Governors profiles

MRS Marian STROMSOY – Chair of Governors (Community Governor)


I taught at Heddon for eight years and my own children attended the school, as well as Brownies, Cubs and Scouts in the village. I am now retired, but previously was the head teacher of three infant/first schools within the North East. I am now kept busy looking after my three grandchildren, helping several local charities and enjoy walking, singing, painting and travel, both at home and abroad.   As Community Governor, I am pleased to be part of our school where children are placed firmly at its heart – where there are lots of exciting things to learn and every one feels valued, safe and happy.

Mr Gordon STEWART –

Vice Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor).


I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2013, after a long association with the School. Having served on the PTA and later as a parent Governor whilst my two Children who are now adults attended. I was then appointed as a LEA Governor for a period, returning now after a few years break.

I have experience of dealing with safeguarding (Child welfare) issues and also have an interest in IT training for all ages. I am fortunate to be able to travel extensively.  

In May 2017 I was elected as a Northumberland County Councillor.


MR Andrew WHEATLEY – Head Teacher (Staff Governor)



I have been Headteacher at the school since September 2009 and prior to that was Headteacher at Hawthorn Church of England First School in Ashington. As Headteacher I sit on all the Governor Committees providing support and advice. I am also the Local Authority Governor at my youngest daughter’s school in North Tyneside. In my (limited!) spare time I enjoy spending time with my beautiful daughters, walking my dog on the wonderful beaches near my home and reading. As I see the School and Church having an essential partnership I attend and support St. Andrew’s Church in Heddon as often as possible.    


REV Audrey MCCARTAN – Ex-Officio St Andrews C of E Church



I am vicar of St. Andrew’s Church in Heddon-on-the-Wall and responsible for the parish. I lead worship in school on a regular basis and not only support the school in a pastoral role but enjoy working with the children and hearing them read on my weekly visits.  


MRS Hilary HUTCHINSON  (Foundation Governor)


I live in Heddon and I am a communicant member of St Andrew’s church and have had links with the school since moving into the village in 1984. I was appointed Foundation governor in 2009. I am a retired teacher and still enjoy doing the occasional day supply teaching in school. I currently sit on both the Staffing and Curriculum Committees. Since retiring have taken up watercolour painting as a hobby and am an enthusiastic member of Heddon Art Group. Many of you will have seen me walking my Irish Setter dog around the village enjoying the lovely walks.    

Mrs Liz Cubbage (Staff Governor) 


I began teaching at Heddon First School in 2005 and taught full time before having my daughter, who is now 6.  Throughout my time at Heddon I’ve led and managed numeracy, humanities, DT, art & music and literacy and I have been part of the Senior Management team. Heddon First School is such a lovely place to work ….. which is lucky as it is my second home!  I have been fortunate to work with some amazing teachers, children and parents and feel privileged to be part of such a special community.  I was appointed as teacher governor in October 2016 and although I am new to the team, I hope I can be an asset.  Any spare time is enjoyed with my family outdoors, travelling or eating out.

MS Suzanne MACFARLANE  (Parent Governor)


I have been a parent governor since May 2013, and have two children who attend St Andrews. Having grown up in Heddon, I also attended the school…an ever increasing number of years ago!  My career has been, for the most part,  in education management – with particular focus on finance, quality assurance, and project management – and I support the governing body on the Curriculum, and Finance and Premises committees.  In my spare time, I’ll be out and about with my son and daughter or,  I’ll be lost in a book in a quiet corner!

Mrs Danielle Stanley (Parent Governor)

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Mrs Gillian Reed (Parent Governor)

I moved to heddon with my husband and two boys in 2014. Both my boys now attend Heddon school and they love their time there! I started volunteering in the school a few years ago and have grown to love being part of the school community, so much so I am now doing a college course in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning (Teaching Assistant). I am a qualified Town Planner and, having previously worked in regeneration and community development, I now work four days a week as a Planner and Project Manager and more recently have been involved in school place planning as part of this role. In my spare time I usually end up doing housework, but for fun I enjoy playing trains, cricket, Mario Kart etc with my boys, and enjoy a good curry whenever possible!

MR Robin Dave LILLIE – (Observer from Horsley Parish Council)


Our Clerk is Mrs Helen Pye (Northumberland County Council)

Notes Photographs will be provided as soon as practicable. Governors regularly go into School and attend School related events.

If you would like to contact a Governor please direct your request to the School or Mrs H Pye (Clerk to the Governors) or chat to them at anytime you may meet them.