Our Governors

Who are the governors?

Our membership is made up of parents, staff, members of the local community and governors nominated by the Local Authority. Current members are listed below. 

Category of GovernorNameRolesTerm of  Office EndsSub-CommitteeBusiness & Financial Interests
Co-optedPatricia ColdenChair of governors and link governor for policies, equality, safer recruitment and Reading (SIP target 1)29/03/2026Finance & PremisesNone declared
Co-optedLouise MansfieldVice finance chair of governors and link governor responsible for Health and Safety, Eco Council, Design Technology and Art  02/07/2027Finance & PremisesNone declared
Co-optedKevin PoultneyLink governor responsible for Curriculum Data, Computing and Website compliance/ICT Infrastructure (SIP target 3)  12/10/2026Finance & PremisesNone declared
Co-ooptedJane HampsonChair of finance governor, Pupil Premium, Sports Premium and Writing (SIP target 4)11/7/2027Finances & PremisesNone declared
PartnershipEmma HallLink governor responsible for Mathematics, Geography and Music26/09/2027None declared
ParentClare KennyVice chair of governors and safeguarding governor (SIP target 3) 07/12/2025None declared
ParentSiraj WahidLink governor responsible for SEND and Inclusion, PSHE, RE and Rights Respecting (SIP target 2)10/11/2026None declared
Local Authority Gill StackDeputy safeguarding governor and link governor responsible for parent communictaion, pupil behaviour and personal development, Science and History (SIP target 5)16/01/2027Finances & PremisesNone declared
StaffJade TonksStaff link governor 07/02/2026 None declared
Headteacher Stuart PearsonEx-officioNone declared

What do we do?

Governors work with the Senior Leadership Team at the school to promote continuous improvement in the education provided for all the children attending our school. We work together to make decisions on the overall direction of the school and set policies, targets, development plans and more. We also decide how to make the best use of the school budget for the benefit of the children’s education.

As governors we work as a team, deciding on things jointly and sharing responsibilities for the decisions we make.

All our governors have signed up to the Birmingham City Council Code of Conduct for Governors which sets out in detail the purpose of the governing body and how we will conduct ourselves as governors. This document can be found here:

We endeavour to keep everyone up to date with the work of the governing body through the regular school newsletters and copies of the approved minutes of our Full Governing Body meetings are always available on request from the school office.

Full Governing Body
Remit is to meet at least three times per annum or once a term with a Chair & Vice Chair

Finance and Premises Sub-Committee.
Remit is to meet at least three times per annum with a Chair & Vice Chair (according to the Terms of Reference)

Staff, Pupil and Curriculum Sub-committee 
Remit is to have two meetings per annum with a Chair & Vice Chair (according to the Terms of Reference)

How can you contact us?

If you would like to know more about the governing body or may be interested in becoming a governor please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the school office.

We hope your children are enjoying their time at Walmley Junior School. However, if you have any questions or comments about how the school is run please talk to a member of the senior leadership team, or contact the governing body through the school office and one of us will get back to you as soon as possible.

Minutes of all Governing Board Meetings are available at the school. Please ask at Reception.

The Governing Body

Patricia Colden – Chair of governors and link governor for policies, before and after school provision

Patricia is our Chair of Governor and Policy Governor. She joined the Board in July 2018 and is currently a member of the Pay Panel and Admissions and Appeal Panel. Patricia is a human resources specialist and owner of a Sutton Coldfield based HR consultancy providing support to local businesses  to help them develop a best practice and ethical approach to managing their staff. 

Emma Hall – Link governor for Mathematics, Geography and Music

Emma was born in Sutton Coldfield and is a former pupil of the school.  She has been a Governor at the school since 2008. Emma works as a Solicitor in Local Government specialising in regulatory law.  Emma has two children, one of whom attends Walmley Junior School.

Clare Kenny – Link governor responsible for Safeguarding, Educational Visits and Art

Clare is a member of the Pay Panel and School Future Working Party. Clare is the link governor responsible for Inclusion and SEND and has been a Governor at Walmley Junior School since June 2011.

Clare has taught in a range of schools in Birmingham and currently works as a specialist Modern Foreign Languages teacher at Highclare Preparatory School. She is a member of the NUT and endeavours to share her knowledge of the education system with other Governors during meetings. She has two sons, one of which attends Walmley Junior school and enjoys food, running and reading in her spare time.

Louise Mansfield – Vice finance chair of governors and link governor responsible for English, Eco Council and Design Technology  

Louise grew up in the North West but moved to the Walmley area in 2013 and has been a governor since 2015. She is a Senior Associate at law firm Pinsent Masons where she specialises in regulatory and health and safety law. She has a son at Walmley Juniors and a daughter at Walmley Infants.

Gill Stack – Link governor responsible for behaviour, Science and History

Originally born and raised in the heart of the Black Country, where I joined Midland Bank in 1971. I moved to Walmley in 1995 with my three boys and still at the bank, which had been taken over by HSBC. After several Managerial appointments, I finally retired in 2018. My link to Walmley Junior and Infant schools was through my granddaughter having attended both before her move to senior school.

Jane Hampson – Chair of finance governor

Jane is a member of the finance committee and has spent much of her career, 30+ years, as a finance manager for a bank and a building society, utilising her qualifications as an accountant and tax advisor. In the later part of her career, prior to retirement, she spent 8 years in a higher education college, teaching accountancy.

Kevin Poultney – Link governor responsible for SEND and Inclusion, Computing and Website/ICT Infrastructure  

Hi, i’m Kevin Poultney and my son will be moving up from Walmley Infants in September 2023 to Walmley Junior School. I am the SEND link governor lead and I work with the Inclusion Leader to support pupils with special educational needs. Coming from an IT background, I’m also working with the schools IT team on online safety and computer sciences. 

Siraj Wahid – Link governor responsible for PSHE, RE and Rights Respecting

As a Walmley resident and having grown up in the area, I have over 6 years experience in the education sector. I was appointed as a parent governor in 2022 and have a child currently attending Walmley Junior School. I currently run a consultancy function of a global university group focusing on digital and commercial ventures. Also. I have previously held the role of English teacher overseas. I have a keen interest in inclusion, SEND and I want to ensure our children have positive memories from their time at our school.

Stuart Pearson – Headteacher

Stuart was appointed as Headteacher on 2nd February 2014.

Patricia Colden
Clare Kenny
Louise Mansfield
Stuart Pearson
Gill Stack
Siraj Wahid
Kevin Poultney
Jane Hampson


Useful Links


Outstanding Ofsted
Artsmark Silver Award
Sportsmark Gold Award
Rights Respecting Silver Award
Eco Green Flag Award
Primary Science Quality Mark