Meet the Governors

  • Frances Millett

    Chair of Governors

    My name is Frances Millett. I have over 20 years experience of school governance. Professionally, I was a Primary School Headteacher for 17 years then an Ofsted Inspector for 4 years. I bring educational understanding and wide experience to the Governing Body. I bring aspects of my professional background to school governance and thoroughly enjoy the role. I am very happily retired and feel privileged to be in a position to support West Heath Primary School on the journey towards excellence.

  • Michelle Hooper

    My name is Michelle Hooper. I graduated as a teacher, with a first-class honours degree, in 2000. I gained a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership in 2019.
    Following completion of the National Primary Qualification for Head teachers, in 2005, I became a Head teacher. West Heath Primary School is my second headship; first school gained ‘Outstanding’ status.

    Since 2013, I have been the Head teacher at West Heath Primary School. Having taken the school out of Special Measures; I am proud to say that it is now a ‘Good’ school.

    I am an advocate for a physical activity, strong moral values and a creative curriculum. I am fully committed to ensuring that the children of West Heath Primary School receive an inspiring education. Enabling children to become successful adults is my priority and this means that our curriculum ensures that we encourage all of our children to ‘Be a Star, Shine Bright!’. Values Education, PE and English are my passion!

  • Lucinda Foster

    My name is Lucinda Foster and I am the Deputy Head Teacher at West Heath Primary. I have been teaching for the past 10 years and have worked in two other schools where I primarily taught in Upper Key Stage Two.

    I joined West Heath in 2013 as the Assistant Head Teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). In 2014 I became the Deputy Head Teacher and am now responsible for maths and communication in school. I am also currently in the process of completing, along with others in school, my master’s degree where I am specialising in educational leadership.

    I am passionate about education and work hard to ensure that all children achieve their best when at school.

  • Randal Brew

    Governor

    Councillor Randal Brew - Has represented Northfield Ward on Birmingham City Council since 2004; Has lived in the Ward all his life. Attended Kings Norton Boys School . Retired Chartered Accountant and Magistrate and former Lord Mayor. Randal has many years experience of being a school governor and has particular strengths in finance and law. He has great enthusiasm for school governance and enjoys the role.

  • Barry Hunt

    Governor

    My name is Barry Hunt. I have over 50 years of experience working in the construction industry in supervisory and management positions. For the last 20 years I have been employed within Birmingham City Council’s building services initially within the councils Building Control Division and more recently as a manager within Acivico Facilities Management. I am a family man with broad experience of children’s issues gained from interaction with my own children and grandchildren over 4 decades. I became a school governor of West Heath Primary in May 2016 to support the school through the school new build project. I bring a wealth of professional and life skills to the role of governor which I have found to be a highly rewarding, if challenging, experience.

  • Tracey Lawton

    Governor

    My name is Tracey Lawton. I have four children, three are still in full-time education and have attended West Heath Primary School. Currently, I am an Early Years leader in a Birmingham school, and I have worked as an Early Years specialist since graduating in 2000. As a parent governor I will do all that I can to assist the school in its aim to provide the very best education for all children.

  • David Kendall

    My name is David Kendall and I am a Year 3 Teacher at West Heath Primary. I have been teaching for the past 7 years and have taught in Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Birmingham.

    I have taught at West Heath Primary School for the last three years, thoroughly enjoying the challenges and tribulations. This year I have been handed the responsibility for overseeing Maths for the school and I'm eager to help improve the school in anyway possible.

    I have a very child-centered approach to teaching and appreciate the children for the individuals that they are!

  • Debbie Clancy

    Governor

    I am Debbie Clancy, a Local Authority Governor. As a Councillor representing Northfield and West Heath ward, one of my roles includes representing the Schools Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee which covers a wide range of improvements. I am also a nominated Corporate Parent Champion for Northfield District which compliments my role in working to enhance standards and aspirations for all children including children in care. I have previously worked in School Administration roles and previous to that Senior Administration in Law firms for many years. I am delighted to be a part of this Governing Body and believe all children should receive the very best in education, care and guidance for their future.

Grace Wight

Hello, my name is Grace and I work at the Environment Agency as a Senior Team Leader within flood and coastal risk management. 

I’m motivated to make a difference and get the best out of others. In my career, I’ve held management and leadership positions - I’ve created high performing teams and led teams through change. I have also held project and programme management roles where I managed multi-million pound flood risk management schemes and delivered community engagement programmes across Hampshire, Essex, and the West Midlands.

