Governor Support Service

Meet The Team
John Finch

John Finch

Governor Support Manager

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

Full-time – 5 days a week

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

Gabrielle Mains

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 appointed permanently in September 2018, and I am enjoying working with schools across the borough.

E-mail: Gabriellemains@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 433 8534

Term-time – 5 days a week

Joanna McCoy

Joanna McCoy

Governor Support Clerk

I joined Gateshead Council in 2003 as part of the Early Years Team working with the Children’s Centre across the borough. I then moved to the Behaviour and Attendance Team working with school and young people. I joined Governor Support in 2015 and enjoy working with schools and governors across Gateshead.

E-mail: Joannamccoy@gateshead.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 433 8629

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

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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