Meet the Governors

Steve Collins - Parent Governor
Chair of Governors
I am a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of professional experience within the construction industry, in various sectors and have spent the last nine years leading the delivery of new and refurbished school facilities for Carillion upon a number of Building Schools for the Future projects, particularly within Durham, South Tyneside and Gateshead, including a great number of new and refurbished Primary Schools. 

During the course of this most recent work experience, I was invited by one of the schools I worked upon – Mortimer Community College in South Shields – to become a Community Governor and I have served for approximately six years until earlier this year, when I resigned in the hopeful anticipation of being able to join the Governing Body at Gosforth Park First School, where my daughter Katie now attends in Reception. 

Whilst I currently work for a large multi-national company. I have also worked in private practice at a senior level and owned my own services engineering company.

I currently serve as a Justice of the Peace, sitting upon the Newcastle and Tynedale Adult Bench

I am a proud father and north easterner and I want to see the school do well, so I am really excited about the opportunity to contribute to individually and collectively to this. I think that the experience that I have gained both working with schools, as a Community Governor, as businessman and as a Magistrate may provide some specialist knowledge, especially relative to estate management.

 I’m married to Claire. We have one daughter Katie, our golden retriever Maizey and our black and white cat Bishop.

 I am very passionate about the work I undertake and will try to bring enthusiasm and a smile into everything I do.

Gill Milne 
Vice Chair
 
I am 59 years old, born in Aberdeen, Scotland. I moved to Newcastle 8 years ago to help look after my first two grandchildren who were born early 2010. Since moving I now have six grandchildren all of whom I have looked after at various stages, three of whom are at Gosforth Park so I will have a particular interest in the school for at least 5 years.
Professionally I am a physiotherapist, I specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for 20 years before moving to Newcastle.   I worked for the NHS and then in private practice. 
I am also an internationally qualified Tennis Referee, working primarily with junior players and as a result have a good knowledge of safeguarding policies and the importance of equality and diversity. 
My hobbies involve keeping busy, knitting, sewing, reading and jig saws. I also have three dogs who enhance the family.
I have become a school governor because I will have increasing time on my hands as more of my grandchildren go to school for a full day and am keen to be involved in the community.

Margaret Higgins

I started as a parent governor at Gosforth Park First School when my oldest daughter was in reception! However, I have been very lucky to stay involved with the school and am proud to be a governor of such an excellent school.  Both my children went to Gosforth Park and the school gave them an excellent start to their school life.

I am co-owner of the out of school club that has been successfully established at Gosforth Park First School for over fifteen years, so have a good working relationship with all the schools on site.  It has been wonderful to see the children grow up through school and out of school club and we are now in the position of employing several students from 6th form who were in the club as children.

I am link governor for Safeguarding.

Nicola Phillips 
 I joined the governing body in summer 2018. I am a parent governor. I have 3 children at the school. I am keen to support the school and to help the local community by being a governor. I also wish to be involved in both the education of my own children and those in the local community.

My background is in health. I am a doctor and I have worked in the NHS for over 15 years now
I sit on the staffing and finance committee.
Eric Ferguson
I have extensive experience working within primary education at school, local authority and  regional levels. I am skilled in school improvement, project management and primary English. I have worked with Gosforth Park First School over many  years and  know the school and community very well. As a member of the governing body I am committed to working closely with governor colleagues, school's leadership and staff  in order to achieve the very best for the children and parents of our school.
Jim Hindess
Co-opted Staff Governor
I'm a recent addition to the Gosforth Park First School family having been appointed as Assistant Headteacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in September 2018. After graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in Archaeology, I decided that digging around in the cold, wet fields of Northumberland was not for me and began a career in education. Since becoming a teacher, I have worked across all primary phases and received a range of training in order to fulfil my additional responsibilities. I am proud to work at such an amazing school and alongside a team of passionate and committed governors.
Alan Taylor
I was delighted to be offered a place on the governing body of Gosforth Park First School in December 2019. I recently retired,  after working for Newcastle Local Authority for nearly 30 years
in the Schools HR Team, as an HR Adviser.  I hope that my knowledge and experience of employment  and school related matters can  contribute to the school  and its continuing success in providing high quality learning to the children.
 Kate Massey
I am the Headteacher of Archbishop Runcie CE First School, in Gosforth. I was appointed to this role in January 2019 and was previously the longstanding Deputy Headteacher in the school. I live in Northumberland and have two young children. I am passionate about providing a broad, rich and exciting curriculum to the children of Gosforth
 
I was appointed as the Gosforth Park First School's GST Foundation Governor in December 2019. I am excited about strengthening the work of GST by working closely with other schools. I sits on the Standards & Curriculum Committee. 
Nick Tomlinson
I am parent governor with a son in Key Stage 2. I have been a civil servant for 13 years working in the Cabinet Office, Legal Aid Agency and the Insolvency Service before starting my current role in the Home Office. My career has focused primarily on the prevention of fraud and financial losses however now I'm working on the business change and leadership approach to the challenges of digital working. Outside of work I enjoy cricket and music. 
 
Iain Duigan
I am a dad of two, both of whom have been at GPFS, so have been involved with the school in some fashion for 6 years. I works in financial services and am lucky enough to work for a company who donated to the Crossing Guard fund for the last two years and fingers crossed, this year too. Previously I was the Co-Chair of Governors and am qualified in Safer Recruitment and I am keen in working with the governing board and teaching team to help GPFS achieve even more for the children.
Leanne Lamb
I am the Headteacher at GPFS and am very proud of our children, staff team and wonderful community.
We are lucky to have a governing body who provide challenge and support to give our children the very best opportunities and education.