Board of Governors

Welcome from the Chair of the Board of Governors, Miss Victoria Duncan

“Red House School really will give your child a foundation for life. The school provides a bespoke education for its pupils who are given the opportunity to be the best that they can be. Our pupils excel in so many different areas of school life.

Red House’s reputation is longstanding and one of which we are extremely proud. We have been providing a wonderful learning environment for over 90 years.

Red House has a beautiful setting in an ideal location. The School continues to grow and develop whilst retaining its strong sense of family and small class sizes.

As Chair of the Board of Governors I can personally assure you that we are dedicated to maintaining and developing our fantastic school and giving all of our children the very best that Red House has to offer”.

 

Contact Details

Victoria Duncan
Chair of the Board of Governors

Red House School
36 The Green
Norton
Stockton on Tees
TS20 1DX

T: 01642 558119

How to Become a Member of the Board of Governors

Information is sent out to parents prior to the AGM. To stand for election for the Board of Governors, a person must be a member of the Company and must be proposed and seconded by other members.

Parents are advised to discuss the matter in advance with an existing member of the Board of Governors. Please email the Head or telephone the School Office on 01642 553370 if you wish to contact a member of the Board of Governors.

It is important to remember that the Board of Governors does require people with expertise to contribute to the running of the School as a business.

Mr V Bedi – Honorary President

Mr J Robson MBE – Honorary Vice-President

Board of Governors

Miss Victoria Duncan - Chair+
  • Committees: Chair to Board of Governors (sitting on the Management Committee and attending all other Committees, as appropriate).
  • Member of Board of Governors Since: November 2015.
  • Three children in School.
  • Professional/Business background: Judge.
  • Other interests: Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Harbour (domestic abuse charity).
Mr Ken James - Vice Chair and Secretary+
  • Committees: Management.
  • Member of Board of Governors Since: November 2015.
  • Professional/Business background: 25 years in teaching, including 5 years as Headmaster of Red House. Currently General Manager of Letz Live, placing gap students across the globe and supporting schools as an education consultant. I am also Chair of Trustees at another independent school.
  • Other interests: The theatre, both visiting and performing.
Mr Simon Barnbrook - Governor+
  • Committees: None.
  • Member of Board of Governors since: November 2023.
  • One child in school.
  • Professional/Business background: Primary school teacher since 2000.  I have worked with a range of age groups and taught a range of curriculum areas. Specialist in computing and ICT with a special interest in learning outside the classroom.
  • Other interests: Enjoy walking and swimming as well as being an active member of the 1st Norton scout group; Assistant scout leader and assistant explorer scout leader.
Mr Stuart Blackett - Governor+
  • Committees: Management.
  • Member of Board of Governors since: November 2021.
  • Two children in School.
  • Professional/Business background: Retired as Chief Financial Officer of Railpen as of Spring 2024.    I am also Vice Chair and Chair Designate of Governors at the Education Training Collective (Etc.) in the Tees Valley and East Cleveland.
  • Other interests: Running, golf and holidaying with my family.
Mrs Leanne Boyd-Smith - Governor (Safeguarding)+
  • Committees: None.
  • Member of Board of Governors since: November 2021.
  • Two children in School.
  • Professional/Business background: Over 20 years experience of working in the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist. Currently working as a Senior Manager in NHS. Previous experience of being a school governor and trustee for a local charity.
  • Other interests: Any spare time I have is spent with my family or catching up with friends. Weekends are often spent either shopping or walking our dog!
Mr Sean Costigan - Governor+
  • Committees: Management.
  • Member of Board of Governors Since: November 2014.
  • One child in School.
  • Professional and Business background: I own a marketing services and print manufacturing business based in Teesside with offices in Newcastle, Nottingham and Milton Keynes. I have worked in this business for over 20 years.
  • Other interests: Most sports – Football (NUFC), golf, cricket and also food (eating and cooking)! I enjoy completing Triathlons despite not being the best swimmer in the world!
Miss Henrietta Evans+
  • Committees: None.
  • Member of Board of Governors Since: November 2023.
  • Attended Red House School as a pupil from 1997 to 2006.
  • Professional/Business background: I currently lead enterprise risk management at a Fortune 500 company and Certified by the Institute of Risk Management.
    I have an engineering background and  worked on diverse projects from designing offshore oil and gas platforms, to supporting the British Army modernising their UK based facilities.
    I am a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and Chartered by the Engineering Council.
    I am proudly dyslexic and a keen advocate for ensuring STEM subjects are accessible and inclusive for all. It is because of this belief that I want to give back to Red House and ensure that every child is championed and supported to achieve their goals.
    Other interests: Outside of work, I have carried on my love of hockey and continue to play socially at my local club. I am a keen potter and can often be found in my home studio covered head to toe in clay!
Dr Fiona Hunt - Governor (Wellbeing & Deputy Safeguarding)+
  • Committees: None.
  • Member of Board of Governors Since: November 2019.
  • Three children in School.
  • Professional/Business background: Acute Medical Doctor, James Cook University Hospital.
  • Other interests: I enjoy sport, particularly skiing, running, football and yoga. I love to travel and go camping with my family. I am a keen quizzer and passionate about music. I can play the Trumpet.
Col Jeremy Henning - Governor+
  • Committees: Education Committee & Health & Safety.
  • Member of Board of Governors Since: November 2015.
  • Two children in School.
  • Professional/Business background: Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine in the Army, doing clinical work at James Cook University Hospital.
  • Other interests: Enjoys rugby, sailing and scuba diving.
Mrs Kate Huddart - Governor+
  • Committees: Education Committee.
  • Member of Board of Governors Since: November 2014.
  • Three children in School.
  • Professional/Business background: Pharmacist, currently working as a Head of Medicines Optimisation for Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group: this involves working with 40 member GP practices to commission the healthcare for a population of 272,000. Have responsibility for governance, safety and financial balance with regards to our medicines budget. The post also involves developing contracts and managing them with many providers.
  • Other interests: I enjoy gardening, crafts, walking and swimming.
Mr Bhuvnesh Majupuria - Governor+
  • Committees: None.
  • Member of Board of Governors Since: November 2023
  • Attended Red House School as a pupil.
  • Professional/Business background: Director at a National Business Advisory firm.  Qualified accountant.
  • Other interests: playing sport (Tennis and Cricket) in particular and travelling.

