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Governance Professional

 

SIPS Education - Governance Professionals 

 

My name is Bhabinder and I am the Governance Professional for Wylde Green Primary School. I have been working within this role at SIPS Education for 10 years, and I enjoy my role as each day is different.

 

I work with a number of schools in different boroughs and they are all very unique.  My main aim is to support them all with their governance matters to ensure that governors are supporting and challenging the school at a strategic level. For me every day in this role is a school day, as there is always something new to learn.

 

Prior to becoming a Governance Professional , I worked within Sandwell council supporting the wider governance team and prior to this role I worked supporting a small local organisation in helping women that were disadvantaged to engage in opportunities to access training and employment.

 

In terms of me personally, I was born in Birmingham and continue to live locally. I am married and we have two children, one is of Primary age and one of Secondary age. I enjoy going to the gym at least three times a week and as a family we enjoy going for walks.

 

 I have more recently attempted to become an avid gardener, although I am in the early stages of the new steep learning curve.

 

I look forward to working with the Wylde Green family

 

 

Ben Reaney - Chair of Governors

 

I was appointed as a local authority governor in September 2017 and I sit on both the full governing body and the FSP committee. This is my first post as a school governor and I am really excited about working with the school leadership team and the board of governors. I have worked for a local construction company for the last ten years building a number of schools which I found really interesting and was the motivation for me becoming a governor.

 

Outside work I spend most of my time with my wife and our son who will be four soon and keeps me on my toes!

 

 

 

Donna O’Toole

 

As the Head Teacher of Wylde Green I automatically become a member of the Governing Body. I attend every meeting: the Full Governing Body(FGB); Finance, Staffing & Premises committee and the RASP – Raising Achievement & Standards of Pupils committee. I produce a report for each meeting and work alongside the Chair of each committee or the FGB to set the agendas. I meet with the Chair of Governors on a very regular basis to discuss issues concerning the day to day running of the school including staffing.

 

I have belonged to Governing Bodies since 1998 in my 2 previous schools as either the staff representative or as the Deputy/ Acting Head so I feel like I have been a Governor forever!

 

I am entering my 29th year within the profession this year! Although it is a very challenging career, I really enjoy working at Wylde Green, having worked at a variety of schools in contrasting parts of the West Midlands. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is spending time with the children, when they show me their work and chat to me. Seeing things through the eyes of a child- whether they are 4 or 11 is such a privilege!

 

Outside of school I am married with two children and the newest member of the family is Herbie our beautiful Bishon Frise dog. I enjoy reading a variety of different genres to relax and as a contrast I regularly go to my personal trainer at the gym to help keep me healthy. I also really look forward to school holidays when my family and I go on holidays both home and abroad to spend quality family time together.

 

Edward Pitt

 

 I became a parent governor in May 2015 but became a co-opted governor in July 2018. I am a member of our “Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee” as well as the full governing body. I am currently the link governor for pupil voice, PTFA and Community

 

At my first meeting I was asked why I had chosen to stand. I replied that I wanted to make a difference to our children’s lives and I believed that my experience and knowledge as a company director would benefit the school. I expected it to be challenging but I had no idea at that time how fulfilling the role would be. I thoroughly enjoy working with our team of highly dedicated governors, very capable Head Teacher and leadership team. I am confident that the strong and varied skills we contribute collectively enable us to provide both the support and scrutiny required to effectively manage and distribute the available resources and to maximise the outcomes of our pupils

 

 

Emily Coyne-Umfreville

 

I was appointed as a co-opted Governor of Wylde Green Primary School in July 2017. I have a position on the RASP committee and I am link Governor for literacy. I have previously been a governor at another school in Birmingham so I am bringing skills and knowledge from that position.

 

My interest in education and schooling comes from my job as a Lecturer in Developmental and Educational Psychology at Birmingham City University. My PhD was about children’s reading strategies and how they evolve over time. More recently I have carried out research into children with additional needs in the classroom as well as a new project examining postnatal depression and use of online resources.

 

In my spare time I am kept very busy by my son James who currently attends Wylde Green Nursery and I enjoy spending time with friends and holidays in France.

 

 

Richard Hamilton-Martin

 

I have been Deputy Headteacher and a Governor at Wylde Green Primary school since January 2014. As part of my role, I share the school data with the RASP Committee which analyses standards and pupil performance.

 

I have been teaching for over fifteen years and a Deputy Headteacher for over 6 years. I have worked in a variety of schools in Birmingham as well as teaching in New Zealand.

 

During my spare time I am a keen golfer and I share this hobby with my son, Archie. My younger son, Henry, and I are avid supporters of the All Blacks Rugby team, but we don’t get to their home games as often as we would like! However, that doesn’t stop me practising the Haka at the start of every game!

