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Governor Introductions

Rob Seager

Chair of Governors

 I started out as a parent governor and stayed on when my children left the school.  It is nearly 16 years since I started working with the school. I have a strong interest in the delivery of the curriculum, both its core and the enrichment that the school weaves into its core teaching, as well as how children's progress is monitored. I was actively involved, for many years, in monitoring the morning and after school clubs for the school. 

In my day job, I am a senior lecturer at Loughborough University specialising in wireless communications and smart textiles and I have been able to bring colleagues into school with activities such as solar-powered cars and remote-controlled robots. I have been fortunate, and privileged, to spend time in school, and on the year four residential, with many classes and staff members, observing how our young children are developed by the school.

David Donegani

Vice-Chair of Governors

My four children have all left school now. Three of them attended Holywell School at some point and two of them went through their time in education with a ‘Statement of Special Educational Needs’; I am passionate that all children in school have access to the best and most appropriate education possible whatever their needs and, hence, have the role of inclusion governor. I am also the Vice-Chair of the Governing Board.  I live close by to the school and I am one of the leaders of Holywell Church, next door to the school and work within the aerospace and IT industries.

Chris Bulloch

Chair of Finance & Personnel

I joined the Governor team in November 2017 in my son’s first year at school. I’ve always harboured respect for educators having lasting memories of some fantastic teachers and schools during my own education that have left an indelible mark on me, and since my children were born I have wanted to get actively involved in their education and to make a positive contribution.

 I work in manufacturing, running factories for the last 7 years, and have a lot of experience in having to manage limited resources and making difficult decisions in driving towards excellence, a concept that applies directly to the education sector of today. Prior to that I project managed the development of a major UK Space Exploration Instrument originally intended to be on the upcoming European Space Agency ExoMars mission, so I’m also very comfortable with being a non-specialist in esoteric surroundings!

 As a Parent Governor, in addition to wanting the best education for our children, I am particularly interested in the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the development of well-rounded children.

Mark Needham

Vice-Chair Premises 

Vice-Chair Finance & Personnel

Having been Chair of Governors from 2014 to 2019, I am now enjoying the experience of having retired to the backbenches of the governing body but still being part of this excellent school.

I believe that the school does a great job nurturing the children in their care and that when they leave at the end of year 6, they have been given the best possible chance to develop academically and socially so that they can move on to their next schools with well-founded confidence and resilience to tackle the challenges ahead. All three of my children came to the school and certainly benefitted from what they learned here. I love playing my small part in this process and visiting the children in class to witness firsthand the skills they are developing.  I hope to remain a governor with Holywell for the foreseeable future and continue to be hugely grateful to all involved with the school for making it the success it undoubtedly is.

Claudia Foster

Wellbeing Governor

My children are both grown up now but I took a very hands-on approach to their schooling. Therefore when my job finished at the university, becoming a school governor seemed a natural and interesting path to take.  My special interest is in enabling children to enjoy reading.  I feel this is not only a necessary skill but gives children access to an enjoyable and fulfilling life. 

 

 

Liz Chahal

Training & Development Governor

I became a governor at Holywell in June 2016 just as my daughter was leaving the school. It has been very interesting to gain some deeper insights into what goes on behind the scenes and I feel privileged to have an opportunity to contribute to the school's ongoing development. I live very near to the school and am currently employed as Cheif Executive at the Community Advice & Law Service in Leicester, a registered charity that provides specialist social welfare advice. Having lived in and worked in a number of different countries before coming to Loughborough. I particularly value the international ethos at Holywell. It is always a great pleasure to visit the school and see the enthusiasm that the children have for learning.

 

Smita Jenna

Chair of Premises Committee

Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

I have recently joined the governing body and enjoy working with a committed team that is striving towards one goal - to ensure that all children enjoy their learning experience and achieve their full potential. I have over ten years of experience in the higher education sector with a background in financial management and human resources. In my spare time, you will find me championing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiatives. I am particularly interested in promoting STEM subjects and raising the aspirations of young people.  

Julia Vermaak

Vice-Chair Teaching & Learning Committee

SEN Governor

I am now in my second term as a parent governor. I have one child currently at Holywell and one has recently finished and moved to secondary school. 

I work locally as a public health nurse and have a special interest in safeguarding, children in the care system and pupil premium.

Laura Leslie

Parent Governor

I joined the governing body in 2020. I have 5 children, currently spread between years 1 and 13 so have a wide experience of different schools from the perspective of a parent.

 I have a science background (Pharmacist) but have always had a strong leaning towards education and training. I am looking forward to expanding my experience in a completely new field in my role as a governor, and hope to be able to use my broad life experience for the benefit of the whole school community.

I am particularly interested in children having opportunities to experience a wide range of activities so that each child can find something they love and can excel in. I believe that this helps to mould confident individuals with a belief that they have an important part to play in the world, allowing them to strive their very best in all aspects of their lives.’

Graeme Thompson   

Parent Governor       

I joined the governing board in October 2021, after having hoped to help at the school since my daughter started in 2017. I have tried to assist the school when possible, and upon seeing the vacancy for the Parent Governor, I felt this would be the best avenue for me to do this. 

I work as an Electronic Communications Engineer, within a Cyber Squadron in the RAF, currently based in Lincolnshire. My role is to liaise with stakeholders to deliver solutions to communication needs and to provide Information Assurance across the network and its users. 

I also help to expand awareness and knowledge of Science and Technology through the STEM programme, working with the East Midlands Hub and my home Station, to deliver advice and information on my role and deliver training initiatives to local schools. 

Anna Crowe

Staff Governor

I have been working at Holywell since 2014 in the Early Years Foundation Stage. I am passionate about high standards in Early Years education and also love working across the school in other capacities. I am really enjoying the opportunity to gain insight into the wider workings of the school through being a staff governor.

Dianne Williams

Staff Governor

I am a member of staff at Holywell and took up the position of Staff Governor on 1st September 2017.  This is my second time as a Governor as I was also a member of the Governing Body from 2008-2012.

I have been a member of staff at Holywell for twelve years.  I joined the Senior Management Team as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Whole School Assessment.  In addition to this, I lead on Initial Teacher Training and Work Placement Students as well as coordinating the work of Key Stage 2. 

Since joining the team at Holywell, the majority of my teaching has been in upper Key Stage 2, mainly with Year 6.

Leanne Orgill

Staff Governor

I have been working at Holywell since 2013 as a Nursery Nurse in Foundation stage. I am proud of the school and really look forward to getting an insight into the running of the school through my role as Staff Governor. My aim is to be a voice for both staff and children when decisions towards the running of the school need to be made.

Ed Petrie

Staff Governor Accounting officer

 

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