School Governor Pen Portraits

Sarah Allan

Parent Governor - Chair of Governors

Member of the Policy and Resources committee

Member of the Pupils, Curriculum and Standards committee

Delegated Governor for Safeguarding

I have been volunteering as a parent governor since October 2012, and was delighted to be appointed Chair in April 2016.

I am passionate about educating, enabling and empowering all pupils in the school, so each and every one can achieve their full potential. I recognise this can only be achieved in a high quality, continuously improving, and safe environment. I have completed Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualifications.

I know the school well as I have two children currently attending and have supported two step children through the school. I promise to listen and be proactive in working with the school and parents to ensure a positive learning experience.

My background includes working in a Financial environment, along with Customer Services and supervisory roles.

Tony Railton

LA Governor – Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of the Policy and Resources committee 

I joined the Governing Body, firstly as a Parent Governor, in 1999 when my now grown-up children were pupils at Mowbray and my wife was very actively involved with the Parents Association. I have been a committed member of the Governing Body these past 17 years, serving on a variety of Committees and project groups, and representing the school at County Council and public events.

My interest and support for the welfare and development of young people also includes work with two others local organisations: I have been the Group Scout Leader of Stakeford Scout Group for several years, having been involved as an adult member of the Scout Movement for over two decades, and I am honoured to serve as a Trustee to Choysez; a fantastic charitable organisation based in Barrington.

Professionally, I made a career change last year and now work as a Leadership Coach, having served the NHS in a variety of nursing, management and senior leadership roles for over 38 years.

David Basnett

Co-opted Governor

Member of the Policy and Resources Committee 

I have been involved in the Governing Body since February 2013, first as a parent governor and then switching to a co-opted governor in 2015. Not long after I started, we had the Ofsted inspection that rated the school as Requires Improvement. Since then the school has undergone a huge transformation and changed sites and I’m proud to see the school rated as Good and improving all the time.

My background is as an Software Developer and it is a job that fulfils both the analytical and creative parts of my brain. I also work extensively with databases, which helps when analysing the comprehensive data produced by the school to make sure that we are hitting our targets for pupils in all areas.

In my spare time, I am an ECB qualified cricket coach and I coach the under 11s and 13s at Morpeth Cricket Club. Because of this, one of my responsibilities is to monitor how PE is being delivered at Mowbray and how the PE and sport grant is being allocated.

Chris Sharp

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee 

I have been a member of the Governing Body since March 2015, having initially got involved through my son’s attendance at the school.

Being a member of the Governing Body allows me to work in close partnership with the school to ensure the children’s best interests are first and foremost, and that every child has the opportunity to learn, whilst having fun.

My background involves over 20 years’ experience working in Information Technology, with over half of this spent in Healthcare. I manage a team of customer support personnel, and I am responsible for service management and project delivery within a large NHS Trust.

As a member of the Policy and Resources Committee I am able to draw on my professional experience to help ensure the school’s various resources are being effectively managed. I also bring to the role a limitless enthusiasm, and have great ambition to work with like minded individuals in further developing the school.

Volunteering as a school governor is a wonderful and unique opportunity, and I feel very privileged to make a positive contribution to the future of so many talented children.

Debbie Bullimore

Parent Governor

Chair of the Pupils, Curriculum and Standards Committee

SEND link Governor

I have been a member of the Governing Body since October 2013. After talking about the role of a Governor with a friend I thought it sounded interesting and good to see a different side to school life. Since I have had two children previously attending Mowbray First School and currently have two children in Mowbray Primary School I decided it was a good time to volunteer and become more involved in the future of our school.

As a member of the Pupils, Curriculum and Standards Committee I attend meetings to discuss things like: the curriculum, school visits, Ofsted visits, school data and the school improvement plan. There is a great deal of data/figures to look at but seeing the progress of all our children is something that makes it all worthwhile.

Over the past 17 years I have worked for DWP starting as an Admin Assistant, progressing to Admin Officer then to Team Leader, a role which I have been in for the last 13 years. I have managed teams that process State Pension claims, Quality Assurance teams and currently work on a Security Team.

Being a Governor is very involved but also very rewarding, seeing our children happy, safe and achieving their best.

Rachel Reay-Linley

Parent Governor

Vice Chair of the Pupils, Curriculum and Standards Committee

I have been a member of the Governing Body since July 2017, I decided to apply for the vacant position shortly after my child joined the school.

I am very passionate about Education and will always be committed in my role as a Parent Governor to ensure each child has the opportunity to achieve and reach their full potential while at Mowbray Primary School.

My background involves over eleven years of working with children in a nursery day care setting. I have had experience of looking after children within the age range of birth through to 5 years. I have also been involved in the care and planning for children who have required support for a range of complex needs.

I hold a CACHE Level 3 in Child Care and Education and a CACHE Level 2 in Understanding Autism.

As a member of the Pupils, Curriculum and Standards Committee I am able to use my past experiences to help ensure that children’s needs are being met and look at school data to ensure progress is being made in line with national expectations.

I attend regular meetings to discuss the curriculum, school data and various improvement plans. I also arrange to visit the school to look at certain areas of the curriculum and meet teachers to discuss plans, outcomes and moving forward as a school.

Volunteering to be a Parent Governor is a great opportunity and I feel very honoured to have been accepted to be part of Mowbray Primary School.

Maureen Leslie

Co-Opted Governor

I retired from work in 2018, after enjoying more than 25 years working in schools within the Newcastle Education Authority.  My work was primarily in Key Stage 2. 

I am married with two children, both of whom are teachers.  I have two grandchildren and five step grandchildren.  

My main interests are my family, reading, and a range of crafts using textiles and wool.  I have the dubious honour of being a Newcastle United season ticket holder.

Andrew Miller


Member of Pupils, Curriculum and Standards and Policy and Resources Committees

I have been Headteacher at Mowbray Primary School since September 2015. Previous to working at Mowbray I worked in Blyth as a Deputy Headteacher in a Primary School as well as in a range of roles within a Middle School.

As a Headteacher Governor I report to the Governing Body on the progress the school is making in all areas of our development plan and advise the Chair and other Governors on a range of matters in relation to the strategic development of Mowbray Primary School.

It is a pleasure to work at Mowbray alongside a highly talented staff team who strive to make the school the best learning environment they can for all children. I am very proud of their efforts in developing the school into what it is today.

I look forward to working with everyone in the future on the next stage of our development.

Helen Baldwin

Deputy Headteacher

Member of Pupils, Curriculum and Standards Committee

I have worked at Mowbray Primary School for over 25 years. During this time, I have worked throughout the school in various roles and year groups. I am currently working within the EYFS and have a responsibility for the school curriculum and behaviour.

I thoroughly enjoy working at this school and have enjoyed many successes and challenges whilst working here during my career. I strive to give all children a positive and enjoyable school experience.

In my Governor role, I am responsible for sharing information to the Governing Body about the school curriculum and achievement of our pupils.