 

As a family we enjoy bike rides and picnics and visiting different seaside towns around the country. We never allow the British weather to spoil our weekend trips and have learnt to always carry a waterproof!

 

 

Paul Carter

 

My son joined Wylde Green in September 2018 and in only a few short weeks I was amazed by how he had developed and how much he was enjoying being at school. I knew at that point that I wanted to be part of this fantastic team and I was absolutely delighted and honoured to have been elected as a parent governor in December 2018. 

Based upon all of my interactions with the students and teachers, I am convinced that this is already a great school and I am really excited by the opportunity to help us improve even further.

My background is primarily finance based and I currently work as the Head of Governance for the Packaging Division of the FTSE 100 Company DS Smith. Prior to this I spent over 15 years as an external auditor and I am a qualified Chartered Accountant. Given this experience, perhaps unsurprisingly, I am a member of the “Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee” as well as the full governing body.

Outside of work two young boys keep me busy but I still enjoy running and playing football when I get the chance.

 

Sharon Wells

 

Hello – my name is Sharon Wells.

 

I am a School Business Manager at a primary school in Erdington.  I believe this has enabled me to provide support and the appropriate challenge as a member of your governing body.

 

As Governors our role is to oversee and support the strategic development of the school. We carry out this role by attending governing body meetings, where we discuss pupils progress and achievement; out of school activities; finance; premises and staff –  all the things which support the teaching and learning in school. We also conduct Governor Visits where we are able to speak to the staff and children during the school day to get a better understanding of Wylde Green.

 

I have been associated with Wylde Green for nearly 10 years. I am part of the Finance Committee with specific responsibilities for overseeing finance and premises ensuring the budget is used effectively to support the schools priorities.

 

I continue to be proud to be part of Wylde Green and the high expectations it has for Governors, staff and pupils to achieve the best outcomes.

 

My leisure time is mainly spent playing and/or coaching netball. I also enjoy reading a wide variety of fiction, historical novels and biographies. As a family we enjoy holidays abroad

 

 

Stephen Jones

 

“I joined the team of Governors at Wylde Green School in March 2018 as a co-opted Governor. My main career for almost 37 years was in legal practice. I am now retired.

I am a member of the Finance Staffing and Premises Committee of the Governing Board. I am also Link Governor for maths.”

Tracey Firth

 

I was appointed as a co-opted Governor of Wylde Green Primary School in March 2018. I have a position on the RASP committee looking into educational standards at the school, and I am link Governor for training and pupil premium.  My day job is working as a pensions actuary which is quite different to a school. But there are a lot of cross overs with the Governor role such as making sure the governance and finances are well looked after.

I have a son at the school, and a daughter at Wylde Green nursery.

 

Darren Harris

 

This is my first post as a school governor, I was appointed as parent governor in January 2022, and I'm a member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners.

 

I work as a motivational speaker and transformational coach with organisational talent that want to unblock the path to success. It's a profession that has given me an audience of more than 120,000 people, across 5 continents, over the past 9 years.

 

I'm England's most decorated blind footballer and a double Paralympian who, in retirement, still makes time to train every day because I've learned that exercise is good for both body and mind.

 

 

 

Bryony Randall

 

I am a mother to 2 boys who both attend Wylde Green Primary School, and I was excited to be elected as Parent Governor in July 2021. I have been a nurse for over 20 years and currently work as a Specialist Nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Being a school governor is an exciting departure from my day job and although very different there is an overlap between education and healthcare. I have particular interest in ensuring that all children achieve their full potential and am delighted to be link governor for SEND (special educational needs & disabilities) as well as sitting on the RASP committee which focuses on children’s attainment and performance.

 

Donna Whitehouse - Staff Governor

 

I have worked in the education sector for 30+ years in a number of different roles, which include Strategic Business Management, Extended Services Leadership, Governance and Adult Education (Teaching ICT), across of number of different educational settings and various local authorities.

 

I attended both Manchester and Wolverhampton University where I graduated with a range of professional qualifications including a BA hons degree in School Business Management

I have been a School Governor for many years and have worked in all areas of Governance, which I will be drawing upon to help me with the role of Staff Governor at Wylde Green Primary School

 

 I am delighted to have been elected to the role of Staff Governor which will enable me to contribute to the strategic management of the school, to best support the needs of our children and families.  I am a member of Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee and Attend the Full Governing Body Meetings. 

 

I have a number of hobbies the latest of which I am very proud to say is “Tap Dancing” which I learned to do a few years ago (very badly) but nevertheless I enjoyed the challenge.

 

 

 

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