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.

Mr Sam Lord – Staff Governor

Sam has been a teacher at Kingfisher Special School since 2017, having previously taught in mainstream settings. Sam’s interests include yoga, travelling and good food. Most of Sam’s free time is spent with his family and his beloved miniature dachshund, Betty.

Mrs Sue Caine – Executive Principal

Sue is the Executive Principal for Kingfisher Special School and Halcyon Way School. She was Head of School at Kingfisher originally, prior to the opening of Halcyon Way. Sue leads the Special School Leadership Team across both schools to ensure that all children are receiving the best possible learning opportunities and that staff have the skills they need to engage the children in their learning. She is a Deputy Safeguarding Lead and works closely with the Pastoral Team to make sure that families are included in all aspects of their child’s learning journey whilst at 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 Director of Support Services for Kingfisher Special School and Halcyon Way.  She has been the Clerk to Governors and Trustees since 2006.  Karen is married and has 2 grown up daughters and a pet dog.  Most of her free time is spent being a taxi for one of her daughters – she enjoys reading and anything to do with computers.

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.

Rebecca Fletcher – Co-opted Governor

Rebecca is a Consultant in Public Health in Oldham with a focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people.  Rebecca is looking forward to contributing in the role of governor in order to support this wonderful school in its work