Meet the Governors

Mr David Green

Chair of Governors

  • Member Appointed

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Attends all

I have always lived locally and my daughter was at the school until 2016.  My own background is in education having previously been a Headteacher at two secondary schools in the Midlands.  I now work as an independent education consultant.

I joined the Governors in 2011 and am particularly interested in seeing that the school continues to flourish and achieve well for all the girls whatever their background or ability. I became the Chair of Governors in 2015 having previously been the link governor for Special Educational Needs. I put great emphasis on the school responding to the particular needs of each child whether by excellent classroom practice or by the ongoing emphasis on widening opportunity outside the classroom. Other important priorities at the moment are to ensure that amongst all the changes to exams and funding there is a real focus on high quality teaching and learning resulting in great progress for all the girls and students. We also need to ensure that we continue to strengthen the Sixth Form and develop partnerships with other schools and work ever more closely with parents.

I seek to offer meaningful support for the whole school community including students, staff and parents but I am also willing to challenge attitudes where appropriate.


Mrs Penelope Webb

Member appointed

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Standards and Curriculum Committee

I have two daughters currently attending Kings Norton Sixth Form.

Having worked in a variety of primary schools in Birmingham for more than 20 years, I believe I am able to view the needs of the school from a different perspective whilst also empathising with the students, staff and parents. In this way, I aim to both challenge and support the school so that it continues to evolve and be the best it can be. I have a passion for learning that I know is shared by everyone in the wider school community, students and adults alike, and I am fully committed to my role as a governor to help all students to realise their full potential and become happy, successful citizens of the future.


Ms Kirsty Mack

Community Governor

  • Member Appointed

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Resources Committee

I am Head of Projects Delivery at Ark – an international education charity whose mission is to transform lives through education.  In the UK we run 35 schools in areas of disadvantage where we believe we can make the most difference to the lives of young people.  I passionately believe that good education can change the lives of individuals and their communities.

Prior to joining Ark I ran my own communications company working with schools, colleges and universities, as well as the commercial partners and businesses that operate alongside them, to develop and deliver effective, strategic communications.  Before setting up my company, I was Head of Stakeholder Relations at the University of Birmingham with responsibility for public affairs, community relations, internal communications and corporate events.

In addition to my role as a Governor at KNGS, I am also a volunteer at the Blue Cross animal rehoming centre in Bromsgrove.


Mrs Debbie Cassidy

Parent Governor

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Vice Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee
  • SEN Link Governor

My daughter joined KNGS this year, nineteen years after I left. I had a great experience at the school and left with wonderful memories and it’s my hope the students leave school having reached their full potential academically, but also take advantage of all of the other opportunities school has to offer them.

I am a House leader and Learning co-ordinator at a local secondary school, a pastoral role which requires me to balance the importance of the student’s well-being and continually look at ways in which we can raise standards and achievements for students too. The pastoral aspect of my job really puts the student’s happiness at the heart of what I do at work; something which I am passionate about for the girls at KNGS.


Mrs Karen Ward

Community Governor

  • Member Appointed

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Vice Chair Resources Committee
  • Health and Safety Link Governor

I have a daughter at KNGS, currently in year 11, who is keen to stay at KNGS for sixth form.

For the past nine years I have worked full-time as Practice Accountant for a firm of architects in the jewellery quarter in Birmingham. We have seven practices in the UK and one in India. I have responsibility for all of the finances and HR. I particularly enjoy the job-costing side of my role and  often explain financial implications to non-financial staff.

I became a governor in 2014 as I have been impressed with the school since my daughter joined in year 7.   I am passionate about education, wishing to see that every child reaches their maximum potential, developing into a  well-rounded, confident adult who will make their way in the world. I believe that my financial and HR experience allows me to add a commercial bias to my role as a Governor.


Mr John Abbott

Parent Governor

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Chair of Resources Committee
  • Nominated Safeguarding Link Governor

As a life long resident of Birmingham and an Architect, I have always enjoyed contributing to local community life in a variety of ways.

