are well led and managed for the benefit of the children. I have previously been a staff governor at two different primary schools in Northumberland, was headteacher governor at my schools in Cumbria and was a community governor at a large secondary school in Cumbria.
    Though originally from Sunderland, I have lived in Hexham for nearly 30 years. I am married, have two adult sons and a granddaughter.

  • 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.