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Meet the Governors

The Board of Governors are:

Mrs Jani Keep - MCSP, SRP Chairman

Jani is a Chartered Physiotherapist and is our Chairman of Governors and Round Square Governor. She is also the Governor with responsibility for Child Protection. Her two daughters attended the school. Jani has been on the Board of Governors for ten years and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mr Kris Bainbridge BA Hons

With a degree in Business Studies and over 13 years' experience, Kris has held a number of Senior ICT Management roles in various large national and multinational businesses. Kris is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mr Lex Dowie MA (Cantab)

Lex is a solicitor who came to the North East from London 25 years ago. He is currently Senior Partner of the Newcastle office of a large Scottish law firm, and joined the Westfield Board in June 2015. His daughter is a former pupil of the school. Lex is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mr Iain Greenshields LLB

Iain is a solicitor at Bond Dickinson LLP where he has been a partner since 2001. He has previously been a Governor at Northumberland College and one of his areas of practice is education law. He has advised local authorities, major construction companies and the Education Funding Agency on many school development projects, including setting up national construction frameworks for schools. Iain's daughter is a pupil in Upper Five (Year 11). Iain is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Dr Kate Manzo PhD

Kate Manzo is a senior lecturer in Geography at the University of Newcastle as well as a Pilates and Yoga teacher. Her daughter attended Westfield School. Kate is our Governor with responsibility for Curriculum.

Mr Ian Henderson BA Hons

After taking a degree in Business Studies, Ian spent almost thirty years as a civil servant, first with the Department of Trade and Industry and latterly with the Department of Work and Pensions, before opting for early retirement in 2011. He has taxied two children to Westfield over the past eleven years, Ruth, who left in 2014 to study medicine at Leeds University, and Alex, who is in her final year at the school. Ian is our Governor with responsibilty for Health and Safety.

Mrs Liz Keightley BA Hons

Liz is a partner in a property rental and investment business. She has formally held management positions at Procter & Gamble and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has experience in the areas of Business Development, Change Management, HR and Training and Development. Liz is "Mum" to Zara in Junior House and is a Westfield Old Girl. Liz is our Governor with responsibilty for Junior House and Early Years, and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mrs Isabel Smales MA

Isabel was born and grew up on the family farm in Northumberland. She trained as an accountant with KPMG, before joining a pioneering NE based cattle breeding company. For the last 20 years she has run her own practice providing management, accountancy and IT services to SMEs. Isabel joined the Westfield Board in October 2015 and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.