Angela Allard (Chair)
I feel very privileged to have been voted into the role of Chair at Owlsmoor Primary school to take the governing body forward, with the very capable Vice Chair, Kelly Potter and board of highly skilled governors.
Having been a governor for six years, almost 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, set to join 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 since 2004 and am a parent of a child at the school.
Kelly Potter (Vice-Chair)
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.
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.
Emily Devine (Staff)
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.
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 day.
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.
I am currently the Head of Learning Support and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at Bishopsgate School, an independent prep school of some three hundred and seventy children between the ages of three to thirteen. My current role requires me to act as a member of the school’s management team responsible for the day-to-day and long term management of the Learning Support department and the special needs (SEND) provision of the school as a whole. The role has allowed me to develop my skills as a team leader whilst also allowing me to work strategically at a whole school level, both of which I feel give me a set of skills and experiences that I feel could be useful to the governing body at Owlsmoor.
Bringing about change at a whole school level to support all learners is something that I find infinitely rewarding and the opportunity to act as a governor would allow me to experience this in a different setting whilst developing skills that would be of great benefit to my current role. Despite the fact that the most recent schools I have worked at are independent schools, I attended a state school as a learner myself and completed both my initial teacher training as well as my newly qualified teacher year (NQT) in a state school, therefore, state education is something I am passionate about and something I wish to return to sometime in the future. Therefore, the role of governor would be an exciting one that would allow me to develop my current skillset, gain a deeper understanding of school leadership and continue to experience a different model of school.