The Affinity Federation

Meet Our Governors


Our federation is made up of Whitmore Park Primary School (WPP) and Willenhall Community Primary School (WCP) and, as a federation, we have one “federated” governing body.

Structure and Remit

The term of office for all governors and members is four years.

  • Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Federated Governing Body
  • Parent Governors are appointed by the parent body through election
  • Headteacher Governor is automatically appointed unless they choose not to be a Governor
  • Associate Members are appointed by the Federated Governing Body and Staff and Parent and Community Members are appointed by the Federated Governing Body
  • Staff Governors are elected by the staff body

At the end of each academic year we will publish attendance figures for each governor.

List of governors

Mrs Deborah Austin
  • Chair
  • Co-opted Governor
  • Chair of WPP Resource Management Committee
  • Chair of WCP Pay Committee
  • Headteacher Performance Management Governor
Appointed 1 Jul 2014 when the federation came into effect Register of interests: None

I am Corporate & Charities Reporting Manager for a local firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers; I have over 20 years of experience in accountancy, audit and financial reporting.

Both of my children have attended Whitmore Park Primary School and although they have now left I have served successive terms as Governor.

I have been with the school through a period of significant change: working our way to improve standards and attainments to move out of special measures and be overjoyed with OFSTED’s judgement of “Good with outstanding leadership”; and the build of the new school. We are now working towards having the land returned to us and developing this to improve the environment and facilities to enrich our children’s overall learning experience.

We are not a Governing body that rests in it laurels and there is still a lot of work ahead of us but it is very rewarding to see the benefits for the children of the changes implemented and hard work of the staff.

I am looking forward to what the future brings and where it takes our schools.

Mr Karl Miles
  • Vice-chair
  • Chair of WPP Performance & Standards Committee
  • Health & Safety Governor
Appointed 1 Jul 2014 when the federation came into effect Register of interests: None

I am an ex pupil of the school, I have one child who attended the school, and one child still at the school. I have worked at a local aerospace manufacturing company for over 30 years. I am a senior trade union representative at work, and have been for over 10 years. I also sit on the executive heath and safety committee at work for over 10 years I have gained qualifications in business administration, and information technology.

I am proud to be a Federation governor, and along with my colleagues on the governing body, staff and children work hard to make school a happy, safe and rewarding place to be.

Mrs Lorraine Knowles
  • Headteacher Governor (Willenhall)
Member by virtue of position in school - Appointed 10 Oct 2014 Register of interests: Headteacher of another local Primary School
Mrs Jacqueline McGibney
  • Headteacher Governor (Whitmore Park)
Member by virtue of position in school Register of interests: Governors have been notified of any commercial or educational interests
Mr David Chater
  • Local Authority Governor
Appointed 1 Jul 2014 when the federation came into effect Register of interests: None

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Councillor Dave Chater is a long standing experienced School Governor including previously Chairing Chace Primary School and on merger becoming Chair of Willenhall Community Primary School. Dave has also served as a Governor at Ernsford Grange School and Community College.

“These are exciting times for both Willenhall Community Primary and Whitmore Park and the benefits to our pupils of this new relationship are emerging.”

Dave is committed to helping the Federation in providing the best education opportunities for all our pupils.

Cllr Ram Lakha OBE
  • Co-opted Governor
  • Chair of WCP Resource Management Committee
  • Chair of WCP Pay Committee
Appointed 16 Sep 2015 Register of interests: None

I was appointed as a governor at Willenhall Infant School and also Willenhall Junior School in 1991. When the two schools merged into Willenhall Wood Primary School, I carried on as governor and also served as Deputy Chair. When the schools merged with Chace Primary School the school became Willenhall Community Primary School which I am still serving.

I have served as a City Councillor for more than 26 years and am still serving. During that time, I have served in various positions of responsibilities including Lord Mayor of City and Chaired various Committees and Scrutiny Boards. Currently I am Deputy Cabinet Member City Services.

Mrs Sue Squires
  • Co-opted Governor
Co-opted 1 Dec 2014 Register of interests: None

As a member of the senior leadership team, I have attended governing body meetings as an observer for the past five years. I have been a staff governor for almost a year now and this has enabled me to become fully involved in the governance of the school. As deputy and class teacher I am able to represent the staff’s view at meetings and share my knowledge of the school with governors. I am entirely committed to raising attainment and working towards our goal to become an outstanding school.

Mrs Leigh Tovey
  • Parent Governor
  • Chair of WCP Performance & Standards Committee
Appointed 1 July 2014 Register of interests: None

All of my children attended Willenhall Primary School and I am now a parent governor. I am committed to ensuring that as a member of the federated governing body we put all children's education and needs first to give them the best start in life and education.

Mrs Lyn Corden
  • Governor
Appointed 1 Jul 2014 Register of interests: None
Mrs Maureen Metcalfe
  • Co-opted Governor
Appointed Register of interests: None

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   Whitmore Park Primary School
Halford Lane, Coventry, CV6 2HG
tel:    (02476) 335 697
Willenhall Community Primary School
St James Lane, Coventry, CV3 3DB
tel:    (02476) 302 004
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