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Hemlington Hall Primary School
Hemlington Hall Academy

Meet the Governors

The Governing Body represents the wider community in the running of Hemlington Hall Academy, they work closely with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school. The Head Teacher is accountable to the Governors and OFSTED in the running of the school. The Governors work with the staff, Lingfield Education Trust and LA to ensure the school provides a good quality education for all of its children. 

The Governing Body:

  • Is a ‘critical friend’ to the school
  • Explains policies to parents and the community
  • Helps to settle disputes, fairly and conscientiously
  • Oversees policies and its use of resources

Meet the Governing Body


Chair of Governors            Kay Braithwaite

Trustee Appointed Governor

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

I am a Member Appointed Governor and became Vice-Chair in November 2013 and then Chair in October 2019.   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 management of radio communications and control rooms.  

My career experience means that I have the confidence to ask challenging questions, from an informed perspective. I will always aim to support the Academy to ensure that each child has excellent opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential, in the safe, happy and well-resourced environment.

I am married with two grown up daughters.  In my spare time, I enjoy flower arranging, cooking and getting out and about in the English countryside.

Pecuniary Interest

Vice-ChairMr Dave Elliott

Trustee 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 three 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.

Pecuniary Interest

Headteacher GovernorMrs 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.   

Pecuniary Interest

Trustee GovernorMrs Delyth Linacre

Trustee 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 the Principal at Easterside Academy, which is part of The Enquire Learning Trust. I have been on the Governing Body at Hemlington Hall Academy now for a number of years since it converted to an academy.

I have been Principal at Easterside Academy since September 2013 and before that 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 Enquire Learning Trust 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 enjoy my role 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 child who is 9 years old.  

Pecuniary Interest

Trustee GovernorMrs Emma Cook-Smith

Trustee 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.

Pecuniary Interest

Trustee GovernorMrs Joanne Tickle

Trustee 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. 

Pecuniary Interest

Trustee GovernorMrs Andrea Hurst

Trustee Appointed Governor

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

My name is Andrea Hurst  and I have two daughters, my youngest daughter is in her last year at Hemlington Hall Academy. I have had links with the school for many years before taking on the role of a parent governor in 2017.

In 2012 I decided to change career and trained to be be a teaching assistant. Where for the past four and half years I have worked in a special school supporting children with a wide range of additional needs.

Pecuniary Interest

Parent GovernorMrs Collette Cardwell

Elected by Parents/Carers

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

Hello my name is Collette Cardwell, I am a parent Governor and have been since October 2016. I also work as a care assistant part-time. Myself and my husband have three Sons who attend Hemlington Hall Academy. I enjoy spending time with my family, a lot of my time is spent with my boys on the side lines watching them play football. I enjoy being a part of The Governing Body helping to support teaching staff in anyway I can reading with children and attending various educational school trips as extra support for the staff. 

Pecuniary Interest

Staff GovernorMrs Nicola Padgett, Assistant Head Teacher 

Staff Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 24/1/2019 – 23/01/2023

My name is Nicola Padgett and I have been a teacher for the past 18 years. I thoroughly enjoy my role, working with children is the most rewarding job ever! I strongly believe in providing all children with opportunities and life long skills to support them in their future career paths. Previously, I have worked at a school in Redcar and Cleveland where I was responsible for Maths and Computing. I have received national awards for the commitment and dedication shown to embedding handheld learning devices into school to raise standards. As a result of this, I had the opportunity to work alongside Apple in supporting them with education links. After leaving, I joined Hemlington Hall Academy as a member of the Senior Leadership Team in September 2012, where I have now moved on to become Assistant Head Teacher. As well as working at Hemlington Hall Academy I work within the local authority looking at ‘differentiation and the more able gifted and talented’ through my role as a Specialist Leader of Education. 

At home I have two girls, my eldest daughter is 14 years old and my youngest daughter is 9 years old, they keep my life very busy on an evening and at weekends as they have a very busy and active social life. In my spare time I enjoy flower arranging, gardening and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Parent Governor

Mrs Susan Robinson

Parent Appointed Governor

Term of Office: 20/03/2019 – 19/03/2023

I joined the Governing Body in March 2019 after my youngest son started at the school. I am passionate about ensuring every child has the best possible start in life. I have devoted 19 years to working in Education as a School Business Manager including in a Primary school with special needs bases.
I now run my own business but still wanted to use my knowledge and experience to benefit the children of Hemlington Hall academy.
I’m originally from County Durham but have lived in Middlesbrough for the past nine years and having worked here during that time I feel I now know the area quite well.
I will do my best to ensure your children receive the best possible experience whilst at Hemlington Hall.

Please use the link below for the Lingfield Trust Governance Website.

Hemlington Hall Academy LGB Meeting Attendance Records July 2019 

Local Governing Body Attendance Record as at 20/07/2019

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

Are you interested in serving as a Governor?

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