I am clerk to governors in four schools in Birmingham with six years experience in this field. My main career for 34 years was in HR management, mostly in manufacturing industry but latterly in further education.
I am also a researcher in Egyptology, having taken a four year distance learning qualification ten years ago through Manchester University. I write articles and give talks in this area.
In addition I am a voluntary guide at Wall Roman site near Lichfield. I hold a degree in Theology from Cambridge University as well as Diplomas in Banking and Personnel Management. I live in Erdington and enjoy travel, trains, reading and dining out.
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!
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 26th 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. 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.
I am delighted to have recently been elected as Chair by my fellow governors in September 2018. I became a parent governor in May 2015 but became a co-opted governor in July this year. I am a member of our “Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee” as well as the full governing body.
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.
I have had the pleasure of carrying out various visits to school where I have had the opportunity to meet with staff and discuss a variety of topics. I have been impressed and motivated personally by the enthusiasm displayed by both teachers and admin staff for their particular roles but mostly for how much they care about our school. However, my favourite and most enjoyable visit was to meet the school council to discuss their role within the school and also their understanding of the school ethos and British values. I was blown away by their passion, confidence, impeccable manners and knowledge. We have a lot to be proud of as parents, staff and governors and we are in a great position at Wylde Green to take things further and to push for better. I am honoured to be involved.
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.
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!
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.
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
I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in December 2018. I serve on the RASP committee and I am the Link governor for Wider Curriculum. My background is predominantly in Family Support, Youth work and Mentoring. My roles have allowed me to work alongside school settings to support in the areas of Safeguarding, Attendance, Extended Service provisions and Special Educational Needs. I am trained to deliver a number of parenting programmes, including families that have children with disabilities and additional needs, as well as youth-based programmes.
I have a child who attends Wylde Green Primary and the first time I went to the school I felt a warmth and connection. This feeling grew more when my child started. I immediately wanted to be a part of the governing body to use my knowledge and experience to add to the existing team. I was honoured when they welcomed me in.
In my spare time I love to drive to various places in the UK and find new activities for my children to participate in. I am a vocalist and love listening to live music. I look forward to working with the team of Governors, bringing together our expertise to achieve the best outcomes for the children at Wylde Green.
“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.”
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.
I am a Corporate/Commercial Solicitor at an international law firm, based in Birmingham. My day-to-day role involves advising clients in the public and private sector in relation to major projects, data protection and governance. I also sit as a committee member on the CSR arm of BPS Future where we collectively work to ensure school students, who typically wouldn't have access to professional services, begin to understand the various careers available in the market.
Prior to joining my current firm, I assisted local authorities and their insurers manage negligence claims typically in relation to children's services issues and safeguarding.
I am delighted to be joining Wylde Green Primary School as a governor at this exciting time and look forward to supporting the fantastic work that is ongoing.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling with my partner.
The eldest of my three children started reception in September, so we are going to be part of the Wylde Green community for a good few years.
I am a class teacher and also lead y3 and 4 at a primary school in Aston. I have held substantial positions at 3 schools which has given me good insight into different approaches to teaching and how a school’s ethos can be a force for good amongst its pupils and families. I have led PE, computing and am currently the lead for science and have a particular interest across STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects.
Prior to deciding to retrain as a teacher, I worked in management roles in the NHS. My most recent role, at Great Ormond Street Hospital, involved working with clinicians and patients to develop measures showing the impact of the care that was delivered.
Whilst in London, I volunteered for Chance UK, a charity that provides mentors to young children with social or behavioural issues, to try and keep them in the educational system. This provided a real insight into the reasons some children get turned off from school.
In my spare time, as well as spending time with my family, I like running, watching football and have recently started to play water polo.
I feel my experience and enthusiasm will make me a valuable addition to the governing board
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.
David Dunkley - Associated Governor