Local Advisory Board

  • Gareth Harrison

    Chair of Governors

    Gareth is one of our Local Advisory Board members. He is Deputy Agent in the North East for The Bank of England.
    He acts as the ‘eyes and ears’ in the region. His job is to meet people from companies of all sizes, and from all sectors, to understand the business conditions they face. He feeds this intelligence back to policymakers who use it to inform policy decisions on things like what Bank Rate is set.
    Before he joined The Bank of England, Gareth worked for the manufacturing trade body EEF. Previously, he worked as a recruitment specialist.
    He has a degree in Business and Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management.
    Gareth has a largely unfulfilling lifelong obsession with Newcastle United and a love of travel and cookery.

  • Lisa Rayson

    Co-Opted Governor

    Lisa is one of our Local Advisory Board members. She is a School Funding Specialist for Newcastle City Council.
    She supports several maintained schools by providing financial advice, assisting schools with their budget setting and budget monitoring, to help schools maximise their use of resources to give pupils the best start in life.
    Previously, she worked as a Sure Start Children`s Centre Manager based in Newbiggin Hall in the Outer West of Newcastle. She has a degree in Children and Young People`s Pathway.
    Lisa is a season ticket holder at Newcastle Falcons Rugby and loves being outdoors and walking with her dog Alfie, paddleboarding and climbing mountains.

  • Vanessa McGuigan

    Parent Governor

    Vanessa is one of our parent governors on our LAB. She is a Mum of 2, she has a son who currently attends our school and an elder daughter who is a former pupil.
    An ASI within the financial industry working for Brewin Dolphin Stockbrokers where she has been an employee for the past 18 years.
    Vanessa has also begun courses in Children and Young Peoples Mental health, a career she is keen to pursue in the future.
    Vanessa is also passionate about Fitness and Nutrition and enjoys supporting and guiding others to reach their goals.
    Vanessa loves going to the gym, running, long walks with her children and loves supporting both of them with both in school and out of school activities.

  • Alison Oliver

    Head Teacher

    My name is Alison Oliver and I am the Head Teacher of Walbottle Village Primary school. I have worked in Newcastle Local Authority for many years and taught children from 3-11 years of age. Before joining the team at Walbottle Village in 2004 I worked with many schools in Newcastle as a consultant, supporting improvements in maths teaching and learning. I am passionate about inclusion and ensuring early identification of children with special educational needs. As Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, I lead the team in strengthening our understanding of every child’s needs and providing the best possible, personalised support for our children.

  • Amanda Wright

    Parent Governor

    Amanda is one of our parent governors on our LAB with two daughters in Walbottle, where they have thrived since Nursery.
    A Chartered Marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Amanda currently works as a freelance copywriter and proofreader, providing the right words for company websites, blogs, and marketing communications.
    Previously, she worked in marketing, communications, and PR roles for educational charity and leader NCFE, and before this at the Credit Services Association. Amanda also volunteers her time writing for the charity Open Arms in Malawi to help encourage further support and donations.
    Amanda has a Marketing and Management degree from the University of Newcastle and a Diploma in Mindfulness.
    Amanda loves animals, running (or rather a fast walk), and loves supporting her girls with all of their team sports!