My name is Joanne Wollaston, and I am currently Chair of the Governing Body. I am a Local Authority Governor and my current term of office runs to September 2018. I was originally elected as a parent governor in 2006.
I serve on the Admissions, Appeals, Finance and Head teacher’s Performance committees.
I grew up in Ouston along with my two sisters, and returned here having spent many years working in London. I have a strong family connection to St Benet’s, as I was a pupil myself from 1976 to 1980 and my daughter also attended the school from 2003 to 2009. I work for BT as an HR and Payroll Service Lead, and I am also a Magistrate on the South Tyneside Bench. I am an enthusiastic runner and cyclist, and can often be seen plodding the local streets. It’s lovely when St Benet’s pupils wave and say hello as I puff and pant past them!