Name: Michael Hartnack

School: Fulwell Junior School

Phase: Primary

Designation: NLG

Governance Experience: Governor at Fulwell Junior School, Sunderland since 1988 and chair since 1991.  Served as chair of governors at Willow Fields Community Primary School, Sunderland for 7 years until 2010.

Served on Sunderland Schools Forum since 2009 and elected Vice Chair in 2017.

NLG experience: NLG since 2011, having undertaken numerous deployments in mainstream nursery, primary, secondary and specialist provisions including commissioned services eg Pupil Referral Units, Virtual School, Young Mums and Returners.

ERG: Yes


  • Governor Health Checks

  • Chair/Head Teacher relations

  • Informal support and guidance to Chairs of Governors

  • Governor training with emphasis on strategic planning (School Improvement Plans)

  • Mentoring and coaching Chairs of Governors

  • School Restorative Practitioner and Trainer


Name: Pat Dutton

School: Newbottle Primary Academy

Phase: Primary

Designation: NLG

Governance Experience: Experience of working with governors as Primary School Headteacher for over 10 years including developing governance post Ofsted in new post and post amalgamation. Since retiring have been school governor since 2013. Have experience of academisation (converter) and development of MAT governance.

NLG experience: NLG since 2015. Have supported mainstream and academy trust governors.

ERG: Yes


  • Supporting Chairs of Governors through academisation and restructure, post Ofsted and/or ERG.

  • Have an interest in Health Checks for Academy Trusts.