If you would like to make contact with the governors, please use the following email address:

Steve Lewitt 

I’m delighted to join the Governing Body at Tipton. I’ve been a secondary school Governor in Northamptonshire for 10 years and a Fellow of the RSA since 1999 and believe passionately that a good education and skills to manage in the wider world is the best thing we can give all school students. I have a background in HR management in both the public and private sector and aim to bring this experience to help further develop the Academy. 

Term of office ends – August 2025

Simon Foley 

Hi! My name is Simon Foley and I am the Community Governor. I have a particular responsibility for Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs. You can be assured that I will do all I can to ensure the Academy is a safe and inclusive learning environment for your child. 

Term of office ends – August 2025 

Rachel Smith 

Hi, my name is Rachel and I’m a Parent Governor.  My youngest child is a student at the academy and my eldest attended from 2015 to 2019, so I have a number of years’ experience of the school. I also have a particular interest in the finances of the academy. I’ve worked in finance for over 30 years and I’m a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians(F.M.A.A.T). I’m keen to contribute to the Gospel Oak School’s future by supporting staff and students and representing the views of the parents. 

Term of office ends – November 2024 

Adam Bradnick-Thompson 

Having grown up within the Tipton community and a previous student of Willingsworth High School, it is my privilege and pleasure to represent our staff as part of the Governing Body. 

Currently, I am in my seventh year of teaching and have worked in a number of roles across three schools, giving me experience in curriculum department management as well as the pastoral system.  I have also spent a significant period working in management in the private sector which gives me slightly different viewpoint on the structures and processes that we implement across the Academy. 

As a parent, I understand the level trust that is placed in the Academy and how important it is that our students are properly cared for,  given high quality teaching and have opportunities and experience which broaden their horizons. I will keep this at the centre of my thoughts as we continue to improve our Academy for all of our students, parents and staff. 

Term of office ends – May 2022

Ian Carey 

I am really excited to be joining the board of the Gospel Oak School Tipton at this stage of the school’s journey. 

I currently work for Black Country Consortium Ltd as the head of the County Sport Partnership for the Black Country with accountability for providing the strategic leadership for sport & physical activity across the areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. 

I act as a leading advocate for the integration of sport and physical activity into shared regional agendas and support the social and economic development of the Black Country. I have good experience of working across private and public sectors organisations and have developed key relationships across Public Health, Regeneration, Employment and Skills and Transport. 

Fundamental to my approach is my lifelong belief that sport and physical activity can enrich and enable young people’s lives. Having realised many of the benefits sport provides myself gives me the drive and passion to share and shape opportunities for others to do the same. 

I am looking forward seeing the school continue to progress and give pupils the experience, knowledge and confidence that will help them to succeed in their chosen field. 

Term of office ends – May 2022

Jo Goodman 

I am extremely excited to have joined the Local Academy Governing Board at Gospel Oak School and I am looking forward to working with pupils, parents and staff at the school to ensure the best possible learning for young people. 

I am currently a Senior Partnership Officer at the University of Wolverhampton for Aspire to HE, which is a government funded project aiming to increase the number of young people from the Black Country progressing into Higher Education. As the first in my family to go to university, I am extremely passionate about ensuring all young people fulfil their potential and have access to opportunities that allow them to make ambitious decisions. 

Outside of work I love West Bromwich Albion, drawing and I am currently studying for a Master’s in Education with the Open University. 

Term of office ends – November 2022

Wilfred Chikowore 

I am delighted to join the Local Academy Governing Board of the Gospel Oak School Tipton. I am very excited to become part of the Gospel Oak School family and look forward to working with students, staff and parents during my time as School Governor. 

I am an experienced Occupational Health Advisor and work within a Health, Safety and Environment team providing support in matters of Occupational Health and Safety. I believe I can share some of my experience to support the school in its commendable efforts to make the school environment safe for our pupils, staff and parents. 

I look forward to contributing towards the school’s journey in creating an environment where students can thrive.  

Term of office ends – November 2022

Catherine Howard


I am very pleased to be a Governor of the Gospel Oak School, I worked in Sandwell for many happy years when I was a teacher and lived locally until I went to University.     I have spent all my life in education and am still studying after 43 years as a teacher, deputy head, examiner and lecturer.    I have taught and trained teachers in South Africa and in Rwanda but most of my career has been in the Midlands, in secondary schools and sixth form college. 

I believe passionately in the importance of education,  creativity and life long learning so being involved with the Gospel Oak School is a really good fit for me. 

My ambition has always been that every young person should be able to access an education which will enable them to succeed and to take up any opportunity they wish, whatever that may be.  I know that there are often barriers which make this challenging for individuals and groups of students and I have spent a lot of time trying to overcome those difficulties. 

I have two grown up children and a baby granddaughter on the way, I love travelling especially in Africa and India and am trying to achieve my PhD which is researching the value of creativity in mental health of young people. 

Term of office ends – November 2024

The Local Academy Governing Board at The Gospel Oak School is currently seeking individuals with connections to the local community or a particular specialism that would complement the skills currently on the board, to join the board as a governor.  We are particularly keen to identify governors with particular skills in health and safety, community engagement or with strong local business connections, or parents with a child/ren at the academy 

The ideal person will have a strong interest in ensuring the very best outcomes for children and young people but does need not have direct experience of working in education. Governors are likely to be at meetings three or four times each term, with the full Local Academy Governing Board meetings taking place from 5.00pm to 7.00pm at the academy. 

We are part of the Central Region Schools Trust. As a governor, within the Trust, we will ensure that you receive an excellent induction with training and support throughout your time as a governor; it is a very rewarding role. 

To find out more about our Trust, visit  To find out more about becoming a governor, please contact Lucy Taylor by email at: or by telephone on number: 0121 270 3119.