Westwood Farm Schools

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The Westwood Farm Schools are located in Tilehurst, West Reading.

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Governor Profiles

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Barbara Hunter

Executive Headteacher

Ex-Officio Staff Governor appointed by Governing Body

 I have been the Executive Headteacher at Westwood Farm since September 2016 and it has been a privilege to lead the federation.

I have been in education now for 31 years and have loved every minute of it!  This is my 3rd headship and of course my favourite! 

Simon Small

Co-Chair of Governing Board & Chair of Finance Resources and Pay Committee

Parent Governor 

Term of Office: 28.09.2015-27.09.2019

(4 Years)

Committee : FGB

Finance, Resources & Pay

Safeguarding Governor

 I have always had an interest in supporting my local community which led me to be a Community Governor with Westwood Farm Infant School for 2 years and I was involved in the 2011 outstanding Ofsted Inspection. I found the whole experience deeply rewarding and thoroughly enjoyed helping Westwood Farm achieve the recognition that it deserved. However after the inspection I was unable to commit the time to the Governing Board and decided that it was best that I resign.  In 2015 my youngest son joined reception and my eldest son join year 4 and I was lucky enough to be elected as a Parent Governor.   My professional background is in recruitment and I currently work for the NHS in Reading. 

 

 

Katherine Green

Co-Chair of Governing Board

Co-Opted Governor 

Term of Office:

29.9.2015-28.9.2019

(4 Years)

Associate 21.05.2015-

21.05.2016 (1 Year)

Committee: FGB

Pupil Premium/AGT Governor

I became a governor because I wanted to find out more about the inner workings of a school, I wanted to contribute to the local community, and felt there was no better place to do this than at the school my children attend. I initially joined the Governing Board in April 2015 as an Associate governor, before becoming a Co-Opted governor in September 2015. With one child in the Infants and two in the Juniors, I am an active member of the school community and always get involved with school life where I can, from FOWFS events to listening to children read. I have also undertaken as much as I can of the extra training available in the various aspects of school governance and continue to do so.

I graduated with a degree in History of Art in 2000, going on to work for Microsoft for 13 years, working in licensing and compliance and becoming a specialist in licensing sales, I also gained a good knowledge of corporate governance. I decided to have a career break when my third child was born in 2013.

 

 

Brian Johnson

Co-Opted Governor 

Term of Office:

Co-Opted

29.9.2015-28.9.2019

(4 Years)

Associate 21.05.2015-

21.05.2016 (1 Year)

Committee: FGB

Development Governor

I have a grandson at Westwood Farm Schools and have always been impressed with the happy feel the school conveys. It is therefore a privilege to be a school governor at WFS and to be in a position to help influence the education provided for the children. My professional background spans some 45+ years, qualifying initially as an engineer and then holding senior management roles with international companies before becoming a director with one of the “big four management consultancies”. During this period I helped companies to bring about organisational change in the Consumer Business, Process & Pharmaceutical industry sectors. Most recently I was European Operations Director for an International Pharmaceutical company responsible for staffing & managing resources across Europe, Asia & Middle East. 

Whilst a school has different needs to companies, many activities in business are similar & I hope my business experience will be of help to the governing board in bringing together the schools for both Infant & Junior children.  I joined the Governing Board at the Westwood Farm Schools Federation in May 2015, & responsible for the Development needs of the governing board, ensuring governors are recruited with the right skills and training provided as necessary. 

 

Fadia Clarke

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office 27.4.2017-26.4.2021

(4 Years)

Co-Opted Governor

6.9.16-5.9.2020

Committee: FGB

Data Governor

Equalities Governor

Fadia Clarke is the Deputy Principal at Newbury College with an MA in Leadership and Management, a PGCE (FE) from Reading University and a Civil Engineering degree from Warwick University. She has 20 years' experience of working in the Further Education sector. Early in her career Fadia worked with British Rail on the waterloo Eurostar terminus where she gained her MISE in Charter Structural Engineering. 

Fadia is an Ofsted inspector, since 2010. She has assisted with inspections of 6th Form Colleges and Work Base Learning providers. Fadia is the Chair of West Berkshire Community Learning Partnership and a Board Member of Education Business Partnership - West Berkshire. 

 

 

Emma Brewerton

Parent Governor

Term of Office :

11.10.2016-

10.10.2020

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

SEND & Early Years Governor

Pupil Premium Governor

 After careful consideration with my family, the opportunity to help make a difference to Westwood Farm Schools was too much to dismiss, particularly at this fundamental stage of change.  I am passionate to help as best as i can as the school transitions into this new era and beyond.

