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Name: Steve Iredale

Role: NLMC Chair

NAHT: Yorkshire Region Executive Member

NAHT: Barnsley Branch Life Member representative

M: 07703673420



NAHT History:



2004 - 2012

Barnsley Branch Secretary

2004 to date

Yorkshire Region Executive Member

2007 - 2014

NAHT National Executive Committee Member – District 9


2013 - 2014

NAHT National President

2015 to date

National Life Members Committee.

Chair from June 2016


Last Employment Role

1991 - 2014

Headteacher - Athersley South Primary School, Barnsley, South Yorkshire


Early Retirement …………. Currently leading Primary Futures on behalf of NAHT



NLMC role/Personal statement

I’m proud to be the Chair of the NLMC representing the interests of Life Members in all regions of England and colleagues in Wales and Northern Ireland.

NAHT Life Members, who currently make up a third of the NAHT membership, play a vital part in the association in regions and branches in many different guises.

The oil that helps the machine run smoothly!

For those still ‘NAHT active ‘ their roles include playing a leading part in their branch, supporting and encouraging colleagues who are still in school leadership, offering their wide ranging experience and guidance and being a listening ear. There are also a growing number of Life Members social groups appearing!

It’s our responsibility, as members of the NLMC, to ensure we fully represent the views of all Life Members whether or not they choose to still be involved. This is our focus as we look to improve our communications via the website, newsletters, blogs and social media and play a supporting role at a national level within the NAHT Executive. Your voice matters!


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Name: John Teago

Role: NLMC Member

NAHT West Midlands Region

NAHT Coventry Branch

NAHT Coventry Branch Secretary

M:  07977205272



NAHT History:



2006 – to date

NAHT Regional Committee Member District 13c


1999 – to date

NAHT Coventry Branch Secretary


NAHT National Executive member


Chair of Membership Services Committee; Chair of Funding Committee; Vice-Chair of Finance Committee; Member of Personnel Committee.


Last Employment Role

1982 - 2011

Headteacher Park Hill Primary School, Coventry


Retired age 64


NLMC role/Personal statement

As Chair of Membership Services Committee I had a special interest in the services that NAHT offered to members. Upon retirement I felt that the union was not being proactive in considering how it might involve the large number of members who like myself had retired but still maintained an interest in education – in my case as a branch secretary and also as a school governor. It was with a view to seeing how NAHT could better serve, and be served by, its life members that I joined the Life Members Committee in 2015 and since that time I feel that the committee have been working hard to develop the role of life members within the association.



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Name: Marilyn Downs
Role: NLMC North West Region Representative

NAHT: North West Region Executive Member

NAHT: Trafford Branch Life Member Representative

M: 07962 209959


NAHT History:




Trafford Branch Secretary


Trafford Branch President


National Executive Member District 4


North West Region President

2004 -To date

North West Region Executive Member


Last Employment Role


Bollin Primary School, Trafford, Greater Manchester

August  2012

Retired from headship aged 60


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Name: John Killeen

Role: NLMC Vice-Chair

NAHT: Yorkshire Region Executive Member

NAHT: East Riding Branch Secretary

M: 07753717611



NAHT History:



2006 – Present Day

East Riding Branch Secretary

2004 to date

Yorkshire Region Executive Member

2006 - 2014

NAHT National Council/National Executive Committee Member – District 10


2009 – 2014

 Professional Services Committee Chair

 Regional Secretaries Committee Chair


2015 to date

National Life Members Committee.

 Vice -Chair from June 2016


Last Employment Role

1990 - 2015

Headteacher – South Cave Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire

August 2015

1/9/14 – Present Day

Early Retirement from headship.

Coach for Mentor UK on the Good Behaviour Game working in schools in Barnsley and Bradford.


NLMC role/Personal statement

Ever since I was appointed to my first headship in 1987 I have been an active member of the NAHT, initially with various roles on the East Riding of Yorkshire Branch; with a real desire to work closely with colleagues and develop my leadership capacity. My role as Branch Secretary has enabled me to work on behalf of members with the L.A., County Councillors and Governing Bodies. It enabled me to see the vital role that our organisation has provided for all its members. It was a real honour and a privilege to be elected on to the National Executive in 2006 and see at first hand another dimension of the work that elected members and officers continuously provide, in challenging times for our schools and their leadership.

During my time on the Yorkshire Region, I have seen the ever-increasing role played by Life Members in ensuring that our organisation continues to thrive and provide a vital support network for our members. So much so that I truly believe that the NAHT would be in serious difficulty without the commitment of large numbers of our Life Members, who hold key positions in branches and regions. It is getting harder for branches and regions to elect serving school leaders to positions on their local committees. Ideally, we would like the role of Life Members to be more of a supporting capacity in branches, but fully realise the pressures that members in schools are under.

When the opportunity arose to stand for a position on the National Life Members Committee, I thought hard before putting myself forward. But I realise that Life Members will increasingly play a key role in the future of this association and they deserve to be supported by an active, professional and dynamic committee. I believe my time on National Executive has provided me with the knowledge of our organisation, which will help to put in place the structures and support that active Life Members need.

I am also aware that for other Life Members retirement is about getting away from the job and its stresses. However, I want to see that the NAHT delivers an excellence service for all and not just a legal safety net! Life Members who pay an annual subscription should see genuine benefits for this payment from a range of affinity partners; who will provide better value and opportunities than we might get by just trawling the internet.

I look forward over the next three years to work hard for the benefit of the many thousands of Life Members who have given and continue to give so much to this association.


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Michael Wilson

NLMC Reference Group

NAHT North West Region Life Member Representative

NAHT Wigan Branch Secretary

M: 0778 9920 120



NAHT History:



2006 – 2015

NAHT National Executive Committee

2009 - 2010 Wigan Branch President

2015 – 2019

NAHT North West Regional Secretary

2011 – to date

NAHT Wigan Branch Secretary

2010 - 2011  NAHT North West Region President

2015 – 2019   

National Regional Secretary Committee (NRSC)

2017 -2019

NAHT Chair National Regional Secretary Committee

 2016 -  NAHT National Life Member Committee (NLMC)
2016 - 2019  NAHT NLMC Communication & Development Officer
2018 - NAHT NLMC Task & Finish Group 

NAHT NLMC Reference Group


Last Employment Role

1998 - 2015

Head teacher: Orrell Holgate Primary School, Wigan


Early Retirement


NLMC role/Personal statement

1. It’s good for me
 NAHT Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards.
Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
It helps make you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.

2. It brings people together
As an NAHT volunteer I can assist in:
Uniting NAHT membership groups to work toward a common goal / campaign
Helping to build camaraderie and teamwork-

3. It’s a chance to give something back to an NAHT cause I believe in
As an NAHT volunteer I can:
Support NAHT members in my local branch
Promote NAHT campaigns with the local media

4. It's a further chance to make a positive difference
As an NAHT volunteer I can focus on:
Helping school leaders
Supporting NAHT growth