Governing Body

Governing Body

The governing board oversees all decisions made about the running of the school. They support the head teacher in making the most appropriate choices regarding Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management and School Finances.

Governing boards have a strong focus on four core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Ensuring Safeguarding policies are adhered to and reviewed regularly.

On 1st September 2018 Lillian deLissa Nursery School federated with 11 other Local Authority Maintained Nursery Schools. The 12 schools are clustered into 4 smaller groups, each served by a ‘Local Committee’. These groups are:

-Allens Croft NS, Shenley Fields NS & Jakeman NS

-Kings Norton NS, Selly Oak NS & Weoley Castle

-Lillian de Lissa NS, St Thomas Centre NS & Newtown NS

-Adderley NS, Gracelands NS & Highfield NS

The people you see below are on our local board which includes: Lillian de Lissa Nursery School, St. Thomas Nursery School and Newtown Nursery School.


Mandy Cryan
Head Teacher
Lillian de Lissa Nursery School


John Ritson
Co-opted Governor


Margaret Sullivan
Co-opted governor


Lorna Rose
Co-Opted Governor with
S.E.N Responsibilities

Sue Bennett

Sue Bennett
Head Teacher
St. Thomas Nursery School

Sally Andrews
Chair of Local Board of Governors

Sarah Roberts
Associate Governor
Deputy Head Teacher – Lillian de Lissa Nursery School


Mark Tyler
Clerk to the Governors

Our federation elected governors to date during this time of transition (parents and staff elections pending) are:

Sean Delaney – Operations manager at CREC – Chair

Laura Brodie – Head Teacher – Allens Croft NS

David Aldworth – Executive Head Teacher – Jakeman NS and Shenley Fields NS

Maureen McGillicuddy – Head Teacher – Kings Norton NS

Yvonne James – Head Teacher – Selly Oak NS

Lesley Harris – Head Teacher – Weoley Castle NS

Mandy Cryan – Head Teacher – Lillian de Lissa NS

Sue Bennett – Head Teacher – St Thomas Centre NS

Claire Twigg – Acting Head Teacher – Newtown NS

Sharon Lewis – Head Teacher – Highfield NS & Interim Head Teacher at Adderley NS

Vanessa Frank – Head Teacher – Gracelands NS

Gemma Weston – Parent Governor

John Ritson – LA Governor

Katherine Taylor – Staff Governor

Sue Sidaway – Coopted Governor

Sally Andrews – FGB Safeguarding Governor

Yasmin Akhtar – Coopted Governor

Linda Pain – Coopted Governor

John Taylor – Coopted Governor

Michelle Howles – Coopted Governor

Natalie Evans – Coopted Governor

Kenneth Lewis – Coopted Governor

Lorna Rose – Coopted Governor

Christine Pascal – Coopted Governor

Margaret O’Sullivan – Coopted Governor

Sabina Onakoya – Coopted Governor

Prinita Sharma – Coopted Governor

Nicola Brennan – Coopted Governor

Rhian Thompson – Clerk – SIPS Education


Our Governor Business Interests Table will be repopulated once the new Governing Board has been finalised and this information has been made available by our clerk.

You can contact the governors at any time.
Email: You can contact the Clerk to the Birmingham Federation of Maintained Nursery Schools on:
Post: A sealed letter can be handed to the Federation Chair of Governors, Mr Sean Delaney via the school office.

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