Gilbert Inglefield Academy

Governors

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Community Governors 

Name

 

Term expires

Committees

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John Hassall 

December 2018

Resources;
Teaching and Learning 

Chair of Governors;
Headteacher's Appraisal;
English;
Maths'
PE'
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural;

Paul Drosihn 

December 2020

Resources


Headteacher's Appraisal;
Science;
IT;

David Packer 

February 2019 

Resources 

Vandyke Upper School Chair of Governors;
Health & Safety;
Maths

Helen Beattie

 

July 2019

Teaching & Learning

 Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee;
Safeguarding;
Looked After Children;
PSHE, RE & Citizenship;
Music

Louise England

March 2020

 

Resources

 

 Chair of Resources Committee;
Languages


Andrea Lawson

 

 May 2020 Teaching & Learning

 

SEN/ASPIRE;
Art & Technology (inc Food)

 

Parent Governors 

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Rachel White 

January 2018 

Teaching & Learning

Vice Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee;
Literacy;
Pupil Premium:

Lisa Charter 

July 2018 

Teaching & Learning

PE,
Humanities;
Governor training 

Anne Lane 

November 2018 

Resources 

Vice Chair of Governors;
Headteacher's Appraisal;
Trips;
Attendance & Behaviour;
Communications;
Humanities;
PSHE, RE & Citizenship

Staff Governors 

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Marie Smith

TBC 

Resources 

 

Matt Griggs

February 2020

Teaching & Learning 

 

Associate Governors 

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Stephan van der Merwe 

December 2020

 Resources

Second Deputy Head Teacher 

Helen Castledine 

December 2020 

 Teaching & Learning

Senior Deputy Head Teacher 

Mark Versallion 

 

TBC 

 TBC

Local Authority; 

Head Teacher 

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Rachel Swaffield 

 Statute

Resources;
Teaching and Learning 

 Headteacher

Clerk to the Governors 

Sarah Sandiford 

     

Helen Beattie

 I joined the Governing Body at Gilbert Inglefield Academy in September 2015. I have spent 10 years teaching in primary/middle schools in Bedfordshire, including 3 1/2 years as an Assistant Headteacher at Mill Vale Middle School. My main subject was Music - I play the trumpet in my spare time and love all sorts of music, especially Big Band and Swing music - but I also taught Maths to Key Stage 3 pupils. I was also responsible for safeguarding and pupil welfare across the school, and I really enjoyed working with pupils and their families to make sure everyone had any help and support that they needed.
 
I am now working for the NSPCC as a manager for ChildLine, the children's helpline, which means that I get to speak to a really wide range of children and young people with lots of different backgrounds and life experiences. In my spare time, I put my trumpet playing to good use with a couple of local Big Bands that raise money for children's charities. My first passion will always be for teaching and education, and I am really pleased to join Gilberts at a time when I can help support with its change and development.

Lisa Charter 

I have been a parent governor since July 2014. I have three children at three different stages of schooling in Leighton Buzzard. 

I'm an early years practitioner at St Leonards Lower School, and I'm a passionate supporter of local schools. I believe that children in the community should have access to excellent education at local schools and enjoy the part I play in this provision. 

I'm looking forward to working alongside the other governors, staff and senior leadership team to continue making GIA an outstanding educational experience for our children. 

Paul Drosihn

I have been a Governor since 2006, including previous experience at a local Lower School. I joined GIA in 2012 and am currently Vice-Chair of governors and Chair of Resources committee.

I have a keen interest in technology with more than 25 years strategic leadership experience in technology industries working for global organisations such as Velocity Solid State Lighting and Arrow Electronics.

I hold Engineering and Management qualifications from University of Hertfordshire and University of Leicester, along with Membership of IEEE, ILM and AMBA

As chair of resources my main role is to help the school develop and grow continuously by delivering the best possible education and experience for our pupils and community, whilst keeping an eye on the budget.

John Hassall 

My particular strengths are: Maths & finance (I'm a trained Quantity surveyor); English (as an ex English teacher); Management (I was Head of Faculty of Construction at the University of Luton and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building] and  P.E. (I'm a qualified table tennis coach & cycling coach, although both certificates have lapsed, and I also have a Mountain Leadership certificate).  

Currently I'm a partner in a gardening & decorating company. I'm a United Reformed Church accredited Lay Preacher & Lay Preaching Advocate for the St. Albans District of the U.R.C.,  Secretary of the Dunstable Parochial Church,  Council.Elder and Chair of the Building & Finance Committee at St.Katherine's Church, and Leader of the St. Katherine's Church youth club. I'm also Chair of Governors at Willow School, Dunstable.  

 Anne Lane 

I was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2014 and jointed the governing body in December. I have a strong professional background in marketing and online communications, and I understand the frustrations that parents can sometimes experience when schools don’t communicate effectively. I’m a firm believer in allowing parents and children in the school community many and varied opportunities to provide feedback, and to stay informed of wider school developments as well as their individual achievements.  

I’m keen in supporting the school to build on its strengths so that we can give our children the very best chance of reaching their full potential in a happy and caring environment at Gilbert Inglefield Academy.  

David Packer 

I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in March 2015. Although I’m new here I have been a governor next door, at Vandyke, for twenty-two years. I’m currently Chair of Governors there. I am strongly committed to improving still further the education that the town’s young people benefit from. I work on the Resources Committee which assists the school in managing its finance and personnel matters. I’m also a link governor for Maths. I’m looking forward to discovering the many good things about Gilbert Inglefield Academy and to using my experience of governance for the benefit of all. 

 Sarah Sandiford 

My role is to work with the Governors and the School Leadership Team to help develop agendas for meetings of the two committees (usually 2 per term) and also for meetings of the Full Governing Body (1-2 per term). I attend the meetings and write up the minutes afterwards. I maintain Governor records including contact details, skills, training, term of office, register of interests and school visit reports. In my “day job” I undertake a very similar role for the local Town Council, so I am used to dealing with lots of paper, lots of emails and lots of meetings! 

 Rachel Swaffield 

This is my second Headship after thirty years’ teaching experience in a range of schools, Primary/Middle/Secondary & Adult Education; rural, inner city and suburban contexts. I originally trained as a teacher of English and Drama but have taught most subjects. I studied English, at London University, followed by a PGCE, post- graduate studies at Oxford and a Master’s in Education from Cambridge. I have experience of training teachers in Zambia and through many in-school training sessions in various schools. I am a Local Leader of Education and the mother of three children. My last school was judged to be Outstanding.  

Mark Versallion 

I provide experience of the commercial sector, in companies such as BAE Systems plc and Capgemini plc, with many years on the boards of charity, voluntary and health organisations as well as 14 years in the Royal Navy Reserve. 

I first became a school governor in 1997 and joined the board of Gilbert Inglefield in 2013.  In 2011, upon my election as the Central Bedfordshire Councillor for Heath and Reach, I stood down from my day job as a managing director in London to become the Executive Member for Children's Services and Schools at the Council.

I have lived in Heath and Reach since 2004 and am married with four children. 

Rachel White

 I have previously been a school librarian at another local middle school, and in September 2015 became GIA's school librarian. I have a passion for promoting a love of reading and helping to build literacy development. As a Parent Governor for GIA, I bring a practical, pupil-level view on matters, the inquisitiveness to question and the willingness to learn.