I joined the Birmingham office of a local firm of Architects in 1989 after graduating from Cardiff UWIST and I am now a Director of the practice. Our work covers many sectors but particularly services relating to new build and refurbishment projects for both Primary and Secondary Schools nationally.

I first became a governor at St Mary’s C of E school while my two daughters were pupils there twelve years ago. When my youngest daughter left St Mary’s I became a sponsor Governor and have been Chair of Governors for the last five years. In this time I have contributed to changes which include the introduction of a completely new Senior Leadership Team and a 1FE building expansion.

KNGS has enabled my eldest daughter to maximise her potential and she left the school last year in 2015 to study Chemistry at Manchester University.  My youngest daughter has just finished her GCSE’s and progressed into the sixth form.

I welcome the opportunity now, as a Parent Governor of KNGS, to contribute to the strategic direction of the school while my youngest is still a pupil here. I relish the challenge that assisting in maintaining and improving standards in a secondary school environment will bring and hope to contribute, if only in a small way, to ensuring that all of the students develop and flourish in a safe, caring and educationally rich environment.


Mr Spencer Roberts

Member Appointed Governor

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Resources Committee
  • Anti Bullying Steering Group Link Governor

I am a proud father to twin daughters and I am also equally proud and grateful to say that they started at KNGS in 2016 and are thoroughly enjoying themselves!

I live locally and previously held a parent governor position in a local junior school from 2013-2016.

I’m the Managing/Creative Director of a local graphic design business, which I founded in late 2001.  I have over 28 years of vast experience within retail and business-to-business environments, working with small, medium sized and blue-chip businesses.

I want to help ‘make a difference’ for pupils, staff and teachers at KNGs, and I believe a role within the Governing Body at KNGS will allow me the opportunity to do this.  I enjoy being part of a team that make things happen.

I also volunteer my business knowledge and experience to schools and colleges and organisations like Connexions, advising pupils on career choices.  Over the last 8 years I consistently volunteered at both of my daughters’ infant and junior schools.  I previously set up and ran local road safety awareness campaigns, in an attempt at making roads safer for our families within our local communities.

In my spare time I enjoy family time with my wife and twin daughters, country walking and cycling.  I am a semi-professional musician and played Glastonbury festival in 2016.


Mr Paul Fellows

Member Appointed Governor

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Standards & Curriculum Committee

I work for Lloyds Banking Group, I first joined in 2010 as a Temporary member of staff following graduation from Birmingham City University studying Criminal Justice and Psychology. I currently work as an Audit & Regulatory Compliance Manager and have vast experiences in Standards, Policies, Risk & Control.

I have always been a resident in Birmingham and try to support local communities and charities as much as possible.  I was initially given exposure to KNGS through the fantastic partnership and mentoring programme that Lloyds Banking Group started with the school as part of Business in the Community.  The Mentoring Programme is designed to stretch and challenge the pupils to be proactive in their own development.  The aim is to get them to think of their future; the exciting opportunities ahead of them and how they can achieve them.

The enthusiasm shown by the pupils during these sessions drove me to want to support the school in other ways and that is when the position for governor came about.   I’m excited in being able to bring to the school and governing body my experiences from such a large organisation. Hopefully these insights will enable the school to further develop their already high standards.


Ms Nahieda Bi

Staff Governor

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Standards & Curriculum Committee

I am Head of Keller House and a staff governor. I am immensely proud of being part of KNGS and supporting the school to deliver an exceptional service to our students.  It is a privilege to be part of the decision making process from which students can be aspired and receive the highest level of education.

I have two children of my own, who are currently studying at university and college. They are confident individuals and it is the amazing contributions from professionals at school that have led to this. Therefore, I am a strong believer of ‘getting it right’ for our students as the impact of this is seen through the rest of these young people’s lives.