 

Mrs Rachel Scott - Governor+
  • Committees: Health & Safety.
  • Member of the Board of Governor’s Since: November 2022.
  • One child in school.
  • Professional background: I have a degree in Human Resources Management. I started work in HR, then progressed to HR IT Systems and then Project Management. I have been responsible for managing large-scale IT and business changes which have improved user and customer experience in the manufacturing and energy industries. I currently work as an Operational Manager for the NHS.
  • Other interests: My biggest joy in life is spending time with my family. I also enjoy good food, yoga, meditation and exercising on my Peloton.
Mr Guy Taylor - Governor+
  • Committees: None.
  • Member of Board of Governors Since: November 2014.
  • One child in School.
  • Professional/Business background: Currently National Director for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme which supports talented athletes in both their sports and academic endeavours. Also Chair the European Union Experts group on Human Resources in Sport, which develop policies and best practices in coach development, support of student athletes, employability in sport and volunteering in sport.
  • Other interests: All things sports, particularly winter sports and rugby. Also managed a number of Great Britain winter sports teams and independent board member of British Weightlifting for who I chair their Performance Group overseeing their Olympic and Paralympic programmes.

Visit Us

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Early Years Stay & Play: Thursday 9 May, 2-3pm

Come and enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, singing, arts and crafts based on Julia Donaldson’s wonderful book ‘What the Ladybird Heard’.

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Twilight Tours: Thursday 16 May

Our Twilight Tours are a great way to discover what's so special about Red House and all we have to offer. You will be able to tour our fantastic facilities and meet our dedicated teachers.

+ Nursery & Junior School 4-6pm
+ Senior School 4.30-6.30pm

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Entry for Year 7 in 2024/2025

Registrations are being taken for children in Year 6 wishing to join Year 7 in 2024 and also for children in Year 5 wishing to join Year 7 in 2025.

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