I am lucky to have spent the last 15 years living with my partner on his family farm on the edge of Church Broughton. Two of our three boys, Oliver and Charles go to Church Broughton Primary, our youngest son Henry will be joining join them in 2017.
I work part time for Derby City Council as a Traffic and Transportation Technician. It’s a challenging role that involves designing and implementing changes to roads and footways in the city. I also work with schools on campaigns to reduce congestion and increase walking.
I have been working with schools for over 20 years in a number of different roles; crossing children over the stepping stones in Dovedale for the National Trust, teaching secondary science in the classroom as a Science Teacher and as a School Travel Plan Co-ordinator I created and promoted sustainable travel campaigns and even had the privilege of teaching pupils to ride a bike.
As a Parent Governor I am keen to support Church Broughton Primary to be the inspirational, successful and fun school that it is constantly striving to be.
I am lucky to work full time at Church Broughton Primary school as a class teacher and a member of the senior leadership team. The staff, children and parents are friendly supportive and encouraging and it is a pleasure to be a part of the school. Church Broughton is a welcoming community and people work together to do the very best for the village and its future generations.
I have two children of my own and they are at different stages of education. Amber is at college studying child care as part of an apprenticeship and Jamie is at secondary school. I understand the challenges of being a busy working mum and trying to find a good balance between effective parenting and professionalism within the work place.
I am proud to a member of the Governing body and I am very keen to support Church Broughton School in making progress to become an outstanding school!
I have lived in Church Broughton for nearly 20 years, with my husband Neil and our 2 children Evie and Will. Although originally from South Wales I moved up to Nottingham for University and never went back home!I have been a primary school teacher for 21 years, working part-time since having children. I have spent most of my teaching career in KS1, which I thoroughly enjoy, and currently have responsibility for ICT, e-safety and KS1 phonics across the whole school. I am also involved in setting up the HOPE project (Helping Our Children’s Emotions) in our school next year. I am new to the role of Parent Governor and hope to be able to use my skills and experience to support the school in any way I can
I currently have one child in the school in KS2, I personally feel that you get one chance to obtain the best education and we need to do whatever it takes to ensure our children have the best possible start in their lives ahead. My background is both engineering and Information Technology. I have professional qualifications in both areas and currently reside in an IT consultancy role with my employer; providing logistics and personnel to more than a dozen countries worldwide in support of my globally recognized clients to ensure delivery of a world class IT service. I hope I can bring my wealth of experience and expertise to assist with the running of the school.
I have been a governor of a primary school for the past 17 years, both here at Church Broughton and at my previous school. In this time I have undertaken many tasks, from leading safeguarding training to the recruitment of staff. I have always enjoyed being involved in the strategic development of a school, even before I became a senior leader 11 years ago.
I was born and raised in Derbyshire and my own primary school was very similar to Church Broughton, in terms of size, location and Christian ethos. I live locally and my own children, Beth and Lucie, attend a primary school in the same cluster group to us.
When I’m not being headteacher I enjoy being a mummy, decorating my house, reading, running (slowly) and eating good food. Unfortunately, cooking isn’t one of my skills so I rather rely on others to provide me with this!
I was raised in Melbourne, South Derbyshire, where the majority of my family still live. I met my husband John at the local Young Farmers Club and we married in 1986. We have two children, Christopher and Amy who both attended Church Broughton Primary and John Port Schools. Christopher attended Manchester Metropolitan University and swims competitively; and Amy is studying to complete her degree in Culinary Arts Management.
When I am not in school I like cooking, gardening, travelling, reading and jigsaw puzzles. I worked for many years for the HSBC Bank before having children. I was appointed Clerk to Governors in July 1999 and Senior Clerk in June 2002. For many years I was an active member of FCBS.
I have lived in Hatton Fields for the last 16 years with my partner and two children, Jordan and Jack. Jordan is studying at the University of the Arts in London and Jack is at John Port School after completing all of his primary education at Church Broughton.
Personally, I lived for 8 years in Fort Collins, Colorado U.S.A. working in the computer department of the local hospital. On my return to the UK I worked at Hays Distribution coordinating the Rollout contracts for Homebase. I left when I had Jack and returned to work in 2010 as a midday supervisor at Church Broughton this led to a career change in 2012 when I trained as a teaching assistant. This is a role I completely love and put all my efforts into.
