Governors


Mr Steve Slater, Chair of Governors.

It is a privilege to be appointed Chair of Governors and to follow the excellent leadership of our previous Chair, Rev Richard Sudworth.

Christ Church is an Ofsted rated Outstanding school and maintains a welcoming, caring and inclusive ethos. We are immensely proud of our school and we believe this is reflected in everything we do and the results we produce.

The Governing Board work closely with the Head and staff and provide any support necessary to enable them to produce the best possible outcomes for our children during their time with us.

This includes:

  • Monitoring the progress of our children;
  • Working with staff as they teach and care for our children;
  • Making best use of the financial and asset resources available to the school;
  • Having a robust performance plan in place to ensure continuing improvement;
  • Being visible at school, to our children and parents.

The Governing Board are appointed for a four year term and include representatives from Parents, Staff, the Community and the Church, meeting at least once a term as a full Governing Board. Governors also choose to participate in one of our sub groups, where an in depth review of either the Curriculum or Finance, Staffing and Premises takes place. We also each have specific governance responsibilities for areas such as Numeracy, Literacy and SEND.

Our profiles are shown below and I hope I’ve given you some understanding on how we work as a team to serve the school in our role as Governors. We will continue to work to maintain excellence at the school, to listen and work with our parents and provide an outstanding environment for the education and wellbeing of our children.

Mr Steve Slater
Chair of Governors

Governing Body

Name Title/Responsibility
Mr S Slater Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Mrs F Malik Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Mrs D Ducille Foundation Governor
Ms H Katsonga Woodward Foundation Governor
Mrs M Tyler Foundation Governor
Mrs A Rooble Parent Governor
Mrs K Darby Co-opted Governor
Miss M Hussain Co-opted Governor
Fr G Sykes Co-opted Governor
Miss M Green LA Governor
Mrs D Westwood Head Teacher
Mrs F Yasmin Staff Governor
Miss L Oakey Clerk to the Governing Body

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Governor Profiles

Mrs Kate Darby

I was excited to take on the role of Vice Principal for Culture, Ethos and Wellbeing and Designated Safeguarding Lead at St Alban's Academy as it is a position that allows me to make an impact on the lives of young people who deserve a chance at the best education and opportunities. As a governor at Christ Church I would hope to make a positive contribution to the students and staff and strengthen the links between our schools even further. As the main feeder school to St Alban's, having an involvement with Christ Church will be of great benefit to both schools and the transition of students from the primary to secondary phase. Having a greater appreciation of the excellent standards at Christ Church can help to ensure on arrival at St Alban's the standards previously achieved are built on from the outset.

Mrs Debbie Ducille

I’m newly appointed as a Foundation Governor this year. I lived in Sparkbrook for 8 years, during which time my two children were born, and continue to live and work in the area with children and families which has been my focus, in various ways, for the last 30 years. I see my role as to help maintain the strong relationship that already exists between Christ Church and the school, supporting the Christian ethos and all the fantastic work achieved by children and staff. I really enjoy making things, reading and trying to garden.

Miss Mercedes Green

I am a newly appointed local authority governor who is also a new resident to Birmingham itself, having moved to the area at the end of last year. Currently, I work at the National Agency for Erasmus+, managing volunteering programmes and working with youth organisations across the UK to implement inclusion projects. I am passionate about working in the youth sector and have spent the last few years abroad, gaining experience in grassroots youth work and European youth policy. I hope to be able to inject some of this experience into my governing role and also see this as a great opportunity to learn more about my local community and the fantastic work that Christchurch Primary does!

Miss Miriam Hussain

I have been an English Teacher at ARK St Albans Academy since September 2015. I have a passion to address educational disadvantage and I am heavily invested in the education system. Teaching children with learning difficulties really opened my eyes to the power and influence of not only a good teacher but also the influence of a good school which is why school governors are so vital as they have the opportunity to be able to change a child’s future for the better.

Mrs Heather Katsonga-Woodward

Following 7 years in investment banking, first at Goldman Sachs and then at HSBC and a further 6 years running an online business, I joined The Water Regulation Authority (Ofwat) as a Business Economist. I work as part of small, highly skilled team that challenges water companies to ensure customers are getting a high quality service at a reasonable price and that companies are setting themselves up to remain resilient to adverse changes in the long term. I graduated with First Class Honours in Economics from the University of Cambridge. In the past I have written columns for both Malawi News (on Personal Finance) and the Daily Graphic in Ghana (on Hair). I am the author of several books on banking, personal finance, business and hair. I live in Birmingham with my Husband and our two children.

Mrs Faiza Malik

My name is Faiza Malik, I am a parent governor at Christ Church School with a son in Year 1. I became a governor at Christ Church because as a parent I think it is important to be involved in your child’s education, also to have that relationship with the school where you feel comfortable to discuss any concerns.

Miss Lisa Oakey

I have been clerk to the governors for over 10 years and also work in the school office at Christ Church CE Primary. I also clerk for another primary school in the Birmingham area. I have one daughter who is a Nursery Nurse and a dog called Archie. I like going to the cinema, reading and music.

Mrs Akbel Rooble

As a parent I feel passionately about primary school education, as I believe that the first years of a child’s education is crucial to their later academic achievement and development of social skills. I currently work part time as a team leader in supported housing, we support women and families who flee domestic violence, honour based violence, harassment and FGM, a role I have been doing for four years. In 2012 I was elected as a Parent Governor at Percy Shurmer and attended meetings helping to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children. My two daughters attend Christ Church in Years 2 and 5.

Mr Steve Slater

I was a finance director for many years and had previously held other senior accounting and administrative roles. Most recently I was society secretary for a large retail co-operative society, a role which included responsibility for governance and compliance. I now participate fully in city life, attend live performances whenever I can, enjoy local photography, like to travel and I push myself regularly at the gym! I love living in central Birmingham, it's such a diverse and engaging city. I also volunteer for the Prince’s Trust Enterprise scheme and mentor a number of young adults. Being a governor at Christ Church allows me to add my complementary skills to those already held by the governing board.

Father Gerry Sykes

I am currently vicar of St Alban the Martyr Church in Highgate and chaplain to Ark St Alban’s Academy. My original career was as a biochemist and earth scientist studying fossils and climate change over the last 2.5 million years. Since 2000 I have worked with three primary schools and served on their governing bodies so I have a wealth of experience of school governance. I have been involved in interfaith work for many years and I am currently a member of the Highgate interfaith forum, which meets in Birmingham Central Mosque.

Mrs Margaret Tyler

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese and am very pleased to be part of the Christ Church family. I worship at St Mary’s Church in Acocks Green, where I am a Lay Pastoral Minister and a member of the Deanery Synod. I was educated at Sparkhill Commercial School and I have an interest in the surrounding area. I am a retired Registered General Nurse. I have a wide variety of interests including baking for charity events, flower arranging and am a season holder at Birmingham City Football Club!

Mrs Deborah Westwood

We pride ourselves on being a small school where we know all of our families well. The caring family ethos is very important to us as it helps learning and success to happen. As governors we always strive to provide the best possible opportunities for our children and families, whilst ensuring they feel safe and happy in a secure and caring environment.

Mrs Farah Yasmin

As a teacher at Christ Church I feel I will be able to bring my knowledge of teaching to the process of governance, I am keen to acquire new skills to help our school maintain its high standards. My position at the school with a thorough understanding of what happens in the classroom as well as behind the scenes, affords me the opportunity to build an active relationship with both staff and the Governing Body, whilst ensuring there is clarity, a positive ethos and strategic direction.