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Governance


Timbertree Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook 2020 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in our Scheme of Delegation which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation

Mr Alex Rawlings

Parent Governor

Alex has been a school governor for the past 10 year. He was first a staff governor at St James C of E Primary School in Oldbury, before moving to Quarry Bank Primary School in Dudley, where he was appointed Headteacher and became a member of the governing body there.

Alex has worked in education for the past 12 years. He was initially appointed as a classteacher at St James C of E Primary School and then quickly became a member of the senior leadership team, where he spent the last 5 years as Deputy Headteacher. Within that role, Alex was responsible for many of the whole-school policies and practices with specific responsibilities for maths provision, curriculum development, and teaching and learning.

In September 2019, Alex began his role as Headteacher at Quarry Bank Primary School.

Janet Williams

Community Governor - Nominated gov for Timbertree Academy​

Janet has been a governor at Timbertree Academy since 2018, shortly after the school became an Academy. She is a Community Governor.

Janet has worked in education all her life; as a teacher in a number of different secondary schools. She was employed at Halesowen College since January 1991, as Lecturer, Curriculum Leader and later as the School Liaison Director.

Janet has been keen to engage with Schools as a Governor for quite a while, and in May 2018 she dropped her working hours in preparation for future retirement. This enabled her to give some of her time and use her skills, experience and contacts in the education world to support young people in their educational journey.

Janet no longer works at the College. She is enjoying spending her time with her family and friends, following her hobbies of dancing, gardening, cake decorating, reading and visiting places of interest. She is also a member of the HalesOwen WI and has recently joined the Committee to help to organise speakers and events for the members.

Miss Ruth Nind

Teacher Governor​

"My name is Ruth Nind and I have been employed as a teacher at Timbertree Academy since September 1997. I began my teaching career in EYFS and then for the last number of years have been based in Key stage 1.  I have seen many changes for the better to both the physical structure of the school as well as to the leadership and management team.  My time here has allowed me to build relationships with many families and it is now lovely to be able to teach the children of pupils I previously taught at the start of my career. I am currently the subject lead for R.E, History and Geography and have other responsibilities such as the Youth School Action Leader [YSA] and Staff Council Leader. For the last few years I have represented our teaching staff on the governing body and this year I will be going back to my original roots as I am the nominated governor for EYFS.  I am committed and enthusiastic in helping Timbertree Academy achieve its full potential and am proud to be a member of this school and the dedicated and hardworking team."

Mr Ash Parmar

Parent Governor​

Ash works as a Project Manager implementing audit findings from external auditors for one of Europe’s largest investment banks. 

He has over 15 years’ experience in the financial industry working in various different roles, ranging from supporting global traders, share dealing, financial portfolio management & project governance activities for various banks. 

Ash enjoys spending his time with his two children outdoors experiencing nature and wildlife. In his spare time he likes to keep fit by swimming and going on long walks with the family.

Members who have stepped down