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Introducing our Governors

Joel Phillips, Chair

From early in my career I’ve held an interest in supporting education, initially through the continuous personal development of the teams I work with (a necessity in software engineering!) and, recently, helping deliver equity in education in some small way. 

Having been on the leadership teams for a number of businesses I found school governance the ideal opportunity to make a meaningful and positive contribution. The Future’s Trust ‘learners first’ ethos and culture strongly aligns to my personal approach and I was delighted to start on the governing body of Stoke Park in 2017.  

Away from school governance I help run an enterprise software company with an international client base, volunteer through a couple of West Midlands based charities but principally I’m Dad to two young boys - hence the grey hair! 

Steve Toor

I am the deputy CEO of The Futures Trust with a remit on standards, curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning. I work closely with senior school leaders to deliver school improvement across the Trust

Jane Durkin

I have been involved in working in education for a considerable number of years working across all sectors.  I currently hold the post of Head of Operations within a Multi Academy Trust which provides me with a good understanding of education and the needs of young people in enabling them to realise and achieve their lifelong ambitions. I consider it a privilege to work with young people to develop their skills and knowledge, finding ways to support all to achieve their very best.

Lisa Gadsby

I am a parent governor at Stoke Park and Mum to 2 lovely girls. My youngest daughter is in year 9 and my eldest daughter has just completed year 11 and has moved onto an apprenticeship. In my day job I am an Early Years Trainer and Consultant working across a range of schools, nurseries and childminders to support and improve practice.

I am passionate about parental involvement in schools and ensuring that parent voice is heard. I enjoy very much working with the leadership and governance team at Stoke Park and feel the huge benefit of being part of The Futures Trust. I am responsible for safeguarding governance and meet regularly with Stoke Park’s Designated Lead to ensure we have a cohesive and carefully considered approach to safeguarding our pupils.

Eva Fryc

Eva is a Regional Network Lead for STEM Learning Limited responsible for the West Midlands Region. Managing a network of Science Learning Partnerships, Computing Hubs and STEM Ambassador Hubs as well as managing stakeholder relationships across the region to support the organisations aim of a world-leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for all young people across the UK.

Prior to coming to Stem Learning, Eva has worked for Engineering UK, supporting employers with their STEM outreach strategies and engaging with stakeholders to increase opportunities for young people. In her spare time, Eva volunteers as a STEM Ambassador in addition to her Governor role.

Louise Kennedy

I am currently the Head of Music and Quality nominee of Vocational Courses at Stoke Park School. This is my fifth year at Stoke Park School. I have been working in Coventry as a teacher for the past 13 years where I have worked as a head of music, head of performing arts, quality nominee and teacher training coordinator. I am also the in-school cultural champion for City of Culture Coventry and digital lead for the Arts Mark programme across the trust schools.  Outside of school life I play piano and violin and am currently involved in a couple of Coventry community orchestras.