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Hemlington Hall Primary School
Hemlington Hall Academy

Meet the Governors

Chair of Governors Mr Dave Elliott               

Member Appointed Governor

Term of Office:01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

I have been a Governor at Hemlington Hall for nearly five years and have had the privilege of being Chair for the last two years. I have been a Secondary School teacher – full time for thirty eight years and have worked part time for the last five years. I also work as a Link Tutor with Trainee Teachers. I am passionate about education and see so much to be proud of at Hemlington Hall.

I spend quite a lot of time in the school and I am always so proud of what I see from the children, the staff and the parents. We really are ‘going places’ and I have high hopes for the future of our school. I also am proud of the excellent team of committed Governors who are all determined to support the staff and Head Teacher in ensuring the best for Hemlington Hall Academy.

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Vice-Chair Mrs Kay Braithwaite

Member Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

I was appointed a Community Governor in September 2013 and became Vice-Chair of the Governors in November 2013. I retired as a Police Inspector in 2009, having had a varied and interesting 30-year career with Cleveland Police and latterly with the National Policing Improvement Agency where I specialised in radio communications and control rooms. I am married with two grown up daughters.  In my spare time, I enjoy flower arranging, jogging and am a keen cook.

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Headteacher Governor Mrs Karen Edmenson

Term of Office: 01/10/2017 – Ex-Officio

I qualified as a Primary School Teacher from Ripon & York St John in 1994. I joined Hemlington Hall in 2010 as Head Teacher having worked previously across 5 local Authorities, progressing my career with each move. My passion became Early Years and I delivered training to a wide variety of audiences across authorities . Whilst working in Hartlepool, I took on the additional role with the Education Authority as a Cluster Advisor for Gifted and Talented students. In an area of high deprivation, it inspired my drive to continue my career and strive for all children to aim high and be the best they can be with the support of a great school.   

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Co-opted Governor Mrs Delyth Linacre

Member Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

Mrs Delyth Linacre – Headteacher Easterside Academy

My name is Delyth Linacre and I am currently the Head Teacher at Easterside Academy, one of the five primary schools within the Discovery Alliance. I have recently joined the Governing Body at Hemlington Hall Academy following the school’s academy conversion and our own, and attend the Full Governing Body meetings.

I have been Head Teacher at Easterside Academy since September 2013 and before that have taught at the school for eighteen years. My previous roles within the school have included Assistant Head Teacher as well as Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 leader.

I am passionate about the work that all schools do and strive at my own, and within the Discovery Alliance to make a difference for both pupils and their families; giving them the best experiences and chances that we can offer in order to ensure they all succeed. I look forward to my time as a Governor at your school and hope that in some way I am able to support and challenge the excellent work that is already going on at Hemlington Hall Academy.

I am married with one little boy who has recently started Reception.

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Community Governor Mrs Emma Cook-Smith

Member Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

I am Emma Cook-Smith and I joined the Governors in November 2013.  My husband and I have two children, Edward and Patrick who both attend Hemlington Hall Academy. Although I am not originally from Middlesbrough, I have had links to the school for several years through family and friends whose children have attended the school.

I graduated from the University of Bradford with a MEng in Chemical Engineer in 2005. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, motor sports and rugby.

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Community Governor Mrs Joanne Tickle

Member Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 30/01/2018 – 29/01/2022

My name is Joanne Tickle and I am a mum of two teenage children, I have been a governor at Hemlington Hall Academy since 2012. I have worked in the community of Hemlington for 22 years currently leading Hemlington Children’s Centre as part of the 0-19 service. The school has strong links with the Children’s Centre and we work closely around transition to ensure children are ‘ready for nursery’

I have recently been involved in an Early Years Quality Mark inspection at the school which highlighted the excellent practice and environment within the Early Years provision.

I am very proud to say I am a Governor at Hemlington Hall Academy and feel the teaching team and the Support staff are passionate about the best outcomes for our children. 

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Member-Appointed Governor Mrs Andrea Hurst

Member Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

My name is Andrea Hurst, I am a mum to two children. My youngest daughter is a pupil at Hemlington Hall Academy. After having my youngest child I wanted to change careers and trained as a teaching assistant and currently work in a primary school.

Pecuniary Interest

Parent Governor Mrs Collette Cardwell

Elected by Parents/Carers

Term of Office: 01/09/2017 – 31/08/2021

Mrs Cardwell is a parent governor who was appointed in September 2017.

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Staff Governor Awaiting update 

Elected by 

Term of Office: 


Governors -Term of Office Expired

Mr Martin – 21 June 2017

Mrs Roberts – 31 December 2017

Miss Thompson – 5 April 2017

Mrs Simon – 31 December 2017

Mrs Walker – 31 December 2017

Karen Oliver -01/09/2017 – 05/12/2018

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