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Governor Profiles – South Ashdown Schools’ Federation

Contract any governor through the school office email:  office@bonners.e-sussex.sch.uk  

 

Chair of Governors, co-opted member

Background Experience: Prior to having my family I worked in London for the finance and commodities industry. I have two children at Buxted School and one at secondary school.

Interests: I became a governor because I wanted to be more involved with my local school and to gain a greater understanding of this important part of my children’s educational journey. I think it is important that we have a culture of openness and constant improvement at our schools and that the talents and efforts of our pupils and staff are nurtured, valued and celebrated.

Governor Responsibilities: I have been a governor for over four years and my initial area of responsibility was finance and resources. As the current chair of governors I am now involved in all areas of governance including strategy, Christian ethos and finance.

 

Michelle Pledger

Ian Lines

Vice-chair of Governors, co-opted member
Background experience: I am a chartered surveyor experienced in construction, surveying, property development and asset management. In my professional career I've enjoyed forming successful partnerships for investment projects and property development.


Interests: My role as governor started in 2011 when volunteering to be a parent governor at a time when the school was entering a period of transition. Working with the school leadership team and fellow governors during this time has been a rewarding and inspiring experience bringing positive and clear benefits for the education of the children in our schools. Other voluntary roles include being a non-executive board member of a Housing Association specialising in independent supported living, as well as being an assessor for my professional institution.


Governor responsibilities: currently Vice-chair, serving on the Finance and Resources Committee, Strategy and Steering Group. My previous role as Chair of Governors at Bonners required an understanding and appreciation of many aspects of school governance. This valuable experience enables me to support our new Chair for South Ashdown Schools’ Federation Governing Body as we continue forwards in partnership.

Foundation Governor

Background experience: After obtaining a Masters in Theology I ministered for four years as curate at All Saints’ Eastbourne. I was licensed to the parishes of Maresfield and Nutley in August 2012. My ministry has been particularly focused on work with youth and children

including responsibility as a chaplain to Brighton University in Eastbourne. I am also a Foundation Governor at Nutley School. Prior to ordination I worked for four years in London with Deloitte qualifying as a chartered tax advisor specialising in VAT.

Interests: As vicar of the parishes of Maresfield and Nutley and a parent of two children at Bonners, I am particularly concerned to ensure that the teaching at the school is excellent and that all of school life communicates the Christian faith and ethos. I hope that the schools will prepare our children to achieve the best they can, to ensure they are both academically and socially prepared for the challenges of life in the 21st century.

Governor responsibilities: Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Ethos Committee.

Rev. Nick Cornell

Pat Speare

Local Authority Governor

Background experience:  I have had 39 years of experience in primary schools.  I have been a teacher, head teacher and School Improvement Partner.

Interests: My particular interest is in providing well for those who learn and work in schools.  I believe children learn best in a happy school where they experience kindness and respect.  I also want them to meet challenge and high expectations.  I think the adults who work with them need the resources and support to sustain a place where children can flourish

Governor responsibilities: Previous vice-chair of Buxted’s governing body; chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee; Link Governor for the Achievement for All project.

Duncan Irvine

Foundation Governor

Background experience:  I am a career banker, having worked in London, Toronto and Edinburgh in various investment and corporate banking roles with exposure to a range of industry sectors.  I am a member of the Parochial Church Council where I sit on the Finance Committee.

Interests: I have one child at Buxted School and am keenly interested in providing a safe school environment for all children to grow and learn in. I am keen to foster the continued teaching of Christian social, moral and ethical standards and to maintain close links with the founding parish and the local community.      

Governor responsibilities: As the current Vice Chair, I am involved in several areas of governance including Finance, Strategy and Christian Ethos.

Staff Governor

Background experience:  I am a qualified teacher and have worked in East Sussex for the past 20 years, part-time and full-time, in a variety of schools. 

Interests: I am interested in the wellbeing of the staff and pupils in the schools. I am passionate about creating a nurturing and challenging environment for both the children and staff. As an experienced teacher, I recognise the importance of a well-resourced school, with enthusiastic and well-trained staff who value all children. I firmly believe that all children and staff should be valued for their individual skills and talents, which should be allowed to develop to their full potential.

Governor Responsibilities: Staff Governor; member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Jan Goldsmith

Sue Bancroft

Co-opted Governor

Background experience: I am a senior manager with 40 years’ experience in the global insurance industry focusing on performance management, customer service and strategy.

Interests: I am passionate about organisations investing in the development of individuals and enabling them to reach their full potential. The recognition of achievement and the creation of a supportive, challenging, fun environment are also important to me, as is the opportunity to use my skills to help others. I became a governor at Buxted in 2014 because I empathised with their vision, values, aims and objectives.

