Getting to know the Governors
Rev Martin Strang
Martin became a Governor of the school when he moved from Nottingham to Stafford in the summer of 2012. This is when he became the vicar of St Paul’s church and of St Thomas & St Andrew’s church in Doxey. Prior to training for the ministry he spent 30 years in the heavy engineering industry, and for much of the time he was involved with power station boilers, particularly for the overseas market.
Martin enjoys walks with his family and the family dog, also the occasional cycle ride or swim. Martin values his involvement with the school and continues to build on the links between the church and school.
Mr Matthew Davies
I have been the Headteacher of St Paul’s since January 2016. I see what huge potential the school and the children within it have, and I am really enjoying being part of the rapid journey of improvement and excellence that the school is on.
I have been teaching for over 11 years now and have worked in a range of schools, both inner city and rural and taught throughout KS1 and KS2. I have also been involved with school support and improvement. I can honestly say that teaching is the most rewarding (and demanding) job you can do. To spend time with, educate, nurture and develop children who hold the key to not just their but our futures is a blessing and a gift.
In my personal life I believe that family is the key to true happiness and spending quality time with them is what matters to me when outside of work. My wife and I love the USA and try to holiday there every year. My wife loves driving through the hills and mountains of California and I love to get my picture taken with Mickey Mouse in Orlando! I love American history and am an avid fan of Walt Disney – the man as well as his theme parks. We will now be sharing this love with our first son and can’t wait to take him on his first journey across the Atlantic.
I also love music and am a huge Bon Jovi fan (I have even shaken Jon Bon Jovi’s hand!). I also sing (in a band occasionally now), play guitar and write songs.
Mrs Jan Boulter
Jan has been a St Paul’s parent for 8 years and has another 4 years to go. Both her daughters will complete from Reception to Year 6 at the school. Jan believes that they not only receive a good academic education but also experience the community and spiritual values that are St Paul’s.
Jan has been the Chair of Governors since 2014.
Although a Geordie, Jan has lived in Stafford for 24 years and throughout that time has been a solicitor, now a partner with Pickering & Butters. Jan specialises in personal injury litigation and is the Chief Officer for Legal Compliance. Whilst living in Stafford Jan has completed a full term as a Trustee of Katharine House Hospice. Prior to coming to Stafford, she worked for Natwest Bank in London. Jan works full time and has two young girls so doesn’t have much ‘spare’ time, her passions in life are the Rolling Stones and cleaning!
Mr Neil Kelly
Neil is a former pupil of St Paul’s, he was appointed as an LEA governor in 2011. His background is in the retail sector both in the UK and overseas and consequently he is the chair of the finance committee. Neil is married with two grown up daughters, one is at college and the other a primary school teacher. Neil has a long association with St Paul’s; his grandmother attended the school in the 1920’s, his father in the 1940’s and his brother and himself in the 1960/70’s.
Neil was born in Talbot Road and his family ran a traditional corner shop on Sabine Street and then Talbot Road from the early 1900’s to the 1980’s.
Neil is passionate about the caring ethos of the school, but understands that for sustainability the school must operate financially within it’s means. Neil’s hobbies include travel, reading, walking the dog, watching all sports, but especially rugby union and the odd glass of red wine!
Miss Mo Tierney
Mo has been involved with St Paul’s since 2004. She has five children who have all attended the school and thrived in it’s nurturing environment. She has been a governor since 2010.
Mo’s working history has been in retail management, a tutor in Bavaria, a systems analyst in the IT industry which she gave up and became a childminder after the birth of her second child. Mo’s work and children mean that she has very close links with St Paul’s and she often helps out around the school. Mo is also one of the helpers at Dappa Dance club which is based at the school.
Mo’s ‘spare’ time is usually taken up ferrying her children from one gymnastic event, dance class or stage show to another. She does enjoy going to the theatre, cinema and music gigs when she gets the chance.
Mr Paul Pooley
Paul joined the governing body in 2015. He is a semi-retired physics teacher with 39 years teaching experience, 34 of which have been at Stafford Sports College. He was formerly the Head of Science and Sixth Form. Paul has been with St Paul’s church for 29 years and is a church warden and reader.
Paul enjoys long distance road cycling for sponsored causes and fitness. He is also a long bow archer with Stafford Archers and is the current Staffordshire County Indoor Champion.
Claire has been a St.Paul’s parent since 2014. She joined the Governing Body in November 2016.
Claire holds a degree in Clinical Language Sciences (Speech & Language Therapy) from Leeds Metropolitan University. She is proud to have been working in the NHS for 18 years and is currently a Specialist Audiologist at Manor Hospital, Walsall.
Claire is a busy mum to 2 girls. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She loves to get creative with crafts and particularly enjoys sewing and has recently learned how to crochet. Claire is also a keen baker and her creations can always be found at school events.
Claire loves the outdoors; walking, cycling and camping. In August she and her family can generally be found in the Brecon Beacons, enjoying the Greenman Festival.