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Meet the Governors

Priorities for Governors- At a glance


Name: Sandra Clarke

 

Position: Headteacher

 

Skill/Areas of Interest: Special Needs Education; Post-school opportunities

 

Previous Employment: 

2012 - 2021 - Deputy Head - Woodlands Secondary School 

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

 

Name: Kate Burchell

 

Position: Co-opted Governor, Member of Curriculum committee

 

Skills/Area of interest: I have a strong commitment to ensuring that disabled children and young people are fully able to reach their individual potential and see the role of the Governor offering support and challenge to Woodlands to help them enable their students and parents/carers to make the most of their time at the school.

 

Employment: Head of Service for the Disabled Children’s Service at Luton Borough

Council and Designated Social Care Officer for SEND .

 

Other initiatives: Luton Parent Carers’ Forum.

 

Hobbies: Travelling, theatre, reading and upcycling furniture. 

I’m married and have 2 children; one is a nurse and currently working in Australia, the other is working and studying.

 

 

Name: Anne Donelan

 

Position: Local Authority Governor.

 

Area of interest: Special needs provision.

 

Employment: Family law barrister - mainly representing parents whose children are the subject of care proceedings.

 

Hobbies: Politics - presently Labour councillor for Northwell ward, Luton.

 

 

 

Governor Name: Emma French

 

Position on the Board: Co-opted Governor, member of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

 

Specific Responsibilities: Finance Monitoring, Safeguarding

 

Employment: Computer Business Consultant, Healthcare Company

 

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

 

Name: Leeroy Jenkins

 

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: Director of nextuplocal.com and NUBranding.co.uk

 

Other initiatives: Sponsor of Luton Town and Indians Cricket Club, The Coop Sports and Social Club, Friends of Hightown, Panthers Netball Team, Luton Foodbank, Tropical FM.

 

Hobbies:  Music and graphic design

 

Name: Caroline Lowry 

 

Position: Deputy Head Teacher  

Associate Governor 

 

Skill/Areas of Interest: 

I have a particular interest in the school curriculum and promoting functional learning, life skills and independence skills. 

 

Previous Employment:

1999 - 2001 Adina School, Brighton, class teacher  

2001 - 2004 Five Springs School - music coordinator

2013 - 2021  Woodlands Secondary School

· 2013 - 2017 Class teacher

· 2018 - 2021 Assistant Head Teacher

 

Hobbies

I love gardening, baking, going to the gym and      spending time with my family and friends.

 

Name: Robert Parker

 

Position: Parent Governor (proxy)

 

Skills/Area of Interest: Finance, strategic direction, accountability

 

Employment: Finance Director of Biogen UK, a renewable energy company. Previously held a number of commercially focused finance roles within Volkswagen Group UK

 

Hobbies: Running, cycling, swimming, good food, travelling and larking about with my 2 children

 

 

 

 

Name: Karen Quirke 

 

Position:  Parent Governor; member of Curriculum committee; School Council link governor
 

Skills/Area of interest: Raising awareness of special needs and inclusion 
 

Employment: Families in Focus  - Facilitator for Teens Parent Network

 

Other initiatives: Parent mentoring (for parents of children with additional needs)
 

Hobbies: Going to the gym, baking, family and friends

 

 

Governor Name:  Kerry Rees

 

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 supporting children and adults with complex needs.

 

Other Initiatives:  Makaton Tutor, Crafter, Advocator

 

Hobbies:  Costa coffee, crocheting, theatre/cinema, shopping, chatting.

 

Name: Helen Rolfe

 

Position on the Board: Staff governor and Vice Chair of Curriculum Committee. Responsible for Governor training.

 

Skills/Areas of Interest: Special Needs Education

 

Employment: Class teacher, Woodlands Secondary School

 

Other initiatives:  I have past experience of safer recruitment through many years of scouting and understand the importance of  keeping young people safe. 

 

Hobbies:  Walking my dog in the countryside, growing flowers and vegetables in my garden, and enjoying my caravan with my family. 

 

Name:  Bav Shah

 

Position: Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

 

Skills/Area of interest: Health and Safety , Property, Community Engagement

 

Employment: Chartered Surveyor - Director – Business Property Solutions

 

Other initiatives: Member of a number of Charity / Educational / Community advisory groups internationally

 

Hobbies: Travel, keeping fit, cooking and fundraising

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