Governing Body

If you are interested in becoming a parent governor please contact the school.
Anne Welsh

Anne Welsh

Chair of Governers

Anne Welsh has been Chair of Governors at Monkseaton High School since January 2012.  She also has experience of being a governor in a local primary school.

Anne retired from full time employment in education in 2009, having spent the last 25 years of her career in North Tyneside schools, latterly as the Headteacher of another local secondary school.  Since her retirement Anne has worked as a Leadership Consultant in a number of secondary schools across the North East.

Anne is passionate about the education of young people and delighted to be part of a happy, inclusive learning community like Monkseaton High School where every young person is encouraged, challenged and supported to achieve in all that they do.

Janice Melaco

Janice Melaco

I work as a Sports, Health and Fitness Officer in Newcastle City Council providing specialist populations with suitable exercise to increase their physical activity and improve their lifestyle. I meet lots of elderly clients who reminisce about their life and it is easy to realise just how important a happy school life is.

I became a parent governor because I wanted to assist Monkseaton High School to continue to be outstanding and provide a great learning environment for your child/children. Having completed my Teaching Assistant Level 3, and currently studying for a PGCE, I have become more interested in the Education system and I hope that what I am learning will aid my participation on the panel of Governors. As a mature student, whilst studying for my degree, I gained a relatively up to date perspective of what it is like to be back in the classroom again!

My two eldest children both attend Monkseaton High School. Our experience of the school has been brilliant and I am so keen that others coming in to school get a similar experience.

Kathryn Furness

Kathryn Furness

I first arrived at Monkseaton High School in 1992 as a 13-year old student embarking on her high school education. Having completed my GCSEs and A-levels here, I was fortunate enough to secure a part-time position during my final year at university as the school’s website designer.

After a few years of design and teaching A level Media Studies as an unqualified teacher, I undertook a Graduate Teacher Placement to become a fully qualified teacher. Since this time I have been lucky enough to hold the position of Lead Teacher of Media Studies, Advanced Skills Teacher and more recently, Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning. I was previously a staff governor during the time we built our new school and am very much looking forward to getting back to this role.

Allan Jeff

Allan Jeff

I have enjoyed a very interesting career, mainly in senior strategic roles within the Science and Technology sectors but I’ve also spent time teaching and developing curriculum offers in FE so fully understand the challenges modern education faces.

I have a passion for working to bridge the skills gap in our region and I’m always keen to share ideas and best practice. I am also a resident of North Tyneside and have two children of my own in the schools pyramid, so I’m keen to offer all the support I can to ensure that pathways to meaningful careers are robust.

Stacey Ridley

Stacey Ridley

As a local, Whitley Bay, resident, I was keen to use my skills and experience to support our coastal community. I am passionate about education and supporting the development of young people and I saw the role as Governor as a fantastic opportunity.

Professionally, I come from a marketing and communications background and I hope to be able to utilise these skills to assist students and Monkseaton High School and to help build on the success achieved so far.

Kerry Davison

Kerry Davison

I am a co-opted staff governor appointed in 2014. I commenced my teaching career in 2001 after studying at Brunel University in London and started here in Monskeaton in 2006. Since then I have had many roles including School sport Coordinator and Head of Year 9.

My current roles within school are Assistant Headteacher and Lead Teacher of Physical Education. I love my job here at the school and relish the opportunity to be part of a Governing Body that is driving change in the school. In my spare time I am a keen golfer and enjoy photography and travelling.

Julie Dillon

Julie Dillon

I grew up and live in this area, I enjoy getting involved with communities, learning more about what issues matter and how we can take advantage of the opportunities that exist. I continue to work with schools in this area and I’m studying for my BA honours degree as I have a real passion for all aspects of education. As a Personal Banking Manager, I engage with the wider-community and since I became a School Governor, I have seen the positive aspects of a sound education and a supportive school how it can change a person’s life for the better.

Lesley Parkinson

Lesley Parkinson

I currently work full time in the office at West Jesmond Primary school. I have two children at Monkseaton High School and Newcastle College.

I am delighted to be a Parent Governor at Monkseaton High School and I am very keen to play a part in helping to build on the success the school has achieved so far.

Claire-Bernadette Thompson

Claire-Bernadette Thompson

I have enjoyed an interesting and varied career in education, covering almost twenty-five years. I started my career in London, gaining promotion to Subject Leader at a large FE college; I then spent many years working internationally in senior roles, eventually as Head of School in the Emirates. On returning to the North East I was determined to contribute my skills and knowledge to support education in the region; consequently I am looking forward to taking up the role of governor at Monkseaton High School. Finally, I would like to add that I am passionate about education and the opportunities it can offer our young people.

Anthony Frier

Anthony Frier

I have been working within the Education/Schools HR environment for the past 15 years. During that time I have been employed in various positions from Personnel Support Officer, Temporary HR Adviser, Personnel Support Assistant Team Leader and Team Leader. I am currently employed by Cofely Engie working within their Employee Services section which supports North Tyneside Council and North Tyneside schools with their HR administration, payroll and pension requirements. I have gained a lot of knowledge in HR administration for schools and look forward in using this knowledge in supporting the governing body in driving up school and pupil performance.

Angela Towes

Angela Towes

In my working life I have always been involved in education. I have worked as a Careers Adviser for Connexions for 12 years in many schools and have acted as a link for Monkseaton High School for the last 6 years. I help young people plan their future lives and ensure they are engaged in education, training or employment. I was born and brought up in Whitley Bay and now live in Monkseaton and have two children, one is at university and one is studying A levels.

Damian Hall

I believe schools can offer so much to prepare children for adult life beyond the academic qualifications they leave with. I think so much of how a child develops is taken from the culture and values of their school, what it stands for and how the children and teachers engage around the values that are important in life. Children are unique and individual and a school needs to reflect that and ensure it does the best for each, no matter their background or academic ability.
I am a Director of Business Coaching and People Performance Coaching and can bring insight and experience from the business world that can help the school and children develop and realise their potential.
The second of my children attend the school, so I have a vested interested in committing fully and supporting the school and children’s development.

Karen Barrioz

I am originally from Weston-super-Mare and have studied a Business degree, and PGCE in Business and Marketing. I have worked for Bangor University for 17 years in a variety of roles; Timetable Officer and recently PA to the Dean in the College of Health and Behavioural Studies.
My family have recently relocated to Newcastle with our 3 children, our eldest son has started school in year 10 of Monkseaton High School.
I have previously been a parent governor in a Primary School, I was part of the Literacy, Curriculum and Well-Being committees. I have attended Safeguarding and Data Performance governor training as well.
I am very keen to be a voice of the parents and a ‘critical friend’ of the school, I am an approachable person and happy to discuss any issued that are raised. Monkseaton is an outstanding school with welcoming staff and amazing results, all the reasons I chose this school for my children.