Meet our Governors
Mrs Gill Morton
Parent Governor and Chair of Governors
Hi I am Gill Morton, Parent Governor and Chair of Governors. I have two daughters within Gateshead Education system one of whom has attended Cedars since nursery and is now at College.
My working background is financial, I worked for Lloyds TSB Banking group for almost 20 years; I am now a stay at home Mam.
I became a governor at Cedars over 12 years ago and became Chair in September 2015. I wanted to become a governor as I believe in the philosophy of Cedars in giving every child the best educational experience possible and if I could I wanted to help this happen.
I sit on the following governor committees: Finance and Staffing (Chair); Curriculum & Pupils; Pupil Discipline (Chair); Head Teacher Appraisal(Chair); Business & Partner Development Group (Chair).
I am link governor to 'Improving Leadership & Management' and 'Improving the Business Model' on the School Improvement Plan. I am also link governor to Chestnut and Aspen classes.
Mr Gordon Neale OBE
Trustee & Vice Chair of Governors
Hi, I am Gordon Neale OBE. I am a Trustee & Vice Chair of Governors.
I served 26 years in the Army followed by 28 years with Disability Sport England as their CEO. I was awarded OBE in 2002 for outstanding contribution to disabled sport.
I was an Olympic Torch carrier and commentator at the Paralympics in 2012.
Taking on the role of Trustee/Governor seemed a natural progression having been in contact with the Cedars sports teams that attended competitions run by my old organisation, so I had virtually grown up with the students before moving north and marrying Liz Neale in 2000. I believe my knowledge and experience will add to the team and provide a secure pathway for pupils and staff.
I sit on the following governor committees: Finance & Staffing; Curriculum & Pupils (Chair), Head Teacher Appraisal; Pupil Discipline; Business & Partnership Development Group.
I am link governor to 'Improving Leadership & Management' on the School Improvement Plan. I am also link governor to Pine & Elder classes.
Mrs Kath Hayward
My name is Kath Hayward, parent Governor. I have a ten year old daughter who has attended the Cedars since she was four.
I have been a member of the Governing Body since July 2014. I am also on the Governing Body of a local primary school. I previously worked in Schools, Libraries and Adult Education, latterly managing the Family Learning Service for Gateshead Council.
I have also been a Foster Carer. I believe every child deserves an excellent education tailored to suit individual needs. I have watched my child flourish since she has started the Cedars.
I sit on the Curriculum & Pupils committee. I am link governor to 'Improving Access to Learning, Personal Development and Welfare' on the School Improvement Plan. I am also link governor to Beech & Larch classes.
Mrs Rachel Miller
I am Rachel Miller and I have been a Co-opted Governor since 2015.
My working background is within Disability Sports Development. I have worked in this area for over 10 years. I recently started a sports organisation, SMILE Through Sport, with my husband, Paralympian Stephen Miller.
I became a Governor in order to support the great work of Cedars Academy and support the school as it works towards creating strong and determined pupils who are equipped for life after school. I am proud to be involved with such an inspirational academy.
I sit on the following governor committees: Finance & Staffing; Business & Partnership Development Group.
I am link governor to 'Improving the Business Model' on the School Improvement Plan. I am also link governor to Fern & Sycamore classes.
Mr Alan Elders
Hello, I am Alan Elders. I am a member of the Trust. I represent Way Out in Gateshead (WinG) on the board. WinG is a close partner of the Academy; it aims to provide opportunities for adventure and education in an outdoor setting.
I became a Governor to be part of the development of a school that is committed to every child’s achievement; that provides opportunities for all, and delivers the best educational routes for young people.
Mrs Tracey Higgins
The League of Friends were invited to have representation on the Governing Body in early 2015 as part of the School Improvement Plan to work more closely with partner organisations. I was only too happy to take up the role as I wanted to give something back to Cedars Academy, a school where my daughter was not just happy and secure but was also pushed academically, with great prospects for the future.
I hope to bring together my knowledge of the social sciences, long career in the voluntary sector and my personal experience of parenting an autistic child to the role of parent governor. I realise it is a huge responsibility and I take the role very seriously.
I have an interest in ensuring that parents/families have a strong voice within school, that parents feel empowered when they come into school and that staff and parents develop successful working relationships that give Cedars students their best chance. My interests are Game of Thrones, Legend of Zelda and shopping.
I sit on the Curriculum & Pupils committee and I am link governor to 'Improving Outcomes, Teaching, Learning & Assessment ' on the School Improvement Plan. I am also link governor to Elm Class and Cedars College.
