Governor Support Service

Meet The Team
John Finch

John Finch

Senior Governor Support Officer

I joined Gateshead Council in December 2017, and I oversee the Governor Support team, which incorporates clerking and governor training.  Previously I was Head of Governor Services for three years at Southwark Council, and prior to that I was a clerk for five years at Southwark Council and for two years at The Learning Trust in Hackney.  During that time I have clerked governing body and committee meetings, as well as admissions appeals, parental complaints, exclusions and capability/disciplinary hearings, for all categories of school including academies.  I have also advised schools on the process to become a hard federation, as well as on best practice for all aspects of school governance.

E-mail: Johnfinch@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 433 8626

Leone Buchanan

Leone Buchanan

Governor Support Officer

I joined the Governor Support team at Gateshead Council in 1996.  I am committed to helping schools and pupils achieve and progress and enjoy supporting schools with my years of experience.

E-mail: Leonebuchanan@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 433 8534

Full-time – 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)

Debbie Todd

Debbie Todd

Governor Support Officer

I joined Gateshead Council in September 2004 and now have considerable experience of supporting governing bodies.

E-mail: Debbietodd@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 433 8627

Full-time – 5 days a week

Gill Docherty

Gill Docherty

Governor Support Clerk

I was appointed at Gateshead Council in November 2017 having clerked for a number of years at a Sunderland based charity.  I enjoy working with governors and schools, supporting the work that they do.

E-mail: Gilldocherty@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 433 8617

Term-time – 5 days a week

Gabrielle Mains (covering maternity leave for Joanna McCoy until October 2018)

Gabrielle Mains (covering maternity leave for Joanna McCoy until October 2018)

Governor Support Clerk

I joined Gateshead Council in 2008, working as part of the learningSkills provision. In this time I have gained an extensive knowledge on council policies and procedures.  I was seconded to this post in October 2017, and I am enjoying working with schools across the borough.

E-mail: Gabriellemains@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 433 8629

Term-time – 5 days a week

Sharon Potts

Sharon Potts

Governor Support Clerk

I joined Gateshead Council in October 2002, and have since worked in several departments within the Council such as the Asylum and Refugee Team, the Youth Service, Adult Services and Member’s Services.  I have been employed with Governor Support since 2014.

E-mail: Sharonpotts@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 433 8624

Term-time – 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Carole Todhunter

Carole Todhunter

Governor Support Clerk

 

E-mail: Caroletodhunter@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 433 8625

Term-time – 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)

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