Dr Taanya Stevens (Chair) .

Dr Stevens has been a member of the governing body at Fairway Primary Academy since January 2013 and became Chair of Governors in September 2015. She will have 3 children at the Academy by September 2016. As well as chairing the full governing body she also chairs both the Policies and Curriculum committees and is the named governor for “Safeguarding” and “Gifted + Talented”. Away from Fairway she works at the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry as a paediatric clinical dental tutor helping to train the dentists of the future and also for Birmingham Community Healthcare Foundation Trust as a paediatric dental officer working in particular with children who are anxious or who have additional needs. Through the latter role she sits on the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board Frontline Practitioners Forum and is also a staff representative for the British Dental Association.


Mark Atherton (Vice Chair)

I have been a Parent Governor since January 2014. I serve on the Finance & Premises Committee, of which I am chair, and the Policies Committees. I am also the Link Governor for Numeracy. My daughter attends the School and hopefully also my son in a few years’ time.  I am originally from the North West, and I’ve lived in Kings Norton now for over 10 years. I’ve worked for Pilkington Automotive for my entire career in a variety of different roles, currently managing our Commercial, Quality and Customer Services Departments and based in Redditch. I hope to bring the experience and skills learned in this industry into the Governing Body to benefit the School in any way I can.


Jackie McConnell

I have worked at Fairway for 15 years. My journey began as a Teaching Assistant, where I supported children across the school, working both in classes, with children 1 to 1 and in small groups, helping to remove or reduce any barriers to learning they may have. My role within the school has now developed to a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Early Years and Key Stage 1 and I am enjoying this role immensely. I also run the school’s Breakfast Club. I am delighted to be part of the school’s governing body, as it has allowed me to become more involved in the school, being a voice for the support staff and helping to raise standards within the school. I have the responsibilities of being the Special Educational Needs Governor and the Peacemakers Governor, and I serve on the Curriculum Committee.


David Smith

I am employed by the NHS and currently based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I have two children who attend Fairway and in July 2014, I became a Parent Governor as I wished to be more involved in their school life and active within Fairway. I serve on the Policies Committee and Personnel Committee.


Rachel Fasham

I was elected on to the LAB in April 2016. I’m looking forward to contributing to the life of Fairway in this role, and will no doubt take on a role within one of the sub-committees . I work as Children’s and Families’ Missioner for Christ Church Selly Park. I have a daughter who is in ks1.


Emily Gough.

I am a teacher at Fairway and have been a governor here since April 2013. I am a staff governor and sit on the Finance & Premises Committee and the Personnel Committee, on which I am clerk. As part of my governor role I am responsible for health and safety.


Michelle Vondey

I’ve worked more than 20 years in non-profit organizations across a wide spectrum of industries, including government, education, real estate, and off-road equipment manufacturing because the bottom line is about service to the customer and community. I have a Ph.D. in organizational leadership and have taught graduate and undergraduate courses in leadership and critical reasoning. With my background in education, leadership and administration, I hope my role as Parent Governor from September 2016 will contribute to the positive learning environment and support the teachers and staff to make a difference in the lives of our children. I have one son at Fairway, and I’m involved on the administrative team at King’s Church Birmingham.


Mr Ian McGuff

I am the representative of the Education Central Multi Academy Trust on the governing body of Fairway Primary Academy. I joined the governing body in May 2016 and am delighted to be working with such a talented team of staff, governors and children. Part of my role is to develop the links between the trust and the academy, as well as helping to achieve high quality provision for all the children at Fairway. I spent seven years as a teacher, and also worked in residential child care. I have held senior positions in local education authorities, and children’s services directorates and enjoyed four years as an education consultant working in the UK and overseas. A great deal of my work has been concerned with governance and governing bodies in all sorts of educational and other settings. I intend to use my experience to support the academy to achieve its aims, and to equip our pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills they will need to be successful and fulfilled in later life.


Carmel Corrigon 

I’ve been a member of the Fairway Local Governing Board since November 2015 and serve as a community governor. Previously I’ve been a governor at two other local schools and hope to make use of the experience I have gained to help support the staff and children at Fairway. I chair the Personnel Committee and am the link governor for the UN Rights Respecting School award. I work in the constituency office of the local MP dealing with the constituency casework and local issues.



 Michelle Stringer – Staff Governor – details to follow


Toby Deakin- Community governor

I joined the Fairway Local Governing Board as a community governor in February 2017. I grew up in Northfield and attended Turves Green Boys’ School and Cadbury College before attaining a management degree from the University of Leeds. I now work in HR and have experience in both the private and third sector and hope to use this experience whilst serving on the Personnel Committee.


Aaron Blake- Community governor – details to follow




Fairway governor details

Terms of reference and committee structure

Governors FAQ leaflet

The role of a school governor- National Governors Association


Details of ECMAT board

ECMAT Governance Structure

ECMAT Board Documents

Governing Body Report Autumn 2016





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