Governor responsibilities: Governor responsible for crisis management; member of the Teaching and Learning committee.

Co-­opted Governor

Background experience: I have had a long career in Further and Higher Education, culminating in Director of Curriculum encompassing several disparate departments, from level 1 to degree courses.

Interests: I am interested in how we learn. I think all learners should be challenged and encouraged to deliver their full potential. The learning environment should provide academic, artistic, cultural and physical experiences that foster lifelong enthusiasm and enjoyment of discovery in learners. Learners should be encouraged to develop self-confidence and

discipline, alongside respect and understanding for other cultures, traditions and people. I am always keen that the young mind should be broadened and deepened to become aware that there is more to know, something extra to find out. There is little more rewarding than to see a nurtured, young intellect blossom into full expansive maturity.

Governor responsibilities: Currently Vice-chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Previous Chair of both the Finance and Resources Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee. Member of the Pay Committee, the Strategy Group and the Equal Opportunities Working Group. I am the Governor responsible for Safeguarding and Inclusion and also for Gifted and Talented learners. Champion of SEN.

 

Jenny Eadon

Cathy Hemming

Parent Governor

Background experience: I worked as a journalist for five years before training to teach English to 11-18 year olds. I have been teaching GCSE and A Level for 14 years. I am currently KS5 subject leader for English at Heathfield Community College.

Interests: As a secondary school teacher, I am passionate about education and particularly the value of an excellent primary education to a child’s academic and social development. I am trained to deliver the Outstanding Teaching Programme and am particularly interested in the role outstanding teaching can play in children’s personal development and in fostering a life-long love of learning. I am keen to support the staff and children at both schools to reach their full potential in a rich and rewarding environment. I have co-chaired Buxted PTA and some years ago I led the successful public campaign to have the footpath to Buxted School widened and the speed limit reduced. I am a member of the Buxted Community Hall Trust.

Governor responsibilities: Joint Communication Governor. Member of Teaching and Learning Committee.

Name

Category of Governor

Appointed by

Committees and Appointments

Governor Term of Office

Business / Material / Pecuniary Interests

Meeting Attendance

Michelle Pledger

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

Chair of Governors
Finance

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2019

Children at school

9

Duncan Irvine

Foundation Governor

Diocese

Vice Chair of Governors
Christian Ethos
Finance

2 June 2015 – 1 June 2019

Children at school

7

Anne Radford

Headteacher (Ex-Officio)

Governing Body

 

 

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2019

None

9

Jenny Eadon

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

Safeguarding & Equality
SEN & Inclusion

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2019

None

9

Ian Lines

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

Premises & Health and Safety

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2019

Child at school

4

Cathy Hemming

Parent Governor

Parent Governor Election

Teaching & Learning  
Parents & Community Marketing & PR

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2019

Children at school

7

Pat Speare

Authority Governor

ESCC

Teaching & Learning

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2019

None

8

Jan Goldsmith

Staff Governor

Staff Election

SEN & Inclusion
Safeguarding & Equality

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2019

None

5

Sue Bancroft

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

Link Training Governor
Personnel

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2019

None

8

Nick Cornell

Foundation Governor

Diocese


Christian Ethos

 

1 April 2015

Children at school

6

John Barker

Foundation Governor

Diocese


Christian Ethos

 

2 November 2016

None

4

Richard Tyson

Foundation Governor

Diocese

Christian Ethos

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2019

Children at school
Tenax Trust                           
Chair of Governors at Sir Henry Fermor and employee of a Secondary School

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BONNERS GOVERNING BODY ATTENDANCE RECORD 2015 - 2016

Name 17.9.15 15.10.15 19.11.15 13.1.16 2.3.16 13.4.16 18.5.16  
Michelle Pledger  
Ian Lines apologies  
Anne Radford apologies  
Pat Speare apologies apologies  
David Bowler apologies apologies apologies apologies apologies apologies apologies  
Jenny Eadon  
Nick Cornell apologies apologies apologies apologies  
Duncan Irvine apologies apologies  
Cathy Hemming apologies apologies apologies  
Jan Goldsmith apologies apologies  
Sue Bancroft apologies  
Nicki Kaufman  
Hayley Simpson apologies  
Richard Tyson   apologies  
Austin  Harris ( left)   apologies          
                 
                 
attended
x did not attend - no apologies received
Name of Governor Relevant Business Interests Any Other Educational Establishments Governed

Relationships with the school staff including spouses,partners and relatives

Michelle Pledger None None 3 children in the school
Ian Lines None None 1 child in the school
Duncan Irvine None None 1 child in the school
Cathy Hemming Teacher at Heathfield Community College None 2 children in the school
Jenny Eadon None None None
Nick Cornell None Nutley Cof E Primary School 2 children in the school
Pat Speare None None None
Sue Bancroft None None None