The Governing Body meet during the year and minutes are recorded.
Supporting Governors information is offered at the side of the page.
Chair: Mr Paul Davies
Vice Chair: Adrian North
Headteacher: Danielle Warren
Co-Opted Governors: Mr Darrell Townsend, Stefan Szoltysek, Anup Pandey and Jud Purdy
LA Governor: Phil Harris-Bridge
Staff Governor: Lorraine Sinclair
Parent Governors: Adrian North
Associate Members: Karen Harrison (no voting rights)
Clerk to the Governors: Jos Reid-Anderson
Information about length and terms of office can be found by clicking here.
Mr Paul Davies
Chair of Governors
Paul was born in Liverpool. After gaining a degree in History from the University of Manchester, he trained to become a teacher. He taught both in secondary and primary schools in Merseyside and in Arizona (USA) in the late 1970s and 1980s. He left teaching to become a local authority school adviser while working as an Ofsted Inspector for 12 years. In 1994 he joined Liverpool Hope University as a part-time senior lecturer and subsequently became Vice Dean of Education from 2002 to 2007. He left Liverpool to become the Head of Education and Associate Dean at the University of Bedfordshire and now works part-time as an Education Consultant advising on school governance and teacher training.
Paul has been a governor for over 25 years. During this time, he has been a governor of 7 schools which includes being chair of governors of 5 primary schools, Vice Chair of a Secondary School and chairing a trust of 8 schools. He is currently Chair of Governors at Lander Road Primary School (Sefton in Merseyside) and Chair of Ashby Fields Primary School in Daventry.
Paul is honoured and pleased to become a governor and chair of Millbrook Junior School governing board (from April 2019). His involvement with Millbrook Junior School began with his previous post as Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) Adviser to School Governance from 2013 to 2017. The school has made significant progress in recent years and he looks forward to making a contribution to its success.
“We all want the best for the children and to provide opportunities for every child to reach their potential and achieve.”
Phil’s career in the commercial sector spanned IT, manufacturing and distribution businesses, with his last full-time employment spanning 16 years in senior management roles at RS Components based in Corby. Married with two daughters both of whom attended Millbrook Infants and Junior Schools, he has a First Class Honours degree in Business Management and has lived in the Kettering area for nearly 35 years. He is a Director in the family consultancy business run by his wife, holds Non Executive Director roles with Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Brooke Weston Multi-Academy Trust and the Electrocomponents Pensions Trust. He has been a school governor for over 26 years at a variety of the primary and secondary schools across Corby and Kettering. He is currently Chair of Governors at Brooke Weston Academy and Chair of Governors at Compass Primary Academy and was previously a Governor at Corby Business Academy and Kettering Science Academy (Secondary) up to 2017. Phil qualified as a National Leader in Governance (NLG) for the Regional schools sector and now works with more challenged schools to improve governance, leadership and school performance. Spare time interests include ballroom and latin dancing, charitable causes and reading economics, politics and business.
Vice Chair of Governors
Adrian was elected onto MJS Governing Board in October 2013 and he is currently the longest serving member. He has two daughters. He too attended both Millbrook Infant School and Millbrook Junior School in the 1970s, having lived in Kettering since birth, so he has a long-standing affiliation with and affection for our school. Career wise, he is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and for the past twenty years has held senior positions within Automotive & Aerospace companies managing Quality Assurance & Compliance functions. Adrian applied to become a Governor, because he wanted to give something back to the school that gave him so many happy memories as a child and also because he wanted to use the skills, knowledge and experience he had gained in his work life, to assist the school in achieving the best possible; education, experiences & chances in life for the children in his local community. As Safeguarding Lead, he regularly attends relevant training to keep apace with the ever changing regulations & social influences. Currently he is also the Vice Chair. He is a very keen sportsman, having played Rugby at Kettering for over twenty years, and now plays Badminton. You may even catch him pounding the local pavements as he also regularly runs, just in case he gets a chance to play rugby again! In the small amount of spare time he has, as well as enjoying life with his family, his interests include: supporting Kettering Rugby Club and reading Sci Fi novels.
