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

    I have worked in education for over 25 years in Newcastle. I started my teaching career in Benwell and in 1997 I took up a management post at Benton Park Primary School and later was appointed as assistant head and then deputy head.

    In the Autumn term of 2010 I was seconded to lead North Fawdon as acting Head of School specifically to improve pupil outcomes and expectations of behaviour. In the Spring term of 2011, I was appointed the permanent post of Head Teacher.

    I thrive in leading school improvement and in the 2017-18 academic year I became Executive Head of Kenton Bar and North Fawdon specifically to accelerate the school’s journey from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.

    Supporting families of children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), leading behaviour management strategies and ensuring effective safeguarding systems are particular passions of mine. I love being part of the North Fawdon family and beyond that I jointly lead SMART’s safeguarding and SEND teams and sit on Kingston Park’s Local Governing Board. Beyond SMART I sit on the Inclusion Group – a sub committee of the Newcastle Promise Board and the Newcastle Schools’ Safeguarding Partnership group.



  • Mrs Sarah Hayes

    Governor

    Sarah has worked in education for over 25 years, both in schools in North Tyneside and in Newcastle. In 1991 she took up a management post at Kingston Park Primary School and in 1993 she was appointed as Deputy Head within the school.
    In 2001, after three periods of acting Headship (two at Kingston Park and one at Byker Primary School), she was appointed as the Headteacher of West Denton First School. Sarah led West Denton through re-organisation from a First into a Primary School and also through two major building projects, before being appointed as Headteacher of Stocksfield Avenue Primary School in September 2010

  • Miss Maxine Pape

    Staff Governor

    I was seconded to North Fawdon Primary School in 2012 in the Summer term and have been a permanent member of staff since!
    I hold an Early years Specialism with BA Honours and I have my NASC award for leading Special Educational Needs across the school. I am also the Mental Health lead and promote well being for staff, children and our families.
    I have recently taken the role on as the Healthy Schools Coordinator where I aim to have a Healthy School status award by July 2019. I have been a Teacher Governor since 2014. Without any doubt, I am extremely proud to be part of the North Fawdon Family

  • Mrs Miriam Munzo Diaz

    Parent Governor

  • Mr Keith Daniels

    Co-opted Governor

  • Dr Greta Defeyter

    Governor

    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

  • Dr Nick Cott

    Governor

    Dr Nick Cott is one of the local Councillors for Fawdon & West Gosforth ward. He has been a local Councillor since 2000, and in Fawdon since 2018.
    Nick was the Council cabinet member for Children’s Services between 2004 and 2011 and served on a ministerial advisory group in relation to schools and education (2011-12). He is currently Deputy Leader of the Opposition on the Council (2018-). Nick has recently been elected to serve on the Local Government Association’s national Children & Young People Programme Board.
    As well as being a governor at North Fawdon, Nick is also a governor of Newcastle City Learning, which specialises in education for post-16 and adults.
    Outside of his local authority role, Nick works in higher education and in online and distance learning. He works as an Associate Lecturer of the Open University and as a tutor for the Joseph Cowen Centre, a community interest company based in Newcastle.