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School Governance

Lee Tristham


Alan Edwards

Board Appointed Governor (Chair)

Alan moved to the West Midlands to attend university, obtaining a BSc in Business and an MSc in Computing. Over the past thirty years, he has held a variety of technical roles within the IT industry, and for the past nine years, has primarily worked with large global enterprise companies. Alan is the father of two children, both of which have attended Oldbury Wells, with the youngest being a current pupil. Having spent several years as a governor at a local primary school, he joined Oldbury Wells School as a parent governor in 2018. He is passionate about the school’s aims to provide the best education and experience for all pupils, enabling them to gain the key skills needed for their successful futures. In his spare time, Alan enjoys training with a local taekwondo club and supporting his local community.

Geoff Baker

Board Appointed Governor

Now retired from a career in procurement and contract management, Geoff has lived in Bridgnorth for over 40 years. Both his children were educated at Oldbury Wells School where he has been a governor since 1996 including spells as Vice Chair and Chair. In 2015 he was one of the founding trustees of what is now the TrustED CSAT Multi Academy Trust with 9 schools across Shropshire and he continues to serve on the Board and chair it’s Audit Committee. He has also been Chair of the Local Governing Body at Alveley Primary School since it joined the Trust in 2016.

Connor Robinson

Board Appointed Governor (Vice chair)

Connor is currently a Democratic Services Officer at Sandwell Council. Supporting the democratic function at the local level, Connor manages the Children’s Services and Education Scrutiny Board as well as the Licensing and Planning Committee. Connor whose role revolves around ensuring the governance and procedural arrangements are followed and enacted, is able to bring his eye for detail to the Governing Board. Connor began his career in Local Government at Bridgnorth Town Council where for several years he volunteered while he studied Politics and History at Wolverhampton University, and later International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Leaving university Connor worked for English Heritage becoming the site manager at Buildwas Abbey. Prior to starting at Sandwell Council, Connor participated in the Shropshire Council Graduate Programme where he undertook project work for among others, highways, adult social care and the SEND team. With his current work in Children’s Scrutiny and his previous work in SEND Connor can bring his knowledge of the challenges facing children and young people to the Board. When Connor is not working, he can be found practicing archery at his local club. An amateur baker he fancies himself as one day making it to the Bake-Off tent.

Katharine Warner

Board Appointed Governor

Andrew Oliver

Co-Opted Governor


Andrew has a passion for education at all levels and wants to ensure that pupils attending Oldbury Wells get the most from their time at the school - academically, developmentally and emotionally.  Andrew is also a Parent Governor at Castlefields Primary School within our Trust.

Professionally, Andrew has been a Physiotherapist for over 20 years after qualifying from Coventry University in 2002.  He now also manages NHS Pain and Musculoskeletal Services across the West Midlands.  Outside of work and Andrew is the Deputy Chair and a Trustee for Northgate Swimming Club, as well as helping out on poolside as a coach.  Andrew is the President of 8th Bridgnorth Scout Group where he was previously a leader for a number of years.

Angela Crossland

Parent Governor

Angela is a former pupil of Oldbury Wells and lives in Bridgnorth with her daughter who currently attends the school.

Angela received a BA (Hons) Degree in Business & Finance from Staffordshire University specialising in Marketing and Law. She has spent 28 years working in the private sector for a number of health care companies; enjoying a variety of roles in Sales, Marketing, Management and more recently Business Development and Therapy Expansion. Her depth and breadth of experience working alongside the NHS ensures a strong understanding of public sector processes and regulation. Angela is keen to ensure that the vision and values of the school are fully developed so that all students receive the best possible education and gain the skills they need for lifelong learning and future aspirations.  Outside of work, Angela enjoys cooking and great food, travelling, hill walking, and enjoying the local Shropshire countryside.

Mark Whettall

Parent Governor

Mark was born and bred in the West Midlands, then Shropshire, and has lived in Bridgnorth for the last fourteen years. A father of three, his two daughters attended Oldbury Wells School before moving through higher education and then on to lead successful careers in science and marketing and now his son attends Oldbury Wells. Having qualified in mechanical and production engineering disciplines, Mark has worked for the past thirty years in manufacturing industries in a variety of technical, business development and leadership roles and for the last fourteen years in senior directorship roles. In his personal life Mark enjoys fitness activities including running and mountain biking and just thrives in the great outdoors. Mark brings to the governance team experience of strategic guidance, planning and management skills but importantly a passion and enthusiasm to elevate OWS and its students.


Dates for OWS LGB Meetings 23/24 - Access

OWS LGB Register of Business Interests Sept 24 - Access

OWS LGB Structure Jan 2023 - Access