Find out more about the people who make up our Governing Body below. If you are looking for offical documents, you can read those relating to our Governing body over on our Governance page:
Rob Bickerton – Local Authority Governor – Chair
My youngest child joined the school reception class in September 2014 and I volunteered to be a parent governor because I am interested in helping to improve the school for the benefit of all. I have had my own business for well over twenty years and have been a director of charities and also nationally recognised companies. I have a special interest in finance, budgeting and quality service provision. I hope that my experience in the business world and life generally will add to the existing governor team.
Simon Adcock – Parent Governor
I joined as a parent governor in 2017. Originally from Wolverhampton I’ve lived in Ironbridge since 2007 and have two children at the school. I am the managing director of an award-winning security technology business based in Wolverhampton which I’ve run for 30 years. I am also vice chairman of the British Security Industry Association and one of the leaders of the national surveillance camera strategy. As well as a keen interest in the education of our children, and an appreciation of the importance of our school to the community, I bring my skills in organisational management, IT and financial control to the role.
Alicia Jones – Foundation Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor for approximately 12 years and have previously been Vice-Chair and currently chairs the H&S Committee. I am a Police Officer with 23 years’ experience, having worked as a local Intelligence Officer as well as an investigator on major incidents. I have two daughters who both attended Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge Primary School and who are now 15 and 18 years old. Outside of work I play squash, having played at county level and represented the West Midlands Region in the Police National Championships. I also enjoy horse riding and walking.
Revd Ian Naylor – Foundation Governor
I am the Parish Priest of Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge and Little Wenlock and have been since Easter 2011, having moved from Suffolk. I am married to Judith (an Occupational Therapist) and have four children; Miriam who is training to be a Mental Health Nurse, John who is a Heavy Goods Vehicle Mechanic, Faith and James who attend a local secondary school.
I have been a Governor of Junior Schools for 15 years, in both Church of England and County Primary Schools. I along with my colleague Revd. Samuel Mann lead collective worship on a Thursday afternoon.
Elizabeth Neame – Foundation Governor – Deputy Chair
I graduated from Oxford University with a II.i in English Literature & Language in 1996, and then studied for a Law Diploma and trained for the Bar. I have practised as a Barrister (under my maiden name Hodgetts) out of St Philip’s Chambers since 1999, and have specialised in Employment Law since 2005.
I have two daughters, both currently at the School. As a family we attend St Luke’s Church and also attend “Messy Church” when we can. I am keen to explore how the School’s Christian values can be applied in practical ways to enable our School’s children to meet the challenges likely to face them. I have also been appointed to the local authority’s Exclusions Review Panel.
My interests are books, theatre, and history.
Revd Sam Mann – Foundation Governor
I am the Assistant Curate of the parishes of Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale, and Little Wenlock, and was ordained in July 2017. I lead collective worship at school with my colleague Revd Ian Naylor.
Before becoming a Priest, I studied Music at the University of South Wales, graduating in 2014. I then went on to study Theology at the University of Oxford, while training for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon. I play the piano and guitar, and love composing and listening to all kinds of music. My other passions include history, religion, the outdoors, and supporting Wolverhampton Wanderers!
I am married to Aisha, and we are both from the local area.
Sue Blackburn – Headteacher Governor
I have been a teacher for 26 years. I completed a BSC degree in Geography at The University of Leicester and went on to attend The City of Liverpool College of Higher Education. I started my teaching career in Lodge Farm Middle School in Redditch and then moved to Northamptonshire where I taught from Reception to Year 6 in primary schools. I then went on to take up the position of Deputy Head teacher at Southfield Primary School in Brackley, then three years later became the Head teacher of Helmdon Primary School. During this time I was a regional leader for The National College for School Leadership and led Numeracy and Science as well as being on the advisory board for the new National Curriculum working with Sir Jim Rose and Mick Waters. I have been the Head teacher at Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge CE Primary School since January 2009 and have led the school to achieve outstanding in the 2011 Ofsted inspection. Over the past year I have been training to be an Ofsted inspector which has given me additional insights into school improvement. I qualified as a Church School Inspector in 2010. I have two children, a daughter who is a ski instructor in Canada and a son who is a data analyst. I enjoy walking, skiing and reading by the fire when I have a spare moment.
Conail Rutherford – Staff Governor
I have taught at Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge Primary School for 17 years and I have enjoyed working alongside so many gifted and inspirational people in that time. I believe that I am a very approachable person and that I put people before myself.
I come from many generations of teachers, however my journey into the teaching profession really began when I worked at a summer camp for two seasons just outside Washington DC on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. This experience certainly helped to shape my future. A few years later I graduated from the University of Wales.
My interests include music, sport and travel. There are many countries I’d love to visit and I find that my bucket list continues to grow.
I wish to help support the school and continue to teach in such a fantastic environment..