Local Governors

Local Governors

 Mr Jeremy Sutcliffe – LGB Chair/Co-Opted Governor

Jeremy has been a LA Governor since 2009, and is a retired Deputy Headteacher. Jeremy served on Oldham Borough Council for 13 years representing Chadderton North, and has lived in the same square mile of Werneth all his life. He is Chair of Governors at Burnley Brow; a local Primary School, a Governor/Trustee at Oldham Hulme Grammar School and was previously a Governor of Radclyffe and North Chadderton Schools. Jeremy brings an unmatched and highly valued local knowledge to Kingfisher’s Local Governing Body.
His interests include photography, local heritage and military modelling. He is also Secretary of the Oldham Area Civic Society.


 Mrs Jacqui Wennington – LGB Vice Chair/Co-opted Governor

Jacqui has been the Headteacher at Springwood Primary School since January 2016 and worked at the school since January 2012.  Jacqui has a passion for SEN with a Masters in Autism.

Jacqui has 3 teenage sons who all love any outdoor activities so as a family, they go to the Lake District as often as they can.


 Mrs Vikki Boyd – Staff Governor

Vikki has been the Office & Systems Manager in the main school office at Kingfisher Special School since 2013 and has recently taken on the role of Staff Governor in November 2016.  Vikki has two sons and an active interest in all styles of dance. Vikki also teaches dance at a Kingfisher lunchtime club. Vikki enjoys reading and socialising with her friends and family. Mr. Neal Breslin – Co-opted Governor.


 Mrs Sue Caine – Head of School

Sue oversees the operational management of the school and leads on the day to day running of the school. She has a particular interest in supporting colleagues who teach children with autism and challenging behaviour and is a Team Teach Tutor. Sue is the Safeguarding lead across school, leader of pastoral support team, responsible for admissions and transitions and SENCO. She works closely with the Pastoral Support Team to ensure that support and advice is readily available to families who need it.


Mrs Janet Wray – Co-opted Governor

Janet is a Registered Nurse with past experience of working with children and families both through her role as a Nurse, but formerly as an active Brownie and Rainbow leader. 

Janet has been a Parent Governor, during the time her two children were at primary school and enjoyed contributing to school life and activity.

As an Oldham resident, Janet is keen to contribute to this fantastic school where there is so much on offer for the children.


 Mrs Karen Taylor – Clerk to Members, Trustees & Local Governing Body

Karen has worked at Kingfisher Special School since 2005 and has had a variety of roles within school; she is now Data Analyst and Information Manager.  She has been Clerk to Governors since 2006.  Karen is married and has 2 daughters.  Most of her free time is spent being a taxi for her daughters – she enjoys reading and anything to do with computers.


Amin Chowdhury – Co-opted Governor

Amin is an Ambassador for The Oldham Academy North and is actively involved in promoting education, most notably through his work for the Oldham Education Awards, which he founded in 2012, and the British Education Awards, which he established in 2017. He combines this with his philanthropic commitments, fundraising for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and organising community events through One Community UK (OCUK). As a proud Oldham citizen and editor and reporter of a bilingual newspaper, Amin works hard to support local businesses and residents wherever he can.


Nazia Kamali – Parent Governor

My name is Nazia Kamali. I live in Oldham. I am a stay at home mother. I am married and have a son with additional needs. He is 8 years old and currently attends The Kingfisher Special School. 

My hobbies include walking, yoga, crafts and cake decorating.

As a family we regularly visit the Lake District, calling it our home away from home where we enjoy the peace and tranquillity of country life.

I am looking forward to my new role as parent governor. I hope to gain valuable knowledge and experiences along the way.


Andy Tushingham – Parent Governor

I live in Oldham and have 3 children, all with additional needs and attend specialist provisions.  My youngest child is 6 years old and currently attends Kingfisher Special School.

My hobbies include walking, reading biographies and sports in a spectator capacity.

As a family we enjoy weekend visits to the trampoline park and going to the beach whilst on holiday.

The role of parent governor is a new challenge for me. I am enthusiastic to learn more about the school, whilst helping to maintain/improve standards and learn new skills at the same time.