Mr Martin Flowers
Hello, I am Martin Flowers, Head Teacher. I have been teaching at Cedars for since 1995. Before that I taught abroad in international schools in Moscow and Norway; prior to that my first teaching post was at a Northumberland high school.
My focus is providing a structure and the opportunities to enable our staff to create a highly individualised, responsive, caring, supportive but challenging environment.
I sit on the following governor sub-committees: Finance & Staffing; Curriculum & Pupils; Premises, Health & Safety; and Business & Partnership Development Group.
I firmly believe that through partnerships the impact Cedars can make is made stronger. I am Trustee of a number of our partner organisations, including SOFA, WinG and GAG.
Mrs Michelle O'Reilly
Hello, I am Michelle O’Reilly. I am Staff Representative on the governing body. I am Teaching & Learning Lead (Assistant Headteacher) for KS4 and Lead Literacy, Language and Communication in KS3/4. I have been teaching at Cedars since 2004. I am interested in educational research and how new developments can be applied to produce the best outcomes for each of our learners. Promoting good mental health in young people is very important to me also; I am delighted to be part of a school that places a strong emphasis on student well-being.
I sit on the following governor committees: Curriculum & Pupils and Business & Partnership Development Group.
I am also link governor to 'Improving Outcomes, Teaching, Learning and Assessment' and 'Improving Access to Learning, Personal Development and Welfare' on the School Improvement Plan.
Mr Stuart Kay
I am Stuart Kay and I have been a Parent Governor since 2014.
I have two children who attend Cedars, the youngest (aged 11) joined just before Easter 2015 and the eldest (aged 17) who joined in 2010 when he was 10 years old.
My working background is the civil and traffic engineering industry, having worked in both the Public and Private Sectors for the best part of 30 years. My specialism is road safety.
I became a Governor to be part of something special. Cedars is an exceptional school and I wanted to do what I could to see every child continue to thrive and to receive the education and support they deserve.
I sit on the following governor committees: Finance & Staffing; Curriculum & Pupils; Chair of Premises, Health & Safety; Business & Partnership Development Group.I am link governor to 'Improving Outcomes, Teaching, Learning & Assessment' and 'Improving Leadership & Management' on the School Improvement Plan. I am also link governor to Oak & Maple Classes.
Mrs Maria Hall
Local Authority Governor
I am Maria Hall and I have been a Local Authority Governor since 2015. I have been a Gateshead Local Councillor since 2011. I am Managing Director of Specialist Domiciliary Care Company based in Newcastle and Director of Gateshead Autism Group (GAG).
My qualifications – BA Hons Social Care, Level 5 Leadership and Management, independent Advocate.
I have been married to Michael for over 30 years and have three daughters and one grandson. My likes: animals, music, films, art and craft.
I have been involved with Cedars since 1997, as a Governor since 1998; I have been Chair of Governors at Cedars twice. I am dedicated to improving outcomes for individuals affected by Autism and Learning Disability.
I sit on the following governor committees: Finance & Staffing; Premises, Health & Safety; Pupil Discipline; Business & Partnership Development Group. I am link governor to 'Improving the Business Model' and 'Improving Access to Learning, Personal Development & Welfare' on the School Improvement Plan. I am also link governor to Birch & Rowan classes.
Mr Joe MacCabe
Hi, I am Joe MacCabe. I began working at Cedars Academy in March 2014.
I have spent much of my career as an actor and drama facilitator, working in schools across the UK devising and delivering workshops based around pertinent issues such as self-esteem, bullying and knife crime.
In my role as Performing Arts Lead at Cedars, I have been able to draw upon my own personal experiences to teach students new skills as well as help build their confidence through performance.
I was delighted to be appointed as staff representative on the board of Governors in September 2014 as I committed to ensuring each individual child reaches their full potential.
I sit on the Curriculum & Pupils Committee and I am link governor to 'Improving Outcomes, Teaching, Learning & Assessment' on the School Improvement Plan.
Mr Paul Hills, Parent Governor
Hi, I am Paul Hills. Having watched my son develop at Cedars over the last 7 years I am keen to give back and support the school. I genuinely care about Cedars and the delivery of excellent education and development of social skills for our young people. I sit on the Parent Council and so will provide a direct route for the parent/carer community to support the Governors. I have been Civil Servant for over 26 years and work as an upper middle manager. I sit on the Finance and Staffing Governor Committee. I am link governor to 'Improving Access to Learning, Personal Development & Welfare' on the School Improvement Plan.