Skip to content ↓

Governor Biographies

Rev. Ray Khan

My name is Ray, and I have had the joy of being the vicar of Bromsgrove for over 5 years. I like bright colours, Chelsea FC and have a terrible sense of humour. I am married to Caroline and have 2 adult children. Before I was a vicar I did many jobs but most of my working life has been with the Church Amy, where I worked with young people.

Mrs. Rosemary Sumner 

Rosemary Sumner has been a "Church" Governor at St. John's since 1981 and is dedicated to maintaining the School's Christian ethos, which cares for everyone in the School community.    A teacher for over 40 years, Rosemary specialises in Religious Education and Dyslexia and is proud that St. John's works hard to make sure that every child can live up to the School motto and "give of their best", regardless of their ability.

Mrs. Sally Keepax

I retired from teaching in 2012 and apart from a brief time at a Boys’ Comprehensive and eight years teaching GCE/GCSE English to adults, the majority of my career was spent at St John’s, as a form tutor, and for many years, as Head of RE and Worship.

I served for over twenty years on the Worcestershire SACRE Committee, so my great interest lies not only with the educational welfare of St John’s pupils, but their spiritual well being too. Courses run by the Diocese of Worcester enable me to keep my skills up to date.

I feel passionately about St. John’s: it’s staff and pupils and feel privileged to be a governor.

Mrs. Adele Lee - Chair of Governors

Adele has worked in education for 14 years and became part of St. Johns Middle School in 2012. She welcomed the opportunity to become more involved in school life as a Governor, which meant being included in making decisions that could affect the future of the children who are at St John's. She says staff are easy to work with and they all have a very caring and committed ethos.

Mr. Robert Powell 

*Coming Soon*

Mrs. Rebecca Davis – Parent Governor

*Coming Soon*

Mrs. Danielle Goodayle

My teaching career began as a PE specialist.  I headed up boys and girls departments, across primary and secondary age ranges, until securing my final post as Director of Sport.  Following on from that, I entered into the wonderful world of SEND. From here, I progressed to Assistant Head in charge of curriculum and assessment, also having the pleasure to lead on other various aspects of school life.  After sixteen years of teaching in five schools, across three counties, I ventured out of the school gates.  I currently work as a Teacher Training Adviser for the DfE, supporting prospective teachers, offering them all the advice they need to better understand the world of teaching, prior to starting an ITT course.  Alongside my work, I am studying an MA in Character Education and Human Flourishing at the University of Birmingham.  

 

As a parent of a very happy and thriving St. John’s pupil, I also have the pleasure of experiencing school life as a mum.  I feel privileged to be a Governor at this highly successful school and to have the opportunity to work with inspiring staff who are passionate and committed.  I am keen to make a positive contribute to all areas of life at St. John’s, to help foster its ethos as it continues to grow from strength to strength.  

Mr. Neil Mills

I have had 32 years’ experience of working in Middle School education and the former Headteacher at Parkside Middle School (2009-2021).  I am part of the St John’s Governing Body and also a School Improvement Partner for The Spire C of E Learning Trust.

Mrs. Suzanne Allies

Suzanne Allies is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester. She has taught in Higher Education for 8 years and as a primary teacher for 20 years. She was PSHE co-ordinator in school for over 10 years. Her main passion is to encourage and support the mental health and wellbeing of teachers, trainee teachers, children and adolescents. She is a MHFA instructor, a crisis volunteer for Shout, and a therapist in training. She has written a book published by Routledge called Supporting Teacher Wellbeing

Mrs. Sumita Sopariwala

Sumita has experience of working within Human Resources and Employee Relations and has been working actively in this field since 2007. She has previously worked in the education sector and has also been a volunteer in an Academy during her days when she was undergoing Masters programme. Since then she had a desire to serve within this sector and contribute towards the development of the youth of Britain. 

Mrs. Alison Elwell - Head of School

Alison Elwell is presently Head of School at St John's Middle. Her 26 year teaching career has seen her take on many different roles, including Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Head Teacher, before becoming Head of School in 2018.

One of her passions is training and supporting the next generation of teachers and this led to her working for Worcester University on a part-time basis, supporting teacher training across Worcestershire. Alison used her experience and expertise to develop St John's own School Direct teaching training programme, which is still going from strength to strength, with many of our trainees being employed by the MAT on completion of their training.

Alison also has the added advantage of experiencing life as a St John's parent. Her daughter spent four happy and prosperous years at the school, giving Alison an insight into St John's through her own child's eyes. Alison continually strives to embrace new ideas and initiatives to ensure the children of St John's have the very best opportunities and experiences possible.

Mrs. Derval Carey-Jenkins - Staff

Derval Carey-Jenkins is a Principal Lecturer and nationally recognised Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester.  She is also the course leader for the highly regarded Primary PGCE, School Direct Initial Teacher Education programme. She teaches on the three year Primary Undergraduate and Postgraduate Masters' programmes, including Pedagogy and Professional Practice, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Professional Studies. Before joining the University in 2009, Derval spent 25 years teaching in a range of schools across the United Kingdom, including leadership roles as an Advisory Teacher for Gypsy and Traveller Children, a Deputy Headteacher, Primary national Strategies Consultant and a Headteacher.

Throughout her career, Derval has developed a keen research interest in values, system leadership, change management and curriculum design. These interests are driven by a personal and professional passion for equality, inclusion and entitlement. She has frequently presented on these themes at conferences both within the UK and in Europe and has published book chapters in several well-regarded education publications. 

Mr. Daniel McEvilly - Staff

I am currently the staff representative on the governing body. I first began working at St. John's in September 2016 as the Head of History but has since moved roles to become the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities co-ordinator. I am passionate about support special educational needs and completed my Master's degree in 2016 with a focus on Dyslexia friendly practice in school and am currently in training to become a Specialist Dyslexia teacher. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and taking part in sports. I am a 2nd Dan black belt in Judo and am currently the Chairman of Redditch Judo Kwai.

Mrs. Emily Kolb - Clerk to the Governors

I have over 15 years experience of working in HR and Middle School education admin sectors. I am currently PA to the Head of school at St John's Church of England Middle School and assist with HR/payroll.