Clare Mills - Chair Of Governors
I’m a retired secondary head teacher having worked in challenging schools in Birmingham, Liverpool and the north east of England. I live locally and am keen to support the education of the children in the Federation. I would also enjoy working with as many parents and carers as possible during my term as Chair.
Charlotte Bull - Vice Chair of Governors
I bring my skills as a lawyer and a mom to the role of vice chair of governors and enjoy being part of the strategic leadership team. I have three sons, two of which, twins, are at Victoria School. I love visiting the school and meeting the students.
Julie Fardell - Executive Headteacher
I have been a Head Teacher for more than 18 years and a SEN Teacher for more than 38. I have worked in 3 countries, in both the government and independent sectors and with people of all ages. I am a passionate advocate for children and young people with special educational needs and have been the Executive Head Teacher of the Federation since January 2017.
Sadie Bolton - Co-opted Governor
I am mum to 5 boys, two of whom have special needs. I have worked in Education for over 30 years as a youth worker and now work as a Careers Adviser for Sandwell Council.
Lesley Jackson - Co-opted Governor
I am a chartered accountant, and after completing my training with KPMG in Birmingham. I moved into Industry, where I remained for the rest of her career. I joined the Board of Governors in March 2018 and was appointed to Chair of the Finance committee in the Autumn of 2018.
Kristen Sanders - Co-opted Governor
I am mom to three girls who attend Victoria School. I have advocated on behalf of children and young people with disabilities for the last 12 years by serving as a trustee for a variety of organisations. I am currently a trustee for Children's Quarter and have been a governor for almost 10 years.
Sue McCorkindale - Co-opted Governor
I am a wheelchair user, now retired from working as a consultant trainer / researcher in the area of disability equality and inclusion with local organisations, businesses, schools and colleges. I love volunteering at Victoria each week with great young people in the 14 to 19 department.
Martin Carpenter - Co-opted Governor
I run my own IT support company. My Wife and I have two young boys,
one at Victoria School. They both have autistic diagnosis with their individual distinct needs. I volunteer my time at several places believing in helping them to get the most of limited resources.
John Pemberton - Parent Governor
I run my own IT support company. My Wife and I have two young boys, one at Victoria School. They both have autistic diagnosis with their individual distinct needs. I volunteer my time at several places believing in helping them to get the most of limited resources.
Lisa Wootton - Parent Governor
Hello! I'm Lisa, mum to two children, our eldest son started Cherry Oak in January 2017. I grew up in a small town in North Shropshire and left home at the grand age of 18 where I was Cheltenham bound to do a degree in Business Management. Almost a decade later the bright lights of Birmingham beckoned and I took the plunge and moved here following a secondment through work. I worked in market research fieldwork for over ten years but haven't returned since having our youngest son. I now do lots of community based 'work' sourcing, arranging and spreading the word on local activities for SEND people and their parents / carers. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be on the governing board and to be a voice of parents across the federation.
Mark Cottam - Staff Governor
I am a member of staff at Cherry Oak School and have worked there for 6 years. I previously worked at Victoria School in a variety of roles across all Key Stages for 4 years. My son attended Victoria School for 16 years and now goes to QAC in Harbourne. As a Parent I am part of Friends of Victoria and have been involved in a variety of Parent Support Groups. My Wife and I also support families of children with SEND by offering respite and we are currently applying to become Foster Carers.
As both a member of Staff within the Federation and a Parent of a pupil that attended Victoria for so long, I feel that I have a wide and varied knowledge and also have a somewhat unique perspective as a Governor. Before coming into Education I was an IT Project Manager and have a degree in Business Administration & Marketing.
|Name of Governor||Current Employment||Relevant Business Interests||
|Any relationships with other governors and school staff include spouses , partners and relatives||
|Hannah Barton||Marks & Clerk LLP||None||None||None||None||MCIPD Chartered Institute of Personnel Development|
Trustee & Chair of Friends of Victoria
Trustee of Victoria College Ltd
Chair of Governors of Dame Ellen
Son attends Victoria
Governor at Rednal Hill Junior School From 3-11-2016,
Aunt works at Victoria School
Family relationship with a teacher at Victoria School Two children attend
|Martin Carpenter||National Grid||None||None||None||None||Institute of Engineering & Technology|
|Mark Cottam||HLTA at Cherry Oak||None||None||Wife works at Cherry oak||None||None|
Head Teacher Federation of Cherry Oak
Trustee of Victoria College Ltd
Trustee &President of Friends of
|Councillor Eddie Freeman||BCC Councillor Bus Driver||
Company Director for Northfield Bid Partnership
Trustee Allens Croft Community Centre
Non Executive Director and
Level Investment Trust PLC &
Trackwise Designs PLC
Fellow of Institute of
Chartered accountants in England and Wales
Husband on Torridon
Development Manager for
Mentor 2 days a week from
One child attends Victoria College
2 children attend Victoria School
Self Employed Owner of
|PTENUK Parents’ Group||
Chair of St
Son attends Victoria
|None||Child attends Cherry Oak school||None||
SEND SOCIALS B’ham
Founder and Chair