Before joining KNGS, I have been privileged to have worked in varied settings; primary and secondary schools as well as the wider community through outreach work, community development projects and supporting families who have been affected with mental health.

In addition to this, I have worked closely with the police services to deliver the ‘Safe Haven’ programme to young people who are at risk of gang affiliation.

In my spare time, I am an avid student and am currently completing my Masters in Learning and Teaching. I must also share that I am an amateur gardener and hope to learn to ‘grow’ in all my roles.

I am very excited and looking forward to our future here at KNGS and hope to support in every way.


Mrs Karen Reynolds

Member Appointed Governor

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Resources Committee

I am originally from Yorkshire and have lived locally in Birmingham for the past 20 years. I work as a Risk Analyst in the Financial Services sector. I have 3 children aged 18, 16 and 12. My youngest daughter has just started Year 8 at KNGS; my role as a Governor will give me the opportunity to play an active role in school life; shaping the future and helping to ensure that KNGS achieves its strategic objectives and short and long term plans.

My professional status as a Chartered Internal Auditor with 25 years + experience in the area of Risk Management and Internal Audit require me to be independent and objective and these attributes are key to the Governor role in relation to challenging and supporting the SLT at KNGS.

I’m new to the Education sector, although I have been an External Examiner at Birmingham City University, for the MSc Internal Audit Management and Consultancy programme for the past 4 and a half years. However a fresh pair of eyes is always beneficial and supports good governance.

In my spare time I enjoy attending music concerts and festivals, visiting the theatre and socialising with family and friends.


Mrs Vicky Walsh

Staff Governor

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Standards Committee

Before moving into education I worked for 10 years as a chef in a variety of establishments across Birmingham and Warwickshire. This is where my passion for food and educating others developed.

I became a member of teaching staff at KNGS in January 2016, prior to that I had been teaching at a very large secondary school in Sutton Coldfield. After only a few weeks of teaching at KNGS it soon became apparent that it is an exceptional school that exudes an atmosphere of nurturing for students and staff alike.

I have a daughter who is currently at primary school and a son who is at secondary school. I have discovered that being the mother to a child who is studying at secondary level is completely different to teaching in one. I believe that being able to view the school from both perspectives enables me to be a well-rounded governor who is committed to providing the best school experience for all at KNGS.


Dr John Couperthwaite

Member Appointed Governor

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Standards Committee
  • CIEAG Link Governor

I am an educational consultant specialising in elearning.  My role is to help teachers understand the educational potential of digital technologies, in schools, colleges and universities. Previously, I worked as an Educational Technology Manager for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, providing a leadership role in technology enhanced learning. I am passionate about harnessing the power of digital technologies to improve student learning and development.

I became a governor because education has been at the heart of my working life for the past 20 years. I have previously been a governor in another West Midlands secondary school and enjoyed contributing to the development of the school. I have a daughter who is thoroughly enjoying her studies at KNGS and have been hugely impressed with the school since she started. It is therefore a real privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the school in my capacity as a governor.

Alongside my professional and governor roles, I have helped initiate and co-lead a West Midlands regional group focusing on digital technologies and sharing emerging practice between educational professionals. I also sail and coach juniors at a local sailing club, and I enjoy being a part of the local CBSO community choir, SO Vocal.


Mrs Donna Gilman

Member Appointed Governor

Committees and special responsibilities:

  • Standards Committee
  • GDPR Link Governor

I am mother of twin girls who were lucky enough to start at KNGS in 2018. My eldest daughter also benefited from a sound education at the school and is doing well in her career.

I have always lived locally and have worked in financial services for 35 years. I am a self employed compliance officer, technical trainer and a qualified adult lecturer. I am passionate about education, children and my local community. Having finally achieved a balance where I am working a little less, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to give something back and join the board of Governors in September 2018. I hope that my commitment and experience can add value to the board and help shape the future direction of this wonderful school.

I am always busy and so don’t have a lot of spare time but, when I do relax, I am normally out walking or exercising, watching a good drama or at a gig.