My name is Lisa Cole. I am a Barnard Castle girl born and bred. I returned to the town after spending 15 years in London where I met my husband, Wesley. We have two children. My eldest daughter is currently in Y8. She loved her time at Montalbo, which has given her a great foundation for learning. My youngest daughter is currently in Reception following her time in Nursery at Montalbo, which offered a wonderful environment and enrichment through high quality play and education with the early introduction of Read Write Inc. I am proud that my family are part of the Montalbo family.
In 2011 I joined the Governing Body and after completing a 4 year term as a parent governor I now serve as a co-opted governor since 2015.
I was the Chair of the Governing Body until stepping down late 2018 after fulfilling the role for over 3 years; supporting the school to develop a strong and effective leadership team, making improvements across the school, raising the standards and securing the infrastructure to support the growth in numbers.
I am the lead governor for the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) agenda, I sit on a number of committees which include Headteacher’s Performance Review Group, the Standards, Achievement and Curriculum Committee and I have a role in disciplinary and pay review committees.
My background is leadership and management, I have worked in the Civil Service and the NHS. I have been a senior manager in the NHS for over 20 years at operational and strategic levels where I have led large scale change. My interest as a Governor is ensuring the school aims for excellence at every level to give the children the very best start in life in a safe, aspirational and rewarding environment.
I am keen to ensure that the school operates as effectively and efficiently as possible. As a Governing Body, we work with the Headteacher to set the school strategic direction and ensure there is continuous improvement and development for the pupils and staff at Montalbo, offering the best education and employment possible.
My 4 year term of office will end in January 2020