Governor Profiles

Heron Primary School – Governing Body Information for Parents – Roles and Profiles

Dave Owen, Co-opted Governor, Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office 21/04/15 – 20/04/19

Chair of Governors and serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Finance Committee

No Registered Interests

Bio

I was born and initially educated in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire before moving to study Mechanical Engineering at The University of Bradford. I moved to Cheltenham as a Student Apprentice with the then Dowty Group, before finally moving to Gloucester in 1987 upon my graduation. I joined Dowty as a full time employee, and now have 32 years service through various acquisitions ultimately with GE Aviation. I am IT Leader for a number of UK sites.

I have had a long association with Heron School; my children, William and Emily, attended from 1997 onwards. I joined the Working Party (now FoH) prior to being elected onto the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 1999. I have been Chair of Governors since 20XX, and have ‘enjoyed’ three Ofsted inspections during that time.

The role of governor is challenging but both rewarding and interesting at the same time. The strength of a governing body comes from the breadth of skills and interests possessed by the governors; I strongly believe that my colleagues on the Governing Body possess the right skills and motivation ensure that Heron School continues to deliver the best possible education for our children, in a safe and secure environment.

 

Tim Hillier, Partnership Governor, Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office 20/12/12 – 19/12/16

Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance & Admissions Committees and serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Admissions Committee

No Registered Interests

Bio

I moved to Gloucester in 1984 with my wife Michelle following transfers, with our employer, to the Gloucester office of HM Customs & Excise from Oxford. I originally joined the Department in London moving there from the Cotswolds where I had spent my childhood. In due course our 2 children attended Heron Primary School with Francesca leaving Heron to attend Newent Community School in 1998 and Alexander leaving Heron in Year 5 when we moved to Dymock in 1999. He attended the village school in Dymock for 20 months until also transferring to Newent Community School in 2001.

My first involvement with the Governing Body was on being elected as a Parent Governor in 1995 when the school received an element of independence on achieving Grant Maintained status. After we moved to the Forest of Dean I remained as a Governor albeit it as a Partnership Governor. In my time I have undertaken numerous roles including Chair of Admissions since 1995 and in more recent years Chair of Finance. Both areas have seen their challenges especially so in Finance which after a prolonged period of expansion of the school’s budget has seen the school recently facing increasing financial challenges.

 

John Coles, Ex-Officio (Headteacher), Employed by the Governing Body

Term of Office Ongoing and serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Admissions Committee

No Registered Interests

Bio

I was brought up in Exeter, before undertaking teacher training at Oxford. I started my teaching career in Oxford teaching in middle schools. I became Headteacher at Heron School in September 1995. My wife is an infant school teacher and we have three children. I am currently chairperson of the Strategy Group for the Gloucester Schools Partnership and I am Headteacher Representative on Gloucestershire Schools Forum. I also support other leadership teams in schools in Gloucestershire for the Local Authority as a Consultant Leader.

 

Dave Jones, Parent Governor, Elected by the Parent Body

Term of Office 01/01/14 – 31/12/17

Vice-Chair of Finance and serves on:

  • Personnel Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Finance Committee

No Registered Interests

Bio

I was born in Gloucester and attended Churchdown School before studying for a degree in Liverpool in the mid 1980’s. I returned and have lived and worked in the area ever since. I am a qualified Chartered Management Accountant and a Director of Baylis Vauxhall.

I was first elected onto the Governing Body in 2009 and am now in my second term of office. I am married; both of our children have left Heron and attend successful secondary schools in the area.

I serve on the Facilities and Personnel committees, and I am currently vice-chair of the Finance committee. I have visited school to audit the Finance Policy, helped serve numerous Christmas Dinners and worked with the Friends of Heron to put in place robust policies and procedures. Every year I volunteer to support staff and Year 4 pupils on their residential trip to Welsh Bicknor.

The strength of the Governing Body lies in the variety of backgrounds and experience of the members, a common sense approach to challenges and a commitment to always put the needs of the children first in every decision that is made. As “critical friends” we strive to provide guidance and support for the Headteacher.

