Angela Allard (Chair)
I feel very privileged hold the position of Chair at Owlsmoor Primary school with a group of governors with strong and diverse skills to take the work of the governing body forward
Having been a governor for six years, four at Owlsmoor, I have actively participated in the board’s activities including Chair of Resources, Numeracy, Pupil Premium and Attendance. Most recently I participated in recruitment of the new Head Teacher, who joined us in September 2022.
I became a governor to offer my skills in business and finance skills to the strategic direction, development and support of Owlsmoor Primary school; its pupils and staff. I believe that all pupils should have access to a quality education and this in turn contributes significantly to the wellbeing and success of pupils and wider society.
As a Chartered Management Accountant [ACMA, CGMA] I have over 20 years’ experience in both the corporate environment and higher education.
I have lived in Sandhurst for over 20 years and am a parent of a child at the school.
Kelly Potter (Vice-Chair, Parent)
As a local girl and former pupil, the school is an important part of my childhood and I have many happy memories there performing in school plays, being a member of the netball team (Wing Defence!), ‘working‘ in the school office at lunchtime when I was in Year 6 covering Mrs Rae’s lunchbreak and being allowed to ring the bell – I’m showing my age now! I’m so pleased to now be a mother of a pupil and value the opportunity to help shape the school for the future so it continues to be the heart of many other children’s happy childhoods.
In my career I specialise in Health and Safety and Risk, maintaining compliance at a nearby private school which has been a challenging yet rewarding position over the last 18 months, as I’m sure you can imagine, and I hope to offer that specialist skill and knowledge to ensure our children are in the safest possible environment which allows them to develop and grow to their fullest potentials.
Throughout my career I’ve accumulated a diverse range of skills and experiences however the most valuable of them has been my bright outlook, ability to assimilate information quickly and easily and root cause analysis which all help me to swiftly integrate into a new environment and hit the ground running. It’s vital to me that the people I work with feel fully supported and so I’m happy to turn my hand to most things and use all the skills and knowledge I’ve gained to really make a difference.
Daniel Barnett (Parent)
I am delighted to be elected as a parent, it is important to me to have the opportunity to help my own children and others have the best start in life. I feel the experience I have from my own work career and public service roles can make a positive and valuable contribution to Owlsmoor.
I have been lucky enough to undertake roles in the past (and currently) which I feel make me suitable for the role. I am passionate about using my experience to help young people succeed. I have previously been an elected local councillor. I was active within council meetings and had a strong focus on driving the youth agenda within the local areas – this included working closely with the council on youth provision and we had several successes in this area, including getting a local skate park built which was in high demand.
I also mentor undergraduate students and Lancaster University (I was a student there previously – although it feels like a long time ago now). I work with new students each year and support them with career choices, plus practical skills (for example, interviewing skills).
Liz Robson (Parent)
I am excited to join the Governors at Owlsmoor. Both my daughters joined the school in Nursery and have been very happy at the school. We have been pleased with the progress they have made socially and academically and this has inspired me to join the governing body to help the school to continue to support all of its pupils to develop as my girls have.
I currently volunteer at Owlsmoor one afternoon a week in year 3 supporting reading and art and I am involved with the PTAs activities for the school.
I am a qualified primary school teacher (with 20+ years experience in early years and key stage one) currently taking a break from the profession and have always cared deeply about primary education. During my career I have had the opportunity to be a teacher governor and enjoyed the insight into the running of the school that this gave me. I also led the school council for the children which gave me a further unique perspective into the dynamics of a primary school.
I have extensive experience of team working as part of the leadership teams in the schools that I have worked in and I am keen to use my enthusiasm for education with my experience to help Owlsmoor in the coming years.
Christina Fromont (Co-opted)
I have been a resident of Owlsmoor for many years, and now a parent to two young children. I want to focus on providing the best for my children and for other children at Owlsmoor Primary School.
I have worked in Marketing for the last 20 years in various industries and I can bring a wealth of marketing experience to the Governing Body. I also have a experience and skills in creating and maintaining websites, web based forums and other social media platforms
I am always 100% committed to the roles I take on and understand the importance of confidentiality. I look forward to my role on the Governing body and improving the lives of the children who attend the school.
Jane Lucas (Co-opted)
Underpinning my years as a teacher was my belief that all children deserve to receive a first rate education in a safe learning environment that delivers a stimulating curriculum and encourages high standards of behaviour and respect for others. I see each child as a unique individual who deserves guidance and encouragement in order to develop a lifelong love of learning and, if a school gets that right, is then able to reach their full potential and feel personal success.
I think that I could offer skills and knowledge that would be an asset to the school and I would be fully committed to the role. The Coronavirus pandemic has, despite the hard work of all school staff, affected our children’s education. This is something that all schools will need to address.
I was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and moved with my family in 1982. We lived in Owlsmoor until 1993 when we moved to our current house in College Town. My 3 children attended Owlsmoor Primary School in the early 1980's and my son's daughter attends Owlsmoor Primary since 2021. I worked in IT since 1967, the last 40 years in sales, the last 10 in Cyber Security, Risk, Compliance & Threat Intelligence. I have been a borough and town councillor for Owlsmoor since 2019.I believe I can bring a wealth of business experience to the governors, having worked in large companies such as IBM, BMC & Trend Micro. I have also been involved in a number of start-ups being responsible for Europe and Africa. I have also travelled extensively to the USA on business.
Liam Buggs (Co-opted)
I am excited to be given this opportunity to serve as a governor at Owlsmoor Primary, supporting the school in its aims in developing a love for life-long learning where pupils achieve their personal best in a safe and happy environment.
My background is in education having spent a number of years as a primary teacher and senior leader in schools across Surrey; leading on strategic vision for full-through teaching and learning, raising attainment and standards as well as day-to-day school management.
Currently, I am a Director of Educational Technology within a Managed Service Provider, supporting primary, secondary, independent, FE and specialist schools across Surrey, London and Sussex. This is also a hugely rewarding role where I am able to work with both pupils and staff in effective and impactful use of technology to support teaching and learning at all levels.
I live locally having moved to Sandhurst in recent years and am looking forward to being able to support a local school with the skillset that I bring in this capacity.
Ian Harvey (Co-opted)
A parent of two young children, I feel honoured to join a group of committed and like minded governors at Owlsmoor Primary School. Whilst I am not directly associated with the education sector, I share a commitment towards supporting our younger generation, providing as best start to life as possible in a safe environment.
My motivation comes from large change I have experienced in the Broadcast and IT space over 10-15 years where media & data consumption has increased exponentially and evolves towards future technologies, smart phones and the like. Conscious of embracing change whilst being aware of data protection and child safeguarding are topics I am drawn towards.
I feel most comfortable connecting people and finding solutions, in addition challenging decisions ensuring the most valuable outcome is achieved. Being a local resident I plan to be present often at the school and look forward to making an impact for children and our local communities.
Lorraine Read (Staff Governor)
I put myself forward as staff governor as the school is very important to me professionally and personally as a mum of past and present pupils. I am currently studying for my degree and act as a Student representative for my course, which I have enjoyed and has benefited my development and communication skills. Being as staff governor is the next step forward to progress further.
As a HTLA, I work across the school in all year groups and I am involved in teaching the varied curriculum. This gives me a broad knowledge of the school and relationships with all the children, which I feel would be beneficial insight and have an impact on the support school provides across all key stages. Whilst aiding my professional development I am committed to the continued success and development of our school.