About our governors
At St Mark’s, the governing body is composed of representatives from the staff, the local education authority, Immanuel Church, parents and the head teacher. Apart from the Head Teacher and the Immanuel Church incumbent minister, all governors are appointed for a term of 4 years. Elections are held for staff and parent governor positions when a governor term ends or a vacancy occurs. Governors have a number of legal duties as outlined by the government. These duties include having financial, personnel and curriculum management of the school, with responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the school and in the oversight of the school management.
All Governors are expected to undertake training and to attend Governing Body meetings and committee meetings, undertaking school visits and review work in support of the Governors responsibilities. Governors are all volunteers and are unpaid for the work undertaken.The Governing Body is led by a Chair and Vice Chair, elected annually by the Governing Body members, who work closely with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership team.
I have been a parent governor at St Mark’s for just under 5 years and I am the current chair of the governing body. I had previously been on the committee at Cuckoo Meadow pre-school and also, prior to moving to Basingstoke, I was a Local Authority (LEA) governor and chair at Alvaston Infant and Nursery school in Derby.
I joined the school governing body to be involved in the running and direction of St Marks and playing an active part in my daughter’s education. Within the governing body I also chair the Resources committee and am a Safeguarding governor.
In my day job I work for a pharmaceutical research company and I am involved in digital solutions to inform and recruit people to participate in clinical trials.
Outside of work I enjoy listening to music, regularly attending gigs. I am a Team Leader with Hampshire Search & Rescue (hantsar.org) where we assist the police in locating vulnerable and missing persons.
I have been involved with the school in various roles since 1997 and as a governor since 2002, initially in a parent elected post, and from 2004 as a Foundation governor. I am closely involved with both Immanuel Church and with St Marks, Kempshott, and also in roles with the Winchester Diocese. During my time as a governor I have chaired all of the committees at various times, and was Chair of Governors from 2013 to 2018.
I initially joined the governing body to assist with, and oversee, the extension of the school from a one form entry to the current three form entry, with particular interest in the early years and the year 6 suite of rooms and the Bridge facility, as Chair of the Premises committee. I continue to have a role in maintaining the high Christian ethos in the school and the school’s close links with Immanuel church.
Having retired from a global financial group where I was a senior manager in audit and investigations, covering Europe and the Middle East, I am now involved as a senior exams invigilator with a local secondary school, and undertake voluntary work with the church.
My other interests include singing, travelling, walking, reading, and of course, my family and household including two dogs and four cats.
Our Standing Orders can be found here.