Pen Portraits - Codsall Community High School
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Pen Portraits

Jessica Shulman – Chair & Co-Opted Governor
I am a parent of 2 children, one who is currently at Perton Middle, the other at St Chad’s. I have been involved in Governance since 2016, prior to that I was an advisory member of St Chad’s Governors’ marketing committee.

Professionally my background is in sales and marketing. I bring to the board skills in the areas of information, data analysis, understanding of legislation and compliance along with business administration and project management. Additionally I am a qualified FE teacher. My interest in Education has grown as my children have move through school system, in particular I am interested in technology, SEND provision and providing quality education for all children.

Andrea Dawson – Vice Chair & Foundation Governor
Having worked in education, as a teacher, head teacher and school improvement adviser throughout my working life, I was delighted to become a foundation governor through Holy Cross Church. It is a privilege to be associated with all three schools that make up the Federation and to be part of a governing board that has such a wide range of professional knowledge and experience.

Alison Colin-Stokes – Co-Opted Governor
I have 20 years teaching experience working in Secondary schools as an English and Drama teacher, Head of English, Head of Year and Assistant Head. I currently work in a primary school with years 5 and 6. I have previously served as a foundation governor in a different authority gaining experience serving on several different committees and assisting in navigating the school towards federating with two other schools. I have been a foundation governor at St. Chad’s, Pattingham since 2014 and more recently have become a parent governor at CCHS serving on the Perton Middle Committee. I have one daughter in year 2 at St. Chad’s and one in in year 6 at Perton Middle.

Dr Jack Matthews
Jack is a former student at Bilbrook Middle and Codsall High, and now works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, studying geology and geo-conservation.

Rev’d Simon Douglas
As vicar of Holy Cross church, I have served as an ex officio foundation governor for the federation for the 4 years since I arrived, particularly serving on the Bilbrook Middle School committee. I also come in to school frequently, to take assemblies, meet with pupils and staff and support lessons. I have been a school governor for more than 15 years, across 3 local authorities, including 7 years as chair. Prior to ministry I was in education for more than 15 years, both in and out of the classroom. I am currently also governor of Lane Green First School.

Nigel Whitaker – Health & Safety Link Governor
As Health & Safety Link Governor since April 2019, I welcome the opportunity to offer my professional and specialist skills, supporting the high quality of education and environment that my own 2 children enjoyed before moving up to Codsall High School.

I believe that my experience as a professional engineer (24 yrs service in the Royal Air Force, prior to my current position in the Civil Service) has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and desire to make a positive contribution to the development and wellbeing of young people. In addition to my role as a Governor I am also a STEM Ambassador, raising awareness of the opportunities available in STEM careers