St George's Church of England Academy

‘Growing up together in Newtown'

Meet The Governors

The Chair of Governors - The Very Reverend Matt Thompson

The Very Reverend Matt Thompson is the Dean of Birmingham. He has extensive experience as a school governor in a variety of schools, primary and secondary; church and community; maintained, voluntary aided, academy trusts and the independent sector.

Steve Tomlinson

Steve is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese in 2012/3.  At the time he was Churchwarden of Emmanuel Wylde Green.  The then Diocesan Director of Education was invited to preach one Sunday and said that the Diocese were looking for new school governors for the church schools that were about to convert to academies.  They were looking for people with business skills, such as finance, project management, contracts and procurement, which the new academies would need as many of these activities passed from LEA control to the individual academies.  Steve had recently retired from 42 years of full-time work as a railway signal engineer.  After 25 years with British Rail, the privatisation process enabled him to learn new commercial, financial and change-management skills as his employment transitioned to the private sector. Steve felt he now had the time and relevant skills to offer to support an academy and was invited to join the governing body of St George’s.  Steve became the Chair of the Finance Committee, an important role when St George’s was a free-standing academy, and subsequently, the Vice-Chair of the LAB after the school joined BDMAT. He remains in this role at the present.

Rev'd Alison Cozens
The Rev'd Alison Cozens is an ex official Governor. Rev'd Alison was licensed as Priest in Charge of St George's Church of England Parish in Newtown on 18th February, 2018.
In Leicester Rev'd Alison worked closely with the five state primary schools in her parish, welcoming the staff and children to visit the Church and learn about Christianity especially at Christmas and Easter.
Here in Birmingham the staff and children of St George's Academy have visited the Church on many occasions and explored the common link with our patron, St George, and the British values that we all uphold.'
David Forbes
David Forbes has been a Foundation Governor since the 2nd January 2020.  He has extensive experience of immigration, asylum and welfare integration  policy and practice.   He is a devote Christian and member of the local community with a keen interest in improving the lives of the parents and children within the local community.   



For the Memorandum of Association click here

Articles of Association click here

Funding Agreement click here

Annual Accounts click here

Annual  Directors Report and Financial Statements click here

Register of interests for the Accounting Officer  click here



St George's Church of England Academy, Newtown, Birmingham



 If Spaces are shown in the table below, this indicates places within the constitution which can optionally be filled.  Where Vacancies are shown this indicates places within the constitution which should be filled.




Term Start

Term End

Register of Interest


Parent governors





Vacancy (1)





Vacancy (2)










Co-opted governors





Vacancy (1)




Vacancy (2)















Revd Alison Cozens

 18 Feb 2018

 30 Jan 2022








Foundation Bishop Appointed





The Very Revd Matt Thompson

01 Oct 2017

30 Sep 2021








Foundation governors





Mr Stephen Tomlinson

11 Dec 2016

10 Dec 2020



 Mr David Forbes

 02 Jan 2020

 02 Jan 2021








Head Teacher





Mrs L. Francis

 01 Sept 2019

 31st Aug 2020








Staff governor





 Mrs Liz Flannagan

 17th Apr 2020 

 31st Mar 2024


 Governor Attendance Record

Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NA = Apologies not Accepted, NS = No Apologies sent, ? = Attendance Not Marked, Blank = Not Required
Governor Governor Type 03 Oct 2019 03 Dec 2019 03 Feb 2020 24 May 2020 09 Jul 2020 15 Oct 2020 10 Dec 2020 11 Feb 2021 24 Mar 2021
Timothy Bond Foundation governor N N N Y Y Y Y Y N
Mrs Sam Cosgrove Co-opted governor             Y Y N
Revd Alison Cozens Ex-Officio Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
Mrs Liz Flannagan Staff Governor               Y Y
Mr David Forbes Foundation governor   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Linda Francis Headteacher Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Miss Meera Mistry  Foundation governor Y                
The Very Revd Matt Thompson Foundation Bishop Appointed Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mr Stephen Tomlinson Co-opted governor Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y