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Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors 1 Paula Montgomery
Meet the Governors 2 Charles McMullen
Meet the Governors 3 Sharon Cordner
Meet the Governors 4 Clare Smith
Meet the Governors 5 Jonathan Hewitt

Board of Governors 2014-2017
Chair-Mrs Paula Montgomery (Transferor Rep)
 My name is Paula Montgomery and I am the current Chair of Board of Governors.
I have been involved with Grange Park Primary since 1997, firstly as a parent and then a member of PTA.
It was a privilege and an honour when, in 2002, the Headmaster, Mr J McCarthy, asked if I would serve as a parent rep on Board of Governors.
I have since served as Vice Chair for a term and Chair since 2010.
My 3 children are all past pupils of Grange Park and remember their time there with very fond memories.
The education they received at Grange Park has proved to be a fantastic springboard for all of them.
Education has long been an interest of mine and I believe a good education results in a well-rounded individual.
In my working life I am Business Development Executive for SHS Sales & Marketing, responsible for Brands such as Colgate, Parozone and Nurofen in the Grocery business in NI.
I have a wide range of interests and am a member of Turnstones Drama Group in Groomsport.

Vice Chair Canon Ronnie Nesbitt (Transferor Rep)

I have served on Grange Park Board of Governors for the past eighteen years. As Rector of Bangor Abbey, and a 'transferror's representative, it gives me enormous pleasure not only to see the ongoing academic success of the school but equally importantly to appreciate the emphasis given to promoting the pupils' happiness and confidence. I lead assembly every so often and find the children warmly responsive and always up for fun!


Rev C.McMullen (Transferor Rep)


I have been a Governor since I came to Bangor as minister of West Presbyterian Church in 1999. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve, as I have always been impressed by good relationships throughout Grange and highest standards of achievement. With so many procedures and protocols in place these days, I see it as an important role to be pastoral
and caring in my approach. We have a very strong personal link with the school not only as one of the local churches, but also because it is where our three children received their primary education. As a family we have fondest memories and teachers are still mentioned in dispatches with deep appreciation! My wife teaches in another primary school in Bangor and both of us view education as a gift and as a privilege.

Mr Gavin King (Board Rep)

I have been a Civil Servant for 13 years, working in the Department for Employment and Learning, the Department of Education and more recently the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. I have been a Board of Governor at Grange Park Primary School for 5 years. The role has afforded me the opportunity to work with an extremely talented body of teaching staff and fellow Governors, and to use the experience I have gained from the work I have been involved in to inform the practices and policies of the school going forward. I firmly believe volunteering as a school Governor is a beneficial experience both for the volunteer and for the school itself, and would recommend the role to anyone interested in using some of their free time to help others and develop their own experiences and learning. 

 Mrs Claire Smith (Transferor Rep)

I am new to the Board of Governors this year and am very much looking forward to the challenges and celebrations this will bring. I am a member of West Church and have therefore come to the Board as a transferor rep, however, I also have 3 sons, 2 of whom are still at Grange Park PS. My eldest son has recently moved on to Sullivan and I have no doubt that the entire school community contributed to the confident young man he has become. All my working life was spent working in Public Health but I decided around 4 years ago to take some time out to spend with my family. In the subsequent years I decided to go back to studying and am hoping to complete my studies at the end of this academic year. I have a passion for pastoral care and volunteer with a local Christian organisation. I also enjoy volunteering locally with North Down Athletic Club as their Welfare Officer. Down time for me is being part of a local book club and I love to bake, which seems to keep my husband and children happy!

Mrs Sharon Cordner (Board Rep)

I have worked as a P.A. in the post-primary education sector since 2005, having previously worked in Events Management and PR in both the public and private sectors. I am a former pupil of Glenlola Collegiate School and a graduate of Queens University Belfast where I studied a BA (Hons) in Politics.

Outside of work I am involved in youth work in First Bangor Presbyterian Church and enjoy travel, music, art, reading and baking. I live in Bangor with my husband Simon, three children and a few too many pets.


Mr Jonathan Hewitt(Parent Rep)

Jonathan is a local solicitor in Bangor whose son is currently attending Grange Park, his daughter having ‘graduated’ to Grammar School in 2014.

He is a ‘Parent Governor’, having been elected to the Board in 2014 for a 4 year term.

Aside from his general interest in education, his interests include coaching children’s sport; he is currently a qualified football coach with Castle Juniors FC and a qualified rugby coach with Bangor RFC Minis.

Mr Dairmid Laird(Parent Rep)

I have been a Parent Governor at Grange Park since 2010 and have had three children pass through the school, with my eldest child having started in P1, back in 2000.  However my own association with the school goes back over 45 years when I was part of Mrs Crothers P1 class on the first day that Grange Park opened its doors, in September 1968.

A previous fellow of the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors and Irish Auctioneers and Valuers Institute, I have run my own Estate Agency and Property Management practice in Belfast for over 30 years, and have been assigned the lead role amongst the Governors in assisting the Principal to maintain the fabric and upgrade the physical standards in the school buildings to provide the very best learning environment for all the children within the school.

I strongly believe that Grange Park is a forward thinking school which offers diverse and creative opportunities to all our pupils to help them develop to the best of their potential academically as well as ensuring that they leave Grange Park prepared for life as courteous, caring and well-mannered individuals.


Miss Catherine McCartney (Teacher Rep)
The Principal, Ms Mandy White, acts as Secretary to the Board of Governors.

Annual Report 2016/17