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Fern Hill Primary School

Fern Hill Primary School

Our Governors

Fern Hill Primary School Governing Body 2018/2019

  • Mark Baldwin

    Co-opted Governor & Co-Vice Chair of Governors

    Category: Co-opted (Co-Vice Chair)

    Date of Appointment: 2 October 2014

    Term ends: October 2022

    Appointing body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Teaching, Learning & Children 

    I have been a governor at Fern Hill School since 2012 and am currently co-Vice Chair of the governing body. My son attended Fern Hill and has now moved on to secondary school.

    One of my main roles as a Governor is chairing the Teaching, Learning & Children Committee, which has a responsibility to oversee pupils’ attainment and progress and to ensure the school delivers an effective and balanced curriculum and provides a high quality learning environment. During the day I teach mathematics at University and my passion for education led me to becoming a Governor at Fern Hill.

    I find it very rewarding working with such a dedicated team of teachers and Governors who are all working hard to ensure Fern Hill remains an excellent school for all of our children.

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  • Gary Boyd

    Co-opted Governor

    Category: Co-opted

    Date of appointment: 1 September 2017

    Term ends: 1 September 2021

    Appointing body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Teaching, Learning & Children

    With 18 years’ experience in the education/training sector both in the UK and internationally, I am an accomplished and competent leader. My passion for learning in all its forms has driven my career to date with companies such as International Energy Skills Alliance, Intertek Plc (training division), MDT International (specialist training) and now with Collab Group based in London, a network of 36 of the country’s largest Further Education colleges.

    I am educated in business and management with a specialisation in marketing. I am also a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

    I have volunteered as a governor here as I have two children at Fern Hill, and I use my skills and career experience to sit on the Teaching, Learning & Children Committee. 

     

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  • Sue Dean

    Co-opted Governor & Chair of Governors

    Category: Co-opted (Chair of Governors)

    Date of appointment: 1 September 2017

    Term ends: 1 September 2021

    Appointing body: Governing body

    Committee(s): Teaching, Learning & Children; Finance, Resources and Premises Committee

    My background as a Chartered Accountant and Tax Adviser enables me to offer valuable input to the Finance Committee. I am also Chair to the Children, Families & Community Committee, which offers me the opportunity to contribute to developing and improving engagement with our families through forums such as the Parent Council.

    I have one child at the school with another due to start in 2019. I am extremely passionate about Fern Hill and feel very privileged to be a Governor here.

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  • Diane Hutchence

    Associate Governor

    Category: Associate (no voting rights)

    Date of Appointment: 22 March 2016

    Term ends: No end date

    Appointing Body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Finance, Resources & Premises

    I have worked at Fern Hill since 2001 and seen a lot of change!

    Originally from Lancashire, I did an Accounting & Finance degree in Bristol then moved up to London for work. Initially for a design company, I then worked for 3 major retailers in the West End and qualified as an accountant whilst working mainly in management accounts.

     

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  • Hugh Kincaid

    Co-opted Governor & Co-Vice Chair of Governors

    Category: Co-Opted (Co-Vice Chair)

    Date of Appointment: 2 October 2014

    Term ends: October 2022

    Appointing Body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Teaching, Learning & Children; Finance, Resources & Premises (Chair)

    I grew up in Northern Ireland and attended state primary and secondary schools before I went to the Queen's university of Belfast for an MEng in aeronautical engineering.

    Then I went to a flying college and qualified with an Airline Transport Pilots Licence. 

    I am now an airline pilot of over 25 years experience, with two children who have both attended Fern Hill. 

    In my spare time I play squash, workout at the gym and read books on history and science. 

    As a governor, my roles include chairing the Finance, Resources and Personnel Committee and acting as the link Safeguarding/ Child Protection Governor.

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  • Dean Morley

    Co-opted Governor

    Category: Co-opted

    Date of Appointment: 1 March 2019

    Term ends: 1 March 2023

    Appointing body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Finance, Premises & Resources 

    I have over 30 years professional HR experience, working across private, central government and higher education sectors.

    I believe my experience as an HR Director in Higher Education, organisational change and strategic workforce planning will provide valuable insights & contributions to the Finance, Resources & Premises Committee.

    My wife and I have one daughter at Fern Hill, who has just started in Reception - and I am very pleased and privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to helping sustain and improve Fern Hill’s future success.

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  • Adam Scott

    Ex officio Governor & Headteacher

    Category: Ex officio (Headteacher)

    Date of Appointment: 30 June 2014

    Term ends: No end date

    Appointing Body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Teaching, Learning & Children; Finance, Resources & Premises

    As Headteacher of Fern Hill, I sit on all Committees and work with the Governing Body to develop the school's Strategic Vision and Development Plan. It is also my responsibility to ensure that the school implements the strategy effectively and I look to the Governing Body to support and challenge the Leadership Team to ensure that we do.

    I took on the role of Headteacher in 2015 having already been at Fern Hill for 15 years (10 of those being in the role of Deputy Head).

    I have three daughters who keep me very busy when I'm not at the school and I enjoy sports and the great outdoors.

