Governors

Email the governors at governors@birchhillprimaryschool.co.uk (this isn't a link!)

Clare BrackenBack to top

CO-OPTED - Start 13/07/15 End 12/07/19
Development  and Wellbeing group Governor

Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee

Welfare and Parental Involvement Committee

Before I started working at LEGO, I studied Modern Languages and spent time living in Germany and Denmark during and after my studies. I worked as a teaching assistant in a primary school in Denmark, and at a sixth form college in Germany. I thoroughly enjoyed these experiences and have always been interested in the workings of a school since! I am delighted to be able to contribute to Birch Hill School.

Possible attendance at meetings 5/10

Karen BuggBack to top

CO-OPTED - Start 13/07/15 End 12/07/19 

Chair of Governors

Creative Group Governor

Finance, Personnel and School Environment Committee
Steering Committee (Ch)
Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee (V Ch) 

I have one child at Birch Hill School, in year four and another at secondary school. I have been employed in primary education for more than 10 years and have worked in three different local educational authorities. My current job is as a part-time junior school teacher. The experiences which I have gained from working in education place me in a great position to help and support the children, their parents and the staff of Birch Hill School.

Possible attendance at meetings 20/21

Pauline ColeBack to top

LA - Start 18/11/13 End 17/11/17

Safeguarding Governor
Welfare and Parental Involvement Committee
I became a Local Authority governor at the end of 2013. I am a retired teacher, and spent the last fifteen years of my career working for a central service supporting the education of children in care. I am Vice Chair of Bristol’s fostering panel and an independent member of Bath fostering panel. Having returned to this area in 2012 I was keen to give something back to the community and wanted to be able to work with a local school. I have four grandchildren who attend local primary schools – they keep me active and energentic!

Possible attendance at meetings 9/10

Michael Dillon Back to top

HEAD TEACHER - Start 01/09/15

All Committees 
I began my teaching career in Haringey and spent 12 years in Richmond upon Thames.  It is a privilege to be the Headteacher at Birch Hill, a school with an enthusiastic staff and a committed community.  Our children are happy and responsible individuals.  They strive to achieve the highest standards within a learning environment that supports and challenges their knowledge, skills and understanding. I live in Farnborough with my wife and two children - aged 11 and 7.  When I have any spare time I enjoy listening to music and training for the odd triathlon!

Possible attendance at meetings 25/25

Graham FergusonBack to top

CO-OPTED - Start 15/05/17 End 14/05/21

Maths Governor

Finance, Personnel and School Environment Committee (VCh)

Welfare and Parental Involvement Committee

I've been a Parent Governor since mid-2013, a role that has given me an opportunity to give something back to the school that has been instrumental in shaping my children's outlook to community and learning. I work in the Software industry; at one time developing school administration systems, as well as education software for the classroom.

Possible attendance at meetings 11/15

Debbie HageBack to top

CO-OPTED - Start 13/07/15 End 12/07/19

Steering Committee 
Welfare and Parental Involvement Committee (Ch)
I became a Governor in 2009 to share my business expertise in supporting a local school. I originally developed my business expertise in channel marketing by developing strategies for the ID/Financial card printer sector with Datacard Group across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. I joined Siemens PLM Software in 2014 as their UK Marketing Manager with responsibility for executing the UK Marketing Plan including: marcom's, digital marketing, event marketing, social media, sponsorships and demand generation. Prior to joining Siemens, I held the position of EMEA Marketing Manager for Compuware.

Possible attendance at meetings 6/10

Simon HartBack to top

CO-OPTED - Start 13/07/15 End 12/07/19

English Governor
Welfare and Parental Involvement Committee (V Ch)
Since 2007 I've been the supervisor of Birch Hill Library, which has brought me into contact with many of the children who attend the school and their parents. I've visited the school many times to do assemblies over the years and I was very pleased to accept the invitation to join the Governing Body of the school in November 2013.

Possible attendance at meetings 10/16

Len Hughes-WhiteBack to top

CO-OPTED - Start 13/07/15 End 12/07/19

Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee
I have been the Deputy Headteacher here since April 2000 and have been a Governor for most of that time. Previous to this I was a Senior Teacher in a large primary school in Sandhurst.

Possible attendance at meetings 9/12

Alastair LidsterBack to top

CO-OPTED - Start 13/07/15 End 12/07/19

(Chair of Governors 2010 - 2012)
SEN+ English Governor
Steering Committee
Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee (Ch)
Both my children attended Birch Hill before moving on to Sandhurst. I have been a Governor since 2007 and bring to the role twenty years experience working in education including time as a primary school teacher. I currently run my own company helping schools to support children with special educational needs. Being a governor is a great way to get involved and make a contribution to the school's development and success.

Possible attendance at meetings 13/16

Ian NelsonBack to top

PARENT - Start 11/12/17 End 10/12/21

Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee

I am a new parent governor (since December 2017) and I
have lived in Birch Hill for 15 years. My son is currently in Year 4. I have
been a PE teacher for 19 years and I am currently employed as Head of Physical
Education at a Secondary School in Wokingham. My reason for becoming a governor
relates to a long family association with Birch Hill and the School coupled
with my passion for education.  In my spare time I enjoy reading sports
books (various), cooking, eating out and following Newcastle United.

Possible attendance at meetings 2/2

Val WoodsBack to top

CO-OPTED - Start 13/07/15 End 12/07/19

Finance, Personnel and School Environment Committee

I am currently on my second term of
office as a Staff Governor. Both of my children attended Birch Hill, so
association with the school has spanned over 25 years.I care about the education children receive and I am keen to help all children do better at school. The role of a governor is both rewarding and challenging, and I feel as a governor you can make an important contribution to your local community.

Possible attendance at meetings 9/11

Lynn CovellBack to top

Clerk to the Governors - Start 01/09/04

I have worked at Birch Hill for 20 years, starting when my 3 children were here. Initially as an LSA and then developing new skills to become the IT support and Librarian. My role as Clerk allows me to understand more about the running of a school behind the scenes and fits well with my other duties although no longer full time, as I am now also enjoying the delights of being a Grandmother.

Dave DroarBack to top

CO-OPTED - Start 19/09/16

EYFS Governor

Finance, Personnel and School Environment Committee (Ch)

I have lived in Birch Hill for over ten years, and my two children attend the school.
I work for Waitrose as a Quality and improvement manager and am also a chartered accountant.
This outside experience helps me to support and challenge the school, but most of all I am passionate about local children achieving a great start in life through the school.

Possible attendance at meetings 9/11

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