Local Governing Body

Local Governing Body

In September 2015, the Governing Body of Charlton School was replaced with the Interim Executive Board (IEB), with responsibility for leading the School forward as it responded to the findings of the Ofsted inspection in May 2015 (published July 2015).

As a result of the progress and improvement made by the school, Mike Briscoe, Chair of the IEB, sought approval for governance of the school to transfer to its own Local Governing Body and for the work of the IEB to cease.  Approval was given on 27 March 2018 and the full Local Governing Body is now in place and operating well, supported by the Learning Community Trust as we move to become an Academy and be part of the Trust.  

Please find below an introduction to the members of our Local Governing Body.


Paul Bishton  - Chair

Paul has been involved as an education professional for the past 45 years. During that period he was involved for 12 years as a Secondary School Principal. Paul was, for 10 years, Director of the Midlands Leadership Centre at the University of Wolverhampton and had responsibility for their Schools and Colleges partnerships. Further educational experience has been gained by acting as a Regional Coordinator for the SSAT. Paul has extensive experience as a Governor in two Secondary Schools, a College of Further Education, and a Multi-Academy Trust.




Lisa Jinks - Vice Chair

Link Governor – Health & Safety 

Lisa is a senior member of the legal profession, working as a criminal solicitor. She has significant experience of working with schools and students, and of applying her legal experience to educational settings. Lisa has been a parent governor across Dothill Primary and Charlton for the last ten years. 



Steve Compton - Co-opted Governor

Link Governor - Safeguarding

Steve has worked in education for 24 years, held a variety of roles in secondary schools, worked as an ICT subject adviser for a local authority and currently works as a School Improvement Adviser for Shropshire Council. He works with primary, secondary and special schools to provide challenge and support to raise standards.  He has an in-depth knowledge of the current education landscape and the Ofsted framework. As a parent of children at Charlton School, Steve will also bring increased understanding from the community, fellow parents and student experiences.


Kim Hodgetts - Co-opted Governor

Kim is a Project Manager leading programmes of work to get young people better prepared for the world of work and into work.  Kim previously worked as a business adviser before working with schools and young unemployed people.  Kim works with businesses and schools across the area, supporting them to engage and enhance opportunities for local people.  Kim has vast experience of negotiating and relationship building across local and national bodies. She is keen to ensure all young people have the opportunities to grow and develop in the best way that they can.


Simon Heyes  - Co-opted Governor

Simon is a Delivery Director working at Capgemini UK on the HMRC Account in Telford. He is currently responsible for managing IT project delivery for the Digital Delivery group. Whilst new to school governance, Simon has considerable IT industry experience and is skilled in many aspects  of leadership and business practice. Living locally and with personal ties to Charlton, he is very keen to offer his support to our community and in particular the students of Charlton school. It is also worth noting that Simon is the Careers and Enterprise adviser for Charlton where he actively encourages collaboration between local businesses, school leaders and our curriculum.


Jonathan Styles – Parent Governor

Link Governor -  Pupil Premium and Children in Care
Jonathan is the proprietor and manager of a residential care home for adults with a learning disability in Telford and has been in business for nearly twenty years.  He has an extensive experience of corporate governance through Directorship of a number of local charitable and voluntary organisations.   Previously, he has been on the governing body at two schools, experiencing many rolls of school governance.

Gemma Davies – Parent Governor

Link Governor - SEND
Gemma has a wealth of educational experience.  She is a qualified teacher in lifelong learning and has been a Head of Sixth Form working with young adults with Autism, additionally she has previously worked within an Early Years setting.  She is passionate about ensuring young people develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to enable them to reach their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community.  In her various roles she led teams to provide an inclusive curriculum that is accessible to all.


Adam Briggs  – Staff Governor

Education has always been a significant part of Adam’s life. He went on his first GCSE fieldtrip when he was 6 years old when his dad, who went on to be a Headteacher, was Head of Geography. Before becoming a teacher, he spent nearly three years as part of a school’s site team and having undergone training in accountancy in London.  Adam is Head of Geography and has held numerous positions in his twelve years at Charlton.  Adam’s sincere wish is to provide support and challenge to make Charlton a place we can all be proud of.

In order to fulfil their duties, the Local Governing Body will meet together on the following dates:

25th September 2018
4th December 2018
12th February 2019
21st May 2019
2nd July 2019


If you would like to contact a member of our Local Governing Body, please email governors@charlton.uk.com




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