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Governing Body 2021-22

Mr David Reynolds
Chair of Governors

Curriculum & Standards and Sixth Form Link

Appointed September 2020
I am a practicing Senior Leader in the state secondary sector, leading Quality of Education and with extensive experience in raising standards of achievement at both secondary level and post 16. I am passionate about raising standards of educational quality for all students, irrespective of socio-economic background, specialising in curriculum and assessment, research-driven learning and teaching practices and staff development.  Born and raised in Walsall, it is a real privilege be involved in the work of the Academy.

Mrs Helen Dudson
Community Governor

Safeguarding and Mental Health & Wellbeing Link

Appointed June 2015
Reappointed September 2021

I have been involved with the Academy since my eldest son joined in 2013, initially as a member of the Parent Forum and then by joining the Governing Body as soon as it was re-established in 2015. I have a background in public sector and work across a number of disciplines including performance, communications, complaints and information governance. I have also managed organisational inspections and Ofsted Inspections of social services and partnership arrangements so have an understanding of the inspection regimes used nationally. I am a passionate believer that every child, regardless of academic ability, should have the opportunity to shine and develop to their full potential and this is why I became involved with Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, hoping to utilise my skills and knowledge to support the Academy and where appropriate challenge the Academy to ensure all students have the right support at the right time to help them surpass their expectations.


Mrs Lisa Habberley
Staff Governor

Pupil Premium Link

Appointed November 2016
Reappointed September 2021

I have been employed as a teacher for over 15 years, initially working in further education within Walsall, followed by my position within our Academy.  I hope that my past experience as a governor in the primary and secondary sector will provide the knowledge and understanding needed on the governing body at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy. I have leadership experience and over 10 years’ experience with the exam board Pearsons as an examiner, enabling me to familiarise myself with staff and understand the needs of students. Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy has provided my three daughters with a great education, enabling them to progress to University. I feel privileged to contribute to the future success of our growing Academy and feel proud to be part of the Academy family.


Mr Lee Cross
Community Governor


Appointed June 2015
Reappointed September 2021

I have been involved within education across all sectors (Secondary, Primary and Special) as a classroom practitioner as well as a Senior Leader. During my 10 years in education I have been heavily involved in raising standards of education within my host school and through an outreach model as an Advanced Skills Teacher and more recently as a consultant. I am passionate about providing opportunities for all to showcase their capabilities and excel in their chosen domain.  I am currently the Headteacher at Elmwood School an 11-16 Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) provision within Walsall.  I also have the opportunity of working with many staff in the role as an Advanced Team Teach Tutor across Walsall.

Mr Kaljinder Nijjar
Community Governor

Careers Link

Appointed May 2016
Reappointed September 2021






Mrs Hayley Lavery-Quinn   Parent Governor
Careers Link

Appointed September 2021


I am an Audit Director with 20 years’ experience in the audit and accounting profession.  I manage and lead teams on a daily basis and am heavily involved in our trainee recruitment programme for our Midlands office.  I hope to bring a different view point and perspective to the Board of Governors, outside of academia, whilst being able to offer my input and support on the financial aspects of the role.  My son attends the academy and having studied at Shelfield myself, the success of the Academy will always be close to my heart and I look forward to being a part of its future successes

           Mrs Amy Rose          OAT Governor
Teaching and Learning Link

Appointed March 2022



I am the OAT Regional Lead Practitioner for English in the West and have worked with the Trust for 3 years. Having worked in secondary for 11 years, I have extensive experience as a Head of Department, teacher training and have been an examiner for 6 years. I am extremely passionate about student and teacher development.

Living in Walsall myself with two young boys, it is a real privilege to work with the young people of Ormiston Shelfield and improve life chances and raise aspirations.


The Local Governing Body and how to contact us  

Our Local Governing Body is made up of 7 members, plus the Principal.  Our Chair of Governors is Mr David Reynolds, we have 3 Community Governors, 1 Staff Governor, 2 OAT Governors and 1 Parent Governor.

Our committees consist of a Local Governing Body (LGB), a Finance and General Purposes Committee (FGP) and a Strategic Progress Board (SPB)

To contact the Chair of Governors please write to the academy at Broad Way, Pelsall, Walsall WS4 1BW c/o The Clerk, or email Miss Green at


What are Governing Bodies For? 

Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country and their overall purpose is to help schools and academies raise standards and provide the best possible education for their students.

The Governing Body does not manage Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy but it does give direction and focus by providing strategic leadership.

What are the roles of the Governing Body? 

  • To challenge and support the Principal.
  • To oversee the academy’s long-term vision, strategic aims, values and ethos.
  • To carry out statutory responsibilities, such as safeguarding.
  • To agree and monitor plans and policies.
  • To make creative use of available resources.
  • To monitor and evaluate performance.
  • To be involved in the appointment of the Principal.
  • To ensure proper financial management of the academy.
  • To communicate openly with parents, staff and the local community.

How does the Governing Body Work?

The Governing Body works as a group, taking collective responsibility for all decisions. Governors work in close partnership with the Principal who, as the lead professional, advises and assists the Governing Body to carry out its functions.
The Governing Body includes people with a wide range of skills, experience and backgrounds, all of whom have equal status and rights as Governors. Governors are encouraged to broaden and develop their skills, knowledge and confidence through engaging in training opportunities.

Each governing committee meets once each term to discuss key areas such as student performance, the curriculum, staffing, finance, premises and health and safety. It is important for Governors to get to know the academy and its staff, which they do by regularly visiting and attending academy events and open days whenever possible.  Governors take on specific roles linked to aspects of the academy’s development plan and with members of the Senior Leadership Team.

Becoming a Parent Governor 

Becoming a Parent Governor can be very rewarding and offers the opportunity to make a real contribution to the life and work of our academy. Governors play a key role in the leadership of the academy and work together with the Principal, staff and other governors to ensure that our academy provides a challenging and supportive environment for its students. We are currently looking to recruit another Parent Governor - see the application letter below.

Becoming an OAT Governor 

Becoming an Ormiston Academies Trust governor is challenging, interesting and deeply rewarding and contributes to the well-being and prospects of students, academies and communities. OAT welcomes applications from people from all walks of life to gain a wide variety of skills and experience to support and develop the academy.  

Governors’ Policies & Guidance 

Most of our policies can be printed directly from this website. Please contact the Clerk at if you would like a paper copy of any of our policies.

Meeting Dates 2021-22 


(Strategic Progress Board)

(Finance & General Purposes)

(Local Governing Body)

Early Autumn - - 29th September 2021
Autumn 11th October 2021 24th November 2021 1st December 2021
Spring 15th February 2022 23rd March 2022 2nd March 2022
Summer 1 4th May 2022 25th May 2022 8th June 2022
Summer 2 12th July 2022 - -

Meetings Attended 2020-21 


Committee Membership

Meetings Attended

David Reynolds (Chair)


11 of 12

Lee Cross


4 of 4

Helen Dudson


3 of 4

Lisa Lloyd


4 of 4

Kaljinder Nijjar


8 of 12

Melanie Wheeler


6 of 7