Pen Portraits of Governors
I have been in teaching for 12 years. How time flies! Working across Key Stage 1 before taking on the role of Assistant Headteacher here at Medstead. Medstead is the perfect fit for my love of outdoors, active learning, inclusion and striving for excellence. I was appointed as Headteacher and really enjoy the challenges and journey in leading this fantastic primary school. We have a great team and community here.
When not at school, I enjoy life by the seaside and can regularly be found on long walks. Spotting birds and wildlife and generally being outside is my passion.
I believe communication, community and a team approach makes Medstead C of E Primary a great place for all children to learn.
Local Authority Governor
Medstead has been my home since 2007 and I was fortunate to be first elected as a Governor in 2011, when our first child joined the school. I have supported all aspects of governance since then, serving on most Committees, and taking the lead on issues including health & safety, premises, environmental focus, and outdoor development. Elected as Chair of Governors in 2018, I am fortunate to represent a fantastic team who are committed to providing an exciting educational journey for every child at the school, within an inspiring, friendly and inclusive environment.
My business background has enabled me to adopt a strategic approach to governance, whilst also understanding the operational challenges that exist within an educational setting. My continued passion for education, and for ensuring that every child is given the opportunity to excel and develop their own unique skills and characteristics remains strong. I firmly believe that the school sits at the heart of the community, providing continuity for children and families as they develop friendships within the community, and grow to enjoy meaningful and fulfilling lives.
As a Teacher of the Deaf at Medstead School and former class teacher, I represent the staff on the school governing body. Having been a qualified teacher for more years than I like to admit, working in a variety of school settings, I bring knowledge of this and the day to day life of Medstead School to the governing body. I am keen to represent all staff and to be their voice at our governor meetings. I am passionate about providing the right education for each and every one of our children and aspire to help them achieve the best possible outcomes from their unique starting points and circumstances.
Medstead school has played an important role in my families life since moving to Hampshire in 2013. I was fortunate to be elected a co-opted governor in 2016 and have since been the link governor for IT and been part of driving the overhaul of the IT systems, website and network. In addition I have over the last 2 years I have also been the link governor for P.E. which has been hugely rewarding as things have progressed with the running track and sport at school. It gives me great pleasure every time I walk into the school and see how happy and inspired the kids look.
My day job has given me the ability to bring my technical and commercial skills to the strategic running of the school and ensuring that we are equipped for the future – developing resilient and ambitious children, ready for the challenges that lie ahead of them.
I am passionate about learning and human development and I believe that our foundations as a society are laid during our early experiences of home, family and school.
Helping the school to create a learning environment that is both outstanding and nurturing is close to my heart, and I contribute by bringing a number of private sector business skills in Governance, Data and Finance.
Medstead has been my home since 1985 which followed with 2 children and St Andrew’s Church. In the early 1980’s, I was a qualified Kindergarten teacher in California, thus in 1989 I was able to help start the Playgroup. Soon my children became the Pre-School age so I was able to start one in the ‘Medstead Church of England Primary School’. I became a Foundation Governor and did take Assemblies teaching important Christian qualities for children’s understanding.
I became the Church Warden at St. Andrew’s recently and thought I should take the role of Foundation Governor again. I am pleased to work for and with children, and teach them the good qualities that help their lives to be happy and mentally healthy. I am willing to take an occasional assembly if agreed by Mr Hunt - Headteacher, to assist the children grow in their development of meaningful qualities as their lives move forward.
Being part of the Four Marks and Medstead community is great, we enjoy amazing relationships with other parents at the school, and feel very privileged that our children can grow up in such a lovely place.
I really enjoy my role of co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of Medstead Church of England Primary school. It is a privilege to be part of such a warm, stimulating and engaging community of staff, governors, parents and of course children! My own children thrived at Medstead and as a governor I love seeing how the team at Medstead strive to ensure that every child reaches their potential and are ready for their next steps in life.
I have 15 years experience in various senior leadership roles in the NHS. The challenge of responding to changing policy agendas; driving continuous service improvements; (with limited resources and at pace!); creating a vision, building supportive coalitions, developing effective leaders, holding each other to account are all familiar themes. They are just as applicable to our village school as they are to any hospital or complex organisation.
My favourite responsibility, however, is acting as the Link Governor for Reading and Writing. Supporting teachers to provide children with a lifelong love of books, reading, literature and writing is both inspiring and heart-warming.
Having moved into the area in 2018 I wanted to find a way to get involved and help in the local community. When my eldest daughter started at the school, an opportunity came up to join the governors as a parent governor. It seemed a great way to be able to achieve that goal and use my professional experience to have a positive impact for the children.
I am a qualified accountant but since completing my training (too many years ago!) I have been working in Financial Services in London. Over that time I have met and worked with a large number of people covering a variety of backgrounds, skill-sets, experience levels and nationalities. This has driven a strong belief in the value of diversity and the importance of teamwork to achieve the best results. I have worked in a number of roles throughout my professional career across areas primarily focused on financial and operational performance as well as business transformation. My aim as a governor is to bring some of that experience to help the school in its target to deliver the best all round experience for the children.
I am a barrister practising out of chambers in Central London. I specialise in commercial litigation and employment law. Before practising at the Bar I lectured in international humanitarian law and worked in a War Crimes Tribunal in Sarajevo.
I grew up in Devon and after studying in London and Durham I eventually settled in Kingston upon Thames where I met my wife. We decided to leave London for a more rural life and moved to Hampshire in 2018. We have 2 wonderful girls; one is already thriving at Medstead School and our youngest will shortly follow her.
I am new to the role of Governor. I think I have a lot to offer and even more to learn. Medstead is a fantastic school full of amazing people and I am very proud to have the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing success.
I have been part of the Medstead community for many years volunteering both in several local groups and further afield. I was originally elected as a parent governor before moving to Co-opted governor. I am passionate that we support every child to build their foundations for education and life after Primary school whilst being happy.
My professional background in the business world has developed skills in key areas such as governance, change management, finance and strategic planning to support and help the school.
I am a relative newcomer to Medstead having moved here with my husband in 2020. Despite arriving in the early days of the pandemic we couldn’t have wished to join a more welcoming and supportive community. Keen to make a contribution to the life of the village I was delighted to be offered the chance to become a Foundation Governor, having had a very positive previous experience of governorship at Old Basing Junior School.
Now retired from a career in IT sales and recruitment I have the time to indulge my passion for gardening. I can generally be found working on transforming the wilderness we inherited into a beautiful space, which we hope the local wildlife will want to enjoy with us! I am keen on all things outdoor and passionate about the environment and how we can leave it in a better state for our children.
I believe that every child deserves a school experience which gives them the confidence and curiosity to reach their potential, and which teaches them the importance of caring for others and the world we all share. I hope to utilise my skills and experience, coupled with energy and enthusiasm, to support the school in achieving excellence for all children and in living its Christian values.
Clerk to Governors
Following our move to Hampshire in 2014 we enrolled our son into Medstead School. This has given me the opportunity to be very much involved in the school community. I have been able to spend some time as a volunteer reader with the children and also as a parent helper to support the class on school trips. My most recent role as a Learning Support Assistant in a local village school has given me a good insight into the world of Education and with my P.A. and Secretarial background I have many transferable skills for my Clerking role, which I began at Medstead in 2021.