A safeguarding professional, a chemical engineer, an aviation engineer and a customer service associate in the financial sector are all set to bring their expertise to Carter Community School, as new members of its Governing Body.
Led by Chair Mrs Cary Wicks, the Hamworthy school’s LGB (Local Governing Body) is made up of 12 governors, three who have been elected (one parent, one teacher and one member of the support staff), with the remaining members appointed as non-designated governors - typically people local to the school and its community whose skills, experience and commitment ensure that the LGB is effective in its work to support the school.
All four new governors have been recruited through the Inspiring Governance website, the on line matchmaking service which connects skilled volunteers, who are interested in serving as governors, with schools in England.
The first of the four new appointments is Julie Heng, a retired oil trader who originally trained as a chemical engineer. Julie hopes her business experience will support the school in its efforts to get the best from everyone and is particularly interested in encouraging young people to study and enjoy the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) disciplines, with a view to helping recruit more young women into technical roles.
Joining Julie is Niki Husher, Safeguarding and Welfare Manager/Designated Safeguarding and Prevent Lead at Bournemouth based Paragon Skills, which offers apprenticeship training throughout various sectors. Niki is passionate about education and the development of young people’s skills and hopes to put her own skills to good use in benefitting the students at Carter Community School.
Also joining the team is Ian Roberts, an Avionics Engineer at Cobham Mission Systems in Wimborne. Ian has experience working in the aviation sector for both the military and as a civilian and hopes to be able to use the skills and experience gained in both these engineering environments to support the school and staff in maintaining the school’s culture of excellence and improvement.
Completing the quartet is Emilia Tontcheva, who has a background in the public health sector, having worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO), in Europe, for over 10 years, but who moved to Poole and changed career to work in the finance sector, spending the last five years working as a customer service associate in the innovations team at Barclays. Emilia hopes to use her skills to help to inspire young people to fulfil their potential and looks forward to working with fellow governors to make Carter a centre of excellence within the community.
Changing from governor to an Associate Member of the LGB is George Ollett, who was due to leave in November after eight years service, but whose governance and financial expertise is being retained by the school.
Commenting on the changes, Carter Community School’s Chair of Governors Mrs Cary Wicks said:
“We very much look forward to working with Julie, Niki, Ian and Emilia and welcome the invaluable experience and expertise that they bring to the governing body. I would also like to thank George Ollett, who stays on as an Associate Member, which allows us to continue to benefit from his experience and his calm and steady influence.
“As governors we find it hugely rewarding to be part of the school team, working in partnership with the Principal and staff and playing our part in transforming Carter to become an outstanding school. These new appointments will help support and deliver that vision.”
Mrs Wicks also paid tribute to Inspiring Governance, who provided support to Carter Community School in recruiting its new governors, commenting:
“New governors have previously been so difficult to get. This organisation gives you access to people you just don’t realise are part of your community. The service has been exceptional – not just in the quality of the people we have been able to recruit and their readiness to commit to the role, but also in the training support offered to them all by the National Governance Association.”
Welcoming the new appointments, Carter Community School’s Principal, Sam Davidson, sad:
“We are delighted to welcome someone of Julie, Niki, Ian and Emilia’s calibre to our Governing Body and very much look forward to working with them as we continue on our exciting journey of improvement, which has already seen us become one of the best performing schools in the area under the government’s new *Progress 8 measure.”
The full membership of Carter Community School’s LGB is as follows:
· Mrs Cary Wicks – Chair of Governors
· Mr Martyn Balson – Vice Chair of Governors
· Mr Chris Fellows – Elected Staff Governor (Teacher)
· Mr Peter Fitzmaurice
· Mrs Julie Heng
· Mrs Niki Husher
· Mrs Lissy Langdon – Elected Parent Governor
· Ms Rachel Lawes – Elected Staff Governor (Support)
· Mr Chris Phillips
· Mr Ian Roberts
· Mrs Emilia Tontcheva
· Mr George Ollett – Associate Member
*Progress 8 is the government’s new measure, which records pupil progress from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.