As a governor of the school I would like to see it recognised as the caring and successful school I know it to be and to be of any support and help I can be.
I was brought up on a dairy farm in North Shropshire, where I went to a small C of E Primary School not unlike Church Broughton. My secondary school was a large comprehensive, similar to John Port. While my brother took on the farm, I was always more interested in Science and Technology, so I studied Computer Science at Warwick University. I was one of the first people anywhere to use the World Wide Web (in 1993) and ended up working for IBM. My job is to help big companies use IBM's database software. I'm often on a train to London or some other city or town, like Nottingham working for Boots, or just working from home. Occasionally I'll be on a plane.
I have lived in Church Broughton since the day I got married to Catherine, 10 years ago. We live at the Old School House, with our children, Henry, John and Martha. Henry and John both attend Church Broughton Primary School and Martha will be joining them in 2017.
I am new to the role of Governor, but hope that I will be able to bring my knowledge and skills to help support the success of the school.
I have experience of working with committees at Trustee / Governor level and look to bring a broad community perspective to the role of Governor. I believe that schools have an important role in the development of communities as a whole. There is a clear primary role supporting the educational development of young people and an important contribution to this is the transfer of experiences, skills and knowledge with the local community. This is a two-way transfer that will have real benefits within the community of Church Broughton.
As Governor I aim to support this area of development as well as supporting the Head, staff and other Governors for the benefit of the school. I hold postgraduate level qualifications in management and voluntary sector management.
For the past 8 years I have been employed as Community Partnership Officer. This role is wide ranging, offering support for non-profit organisations in South Derbyshire. Primary elements of this are organisational development and securing funding. For more than 10 years prior to this I was employed as a professional fundraiser and project development manager by local, regional and national charities.
I am the Rector of Boylestone, Church Broughton, Dalbury, Longford, Long Lane, Radbourne, Sutton-on-the-Hill and Trusley. This means that I am a Foundation Governor because of my office. I came to Church Broughton as Rector in 1996 and have had the privilege of being a governor at Church Broughton (Church of England) Controlled Primary School since then. I am constantly thankful that we have such a wonderful school and dedicated staff and governors. I am also a governor at both Longford and Long Lane (Church of England) Controlled Primary Schools and am Chairman of Governors in both of those schools. I am also a member of the Derby Diocesan Board of Education.As Rector I am responsible for the eight churches of my parishes and seek to minister to all those who live, work or worship in any of the parishes.
I grew up in Nottingham and after my ordination in 1971 served first as assistant curate at St Edmund’s, Mansfield Woodhouse. Part of my duties there included leading collective worship twice a week in the church school. I then moved on to serve in the Wirral, and was for 12 years Vicar of a rural parish near Chester where I first became a school governor in about 1980. I then moved back to Nottinghamshire to a group of 4 parishes just north of Newark-on-Trent. Whilst there I was for a year chaplain to the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire (Robin Hood’s opponent)
I love living in the countryside and have now lived in Church Broughton longer than I have lived anywhere. I am single and have lived alone for most of my adult life. In many ways my work is also my way of life, so I find it difficult to distinguish between work and leisure. I first became a school governor in about 1980. One thing I do enjoy for relaxation is bellringing.
Although originally from East Anglia I have lived in Derbyshire for most of my life moving here after I left University, and I consider it my home. I used to live in Church Broughton (more than 10 years) and became a school governor. I moved down the road to Brailsford in 2006 but wanted to keep my connections with Church Broughton School.
As a day job I run a small research and facilitation company, specialising in sustainable economic development. My team works across the UK on a range of projects and runs a national business network – the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development – which is the UK national Branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) based in Geneva. WBCSD is the voice of business in all global discussion about sustainable development and climate change. Our aim is to ensure that 9bn+ people can live well, and within the planet’s means by mid-century. There cannot be a more serious subject for future generations.
Before setting up the business I had a number of senior roles with Toyota UK at Burnaston, the BBC at the then Pebble Mill, and with the West Midlands Regional Development Agency as Business Development Director.
As an employer literacy and numeracy are important to me, especially in our business which demands a high level of communication and analytical skills. The education received in our primary schools, especially in these areas, is our foundation for life and I have always had an interest in the way these subjects are taught. It is for this reason that I have been a Governor, including Chair of Governors, at a number of Derbyshire schools over many years.
James' biography is currently being written and will be online soon.