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.
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.
I’ve been a member of the Fairway Local Governing Board since November 2015 and serve as a community governor. As an ex pupil along with my brother and sisters I have close personal links with the school lasting over 25 years. I am a City representative of the Councils housing Liaison Board for tenants and have close links with the police and other voluntary organizations in the area. Alongside my voluntary interests I work in a busy office offering help and advice to hundreds of people each year and hope to use this knowledge and experience to work alongside both staff and pupils
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.
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.
Sarah Crooks- Parent Governor
I was elected on to the LGB in the summer term of 2017. Both of my children now attend Fairway (Reception and Year 3) and I am looking forward to being further involved in Fairway life. I am a full time secondary school music teacher in Birmingham where I am also a senior member of the pastoral team.
Michelle Stringer – Staff Governor
I am a Teaching Assistant at Fairway Primary Academy. Alongside my role as a TA I run the school Council and I am a member of the pastoral team. I also volunteer for Childline, counselling young people. I have two children who attended Fairway.
I joined the LGB in February 2017 and sit on the curriculum committee. I am looking forward to contributing ideas to help improve and raise standards within Fairway.
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.