 

Ms Deborah Mason, Parent Governor, Elected by the Parent Body

Term of Office 17/12/12 – 16/12/16

Chair of Curriculum and Governor for SEN and serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Finance Committee

Registered Interest: Partner is Additional Ofsted Inspector

I work as a secondary school teacher in an outstanding school on the outskirts of Bristol. In the past, I have worked as an Education Advisor for the Local Authority . I remain passionate about excellent education for all our children and young people. I have had the privilege of working alongside the staff in school to ensure this is the case for our children at Heron Primary School for some 14 years with responsibility for SEND children and more recently as chair of the curriculum committee. I worked for many years in industry before training to be a teacher and believe that this gives me a good grounding in the skills our young people need to achieve success in the future.

 

David Pullen, Parent Governor, Elected by the Parent Body

Term of Office 17/12/12 – 16/12/16

Serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Finance Committee

No Registered Interests

Bio

I was born and raised on the family farm in Churchdown, I moved back to Gloucester with my wife Kerry in 2004. I had started a new job at Smiths Aerospace (now GE Aviation) in Bishops Cleeve, so it was a perfect opportunity to make the move back home. We have two children at Heron, Joseph (10) in year 5 and Immy (7) in year 3, and I was first elected as a parent governor in 2012. I can honestly say that the whole experience has been a true eye-opener on the hard work and dedication of all the staff, to continuously improve the already high standards found at Heron.

The role of a governor is not that different from the role of a non-executive on a company’s board of directors. The role entails a lot of listening, analysing data and asking what may seem stupid questions of the senior management team. I sit on the Finance and Curriculum committees, as well as the specialist Pay Committee. As more authority is divulged away from central budgets and councils, the role of the Governing body becomes even more important to the success of the school.

 

Dr Anna Burn, Parent Governor, Elected by the Parent Body

Term of Office 8/12/15 – 7/12/19

Serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Personnel

No Registered Interests

Bio

I moved to Gloucestershire, from Newcastle, in 1993 with my (now) husband Steve; I am a full-time civil servant.  We have one son – Hayden – who started at Heron in 2010.  If you have attended Friends of Heron (FoH) events then you have probably bumped into all three of us. I joined the FoH Committee in 2010 and was Chair of FoH for 2.5 academic years.  I am very proud that – as a FoH volunteer – I have been able to work closely with staff, governors and other parents to raise money to fund fabulous donations aimed at enhancing our children’s school experience.

I applied to be a Parent Governor in September 2015 in order to better understand and influence the excellent learning environment of our children.  I hope  my work experience, which has included working in Personnel and as a Business and Performance Manager (with large budgets, resources and teams), will enable me to contribute to the Full Governors meetings as well as more specialised Personnel and Curriculum committees.

Outside of work and school activities, I like cooking, learning new craft skills, and occasionally helping with NSPCC events.

 

Mrs Anita Masters, Local Authority Governor, Appointed by the Local Authority

Term of Office 01/09/14 – 31/08/18

Chair of Personnel and serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Pay Committee

Registered Interest: Governor at Ribston Hall High School

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Mr David Andrew, Co-opted Governor, Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office   21/04/15 – 20/04/19

Vice-Chair of Personnel and Facilities Committees and serves on:

  • Personnel Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Finance Committee

No Registered Interests

Bio

I was born in Lancashire and schooled in Coventry. I joined the RAF in 1957 as a technical apprentice. Qualifying as aircrew in 1961, I went on to fly on a variety of aircraft types in many global theatres. In 1982, whilst a personnel desk officer at the old RAF Barnwood, I settled in Churchdown and was joined by my late wife Jean – a primary school teacher. Retiring from the Service in 1991 I became a road safety (RS) officer with the County Council, initially taking RS education into secondary schools county wide and then into some 46 primary schools in Gloucester City. Being retired I am fortunate in being able, when requested, to assist Teaching Staff in various school activities including day trips and residential adventures with the pupils. Serving as a Governor at Heron presents an interesting and rewarding experience and I feel privileged to be on the Team.

I have two children and four adult grandchildren who are spread around the country. My other main interests include wood turning, caravanning and being forced by my dog to take long country walks to real ale hostelries.