Danielle’s early career began in various schools in Somerset where she taught across the primary phase and gained experience of leading Science and PE.
Following a year spent learning about people, places and herself, travelling the world, she returned to her passion of teaching and learning.
For the next few years Danielle taught in Leicestershire schools, gaining valuable skills and becoming an Assistant then Deputy Head.
More recently, Danielle was the Head of a large (400+) primary school in Northamptonshire, leading it through significant changes. These included a building extension, conversion to Academy status and improving the school from Inadequate to Good.
In addition to a teaching degree, Danielle’s qualifications include NPQH (National Qualification for Headship) and a Masters in School Effectiveness and Improvement. This enabled her to study the theory of leadership whilst further developing practical teaching and learning skills.
Danielle believes her qualities and strengths are that she is passionate about teaching and learning, she is a people person and she is enthusiastic. Personally, she is committed to life-long learning.
Outside of school life, Danielle is married, lives in Market Harborough and has two girls (aged 9 and 11). She loves being outside, gardening, adventures and enjoying family time.
In her two years of leading at Millbrook Junior School, significant improvements have been in made in pupil outcomes and the school achieved a ‘Good’ from Ofsted in December 2017.
Jos’s career as clerk to the Governing Body, started in 2012 at a school in Thrapston and she has expanded her experiences over several schools in the County. In October 2016 she was contacted by Northamptonshire County Council to minute a meeting at Millbrook Junior School and she has stayed with the school since.
Jos’s career in her full time jobs, span from PA, Office Manager to Procurement, Finance and HR, when moving to the UK in March 2002.
Her spare time interests include volunteering at a local Scout Group, an animal sanctuary and in the PTA of her son’s school. When she has spare time left, she enjoys reading and watching movies.
Stefan is married with children who attend both Millbrook Infant and Millbrook Junior schools. He has a BSc in Computing and a career in Data and eCommerce across the financial, manufacturing and retail sectors. Spare time interests include technology and long distance running where he has raised money for a number of charities. Stefan has joined the Governing Board to gain a greater insight in the teaching and learning at Millbrook and has enjoyed seeing the school succeed.
Lorraine has lived and taught locally for her whole life. She has a vast experience of school life at every level, to include primary, middle and secondary education, senior and middle management and as a hard-working, committed and dedicated class teacher. She has a wealth of experience in and out of the classroom and throughout her career, she has taken a full and active part in every aspect of school life. Her professional interests include teaching and learning, the pastoral care and academic progress of pupils and the development of positive working relationships with all school stakeholders. Her experience and skills can be of value to the Governing Body and she looks forward to playing an active role.
Lorraine’s interests outside school include cookery, reading, visiting new places and learning new skills! She is married with one grown up son.
This is the first time that Lorraine has been a school governor. She has embraced this special opportunity to represent the staff and children on the Governing Body as Millbrook Junior School continues its exciting journey towards sustained improvement, maintaining its commitment to provide high quality, memorable and enriching learning experiences for its pupils.
Justin is married with a daughter who currently attends Millbrook Junior School. He is a director of his own property maintenance business, built up over 12 years and lives in Kettering.
He is proud to be chosen to be a school governor, to allow him to support the school to achieve the best for the children, now and for the future. He prefers to use life’s curve balls and challenges as opportunities to better himself, to succeed and to learn.
Justin has qualifications in photography, which is one of his outside interests, and enjoys gardening, music and spending time with his family.
Darrell Townsend is married with 2 children who attend Millbrook Infant School and Millbrook Junior School. He attended both schools as a child and is proud to take both his sons to school every day. He put himself forward to be considered as a school co-opted governor when enrolling his eldest child to Millbrook Junior School.
Darrell believes that a child’s education and experience plays an important part in shaping them and wanted to be part of the decision making, along with assisting in any improvements.
When Darrell isn’t being a co-opted governor, he runs 2 successful businesses in Kettering. He’s also a keen sportsman and feels strongly about PE as part of our children’s curriculum.