Westwood Farm School

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 33 years and have loved every minute of it!  This is my 3rd headship and of course my favourite! 

 

 

 

 

Linda Bennett

Chair of Governing Board

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 27.4.2017-26.4.2021

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB & FRP

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.

 

 

Chris Flynn

Vice Chair of Governing Board

Co-opted Governor 

Term of Office : 20.09.2018-19.09.2022

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Data Governor

 

 

 

 I have worked at Thames Water since Sept 2016 as a project manager and continuous improvement specialist. Prior to this I had served for 24 years in the Army as a mechanical engineer. These two roles have given me a varied background of experiences that I believe can be of great support to the school.  My mains skills are the ability to conduct data analysis of complex issue, then select the best solution and develop plans that deliver sustainable change.

I am keen to support my community and see the role of a governor as a great way to achieve this. I have a son at the school so have a vested interest in helping support the school leadership team in delivering great outcomes for the pupils.

 

 

 

Simon Small

Chair of (FRP) Finance Resources and Pay Committee

Local Authority Governor 

Term of Office:20.11.2018-19.11.2022

(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 joined 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. 

I have recently moved into a Local Authority Governor role.

 

Adam Abery

Staff Governor appointed by Staff

Term of Office:

15.12.2015-14.12.2019

(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.

 

 

Katharine Moore

Parent Governor

Term of Office:23.11.2018-22.11.2022

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB & FRP

SEND Governor

I have two children at Westwood Farm Schools – one in the infants and one in the juniors. My experience of the federated schools since my first child started in 2015 has been very positive.  I am really keen to support the school and its progress and would do my best in the role of parent governor to do this.

 

In my work life I am a clinical psychologist.  I qualified in 2008, and I have worked in various posts in the NHS including in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), and more recently in an early intervention mental health service for adolescents and adults. I am responsible for managing and developing the provision of psychology within my service, as well as offering psychological help to people who use the service. 

 

The opportunity for children to fulfil their potential not just academically, but also socially and emotionally is so important for their well-being.  There are many aspects of the governing board’s role and decision making that may directly or indirectly influence this.  I would hope to bring my perspective as a parent as well as relevant experience from my professional role to the governing board discussions and decision making, with the aim of working together to do the best for everyone at the school.

 

 

Katherine Green

Co-Opted Governor 

Term of Office:

29.9.2015-28.9.2019

(4 Years)

 

Committee: FGB

Pupil Premium/AGT Governor

Equalities 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: 29.9.2015-28.9.2019

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Development Governor

Equalities 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 and 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, and am responsible for the Development needs of the governing board, ensuring governors are recruited with the right skills and training provided as necessary. 

 

 

Baqir Rizvi

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office : 07.11.2017-06.11.2021

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB/FRP

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

Marketing Governor

 

 

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 organisation. 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.

 

 

 

Barry Tucker

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 24.01.2019-23.01.2023

(4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Safeguarding Governor

I have worked for Children Services in Reading for 11 years, in various roles but predominantly supporting vulnerable children and families. I feel this gives me a unique insight into what it takes to create positive outcomes for children and one that I remain passionate about. Along with having a Youth and Community degree, I am also currently a student nearing completion of my Social Work studies and a volunteer coach for my son’s Rugby team. Apart from feeling a sense of pride in helping others, I feel I am in a position to contribute more to my community by transferring these skills into being a parent governor.

Not only do I feel well placed to take on this role, I appreciate that being a parent governor is a job not to be taken lightly and I intend to give it the commitment it deserves including being open to new learning opportunities and being motivated to help overcome any challenges.

 

I would consider my strengths, as being supportive, thinking creatively, and having a passion to make a difference, all of which I see as valuable elements of the role. I have also attended many meetings with my work and am experienced in helping to find solutions to complex issues. Being part of the debate is a real privilege and one that I would be honoured in doing. Above all, I see the parent governor role as an opportunity to share parents’ voices and help them to get the best out of their child’s education.

 

Since my son started at Westwood Farm Schools two years ago I have always been keen to be an active member of the school community by volunteering for trips and sitting on the parent council. My involvement with the parent council will help me significantly to understand the various aspects of the school and what is expected to maintain high standards.

 

Kristina Dockray

Associate Governor

Term of Office: 24.01.2019-23.01.2021

(1 Year)

Committee: FGB

I have been a Civil Servant in Central Government for the past 20 years, working until recently for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In September, I took up a job on loan to the Department for Work and Pensions.

 

My work has been varied - advising Ministers on policy formulation, customer facing issues, such as helping distressed British Nationals abroad, and administrative issues, e.g. managing the budget and day-to-day running of an Embassy overseas.

 

In my current role, I represent the UK Government on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation, a UN agency based in Geneva. The ILO Governing Body oversees the work of the organisation, its budget and its administrative arrangements. We take a keen interest in making sure the organisation is well-run, given the UK’s financial contribution to it!

 

The skills I feel I can bring to the school Governing Body include a general understanding of governance issues and good writing skills, e.g. formulating strong arguments.

 

My son, Ben, in year 1, has a place in the Hearing Resource Base. He is receiving excellent teaching and support at Westwood Farm Infant School and I would like to be able to give something in return, by helping out with the good governance of the schools.

 

 

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 8 Years, there have been many significant changes at Westwood Farm Schools including the Federation of the two Schools, two Ofsted inspections and the appointment of a new Executive Head Teacher and I have had the great pleasure to work with the Governing Board, providing Clerking assistance over this time.    

 

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

 

I also work as PA to Mrs Barbara Hunter, Executive Headteacher