Hello from the Windy Nook PTFA

To help Windy Nook School with fundraising towards the purchase of school equipment needed and to provide some fun activities and events for the pupils, the PTFA group has now been set up and consists of the following parents;

  • Chair: Emma Watson
  • Vice Chair: Kerry Gray
  • Secretary: Julie Graham
  • Treasurer: Joanne Tomkins
  • Committee Members; Victoria Hall, Jane Long, Debbie Jones.

Throughout the year the group will organise various fundraising events where all funds raised will go towards the school fund.

PTFA Roles


The Chair directs the meetings, making sure everyone’s views are heard and everyone is involved in the meeting. They make sure all committee members are familiar with constitution and the supports the PTFA.

Vice Chair

The Vice Chair supports the chair with the above responsibilities. The Vice Chair will carry out the duties if the Chair is unavailable.


The Secretary communicates with the school leads and maintains accurate records of meetings. The secretary works with the Chair.


The Treasurer ensures accurate financial records are kept and best practice procedures are followed for counting money, banking and making payments. They should keep the committee updated with regular reports, and ensure end of year reports are completed for the association’s AGM.

Committee members

Committee members support with the decisions and ideas made at meetings. They also support at events and other skills to support the committee and to the school. This could be fundraising, marketing, practical skills and so on.

On behalf of the PTFA we would like to ask any parents who would like to join the committee to put their name down at Reception. We would love more parents to be involved so our children can enjoy more activities organised by the school.

We look forward to bringing some great events your way.


Name: Jane Long

Role on the PTFA: Committee member


I am a development executive for a local children’s charity, so have experience in event organisations and fundraising. I also perform as a vocalist at events so have experience and contacts in the music industry. Both of my jobs will allow me to help the PTFA succeed.


Name: Emma Watson

Role on the PTFA: Chair


I have over 20 years experience supporting children and young people throughout the North East as a qualified Youth Worker. This has provided me with a wealth of opportunities to working in mental health/emotional wellbeing, homelessness, health, education, delivering training and much more. I am currently a Quality Assurance officer with an Awarding Organisation, I’m responsible for overseeing a suite of vocational qualifications which are an alternative to a GCSE.

I am also a mains grants assessor for BBC Children in Need, this is a very rewarding but difficult role as I speak to lots of organisations about how they want to help and support children and young  people.

My skills will be put to great use to support our school and much deserving children within it.


Name: Julie Graham

Role on the PTFA: Secretary


I have 25 years experience as a civil servant in various roles but mainly dealing with vulnerable people in difficult circumstances. In recent years my job role was involved in the IT sector and I have recently become self employed in  the catering retail sector. I have 4 children ranging from ages 28 to 2 years old and I believe all this experience has provided me with the skills to help the PTFA succeed in helping all our children have a positive experience at school


Name – Kerry Gray

Role on the PTFA: Vice Chair

I am an internal business Manager for a European hotwater cylinder manufacturer, I also run the admin office, my background is in accounts but made decision to change career path 2 years ago.

My qualifications and experience will allow me to fulfill my role on the PTFA


Name: Beth Edgar

Role on the PTFA: Committee member


I work in University research and am currently research administrator on a health intervention study in ageing.  I have 2 children in Windy Nook school so have been involved with the school for over 6 years now and I have also spent time helping out in the classroom and assisting on class trips.  I am keen to put my skills and experience to use within the PTFA to benefit our school.


Name: Victoria Billings

PTFA: committee member.


I have been teaching for 23 years in Newcastle as a KS2 teacher. During my teaching career, I have developed my leadership skills and am very well organised, this due to the varying roles I have taken through my career such as Head of Y5 and Y6 and KS2 Leader of Teaching and Learning. As a teacher, I have organised various school visits, including residential visits and parents’ evening meetings.

Over the past two years, I have been a Parent Governor and I am currently in the role of Vice Chair of Governors. Whilst being a Governor, I introduce the idea of having a PTFA on the request of some of our current committee members.


Name: Joanne Tomkins

Role on the PTFA: Treasurer


Co Owner and Operations Director of Therapy Direct Healthcare Ltd.  Therapy Direct is a flexible and innovative Physiotherapy Company who operate with a core team of therapists to provide nationwide cover to clients of all sizes.

I am responsible for the day to day management of the company. Part of my role is to account manage numerous contracts, develop new business ideas, contract negotiation, recruitment and human resources.


More Information

Committee meetings at school from 4.00pm
AGM – 16.07.18 time tbc 
Parent Planning meetings at The Fiddlers from 6pm

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