Meet the Governors

Headteacher 

Judith McGuinness 

Jude.jpg Date of appointment: 01.09.16
Appointment by: Governing board
Business interests: None
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: No

About me

I was appointed as the Head teacher of Dee Banks school in September 2016. Prior to this I was the Headteacher at another special school within the local authority, which catered for primary aged pupils diagnosed with autism.I began my teaching career, after completing a BSc Hons with QTS at Edge Hill University, in a mainstream primary school in Knowsley. I then studied for my Post Graduate Diploma in SEN and secured a position in a special school, within the same borough, which had a very similar profile to Dee Banks school.After completing a further Post Graduate Diploma in Childhood Autism, I started working for the Cheshire Autism Support And Development Team (CASADT), supporting pupils, families, nurseries, schools and colleges across Cheshire, before becoming a Headteacher for the first time.As well as leading the school, I am currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead, heading up a team of staff who monitor and support our pupils and families.I am passionate about our school and the pupils and families we cater for and feel privileged to be the Headteacher of Dee Banks school.

 

Chair of Governors 

Julie Henderson 

Julie.jpg Date of appointment: 15.06.21
End of appointment: 14.06.25
Appointment by: Governing board
Business interests: None
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: No

About me

Hello, my name is Julie Henderson and I have been a parent governor since 2017. My degree is in Business Information Systems Management and this led to a career in Information Technology before starting a family.
As a parent of two children one of which has special needs, I am aware of the importance of choosing the right school for our children. As a parent governor I am able to assist the school to achieve its vision; “every student matters”, assisting each pupil to meet their own potential within a safe, caring and happy environment.
 

Local Authority 

Alix Van Der Zwan

Alix.jpg Date of appointment: 16.01.22
End of appointment: 17.01.26
Appointment by: Governing board
Business interests: None
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: None

About me

I have been a governor since 2010 and live on Dee Banks close to the school. I lived in Amsterdam for five years and did secretarial work for the World Health Organisation and then in 1988 moved to Jakarta, Indonesia with my husband. There I helped out at one of the orphanages together with other expats and also taught English to middle management of one of Jakarta’s large companies. A number of Chinese and Indonesian parents wished their children to be educated in Britain and I helped them select a suitable boarding school.

 

Parent Governors

Charlotte Jobse

Charlotte.jpg Date of appointment: 15.06.21
End of appointment: 14.06.25
Appointment by: Governing board
Business interests: None
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: No

About me

Hello, My name is Charlotte Jobse and I have been a parent governor since June 2017. My background is a career within the NHS, firstly as a nurse and then becoming a midwife with managerial experience.As a parent of a child with special needs being a governor enables me to support and contribute towards the schools vision and ethos of assisting pupils in reaching their full potential within a happy and safe learning environment.

 

Kevin Mitchell

Kevin.jpg Date of appointment: 15.06.21
End of appointment: 14.06.25
Appointment by: Governing board
Business interests: None
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: No

About me

 I am Kevin, married dad of two. My son Jack loves school and we as a family have been incredibly lucky to benefit from the amazing education, care and support provided by staff, volunteers and fellow parents. Therefore, I have decided to stand to parent governor.I am currently serving as a police officer meeting a diverse range of people from all areas of the community in often difficult circumstances having honed my communication skills in order to understand, clarify and challenge people of all levels.I believe I have the skills to allow me to be an effective member of the board upholding the schools vision, ethos and strategic direction holding the Headteacher and senior leaders to account and overseeing the financial performance of the school ensuring a good investment.

 

Adam Greenhead

Adam.jpg Date of appointment: 15.06.21
End of appointment: 14.06.25
Appointment by: Governing board
Business interests: None
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: No

About me

My name is Adam and I would like to represent parents on the governing body as I have extensive knowledge and experience of working in education and I am passionate about learning. As a secondary school teacher and senior middle leader, I feel I can further support teachers and members of staff with teaching and learning priorities to allow students to learn, achieve and reach their full potential. Every child matters in education and as aa working practitioner who has supported students with SEN, I would love to impact my knowledge to improve outcomes for our children.

 

Co-opted Governors

Janet O'Sullivan 

Janet.jpg Date of appointment: 08.02.21
End of appointment: 07.02.25
Appointment by: Governing board
Business interests: None
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: No
Structure and responsibilities: Parents and community
Committees: N/A

About me

Hi, my name is Janet and I am the governor with responsibility for linking with parents and the local community. I have been a member of staff and a governor for a number of years and have thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the school community during this time. Hopefully this long association with the school will help me to do my link role in order to support both the governing body and the school. I will endeavour as far as possible to attend some of the parental events and will look forwards to meeting some of you in the future. 

 

Rob Pullen (Vice Chair)

Rob.jpg Date of appointment: 08.02.21
End of appointment: 07.02.25
Appointment by: Governing Board
Business interests: Chair of the Primary Headteacher’s Association in Cheshire West and Chester & Associate Trainer for RMA Governance.
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: No

About me

 I began my teaching career in Dorset and have worked in a number of different authorities across England and Wales. Having been a governor since 1995 as either a staff member, parent or as headteacher, I have worked through periods of great change in education. As a former headteacher of two primary schools both with Resourced Provisions, I have consistently sought to ensure the young people in my care have the very best opportunities to experience life, grow in confidence and become the best they can be. I am currently the joint Chair of the Primary Heateacher’s Association in Cheshire West and Chester and also and associate trainer for RMA Governance.No longer a serving headteacher within a school, I am excited to be joining the governing board at Dee Banks where I believe my experiences can be used to assist the school work towards its aims and vision for all our students.

Adam Rigler

Adam(1).jpg Date of appointment: 23.11.21
End of appointment: 22.11.25
Appointment by: Governing board
Business interests: None
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: No

About me

Although I studied Geology, my career over the past 30 years has been in banking and finance, mainly in the UK but also for a short period in the US. During the past 15 years I have helped to build and run banking and payment businesses and now act as a consultant to Boards, executive management teams and committees, helping mainly with compliance, growth and exit strategies as well as general sales and marketing. I very much look forward to joining with the other governors, parents and pupils to help continue the excellent achievements at Dee Banks school.   

 

Ann White

Ann.jpg Date of appointment: 21.07.20
End of appointment: 20.07.24
Appointment by: Governing board
Business interests: None
Financial interests: None
Material interests: None
Governing role in other schools: No

About me

My professional background is in teaching and have always been involved in special Education. I have a particular interest in autism, I have been involved as a governor in another Cheshire Special School for over 10 years – which I thoroughly enjoyed.I am now retired from teaching and want to be more involved with my local community.Over the years I have had professional links with Dee Banks and welcome the opportunity to serve as a governor.Every child matters and Dee Banks has a long history of helping children with significant, complex special needs to reach their potential. I welcome the chance of supporting parents, staff and pupils in continuing to build on Dee Banks School’s excellent reputation.

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