Meet the Governors

  • Mr Simon Smith

    Chair of Governors

    I have had the pleasure and privilege to be a School Governor and Chair of Governors at four schools in South East Northumberland, before becoming a co-opted Governor and elected Chair of Governors at North Fawdon Primary School.

    I have worked in Higher Education for over ten years, predominantly in supporting research activity at Northumbria University. I also teach undergraduates in Leadership and Management.

    Apart from being a School Governor, I volunteer with the regional Athletics Association and I am a board member of both the European and the World Governing bodies for Snooker and Billiards. I enjoy the challenges and responsibilities of being a School Governor. It provides an opportunity to ensure that children are given the best possible opportunities for life, not only through receiving a quality education, but also in promoting personal and social development.

    As Chair of Governors, I am fully committed to ensuring that the leaders, teachers and staff empower and fully engage your children to get the most from their time at North Fawdon in a safe and caring environment that promotes learning.

  • Dr Shaun Bloomfield

    Vice Chair/Parent Governor

  • Mrs Alison Cairns

    Head Teacher Governor

  • Mrs Sarah Hayes


  • Miss Maxine Pape

    Staff Governor

  • Mrs Miriam Munzo Diaz

    Parent Governor

  • Mr Keith Daniels

    Co-opted Governor

  • Ms Greta Defeyter


    Professor Greta Defeyter BSc (Hons) CPsychol FRSA FHEA FBPsS PhD
    Faculty Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor Knowledge Exchange
    Health & Life Sciences
    Northumbria University

    Greta has been at Northumbria University since 2003. She is the strategic lead for Knowledge Exchange within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences that incorporates the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing; the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health; the Department of Applied Science; the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation; and the Department of Psychology.

    In addition to her university role, she is also Director of the Healthy Living Lab at Northumbria University. The Healthy Living Lab is a multi-disciplinary lab and includes academic colleagues from disciplines ranging from education, health economics, nutrition, psychology, social work, sociology, sports science, sports psychology, and law. Her current research interests are food poverty, food insecurity, social and educational injustice and holiday hunger. She has received funding from the ESRC, the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, Public Health England, the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery, as well as funding from local authorities and industry. In 2015, she published the first evaluation of holiday breakfast clubs and in 2016 published a paper based on a UK wide Meals & More programme. She is now a recognised expert in this area and is in demand around the world. In 2015, she was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

    More recently, she joined prestigious line up of award winners including Ed Balls and Jamie Oliver by winning a Food Heroes Award from Sustain for her research and evaluations on school breakfast clubs and holiday hunger. In 2017, the Healthy Living Lab won the British Psychology Public Engagement Award (North East) for knowledge exchange. She currently supervises a number of PhD student’s, post-docs and research assistants researching holiday hunger and educational inequality.

  • Mr Rob Carradice

    Co-opted Governor

  • Mr Nick Cott