 

When in 'work mode', I am a solicitor, practising in local government and have worked in local government for the last 10 years.  I feel this gives me a unique insight into some of the challenges faced by schools and i hope i can leverage my professional skills such as understanding and advising on complex issues with multiple stakeholders and develop myself and knowledge at the same time.  I am used to attending meetings, dealing with governance and reading lots (and lots...) of documents.

I am committed to work with the school in any way i can and give, not only my daughters, but all the children attending the schools, the best start in education.  It would be exciting to be part of the school's future and that of it's pupils.

 

 

 Adam Abery

Staff Governor appointed by Staff

Term of Office:

16.11.2015-

15.11.2019

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

 Mr Abery is an Assistant Head in KS1 and also teaches in Y6. He is part of the SLT and leads English across the federation.

 

 

Emily Khan

Co-opted Governor 

Term of Office : 15.6.17-14.6.2021

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Finance, Resources & Pay Committee

Equalities Governor

My professional background is in finance and project management. I qualified as chartered accountant with Deloitte in Reading and then took a role managing a team of finance business partners with PRA Health Sciences, a global Clinical Research Organisation based at Green Park. This involved developing strategies for analyzing and driving business performance and efficiency and working with a wide variety of functions across the business. I then moved into a project management role with PRA, and will soon be starting a new job with SD Worx, an HR software company, as Manager of Commercial Contracts. 

 

I have been looking for a volunteer role which I can do outside of office hours for a while and after speaking with family and friends who have been school governors, I registered my interest online. After visiting Westwood Farm Schools and speaking with Katherine and Barbara, I'm keen to get involved and use my skills to benefit the school as best I can. The school has a lovely atmosphere.

 

I don't have links to the education system other than having been through it and having a teacher for a mum. I also don't have children. I would hope that this would give me an 'outsider' perspective which may be useful on the Board of Governors.

 

 

Linda Bennett

Vice Chair of Governing Board

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 27.4.2017-26.4.2021

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Equalities Governor

Health & Safety Governor

 

Despite having no children of my own (although with 52 nephews and nieces I don’t lack experience!), I have a keen interest in education, especially in the early years; giving the children the best possible start to their educational journey. I have lived in Tilehurst for the last 6 years and want to contribute more to our community.

 

I graduated from the UWIST, Cardiff with a BSc in Occupational Psychology and since then studied for a Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a PG Cert in Coaching. Having started my career in the NHS, with some time spent in the Education sector and Telecoms I have been with Thames Water for the last 22 years in a variety of roles. I’m currently HR Manager for our Water Division.

 

One of the key skills that Thames Water has given me is experience and a qualification in Health and Safety, which I hope will be a useful addition to the governor team; although I realise I have a lot to learn about how modern schools operate and the role of the Governing Board.

 

 

Baqir Rizvi

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office : 07.11.2017-06.11.2021

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Finance Resources & Pay

I am a Chartered Accountant working at Deloitte in Reading. I am a Manager in the Audit and Assurance Department.

I have 2 children (6 and 2 years old).

I Was born and grew up in Tanzania before moving to the UK

I speak English, Swahili, Urdu, Gujarati, Arabic and Hindi

I am keen to use my professional skills in helping the local community. Currently I see the governor role as ideal for this. I hope to contribute positively to the group through sharing my auditing experience of other schools.

 

 

 

 

Satyanarayanan Kumar

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office 07.11.2017-06.11.2021

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

 

 

Satya has 15 years experience in the field of Human Resources adding value through roles in learning, development, talent management, performance management, coaching, and mentoring.  Satya served as Director on the Leadership Team of a chapter of the International Coach Federation but is currently leading the performance management process for a large global organization. Satya has led teams to achieve long term objective and execute on strategy. Satya has significant experience consulting leaders, stakeholders and designing programs for effective and sustainable implementation.

Satya believes the future of nations and human kind is in the hands of childcare; that it is important to raise children with an inclusive mind towards diversity of thought, practice, and life. Flowing from this is a vision of inclusive education that helps us stay human first before every other role we take on. Having relocated to the UK from Asia, Satya believes he can add perspective to bring alive a holistic educational experience for children through schools' strategy and execution. Given that most people have a shot at schooling and not at a college education, Satya feels strongly that the foundation for leading a good life should be laid at school level itself, hence the interest in enabling the school leadership as a member of the Governing Board.

 

Dawn Finn

Clerk to Governors

 

 I was appointed as Clerk to the Governing Board at Westwood Farm Infant School in September 2010.  During the past 7 Years, there have been many significant changes at Westwood Farm Schools including Federation of Schools, two Ofsted inspections and the appointment of a new Executive Head Teacher and I have had the great pleasure to work with the GB, providing Clerking assistance over this time.    

 

Prior to working at Westwood Farm Schools, I worked as a PA at Foster Wheeler, a large Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering Company in Reading for 15 Years.  

 

I also work as Administrator at Westwood Farm Infant School.