Marine Park First School
Park Road
Whitley Bay
United Kingdom, NE26 1LT

Tel: 0191 2534343

[email protected]

Our Governors-

Amy Ord –Staff Governor

I have always lived in the North East and I joined Marine Park in 2014, after completing my NQT year at a first school in Northumberland. It is so nice to drive along the coast to get to work each morning! I am currently teaching in Year 3 East and co-ordinating science across the school. I feel very lucky to have the pleasure of working in such a nurturing, happy school, teaching fantastic children and having fun each day! I am proud to be part of such a supportive, encouraging staff at Marine Park and I hope that being a governor will allow me to contribute further, whilst seeing school life from a different perspective. Outside of work, I spend my time walking my beloved dog, trying to keep up with my fitness and most importantly, spending time with family and friends. 

Stephen Easton -Headteacher

I joined the school in September 2011, working previously as Headteacher at Grange First School in Gosforth and before that at Ravenswood Primary and Walkergate Primary in Newcastle. I feel very fortunate and am very proud to be the Headteacher at Marine Park First School. The school has an excellent reputation as a successful, large, friendly place to learn and work. I am committed to working collaboratively with a positive staff team, supportive governors, parents/carers and, above all, engaging children. I aim to promote achievement and the development of all our pupils whilst maintaining and building on the successes of the school.

Outside of my employment, I have lived in the North East since 1993 and enjoy spending most of my time with my family. I have a very patient and supportive wife and two sons. I enjoy running and try to complete parkrun most weeks. I also enjoy playing basketball but rarely have time to play and am getting too old to keep up!!

Vacant –Parent Governor

Jill Bates –Co-opted Governor—Chair of Governors

I worked at Marine Park First School for many years before retiring in August 2014. I wanted to continue my association with the school and so joined the Governing Body as a Local Authority governor. I have seen many changes at Marine Park over the years, not least a school site move, however it has always been a successful, warm and friendly school that has kept children at the heart of everything it does. I look forward to contributing to the school in my new role. I am married to a local GP and have 2 (very grown up) children both of whom have continued into postgraduate education having started at Marine Park. I enjoy swimming, Pilates, reading and tea!

Helen Hearn -Co-opted Governor

I first joined Marine Park First School as a Local Authority Governor in February 2008 and feel very privileged, in what is now my fourth term as a Governor, to continue to be a very small part of this amazing school.  I have always found the school to be so warm and welcoming with a wonderful staff group completely committed to providing the best quality education and care for the children.  I work for the Local Authority to support the delivery of the early years funding entitlements and previously supported early education and childcare providers to ensure they were meeting the relevant statutory requirements and were providing a high quality service for the children across our borough.  Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I have a great love of the outdoors and you will regularly find me walking or attempting to run in our lovely coastal locality.

Ruth Simpson-Co—opted Governor

I joined the governing body in 2013 when my son entered Reception. I moved to Whitley Bay in 2006, a few years after returning to the north-east from University in Sheffield. Living in Whitley Bay we have experienced a great sense of community, I am keen that the school continues to develop its relationships with the immediate and extended community, to benefit all. After working in Town and Transport Planning since 2001, both in public and private sector, I feel my experience can contribute to the functions of the governing body. I am also a member of the building sub-committee.

Rachael Blackburn-Co-opted Governor

I am Year 4 South class teacher and the science coordinator. I joined Marine Park in 2012, having worked in a primary school in Newcastle for 3 years.  I thoroughly enjoy working in such a busy, vibrant and caring school and being part of such a committed staff is a fantastic experience.  Having joined the governing body in September 2013 I hope to further contribute to providing the best education experience for every child at Marine Park.  Originally from Whitley Bay, I ventured down to Durham for university but a love of living by the coast has brought me back here.  Outside work I can usually be found playing netball, drinking tea and watching old musicals!

Alex Fowler –Parent Governor

I moved to Whitley Bay in 2011 and thoroughly enjoy it! I was born and bred in Middlesbrough (where I still visit the family and support the Boro) before studying Geography at Newcastle University. Alongside my wife we enjoy taking walks with our two children (Henry and Violet) frequented usually with several stops for cake! I enjoy working this off with running and cycling. I’m passionate about sustainability and would like to bring this to my work at our splendid School. 

Rebecca Wilson –Parent Governor

We moved to Whitley Bay in July 2019 to be closer to family and thorough enjoy living here. We have found it to be a warm and welcoming community and have settled well; our son is thriving at Marine Park and our daughter loves attending the nursery.

I was brought up in the North West of England and taught in a primary school for 3 years before moving to the Turks and Caicos Islands. I met my husband there and after teaching for a further three years in a small primary school, we moved to Jamaica. From 2011 to 2019, we lived in the Cayman Islands where both of our children were born. Whilst there, I taught in a large international primary school.

