Thank you for visiting the Governor section of the Abbeyfield School website. Here you will find details about our roles, our responsibilities and some background information about all the different Governors.
I was elected Chair in December 2019 and I am very much looking forward to working with my fellow Governors alongside the Heads, the staff and all those who share our hopes for the future life of this school. Next year we celebrate our 20th anniversary and as we reflect on the achievements of the past we will also be making exciting plans for the future.
We are also looking forward to meeting students and their families at the various school events and to hearing their thoughts and ideas. I know that I speak on behalf of all the Governors when I say that we are all very proud to be involved with Abbeyfield and determined to see the school flourish so that every young person achieves his or her full potential.
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I have lived in Wiltshire for most of my life having been born in Bradford on Avon and attended St Laurence School. Abbeyfield is my 4th school and my second as a senior leader. I have been at the school for just over 10 years and have been involved in all aspects. Having taken on the role as Co-Headteacher in January 2019 I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue the progress we have made, in a substantive position from September 2020. I live in the surrounding area with my wife and two children so know first-hand how difficult it is today for the young people growing up. Sport is my passion so I can often be found relaxing on a court or golf course at the weekend.
I have lived near Melksham since 1982 when I was working in Bath for Christie-Tyler plc, UK’s largest furniture manufacturer.
I have also held senior management positions in The Industrial Society and The Prince’s Trust. I was a founding director of Healthwatch Wiltshire and was Chairman of the governors of Forest & Sandridge School.
I have been a Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire since 1998. I am married to Annie and we have 4 children.
I joined the board of governors as a co-opted governor due to my financial skills and background.I have worked within the accounting profession for over 25 years. Until 2004 I worked in Chippenham, but more recently I have been based in Bristol. My role revolves around helping local businesses to interpret their results, upgrade their financial systems and plan for future growth, as well as developing my team. This includes staff of many levels from Higher Apprentices through to qualified accountants.Both my daughters attend Abbeyfield and I am hoping this is an opportunity to help the school by utilising some of the skills I have learnt over the years. In my spare time I enjoy watching cricket and many other sports.
I am excited, as a resident of the area since 1994, to be appointed as a Governor of the school and look forward to participating on the Finance and Resources Committee. I am a Chartered Surveyor by background, mainly from an investment and finance of real estate perspective as well as the development and management of property. I have also run businesses, served on the Boards of many UK, US and European companies primarily, but not exclusively, related to real estate investments. I have lived and worked in the USA (16 years), Luxembourg (1 year) as well as in London, but am now recently retired, so I am delighted to be able to devote some of my new found time to Abbeyfield School. I am married to Brenda
I am delighted to have been elected to the role of staff governor at Abbeyfield School in January 2019. I am currently the Raising Standards Leader for Year 8 at the school and am a member of the PE Department. Abbeyfield is the fourth school I have taught in and I am currently in my sixth year here. Since beginning my teaching career in 2003, I have taught in three other secondary schools in Bristol (South Gloucestershire) and Bath. I have taken on a variety of roles during this time including School Sports Co-Ordinator, Head of Department/Faculty and Director of Sport. I live on the outskirts of Bristol with my wife (a secondary Modern Foreign Languages teacher) and my two daughters.
I enjoy anything and everything to do with sport. I keep fit by going to the gym and I am a keen golfer with a handicap of 11. I also enjoy travelling, listening to music and spending time with my family.
I am excited to begin the role of staff governor and I am well placed to understand the views of staff in the school. I look forward to working with the Governing Board and I hope to have a positive influence where it counts.
I joined the Abbeyfield Board of Governors in November 2016 and have very much enjoyed serving as a parent governor since. I am passionate about education and the life chances a good education can provide for children.I currently work at a secondary school in Wiltshire so have experience of school policies, expectations, the curriculum and working with children and parents. I also understand the need for discretion, confidentiality and loyalty and I have recently joined the safeguarding team.As a parent I have a keen eye for opportunities to make improvements and promote excellence and strongly believe that Abbeyfield School is a wonderful place that really has its students at the heart of all that they do.I have 2 children one already at Abbeyfield in Year 8 and one at primary school. I like to bake, although I am certainly not in the Great British Bake Off league, spend time with my children, keep fit and socialise with friends.
I am currently working as a teacher in Swindon and have responsibility for managing the academy’s assessment and examination data. I firmly believe that every child deserves the best education possible and within my role as governor, I will use my educational skills, knowledge and experience to help Abbeyfield School fulfil its vision. As a teacher, I fully understand the pressures placed on schools and have developed a set of critical analysis skills grounded in educational research through my Master’s degree in Education and my professional development by gaining my NPQH.Outside of education, I am a keen runner, having raised money for Shelter by running in the Berlin Marathon. I have competed in many local running events, especially the Chippenham Half Marathon. I am also a keen mountaineer, exploring North Wales and the Lakes with my family.I have lived and worked in Kenya for 2 years in a private international school and spent 6 weeks living in the jungles of Belize researching ant behaviour and diving in the coral reefs. My love of mountaineering and exploration drives my role as a volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and I have been involved with the D of E since I gained my Gold in 1993, where I had the pleasure to meet HRH The Duke of Edinburgh the first time and most recently again in 2014 when receiving recognition of our centre’s work with young people.
I have worked in the higher education sector for the last 10 years. As well as the day to day running of Masters programmes, I have experience of admissions, examinations, quality assurance and student complaints. More recently I have worked in governance and policy development and I currently work in higher education regulation and compliance. The knowledge I gained in my student facing roles, as well as my experience of governance and regulation has encouraged me to pursue a role as a Governor, as I am keen to support students in my local community.
Having been appointed to Abbeyfield’s Board of Governors in October 2019, I look forward to learning more about the school and its students. I aim to use my skills and experience gained in the higher education sector to work with staff to ensure that we can provide students with a positive learning experience and support them to achieve successful outcomes.
I have lived in Chippenham for the last four years and in my spare time I enjoy keeping active, particularly through running, cycling and walks in the countryside.
I am thrilled to be to joining the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor at Abbeyfield School and consider it a privilege to be involved in the school and local community in this way. I will also be joining the Finance and Resources Committee.
I strongly believe in the difference that good governance can make to the success of a school and I believe that my enthusiasm, experience and range of skills will enable me to make a positive contribution.
I am a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD) with 20 years’ experience in HR. I currently lead the HR operations team at Wiltshire College and I am a member of the College Management Group. I have previously held HR management roles in the NHS and private sector. In particular, I have substantial experience in managing change within complex / governed environments, policy development and performance management.
I was brought up in Swansea and went on to study International Business and Modern Languages at Aston University. I worked and studied in France, Dublin and the South East of England before settling in Wiltshire in 2002. I now live in Calne, am married and have one son at Abbeyfield. In my spare time, I am actively involved in Calne SMaRTT running and triathlon team. I also love exploring new places and take the opportunity to do this as much as possible – in person or in a book!
I was pleased to be appointed in December 2019 as a co-opted governor for Abbeyfield. In my work life I am a Vice President for a global technology company and responsible for business across EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific). I have experience of building business strategy and plans and working with many different types of companies all over the world. I am excited about bringing this experience to my role as governor particularly around the schools’ technology provision.
Calne-Stockley has been home for the last 15 years, I am married to Jo and have three children, one of whom currently attends Abbeyfield.