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Welcome to the Governors' page, we will post updates on visits, observations and roles and responsibilities.


  • List of Governors including roles and responsibilities and a short introduction
  • Register of interest
  • Attendance record of Governors meetings



We currently have no vacancies for a governors at Hope School.

Meet the Team


David Blythe : (Chair of Governors) Leadership & Management

David has a managerial background in both the private and public sectors, particularly around  organisational development and quality management systems.  He also has experience as a non-executive director with various organisations.  With a keen interest in the community, David has been a Magistrate since 2000 and was appointed a Governor in 2012.

Maxine O'Neill: Headteacher

Maxine is passionate about inclusion and looking for new strategies to provide inclusive education.  Maxine is now leading the HEARTs project with support of the virtual schools.  Maxine is also a published author. 


Tom Lambeth: Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development  

Tom is the director of Food for thought who provides our school dinners.  Tom joined the governors November 2018. 


Dominic Ion : Finance

Dominic is a qualified public sector accountant and auditor, who worked for many years for the Audit Commission before retiring in 2010. He has a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, and he and his wife therefore have first-hand experience of some of the challenges involved in caring for young people with learning disabilities. He has a particular interest in Special Needs education,  Dominic’s philosophy is “Never assume that any young person cannot achieve anything - unless and until it is conclusively proved that they can’t”!’


Sarah Goldman:  SEND and Attachment

Sarah is a birth mother of a now adult son and an adoptive mother of a now adult daughter with Developmental Trauma Disorder. She is a parent champion at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. In 2018 Sarah promoted a seminar in Liverpool to celebrate the publication of 'Creative Therapies for Complex Trauma: helping children and families in foster care, kinship care or adoption' (Eds. Hendry and Hasler) with presentations by a number of the contributors to an audience of professionals, parents and carers. 


Martin Gorman: Staff governor

Martin is an experienced SEMH teacher who now leads the outreach provision. 


Roxanne Johnston: Parent Governor

Katie has a child who has attended Hope for 2 years. 


Lyndsey Lee: LA Governor


Angela Lewis: Co-opted Governor


Louise Ryder: Coopted Governor 

Attendance 2023-24