Farewell and Thank You to Dr David Parker


On Monday evening, the school and governing body said farewell and thank you to Dr David Parker at his final governing body meeting. David has given twenty years of dedicated service to the school’s governing body.  David has been a school governor for thirty years; serving in two primary schools before joining Northfield as a parent governor when his son joined Year 7.  His son Sam completed his GCSEs at Northfield and has gone on to enjoy a successful career in medicine.

David’s wife, Carole, was Head of Humanities at Northfield until her retirement in 2007; both were committed members of the HSA and organised now legendary wine tasting evenings for 25 years.

David has had links to Billingham and the school through his work with ICI. He joined them in 1977 and held senior positions in the areas of radiochemistry and polymer/materials science - carrying out extensive academic research. He took a leading role in ICI’s schools programme. His work in the chemistry industry and then as a STEM ambassador has been extremely valuable to the school.

We wish David and his wife, Carole all the best for the future and thank him for the tremendous help, wisdom and guidance he has given the school over the last twenty years. He will be a great loss to the governing body, but as David said in his leaving speech, he leaves Northfield with its governing body as strong and as well represented as it has ever been – he has played a key role in getting it to that position.