Meet Our Governors

  • Mrs Tina Henderson

    Head Teacher Governor

    tina.henderson@northumberland.gov.uk

    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

    admin@otterburn.northumberland.sch.uk

    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 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

    admin@otterburn.northumberland.sch.uk

    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

    admin@westwoodburn@northumberland.sch.uk

    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.

  • Ms Ella Watkins

    Parent Governor

    admin@otterburn.northumberland.sch.uk

    I am Ella Watkins, mum to children in year 5 and 3 at Otterburn School. I joined the school governors because I am keen to give back to our community school and represent all parents in working towards the best experiences for the children in our area.

    I have spent 15 years working in the NHS as a mental health nurse and therapist working with children and young people. Through being a governor I hope to share my enthusiasm for children's wellbeing.

  • Mrs Diane Urwin

    Chair / Local Authority Governor

    admin@otterburn.northumberland.sch.uk

    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 Ruth Whiteside

    Co-opted Governor

    admin@otterburn.northumberland.sch.uk

    After twenty years in primary education, I decided to set up my own business focusing on coaching and mentoring educators. My particular interests include how we can more effectively support vulnerable children and families, and how we can use emotional intelligence across the curriculum. My interest in governance stems from recognising the crucial role of governors as both support and challenge to the school, and remembering too that sometimes it isn’t always easy to find governors!

    I have three grown-up children, three cats, three chickens and a dog – and a long-suffering husband!

  • Mrs Margaret Tait

    Co-opted Governor

    My name is Margaret Tait and I am a Community Governor. 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. My husband and I moved to Redesdale
    from Tyneside in 2005 and when I retired from employment I became a volunteer in school to
    listen to the children read. I became a governor to Otterburn First School because I wanted to
    support the school to provide the best education for the children of the community. I was
    happy to retain my interest and support so become a governor of Otterburn Primary in
    September 2020. I am the president of Rochester Women’s Institute and a trustee of Elsdon
    Village Hall. I live in Elsdon with my husband and two dogs.

  • Mrs Jilli Rogerson

    Parent Governor

    admin@westwoodburn.northumberland.sch.uk

    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.