1986-1993 Furzehill Middle School Borehamwood
• Head of Year 8 1988-1992
• Head of Year 6 1992-1993
1994-2004 Royal National Institute for the Blind
• Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired
• Senior Teacher – Sunshine House School Northwood
2004-2013 Richmond Hill School Luton
• Deputy Head Teacher
2013 - Present Woodlands School
I love spending time with my family including my grand children Jacob, Aaron and Indigo, gardening, walking, being outdoors and travelling. I try to go back to Yorkshire to see my parents whenever possible and love the open space of the moors and dales. I also love cooking, baking and I have recently discovered jam making!
Position on the Board: Chair of Curriculum Committee and member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee
Skill/Areas of Interest: Special Needs Education; Post-school opportunities
2008 - 2012 - Deputy Head - St John's Special School, Kempston
2000 - 2008 - Senior Teacher - Lady Zia Wernher School
1997 - 1999 - Head of Year - Putteridge Junior School
1992 - 1997 - Design Technology Co-ordinator - William Austin Junior School
Hobbies: swimming, reading, crafting, travelling, socialising
Name: Steve Gibbs
Position: Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, member of Curriculum Committee
Skills/Area of interest: Special Needs provision
Employment: Previously senior operational and sales manager for Post Office Ltd. Trained to be a teacher. Worked in Adult Education until February 2019.
Hobbies: Sports, reading and travelling
Name: Fr Richard Brown
Position: Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors.
Skills/Area of Interest: Safeguarding, inclusion
Employment: Parish Priest & Bishop of Richborough’s representative in the Diocese of St. Albans
Other initiatives: Trustee of Aylott James Almshouses
Hobbies: Reading, classical music, walking the hounds, travelling
Position on the Board: Co-opted Member. Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee.
Skills/Areas of Interest: Post 16 and Post 18, PMLD, ensuring the ‘voice’ of the young people is heard.
Employment: Previously employed at Luton Council as the Transition Team Manager until November 2016. Now self-employed and also working part-time as a Home Carer.
Role/Position: Self-Employed and Home Care Support Worker
Other Initiatives: Makaton Tutor, Crafter, Advocator
Hobbies: Costa coffee, crocheting, theatre/cinema, shopping, chatting.
Position on the Board: Co-opted Governor, member of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee
Specific Responsibilities: Finance Monitoring, Safeguarding
Employment: Healthcare Company
Role / Position: Computer Business Consultant
Other Initiatives: I volunteer as a Beaver Scout Colony assistant. My eldest son, Matthew, was a pupil at Woodlands. I care about all the pupils in this school, and want to understand the different challenges they face, applying my business skills to support the school in the excellent work that it does.
Hobbies: Gardening, craft
Position on the Board: Staff governor and Vice Chair of Curriculum Committee. Responsible for Governor training.
Skills/Areas of Interest: Special Needs Education
Employment: Woodlands Secondary School
Role/Position: Class teacher
Hobbies: historical reading, travelling, socialising
Position on the Board: Co-opted Governor, Member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee.
Specific Responsibility: Community Links; Health and safety.
Skills/ Areas of Interest: Networking, printing, marketing
Employment: Next Up Local.com
Role / Position: Director
Other initiatives: Sponsor for the following:
LTICC , The Academy Luton
Friends of Hightown, Panthers Netball Team, Luton Foodbank, Tropical FM,
Hobbies: Snooker, family, friends
Name: Kate Burchell
Position on the Board: Co-opted member.
Member of the Curriculum committee. Careers Link Governor.
Skills/areas of interest: Child protection, Looked After Children, Advocacy
Employment: Luton Borough Council
Role: Service manager for Disabled Children's services
Hobbies: Travelling, theatre, reading and upcycling furniture.
Name: Karen Quirke
Position: Parent Governor; School Council link governor
Skills/Area of interest: Raising awareness of special needs and inclusion
Other initiatives: Parent mentoring (for parents of children with additional needs)
Hobbies: Going to the gym, baking, family and friends