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North Baddesley Infant School

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Governing Body Pen Portraits

Nicole Perry – Chair, Co-opted Governor

I moved to the village as a two-year old when my parents left London. I attended North Baddesley Infant and Junior schools and have very happy memories. When my sister, who lives in the village and also went to both the schools, had her twin boys, I decided to look into the possibility of getting more involved with the local schools. I joined the Infant School Governing Body in 2014, hoping that my skills and experience from a career in Public Relations and Communications in the private sector and as a civil servant, might be beneficial to the school. My 10-year old twin nephews attended our school and they now attend the Junior school. I am now a co-opted governor and have been Chair since 2015. I have been involved in Ofsted inspections, recruitment of our Head and Deputy Head and development of the school. Working as part of the NBIS team is very rewarding and I delight in seeing how the children develop and grow.

 

Mike Hiscock – Vice Chair, LEA Governor

I am married and have lived in the village since 1983. Our 2 daughters and our 7 grandchildren are or have also been pupils. After a varied career as a manager at British Telecom, mainly in HR and Training, I joined Hampshire County Council as a Governor Services Co-ordinator. Until retirement I supported and advised school governors. I have been a member of the Infant school governing body since 2015 and am currently the Vice Chair. I am also a co-opted member of the Junior school governing body and look forward to supporting both schools for the foreseeable future.

 

Joanne Tutton - Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee, Co-opted Governor

I have been a co-opted governor for over six years, joining when my daughter was in year R (she’s now in Year 6!), I also have a son in year 2. Initially I was co-opted to provide my technical (civil engineering) and project management skills. During my six years I have had the opportunity to be involved in many activities such as supporting the team during the building works, recruitment and the financial and pupil improvement aspects of school management. I enjoy seeing the improvements made at the school and feel I am giving something back to our amazing school community.

 

David Jones - Chair of Resources Committee, Co-opted Governor

I joined the Governing body in 2016 when my eldest son was in year R. My youngest son is in year 1 at the moment. I was co-opted as a Governor based on a variety of skills gained from (now) 14 years’ experience working in a variety of roles for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – for example: HR, finance, programme and project management and communications. Since moving to North Baddesley in 2015 I have been keen to support the local Community in the best way I can, including as an assistant Leader for the local Beaver Scout Group. As a Governor I am currently Chair of the Resources Committee. I have also taken opportunities to assist the school in a variety of ways such as on recruitment, engaging with various projects and developments, attending events, and even participating in the Governor elements of an Ofsted inspection! Working with NBIS has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience. The staff are diligent and committed, the School has strong progressive leadership and the Governing Body has been consistently engaged and supportive. Together everyone is working to create the best possible environment for all children to develop and thrive. Hopefully I have played a small part in the fantastic progress North Baddesley Infant School has made.

 

Rebecca Mahoney, Co-opted Governor

I have worked at NBIS for nine years and been a co-opted governor for over five. I view efficient governance as a highly important aspect of school leadership and I feel proud to be a part of that. I have had the opportunity to sit on different committees and as a school staff member I feel I bring valuable knowledge and experience. I really enjoy being a co-opted governor at NBIS and hope to continue to work to support the schools vision.

 

James Child, Co-opted Governor

I have lived in the Romsey area for the past ten or so years, having moved to North Baddesley four years ago with my wife Ruth and two children who both attended NBIS. Prior to living in the area I spent a couple of years in Milton Keynes and before that I grew up in and around West Yorkshire. My background is in construction, having graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. I work currently as a Cost Estimator for a Tier 1 building contractor locally, and recently have become a Chartered Construction Manager through the Chartered Institute of Building. I have spent 15 years working on a wide range of multimillion projects at tender stage, including the bid for the extension to our own school for a company who didn't ultimately win the bid! I bring acareer in cost and project management to the governing body, as well as having an interesting in estates management and building maintenance. Outside of work I am currently the Beaver Scout Leader in North Baddesley, the Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers in Romsey and also nearly 3 years into my term as a Governor at North Baddesley Junior School (currently the Vice Chair). I am a keen rugby union fan, having climbed the county ladder in my youth, and like to swim, run and go for walks when I manage to get some time spare!

 

Olga Maslovskaya, Co-opted Governor

I moved to North Baddesley from Southampton in January 2015. I have been a co-opted governor for over three years now, joining when my daughter was in Year 1, and now my son is in Year 1 of North Baddesley Infant School (NBIS). I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton. My main area of research is survey data quality and I am also an expert in statistical data analysis. I truly believe that good quality education from early years is of crucial importance for our society and for future generations. NBIS gives a fantastic start to all the children in our school. I enjoy my role as a school governor and happy to be able to utilise my skills and knowledge to support the school and the education of children in our community when I can.

 

Julia Squires, Development and Training Governor, Parent Governor

I joined the governing body after my eldest started Year R at NBIS about 2.5 years ago. She is now in Year 2, with her brother now at the school in Year R, and one to follow after in a few years’ time. I joined the governing body to give back to the school community as well as to become more educated about the English school system, having grown up outside the UK. My professional expertise in finance and accounting has aided me to work closely alongside the school to ensure best use of financial resources is maintained, particularly as it has worked through new building projects and most recently responding to COVID and its impact on pupils.

 

Beth Waters, Staff Governor

I have been a staff governor since Autumn 2019. I represent the staff voice and enjoy contributing to the development of the school both as a teacher and as a governor. It is great to be able to work collaboratively with so many hard-working people, committed to the improvement of our school.

 

Melanie Westmacott, Parent Governor

I'm Melanie and am a newly elected Parent Governor; I am looking forward to doing my Governor training and getting stuck in! I will be sitting on the Curriculum and Standards committee and although I am not sure exactly what my role within the Governing Body will be yet, I hope to be an asset to the team. My eldest child started at North Baddesley Infants in 2008 and my youngest is currently in Year 1, as a family we are very devoted to the School. I am a local GP and outside of work, my favourite past-time is drinking tea and putting the world to rights with my friends!

 

David Wilson, Associate Governor

I moved to North Baddesley in 1981 when transferring to the Hampshire Police, stationed in Romsey. My wife joined the school community in 1982 as a midday supervisory assistant and in 1994 both our Granddaughters were pupils. I retired in 1999, but remained active in part time work joining the school crossing patrol team in October 2005. This path led to me joining the NBIS Governing Body as a Community Member in 2007. During many visits, I was inspired by the commitment and dedication of staff when teaching our next generation. Over time, I was able to offer practical support to support staff and children by developing the garden and nature trail. I also reached out to the community to develop fundraising initiatives. In 2012, I was able to support the decision to enable Monty to join the school team, by offering to walk him daily. This has been a very pleasurable part of my role. I then made the decision with the governing body to become an associate member, maintaining this practical support and my involvement continues to be a truly enjoyable and rewarding time for me.

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