I find being a governor at West Heath incredibly rewarding. I love the opportunities to make a valuable contribution to our children, young people, teachers, and school support staff. I’m on the Finance, Facilities, and Personnel committee, and the Safeguard committee. 

I’m enjoying utilising and growing my skill set in another sector, and gaining the foundations and insight required to pursue a career in the education sector in the future. 

Outside of work and governance, I’m a keen runner and traveller. 

  • Sarah Robbins

    Governor

    My professional background is in social work with children and families. After eleven years as a local authority social worker I moved to the voluntary sector. My current professional role is as Chief Executive Officer of the Springfield Project, a community project in Sparkhill providing services to children and adults in an area of high diversity and deprivation, including a Children’s Centre, Nursery and adult wellbeing services. I am part of the strategic leadership board of the ‘Birmingham Forward Steps’ Early Years Health and Wellbeing Service. I have extensive knowledge and experience of safeguarding and child protection, looked after children, family support and early help.
    As a former parent governor of West Heath Primary School I am familiar with the school’s journey over recent years. It was a pleasure to work with the senior leadership team and governing body to support the school through a period of rapid improvement. During my time as a governor I chaired the CSTL committee and I was the safeguarding governor. I took part in a number of visits from Ofsted and sat on the headteacher’s performance review panel.
    My children are now at senior school, and they remember their time at WHPS fondly. I would be delighted to return to support the school as a co-opted governor.

  • Ella Colley

    Governor

    I have experience working in a buying / procurement role within retail, with responsibilities including tendering contracts and finding creative solutions to drive down costs. I have managed sales budgets in excess of £150m and work collaboratively with a number of senior stakeholders to do so.

    My professional life can often be dominated by driving return for shareholders. I hope a Governor position will provide new challenge, putting my skills in to practice in pursuit of the best outcomes for the children of West Heath Primary School.

    In my personal life, I enjoy drawing and painting, finding an outlet in pop-up galleries run by a local charity of which I am a member. When spending time at home, I enjoy cooking with my husband and experimenting with new recipes.

  • Samantha Marshall

    Parent Governor

    As a registered nurse of 15 years, I have a vast breadth of knowledge and experience in many areas of healthcare, including child health, safeguarding and clinical governance. I feel these attributes stand me in good stead for being a Parent Governor. I would be thrilled to return to the governing body at West Heath, following a short hiatus. My almost twelve months on the board were extremely rewarding, but at the time I was studying while in work, as my job encourages, and felt I owed it to my employer to put the time needed into the course. Professional development is an ongoing commitment in my career, but I now feel I have time to return to the board in a role I enjoyed, at the school my children are thriving at and love attending.

    Outside of work I enjoy walking our family dog, running (very slowly), and reading biographies. I am a passionate environmentalist and am a member of Friends of Kings Norton Nature Reserve.

    I have a keen interest in education and enjoy being able to contribute to the success of West Heath Primary School.

  • Debbie Stamp Broadway

    Parent Governor

    My name is Debbie and my 2 children attend West Heath Primary School. I really appreciate everything the staff do and how much thought goes into the well-being (including mental well-being) of the children at the school. I wanted to apply for the role of Parent Governor to be able to give something back and help contribute to the continued success of the school.

    I have never worked in education, however I can offer a range of professional skills gained through over 15 years of working in financial services. I have accounting and project management experience, have worked as a financial adviser and have also managed a team (being responsible for their development). My current role is working as a Senior Finance Risk Analyst for The Phoenix Group (a FTSE 100 Company – the largest life and pensions consolidator in Europe).

    I am also a first aider and have previously completed the IOSH (managing safely) course, so I am aware of Health and Safety responsibilities.

    Any spare time I have is usually spent with my family, being a taxi for my daughters to their clubs/activities. As a family we love playing board games, we have a reasonably large collection and enjoy teaching the girls how to play them.

  • Barbara Boffey

    Governor

    My name is Barbara Boffey and I retired from teaching after 35 years in the profession. For the vast majority of my career I taught in Worcestershire schools and held a number of posts including Head of ICT and Head of Years 5 and 6 in large middle schools, and Assistant Headteacher and Head of Mathematics in a one form entry primary school. I finished my career as a headteacher in Worcestershire after a one year secondment as Acting Headteacher to a school in Wolverhampton.

    I have a special interest in the teaching of mathematics at Key Stage 2 and particularly enjoyed supporting Year 6 pupils with SATs preparation.

    I now enjoy retirement to the full and amongst my other interests I am a keen baker, sing in a local choir and am learning to speak Spanish.