Governor Profiles

The Governing Body of John Spence


Dr Adam Langman - Chair of GovernorsDr A Langman – Chair of Governors

Adam has served as a Governor since 2005 and was Deputy Chair before being elected Chair in 2016. His two sons both studied successfully at John Spence. With the eldest being gifted and talented and the youngest having special educational needs Adam has experienced the full range of curriculum and pastoral support that the school offers. He initially relocated to the North East in 1984 to study for his PhD in Mining Engineering at Newcastle University. Adam then entered the world of finance with KPMG and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He has worked in the property, leisure and care sectors and is currently Finance Director at The Exchange 1856 a venue offering theatre, bar & restaurant and office space in the heart of North Shields.


Jim Coltman - Governor at John Spence

Mr J Coltman 

Jim has lived and worked in North Tyneside all of his life. He is married with four children. Jim became a governor at Christ Church Primary School, whilst his children attended and also went on to become a governor at John Spence Community High School. As a qualified teacher, Jim has been involved in work based learning for 35 years. He was instrumental in setting up a Motor Project in 1993, which then evolved into Northumbria Youth Action (NYA). NYA provides work based training in various subjects for 14 to 19 year old’s. Jim became director of operations for this charity in 2001 and was pivotal in the creation of the Youth Village, which houses; NYA, Barnardos and PALS.  He firmly believes in education for all and ensuring young people are prepared for life and the work place.


Margaret Grimmer - Governor at John SpenceMrs M Grimmer

Margaret is a retired science teacher who taught in two local high schools. She had also been a parent governor at her children’s high school and understood the importance of a strong governing body. After retirement her continuing interest in education and young people prompted her to apply to become a Local Authority Governor. She has since been co-opted onto the governing body at John Spence where she has focused on STEM education and also on the way in which the Pupil Premium is used. She has a particular interest in teaching and learning and enjoyed mentoring many Newcastle university Science PGCE students and probationary teachers over her career, some of whom now work at John Spence. She enjoys visiting John Spence during the school day, observing learning in action, meeting the staff and hearing about their successes and concerns.

Alison Coxon governor at John SpenceMrs A Coxon

Alison is an office manager in a local school in North Tyneside and has worked within the school sector for the last 12 years. Both of her children are previous students of John Spence and this is what inspired her to become a parent governor which she did for 5 years and she has recently in October transferred into the category of co-opted governor. Alison has experience of clerking for a governing body and working within special needs education, this prompted her to become the SEN governor at John Spence. She also within her current job has responsibility for GDPR, H&S and Safeguarding across the school, so as a result is also the Safeguarding Governor at John Spence. She enjoys meeting termly with the School Business Manager and the Safeguarding & SEN leads within school and has recently joined the new Student Welfare committee.

Ingrid Whitworth - Governor at John SpenceMrs I Whitworth

Ingrid is a Parent Governor. She works in Digital for the DWP, collaborating Legacy and Prisoner data for Fraud and Error analysis. Ingrid became a parent Governor as she wants to support the School and Parents in being the best it can be and supporting our children to achieve their potential to excel both academically and creatively. Ingrid is also Parent Governor at a local Primary school, where she has been active for the last 2 years. She is married with two children, one of whom is a pupil at John Spence and the other is at local primary school.



Pat Blyth - Governor at John SpenceMrs P Blyth

Pat has worked within the public and private education sector for over 30 years. Until June 2018 she was Head of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at Tyne Metropolitan College. From July 2018 she worked at Sage Gateshead where she was responsible for Creative Apprentices at Cultural venues from Berwick to Teesside. She also assisted with recruitment and progress of all Apprentices at Sage Gateshead which included Finance, Catering, IT and Creative. These Apprenticeships ranged from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) to Degree Level. Pat recently retired during the lockdown. Pat has been a governor at John Spence Community High School since 2016 and is particularly interested in Curriculum, Employer Engagement and progress into sustainable employment and training for students.



Ms J Clifford Swan

Joanne has been involved in education in the North East for her entire career, qualifying as a primary teacher in 1985. After a number of senior leadership and Local Authority advisory roles, Joanne joined the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) team at Northumbria University in 2011, going on to lead teacher training at Northumbria for a number of years. As part of Ofsted’s external advisory group, she contributed to the design of the current inspection framework for ITE. In partnership with the National Literacy Trust, Joanne also led a project to support reading for pleasure in schools in challenging socio-economic areas. Having left Northumbria in 2022, Joanne now works in a quality assurance capacity with teacher training providers across the country. Joanne is currently Chair of Trustees at Prosper Learning Trust, a small specialist multi academy trust, based in the North East, having previously been a governor of Newcastle Bridges School, the founding school of the trust. Joanne is also a member of the NEP SCITT management committee, based at John Spence.

Miss A Winter

Ann is a parent Governor at John Spence linked to the SEND department.  Ann’s daughter Rowan started year 7 in 2022 and has one to one support through the SSC.  Ann has spent 20 years teaching English and Foundation Skills in Further Education colleges, including Newcastle College, primarily to people seeking asylum but also to young adults and adults working to develop their literacy and oracy skills.  She now works in arts education co-creating and delivering workshops around healthy relationship behaviours and performance. Ann is an  Arts Award Adviser and Assessor with a special focus on SEND.

Mrs J Arragon

Jess moved to the North Tyneside area from Lincoln  in 2005 and returned in 2022 after a period living outside the area. Jess feels a real affinity with the North Tyneside area, which she found particularly welcoming when she arrived over 15 years ago. This love of the local area influenced her decision to want to be involved with John Spence School as a parent Governor. Jess has a child at the school who started mid-term in 2022.  Jess was particularly impressed by the level of pastoral support available, the inclusivity and the variety of extra-curricular activities and peer to peer support.  Jess has worked in various strands of the Citizens Advice network since 2014, delivering frontline services, and latterly operational and strategic leadership. Jess was keen to apply her skills, knowledge and experience, to support the continued development of the school. She has a particular interest in supporting student welfare.