I am currently taking a break from the classroom to spend more time with my family. I am an independent Usborne organiser and do this alongside teaching English online to Chinese students. I feel that being a school governor is a great opportunity to support this wonderful school and utilise the knowledge and experience I have gained in education over the past 16 years.

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Philip Meikle –Parent Governor– Vice Chair of Governors

My daughter has a fabulous time attending Marine Park, and so I became a Governor in order to learn more about the school and do my best to support the team which makes it a great place to be. I was brought up in Whitley Bay and am happy to call it home. My work is in transport; and when I’m not at work I’m music making in local orchestras and supporting our region’s future musicians as a volunteer at the North Tyneside Music hub.

Vacant –Parent Governor


Lucy Ord–Co-opted Governor

I was born in the North East, then lived and worked in Manchester for many years. We moved back up north and chose to settle in Whitley Bay when our eldest daughter was born – drawn to all the great things this area offers families and children. I have two daughters, one a current Marine Park pupil, and one who has now moved to middle school. Both girls have gained enormously from the caring and challenging environment the school offers, which is why I wanted to support its continued success. 

I work for the NHS, where I specialise in coaching and change management - supporting leadership teams to work more effectively. I am particularly interested in diversity and inclusion, and lead a women’s leadership development programme. Outside of work, I love travel, design, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to working with you all. 

Sally Williams-Co-opted Governor

I have been a staff governor since 2008. I am employed as an HLTA which involves me teaching in class while teachers have time out for planning, preparation, assessment and management duties. I work from Reception right up to Year 4. I also run a Nurture Group and assist with Eco Club. I am married with 3 children (one girl and 2 boys) and a dog! In fact my history with Marine Park began in 1997 when my eldest daughter started in Nursery. I began working here in 2001 so I have experience as both a parent and a member of staff. Outside of school, I enjoy walking my dog, running, going to gym classes and socialising! I love Marine Park. My children had a fantastic, fun education here and I want to help make sure all other children do too.

Hilary Waters–Co-opted Governor

I was lucky enough to grow up in Whitley Bay and after leaving for University, I just couldn’t stay away - returning home in my twenties. I now live in the heart of Whitley Bay with my husband and two children. My son is loving the warm, challenging and supportive environment at Marine Park and I am so happy to be able to play a tiny part as a Parent Governor for a school which provides the best possible start for local children.

I am a commercial litigation lawyer helping a wide range of clients solve a variety of problems and issues working alongside their legal, financial and HR functions. I am also a Trustee and Company Secretary for a national charity which works home and abroad supporting disempowered girls and women to challenge the injustice of inequality linked to poverty, violence and education. Known for my energy and enthusiasm,  I hope to bring these traits to my role. Outside work and my role as Trustee, I love spending quality time with my children, family and friends, especially outdoors. My other interests are my book and film club, travel and keeping fit, together with a new love of Lego!

Eleanor Blair-Parent Governor

I moved to the North East in 2006 and have loved living at the coast since joining the Whitley Bay community in 2016. I have three Marine Park children and have been so impressed with the warmth and organisation of the school. I work in education, but with much older students, so am looking forward to getting involved with the school in a different capacity. In my spare time I enjoy running, seeing friends and drinking lots of coffee.


Louise Carbado-Parent Governor

I grew up in Whitley Bay and returned to live here in 2010 after 10 years in the Midlands. I'll have two children at Marine Park First School when the youngest starts nursery in September 2021. In my professional role I work as HR Business Partner for the Care Quality Commission, leading strategic workforce and people planning, policy development and project management. This role follows similar experience with the NHS and also time spent working in the motor industry. I have a particular interest in inclusion, diversity and engagement. In my spare time, I've recently started running and completed my first 10k and hope to build on this over the next few years.

Marine Park First School Governing Body Meeting Schedule 2021-22

Tuesday 21st September 2021 6pm

Tuesday 23rd November 2021 6pm

Tuesday 25th January 2022 6pm

Tuesday 15th March 2022 6pm

Tuesday 17th May 2022 6pm

Tuesday 5th July 2022 6pm

Melanie Burgess–Co-opted Governor

I’ve lived in Whitley Bay since 2015 and feel very lucky to live in such a vibrant area, where I get to see my son Alex grow and thrive as part of the Marine Park community. Having being a governor at a primary school for 3 years previously, I am delighted to now be a parent governor at Marine Park. I have twin passions for education and for the arts, having formerly worked in the museum sector and as a teacher. I now combine these by working for an organisation whose role is to connect arts organisations with schools. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring, crafting and café sampling, especially cake testing!

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