Chris Jones (Chair)
Having worked in the banking industry for 20 years and a parent to three young children I was keen to offer my financial and managerial experiences to the school. I joined the Governing Body in 2004 and continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that Owlsmoor Primary School continues to go from strength to strength.
I am committed to ensuring that our school offers all pupils the very best start in life, to achieve the best outcomes in the wider curriculum, whilst at the same time maintaining a secure, safe, nurturing and happy environment.
Brian Francis (Vice-Chair)
Having worked for an International Company for over 30 years as a senior manager, I then retired and moved into the Sandhurst area. I then wanted to give some of my spare time and management experience to a good course, so I become a Governor of Owlsmoor Primary School in 2006. During the past 12 years that I have been involved with the school, I have seen the school go from strength to strength.
One of my aims has always been to ensure that the pupils receive an excellent education in the 6 years that they are at Owlsmoor Primary School. I am also committed to ensuring that all the children are safe and secure whilst they are at school, and that they are happy and enjoying being part of an excellent school.
I am delighted to offer my business and finance skills to the strategic direction, development and support of Owlsmoor 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.
My experience in working in the private sector and higher education for the past 18 years as a Chartered Management Accountant [ACMA, CGMA] means I can offer a sustainable approach to decision making.
I have lived in Sandhurst for over 14 years and have a young daughter. Having actively sought out the opportunity to contribute to the local community, I’ve previously held a co-opted governor role at College Town Junior School.
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 (an 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).
I believe that education is a vital part of a child’s development and that laying a solid foundation in their early years is critical to establishing a life-long love of learning.
Over the past 25 years, I have worked in senior technical and marketing roles for various technology and IT companies. I have built up skills in technology, marketing, management and strategic planning. I am keen to use my experience to support the staff at Owlsmoor Primary School in giving the pupils the foundations they need to become successful in later life.
In my day job, I am a member of the UK Senior Leadership team for a well-known global restaurant brand. I have worked in Operations and People Leadership roles for over ten years and have been lucky to work across the UK (and internationally). I have enjoyed working with many people art different levels and from different walks of life; to help them achieve their goals. I strongly believe that everyone has the opportunity to succeed in life.
I wanted to become a school governor because I want to take on a large role within the school. I would like the responsibilities of helping others. Whilst at University I was an assistant supervisor at WDS and learnt a lot about communication effectively to other staff members and ensuring everything was understood by the employee.
I have embedded myself well at the school in both KS2 and KS1. I have been at the school for a year and feel that I can bring a fresh set of eyes to the FGB and provide new ideas. The role of a governor will help me to develop professionally and to meet experienced members of the board and our community.
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.
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.
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.
I am at a stage in my life and career where I would like to develop my leadership skills outside of the IT world and be able to deliver benefits to others in my community. I do not have children of my own but I have an active role in the lives of many nieces, nephews and other children and I thoroughly enjoy watching them grow and thrive. I believe I can apply my commercial skills within the role of governor to benefit a wider group of children and parents by contributing towards the optimal running of Owlsmoor school. My local community is important to me and I have considered several options for making a contribution but most of these are difficult to accommodate while continuing to work full time. I believe I will be able to prepare for, attend and follow up on governance meetings effectively without impinging on my work commitments. I also believe that my commercial, business development, networking and marketing skills could very beneficial. I am a fast learner, a hard worker and I like to bring a spirit of fairness and a sense of humour with me to work every da