Parent Governor and Chair of Governors
Hi I am Gill Morton, Parent Governor and Chair of Governors I have two daughters who have progressed through Gateshead Education system, one of whom has attended Cedars since nursery, went through to Cedars 6th Form and now progressing into training and employment.
My working background is financial, I worked for Lloyds TSB Banking group for almost 20 years.
I became a governor at Cedars over 15 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; Head Teacher Appraisal; Business & Partnership Development Group.
I am linked to Communication Improvement Team. I am also link governor to Leadership & Management, Quality of Education, Post 16 Provision and Business & Partnership Development on the School Development Plan.
Gordon Neale OBE
Trustee & Vice Chair of Governors
Hi, I am Gordon Neale OBE. I am Chair of Trustees & 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.
Now retired I spend my free time as a Trustee/Governor of Cedars Academy & Sports College and helping with grandchildren.
I believe my knowledge and experience will add to the team and I aim to help provide a secure pathway for pupils and staff.
I sit on the following governor committees: Chair of Curriculum & Pupils; Finance & Staffing; Head Teacher Appraisal; Chair of Business & Partnership Development Group.
I am link governor to Understanding the World Improvement Team and Leadership & Management and Post 16 Provision on the School Development Plan.
Member Appointed Governor
Hello, I am Stuart Kay. I first became a Parent Governor in 2014. I am now a Member Appointed Governor.
I have had two children attend Cedars, the youngest joined just before Easter 2015 when she was 9 years old, and the eldest (aged 15) 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: Curriculum & Pupils and Finance & Staffing.
I am link governor to Independence & Work Skills Improvement Team on the School Development Plan.
Hi, I am Paul Hills. Having watched my son develop at Cedars for 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 have been Civil Servant for over 29 years and work as an upper middle manager.
I sit on the Finance and Staffing and Premises, Health & Safety Committees.
I am link governor to Understanding the World School Improvement Team, GDPR and Quality of Education on the School Improvement Plan.
I have two sons at Cedars Academy. Because of my own journey with my boys, getting it right for children with special educational needs means a lot to me.
When we began looking at specialist provision, I felt that Cedars offered something special. I am a strong believer in the ‘Fit for Life’ philosophy, and also fell strongly that every child is unique and learns differently.
I have been a nurse in the NHS for over twenty five years and currently work part time as a matron. I love my job and I am passionate about providing safe care to patients. I feel privileged to be able to support our staff to deliver the quality care that patients deserve. In the same way, I believe it a privilege to be able to support Cedars as a Governor to get it right for our children.
I have particular knowledge around autistic spectrum disorder and have valuable personal experience of providing support to both children and adults with ASD.
I sit on the Curriculum & Pupils and First committee (Complaints, Exclusions etc.) Committees. I am link governor to Creativity School Improvement Team on the School Improvement Plan.
Cllr 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 many 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 and Business & Partnership Development Group. I am link governor to Physical, Emotional and Social Wellbeing Improvement Team, Safeguarding and Behaviour & Attitudes on the School Development Plan.
I have been a Member Appointed Governor since 2019.
I sit on the governor committees for Curriculum & Pupils and Finance & Staffing. I am link governor to Physical, Emotional and Social Wellbeing Improvement Team, Safeguarding and Personal Development on the School Development Plan.
Chief Executive of Academy
Hello, I am Martin Flowers. 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. The promotion of independence, resilience, emotional literacy, self-esteem, physical & mental health are at the heart of all we do at Cedars.
I sit on the following governor sub-committees: Curriculum & Pupils; Premises, Health & Safety; Finance & Staffing; 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 'Kestrels', 'be inspired to...', 'Re:SEND' and 'SEN Support'.
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 Numeracy Improvement Team and Quality of Education on the School Improvement Plan.
Hi, I am Rachel Lane. I work as a teaching assistant in KS1&2. I began working at Cedars Academy in March 2014.
I was delighted to be appointed as staff representative on the board of Governors in September 2018 as I committed to ensuring each individual child reaches their full potential.
I sit on the Academy Curriculum & Pupils Committee and I am link governor to Communication Improvement Team and Quality of Education on the School Improvement Plan.