Vice Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education
Pat Saunders’ main career was with the Local Government Ombudsman, specialising in local authority education issues and working as a lay inspector of rural and urban primary and secondary schools when OFSTED was first established.
As Chair of Governors of a church primary school, Pat played a major part in ensuring that it maintains its Christian distinctiveness while keeping pace with the national schools agenda. Under her chairmanship the school became one of the first in the Diocese to convert to academy status and to establish a nursery and wraparound care within its Academy Trust.
Pat has also mentored the Governing Bodies of schools in difficulty, helping them to evaluate their overall performance and set a vision for the future.
Pat is Vice Chair of the Birmingham Diocese Board of Education.