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Church of England Primary School

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Find out a little more about our Governors here.

 

Reverend Phillip Johnson

I am the Vicar of Malvern Link with Cowleigh and have been involved in education for many years. I have been a governor at four schools, including Vice-Chair and Chair. Prior to ordination, I was a Deputy Head, Head of Sixth Form and Drama/Philosophy Teacher at Secondary level, as well as a University Lecturer for a number of UK Drama Schools and a US University. I am particularly interested in the development of learning styles and multi-sensory learning systems.

 

 

Alison Sims

This is my second time as a governor. For 6 years I was staff governor at a large comprehensive school in West London, where I was working as the qualified school librarian.  When I moved to Malvern just over 4 years ago, I thought my experience might be useful.  I am an active member of the congregation in the Parish of Malvern Link with Cowleigh and the link governor for both Safeguarding and Early years provision.

Tony Matthews

I was appointed as a new Foundation Governor in July 2018

I am a retired Building Services Engineer, married with two children and three grandchildren. My wife and I moved to Malvern in July 2013.

I was a foundation governor for Oxenhope C of E Primary School in West Yorkshire from 2009 to 2013 and I was Vice Chair of the Finance, Fabric & Facilities Committee for the last two years. I was also governor with responsibility for Health & Safety.

I am looking forward to using this experience to support St Matthias school in the challenges that lie ahead so that it may continue to serve the local community and to ensure that every child will achieve their full potential. As a practising Christian I have been very impressed by the religious and moral ethos evident throughout the school and I hope to play my part in ensuring that this continues and that the school will flourish.

Allan Foulds

I am a retired secondary headteacher and have lived in Malvern for over 20 years. I have 3 children each of whom benefitted hugely from an excellent state education in the town. I remain connected with the leadership of schools as a trustee of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and I am Chair of the Board of ASCL PD Ltd, a nationally based training company. As an experienced school governor, I hope to bring a range of skills to support the future success of St Matthias, its children and its staff’.

 

 

Elizabeth Bessant

I work in Higher Education which gives me a knowledge and interest in all areas of education. Working within educational development, I can offer skills in data analysis and work on projects focusing on inclusion and participation, particularly facilitating effective transition between educational stages.

I am a parent of two children at the school and fiercely committed to their education and development, I feel our school has the potential to excel and would like to offer my assistance in the role of governor to support in any way I can as the school works towards the results we all desire. 

Michael Hunter

I have recently joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor. I have been a governor in a Church School for over 20 years and the chair for the last 15 years and have seen the school grow from one-form to two-form entry.
I am married, with two sons and one grandson. I worked for the BBC for 33 years, the last 24 as a lecturer at their training centre in Evesham. I am a member of my local church and served as Churchwarden during an interregnum. I have volunteered for all my adult life and I am the Chairman of a Worcestershire charity which supports youth clubs. I hope my wide experience will be an asset to the school.   

Jenny Batelen

I was appointed as a foundation governor in October 2019.

Now retired, I spent a career in primary education as a classroom teacher, head teacher, Ofsted inspector and school improvement partner. I am a foundation governor (ex-officio) of a Worcester City school, chairing the sub-committee which focuses on the personal development of the children.

I am an active member of my local church, having just finished serving 7 years as churchwarden. I regularly lead plan and lead services. I have been the Parish Safeguarding representative for 14 years.

In my spare time I enjoy music –choir, clarinet and piano; reading; theatre-especially links with Birmingham Royal Ballet, walking and gardening.

I am keen to support St Matthias as it navigates its way through the current challenges while enabling the children to achieve their best at all time.

 

Gilly Maxim

Gilly Maxim is the Diocesan Executive Officer for Education with specific responsibility for Governance, Admissions, Land and Buildings. She also serves on the Governing Board of another Malvern School.

Tim Reid

Tim is the Deputy Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Worcester, having worked in education for over 20 years.  He previously worked as a headteacher in a Voluntary Aided Church of England primary school, before going on to form his own education support consultancy, working with the Diocesan Education Team from April 2016.  Tim currently leads on Training and Support and School Effectiveness for the Diocese of Worcester.

 

Janette

Sharp 

I moved permanently to Worcester from West Yorkshire in April 2019, to join my husband who has worked here for a couple of years.

With a career and background as a Human Resources professional, I have worked in Local Government and, whilst in Yorkshire, as Deputy H R Director for the NHS at a large hospital in Bradford.

I am delighted to have been appointed as a Governor and I am looking forward to supporting the School in achieving its aims and utilising my experience and skills for the benefit of all the children at St Matthias.

This is my first position as a School Governor and I am excited to be involved in the challenges to come and to contributing and working with the Governing Body so that St Matthias prospers and that every child has the opportunity to aspire and achieve to their true potential.

 

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