Meet the Governors

You can contact school Governors via the school’s postal address found on the homepage of this website to be addressed to ‘The Clerk to the Governors’.

The Structure of the Governing Body

The Governing Body consists of:

Two parent Governors

One LA Governor

One staff Governor

One Headteacher

Four co-opted Governors

There are 9 Governors in total


Pay panel
Finance and premises

The remit and pecuniary interests of the Governing Body including terms of reference can be accessed on the link below.

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Jo Hooper

Co-opted Governor – Term of Office (25.03.16 – 24.03.20) – Staffing and Curriculum Sub-Committee; Elected by Governing Body of Pitcheroak School

I was born in the West Midlands and grew up in Kinver in South Staffs. I have a degree in French, and am qualified post graduate in primary teaching since 2008. My degree course involved a year in France and I also taught in Belgium as part of my PGCE. I am happily married to a builder and electrician Tim, and we live in Redditch with my English bull terrier dog Charlie. Outside of work I enjoy cycling, walking and painting.

After successfully teaching in mainstream primary for three years, I decided to make the move to Pitcheroak School in April 2011 after being involved in the ‘Numbers Count’ programme in mainstream education. I have taught in both Key Stage 2 and 3 since starting in 2011. I had subject leadership of history and geography for a few years and I am now head of maths. During my time here I have had many wonderful experiences in my teaching practice and I am enjoying working with the Governors and Head of School to contribute to the work of the governing body.

Doug Mills

Parent Governor – Term of Office (12.10.18 – 11.10.22) – Finance and Premises Sub-Committee; Elected by Parents and Carers of Pitcheroak School

I live in Redditch with my wife Melanie and our three children. Amber and Harry both attend mainstream, and our youngest son Jack, has just started his third year at Pitcheroak. I have preiously served the Redditch community as a parent governor within two schools, a role which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am therefore delighted to now be a part of the Pitcheroak Family, having been inspired by the fantastic work the school does. I firmly believe that every child matters, and that any disability should not be a barrier to reaching one’s full potential. I work for the Mechatronic Automation Group in Kings Norton, and have spent the majority of my working life within electrical and mechanical engineering, as a buyer and procurement manager. I love spending time with my family, and there is nothing better than exploring the great outdoors with them, or visiting new or interesting places with them.

HelenClare Paul

Co-opted Governor – Term of Office (19.04.16 – 18.04.20) – Staffing and Curriculum Sub-Committee; Elected by Governing Body of Pitcheroak School

I have lived in Redditch for three years and have served as a Governor at Pitcheroak since April 2016. My career has been mainly in Finance and Banking – Project and Change Management, Business Support and Development. I have had the opportunity to work and study abroad and speak some Spanish. I am also a TESOL qualified English teacher. I am looking forward to the coming year at Pitcheroak as the school develops new initiatives as well as continuing to strive for excellence in all areas.

Steve Turner

Co-opted Governor – Term of Office (19.04.16 – 18.04.20) – Chair of Governing Body; Finance and Premises Sub-Committee; Elected by Governing Body of Pitcheroak School

I was born in Worcester, grew up in Birmingham then spent most of my adult life in Solihull before moving back to Worcestershire in 2012. I have settled in Bromsgrove with my partner Allyson. I started my working life at Cadburys before moving to Istel in Redditch. I then set up my own software and consultancy business in 1995 and have been working for myself ever since.  Outside of work my real passion is sailing. I also enjoy yoga, hiking, live music, the theatre and bridge. Locally I am a volunteer with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and also as a County Footpath Warden. I volunteered to be a Governor in January 2016 and I was fortunate to find Pitcheroak school. I am now the Chair of the Governing body.

 Terry Miller

Local Authority Governor – Term of Office (02.06.14 – 01.06.22) – 2nd Term; Vice Chair of Governing Body; Chair of Staffing and Curriculum Sub-Committee – Safeguarding Responsibility; Elected by Governing Body of Pitcheroak School

I retired from teaching in 2010. My final post was as Head of 6th Form at Pitcheroak School. I thoroughly enjoyed my job! Although I originally taught in mainstream, most of my teaching career was spent working with pupils with learning difficulties. I am married to Bob and have 2 children, who are now adults with their own careers. Since retiring, I have joined a choir, trained as a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau, re-designed my garden and enjoyed more time with my family and friends. For over 18 years I was very involved in the organisation and development of a youth club for young people with learning difficulties, who were aged 13-25 years. I am greatly committed to changing attitudes towards people with learning difficulties and developing greater understanding of their needs and rights to be included in society. I am enjoying my role as a Governor at Pitcheroak School and the various opportunities and challenges it presents.


Michael Wright

Staff Governor – Term of Office (25.03.16 – 24.03.20) – Finance and Premises Sub-Committee; Elected by Staff of Pitcheroak School

I joined Pitcheroak in September 2013 where I have the responsibilities of Physical Education and Swimming Co-ordinator. Having completed my BSc (Hons) degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science and PGCE in Secondary PE I taught in mainstream for 2 years before joining Pitcheroak. I have completed a masters degree in education and this has enabled me to further enhance my theoretical knowledge and transfer this into a practical setting to ensure pupils are provided with the best possible chances and opportunities to succeed in PE. I am married to Amie, a junior sister at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and we have two daughters.

Lorraine Doyle

Co-opted Governor – Term of Office (08.05.18 – 07.05.22) – Staffing and Curriculum Sub-Committee; Elected by Governing Body of Pitcheroak School

I have had a long career working for the home office as a prison officer at Hewell Prison in Redditch. During my time there I worked in programmes that assisted people with drug rehabilitation, alcohol issues and anger management. I am happily married and live in Redditch. I was interested in becoming a Governor at Pitcheroak because I have a daughter at the school and because the school supports her development I wanted to give something back by volunteering my time.