Welcome to Birchwood's
Board of Governors!
Nigel Bratt - Chair of the Local Governing Body
Type: Community Governor
Link Governor: All Main School Priorities, Health & Safety & Teaching School.
Term of Office: May 2014-May 2018 (Original Appointment September 2011)
Nigel has had three children attend Birchwood Primary School, with the eldest two now at High School. In his working life, Nigel currently leads the Customer Service Organisation across multiple locations within Europe for a Global Engineering & Manufacturing Company whom operate within the Aerospace, Automotive and General Engineering sectors.  Within school he has responsibility for all the main school priorities, with a detailed focus on Health & Safety and supporting Birchwood’s Teaching School activities.  As Chair, Nigel regularly visits the school as part of the Governing Bodies monitoring and evaluation responsibilities and meets with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.
Michael Potts - Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body
Type: Parent Governor
Term of Office: October 2014 to October 2018
I have been on the board of governors at Birchwood Primary School since October 2014 in the role of parent governor.  This role involves highlighting issues that may affect the parents of the pupils at the school and includes attending regular meetings to review the performance of the school, and visiting the school to ensure that appropriate practices and process are in place in order to maintain high standards at the school.
My two sons – Luke and Daniel – both attend the school.  Luke is in year 6 and on the verge of going to high school whilst Daniel is in year 2.  In addition, my wife, Suzanne, is a member of Team Birchwood.
I work for an IT solutions provider just outside Lichfield after serving for 22 years in the Royal Air Force throughout the world until 2012.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and pursuing mine and their interests including several sports, and holidays whilst being an avid gardener and DIY enthusiast.
Emma Whapples
Type: Parent Governor
Link Governor: Safeguarding and Key Stage 1
Term of office: December 2015-December 2019
Emma is a registered midwife and currently teaches midwifery, as well as practising as a midwife. Her main areas of responsibility within the governing body are safeguarding and key stage 1 years. She is passionate about ensuring that children at Birchwood have the best possible education and that their wellbeing is paramount.



Samantha Boone

Type: Community Governor

Term of office: September 2016-September 2020



Ella Webb

Type: Staff Governor

Term of office: September 2017-September 2021



Neil Coleman - Headteacher

Type: Ex-officio

Term of office: Appointed March 2016


Link to Community Academies Trust Information and Governance Charter