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  • Marcus Stanton

    Co-opted Governor

    Category: Co-opted

    Date of Appointment: 1 March 2019

    Term ends: 1 March 2023

    Appointing body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Finance, Premises & Resources 

    I am a former law lecturer and qualified solicitor, now non-practising. I run my own marketing and communications consultancy initially working with professional services firms but now spread across both business and the charity sector. Through my consultancy I have spent a lot of time helping deliver national arts programmes and activities to both primary and secondary schools, one aspect of that has been working with pupils who are at risk of missing out on the arts due to social, economic and special educational needs.

    I am also the marketing adviser to an independent nursery and preparatory school in London. 

    I have sat on various committees to do with children and young people, including those relating to children with autism and their access to theatres, galleries and museums, as well as committees fundraising for projects for schools.

    My daughter attends Fern Hill and since the time she started at the school four years ago I have been actively involved in school life - coming into school each week to help in my daughter's class and as a  volunteer helping with school trips and PSA events.

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  • Claire Strong

    Local Authority Governor

    Category: Local Authority

    Date of Appointment: 21 September 2016

    Term ends: 21 September 2020

    Appointing Body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Teaching, Learning & Children

    Claire is a local authority governor and joined the board in November 2016. She is a Chartered Secretary and has qualifications in Charity governance. She and her husband have lived in Kingston since 2013 and have been active in the local community since then by volunteering with a local charity and a junior cycling club.  Claire is a member of a local choir and loves being outside, swimming, cycling, running or walking. 

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  • Jo Tatum

    Co-opted Governor

    Category: Co-opted

    Date of Appointment: 21 October 2014

    Term ends: 22 October 2022

    Appointing Body: Governing Body

    Committees: Teaching, Learning & Children (Vice-Chair)

    This is my fifth year of being a governor at Fern Hill.  Many of you will already know that I also worked at the school: I started at Fern Hill in 2008 as a Teaching Assistant in Year 4 before moving to work in the office as a Finance Assistant looking after clubs and trips.

    Before coming to Fern Hill I worked for Marks and Spencer for 17 years in many different roles from Store Finance Manager, to Head of Customer Services. 

    I love living in Kingston, have a very busy life with lots of family activities, holidays and tennis.

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  • Rob Terry

    Parent Governor

    Category: Parent 

    Date of Appointment: 18 October 2018

    Term ends: 18 October 2022

    Appointing Body: Parent community at Fern Hill

    Committee(s): Teaching, Learning & Children 

    Two years ago I left my job as a Project Manager to look after my two children. In that time I've become increasingly involved in supporting Fern Hill through helping in class on a weekly basis, going on school trips and as a member of the Parent Council. Subsequently, when the role of Parent Governor came up I felt this would be a great opportunity to devote more time and further my involvement.

    Both of my children, Jackson and Martha, attend Fern Hill; it's a fantastic school and, as a parent, we've been incredibly impressed with both the teaching and devotion of all the staff from day one.

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  • Veronique Torres

    Staff Governor

    Category: Staff

    Date of Appointment: 1 September 2018

    Term ends: 1 September 2022

    Appointing Body: Staff

    Committee(s): Teaching, Learning & Children

    I have been a teacher at Fern Hill since 2003. During that time I have taught in EYFS and KS1, as well as teaching French across the school for a number of years. After a spell as Acting SENCo, I have returned to the classroom as a Year One teacher.

    Not only do I love teaching, but I am also always looking for new learning experiences and recently qualified as a Specialist Teacher for children with specific learning difficulties.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren.

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  • Robert Waiting

    Associate Governor & Deputy Headteacher

    Category:  Associate (no voting rights)

    Date of Appointment: 2 October 2014

    Term ends: no end date

    Appointing Body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Teaching, Learning & Children; Finance, Resources & Premises

    As Deputy Headteacher I represent the Senior Leadership Team on all Committees. I have a particular focus on Curriculum and Achievement - working with Governors to develop and deliver a strategy to ensure that the school achieves the best possible outcomes for all its pupils. 

    I took on the role of Deputy Headteacher in 2013 and have been at the school for 4 years. I previously worked as the Assistant Head Teacher at Hampton Hill Junior School in Richmond.

    When I am not at school I am an enthusiastic cyclist (I ride to and from work each day) and am a loyal fan of Portsmouth Football Club (although this is rarely celebrated).

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  • Alan Waterman

    Parent Governor

    Category: Parent

    Date of Appointment: 23 May 2017

    Term ends: 23 May 2021

    Appointing Body: Governing Body

    Committee(s): Finance, Resources & Premises (Vice-Chair); Teaching, Learning & Children

    I have been heavily involved with the school since my daughter joined Fern Hill in 2014, largely through my work with the PSA. I was keen to put myself forward as a candidate for Parent Governor when a vacancy came up as I wanted to contribute to the school even further. 

    My professional background in finance will enable me to support the Governors during a period when pressures on schools' finances continue to mount. As well as my financial skills I am also keen to use my experience as a parent to support the school in its continuing attempts to develop its engagement with the wider community. 

    I am very proud to have been elected as a Parent Governor and am looking forward to supporting the school over the coming years.

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  • Francesca Lee

    Clerk to the Governors

    I work as clerk to the governors, ensuring the smooth running of the Governing Board, by organising meetings and maintaining records, as well as offering legislative and procedural advice on school governance.

    My background is in education, having worked as a teacher trainer and teacher of English as a foreign language, in various settings from language schools to an NHS hospital.

    My son joined Fern Hill in 2012 and I have been actively involved as a volunteer at the school ever since, building up a knowledge of and passion for the school over the years.

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