 

Mrs Vanessa Pollok, Co-opted Governor, Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office 21/04/15 – 20/04/19

Governor for Safeguarding and serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee

Registered Interest: Family Member works at Heron Primary School

Bio

I was born in Gloucester but joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17 where I served for 13 years all around the world.  I moved back to Gloucester in 2000 with my son Harvey who was then 1. I started a new career in teaching post 14, which I love and my current employment remains in Education where I am a Director of a Training Company. My daughter Maisey is currently in year 4 (aged 9) at Heron and I was first elected as a parent governor in 2012. Becoming a Governor was new to me and at first I struggled to see ‘what my role and responsibility’ was. However, being a Governor is not about ‘having a job’ but about supporting the Head, The Senior Management Team, staff and students to get the very best out of the school and to make the right decisions. Of which, we try, very hard. My new role which I took on in September 2015 is as Safeguarding Governor.

 

Mrs Nina Barnes, Co-opted Governor, Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office 21/04/15 – 20/04/19

Serves on:

  • Facilities Committee

No Registered Interests

Bio

It has been a privilege to work – as a Teaching Assistant – at Heron Primary School since 1999.  During that time, I have worked with all year groups; for the last 10 years I have focussed on Year 5 and 6 (Upper School).  Before joining the Governing Body in 2015, I was on the Heron Working Party (now known as Friends of Heron), for 20 years (as parent and then staff representative), supporting and organising fund-raising events.

 

Mr Akonji Ambo –   Co-opted Governor, Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office 19/01/16 – 18/01/20

Serves on:

  • To be confirmed

No Registered Interests

Bio

I was born in the hills of the North West region of Cameroon where I attended my early education. I then moved to the United Kingdom in 2003 to pursue higher education which took me to the University of West England in Bristol, the University of Gloucester and Oxford University. The results of those years of effort are a Law Degree, an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) and other related qualifications. I moved to Gloucester in 2007 with my partner Moma Herzau.   I currently practice as a Defence Litigator within the Legal Department of AXA Insurance UK PLC.

Gloucester is now my home and my daughter attends Heron Primary. I was appointed to the Governors body in January 2016, I hope to be of service to the Heron community. Added to my family and work duties, I am a passionate supporter of Arsenal Football club and the rest of my time is spent running a number of charitable endeavours and projects in my country of birth, Cameroon.

 

Mrs Veronica Cooper, Partnership Governor, Appointed by the Governing Body

Term of Office 20/12/12 – 19/12/16

Vice Chair of Curriculum Committee and serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Finance Committee

No Registered Interests

Bio

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and I now live in Abbeydale. I have a son called Nicholas.

Following my early schooling, I joined my parents who’d settled in Gloucester in the 60’s. I completed my education at a Technical College, and following this, I commenced my career with the NHS at GRH as an X­-Ray Technician. Whilst with the NHS, I undertook several examinations, and after 4 years of part-time study at the University of Gloucestershire, I graduated in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Psychology. After a successful application, my desire to learn and achieve enabled me to secure a place at the University of the West of England to undertake a postgraduate course in Ultrasound to qualify as a Sonographer. Two years later, I took a further course at the University of Salisbury and qualified as an Aortic Aneurysm Technician.

I regard Gloucester as my home, and I have been heavily involved with my local community holding prominent positions within various organisations in the voluntary sector; currently, I am the lead warden at my local church. My hobbies are reading, the theatre, exercising at the gym and dining out.

 

Mrs Jan Penman –  Staff Governor, Appointed by the Staff Body

Term of Office 01/09/12 – 31/08/16

Serves on:

  • Curriculum Committee

No Registered Interests

Bio

I was born in Yorkshire, but spent the majority of my childhood in Oxfordshire. I undertook teacher training in Sheffield before returning to Oxfordshire to begin my teaching career. I took a break from teaching on the birth of my first child and did not return to it until both children started school. By this time we had moved to Gloucestershire. I started work at Heron Primary school as a supply teacher in 1990, going on to cover PPA. I began a job share partnership in Year 6 in 2001 and have been History coordinator, Art coordinator and facilitator for the School and Eco Councils. At present my responsibility is for Pupil Voice.

 

VACANCY, Co-opted Governor, Appointed by the Governing Body

Governors can be contacted through the school office:
admin@heron.gloucs.sch.uk
Tel: 01452 415105