Governor Pen Portraits
"I have lived in South Bucks and the Wycombe area for a large part of my life and having benefitted from a good education here I wanted to get involved in helping other local young people benefit too. I have spent a long time working in finance as a qualified accountant and I am at a point in my career where I believe I have built up a lot of knowledge that I could use to help guide an education establishment to deliver its goals and objectives, whilst maintaining a strong financial core. The last few roles that I have held have given me exposure to Board and leadership teams in a large, complex organisation and I think I can use that experience to help The Highcrest Academy to realise its vision to build an outstanding organisational establishment.
Outside of work and being a governor I have two young children who keep me on my toes, keep me awake a lot of the night and who are great fun. Wherever they end up going to school in the future I hope the governing Board and Senior Leadership Team are as committed as the teams are at Highcrest."
“I have a long-standing drive to re-invest back into a system that I wholeheartedly thank for many of my successes and progression in life. Having experienced the full range of private schooling, home schooling and state schooling – I am aware of the quality and impact that the state schooling specifically had on my life, views, drive and determination.”
“My experience lies mainly within the building services engineering, facilities management and health and safety fields, with my personal career roles have covered corporate through to public sector establishments. I currently serve as the Assistant Director of Operational Services managing two hospital locations as part of the NHS.”
“I am fully committed to carrying out the role of a Governor for The Highcrest Academy, specifically looking to support in its objectives of ensuring the facilities are safe, well managed and suitable for use – working with the other governors to ensure effective and efficient deployment of the Academy’s resources.”
“With extensive experience in operational management, change management, financial management, compliance and leadership – I hope to work with the rest of the governing and executive board in ensuring we maintain an organisational trajectory that secures the future of the future generations, preparing them to face life’s many challenges."
“My background and personal challenges have equipped me well to empathise and support through the challenges that today and tomorrow’s students may face. I look forwards to seeing what we can achieve as a team and how we can be a positive force in young peoples' lives in much the same way that those in my past have been to me."
Johannes is taking the role of Health & Safety Governor and will lead on premises management areas. He sits on the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committees.
Susan became a Governor at the Academy in October 2016 and after having been Chair of Curriculum last year after following an 18 month succession plan, took over as the Chair of Governors.
“I am currently working as a marketing and logistics consultant to a scientific marketing firm and in the past have sold children’s books, been a Senior Housing Officer and worked in community regeneration managing public funding and answerable to multi-agency boards.”
“My main focuses in 2019/2020 are further Governor recruitment, introduction of the new appraisal system linked to the whole school objectives, supporting the Chairs of the committees and Vice Chair to develop the new and existing Governors, Pupil Premium, Literacy, GDPR, Health & Safety and School Culture & Impact. I sit on the Pupil Welfare, Curriculum and Finance, Premises and Personnel Committees.” Susan is also a qualified volleyball coach and coaches the Under 15 Girls South East Regional team.
David joined us as a Governor in July 2020 as our Stakeholder Governor and sits on the Finance, Premises and Personnel and Curriculum committees.
David is a Chartered Accountant with a breadth of experience across finance as a Company Secretary, Group Financial Controller and Finance Director. More recently, David has taken on commercial and operations directorship roles where he has pursued his interests in employee engagement, leading change projects, process improvement, data analytics and problem-solving.
David has two daughters who are progressing through the latter stages of the education systems and has coached Penn & Tylers Green Girls football since 2010, helping launch their first ladies team in 2018. More recently, David has been chairing High Wycombe Mutual Aid who are a local group making sure that residents feel socially included and have access to basic needs, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
David is particularly keen to work with and listen to all the school's stakeholders to help enrich the school's vision for the future.
Debra joined the Board of Governors in 2019 and is the Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee. She is currently employed full time at a major global bank. She has held a number of finance roles in a range of sectors over the last 20 years.
Debra is also a qualified teacher and will look at staff well-being and workloads as well as the financial systems in place. She has a passion for literacy and education and a particular interest in the value of dyslexic thinking and is an advocate in this area.
Alethae joined the Academy Board of Governors in October 2017. Alethae is a parent to a current Year 10 student whose pride in the school attracted her to join the School Governing Board.
Previously, Alethae served for nearly 3 years as a Parent Governor in a local infant school. She works in a local NHS Trust as a Senior Nurse Manager and is a Registered Nurse who holds a BSC Honours in Healthcare Management, MSc Public Health and MA Leadership and Management.
Alethae is the Vice Chair and the Development Governor for the Academy’s Board of Governors. Responsibilities as a Development Governor include monitoring the board’s training and development skills as well as organising training sessions in alignment with governing board learning needs. Recently the board has had training with other local secondary schools which helps us to learn from each other as well a fostering good relationships with other local schools’ communities. Alethae also sits in the Pupil Welfare and Finance and Premises committees.
“My main focus as a Governor is to ensure that our board are skilled and exposed to as much learning as possible to gain knowledge that will help in creating cohesion with the Academy Leadership. Currently our board consists of new Governors; it is important that we develop both existing and new Governors to ensure strategic impact on the culture and vision of the school. My aim is to attract and recruit more Governors to fill our current vacancies, especially targeting people who have Finance and/or Human Resources experience .”
“Nice to meet you all, my name is Lorraine Osborne. I have worked in education since 2006.
My first teacher role was at Amersham and Wycombe College, moving onto other local further education colleges within the area. I taught in Beauty Therapy subjects specialising in TV and Media make-up. While teaching in my role, I was course leader for apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Hospitality.
My career took me along the apprenticeship's path and decided to stop teaching in 2017 to become an Apprenticeship Manager at the Berkshire College of Agriculture, diversifying my portfolio further to Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry and Motor Vehicle.
I am now an Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager for the Open University, looking after our wonderful NHS managing over 700 apprentices studying Level 4 Foundation Degrees to Level 7 Masters. I thoroughly enjoy my role, I am so proud of all my frontline workers, especially at this testing time.
I am looking forward to my role as Governor, I am passionate about social mobility, hence choosing to work for Open University which is open to all and wanting to make a difference to young peoples' lives."
Glyn is coming back for a third time as a Governor of the Highcrest Academy which first started in 2003, shortly after his eldest child joined the school. Due to commitments, he has had periods when he was not involved with the school and this has given him a unique perspective on its development.
Glyn lives locally and feels “it is important to support your community, which I have tried to do through my work as a Governor, sitting on the Curriculum Committee, as I have always been interested in the quality of education the school provides.” The focus for Glyn’s visits will be the student experience - independent learning - marking and feedback, books and seating plans.
Glyn is a Civil Servant in the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office where he has been working for the past 13 years, having spent the previous 26 years in the Royal Air Force.
The Highcrest Academy Board welcomed a new Parent Trustee Ina Stan. Ina is a lecturer at Bucks New University and has an interest in education and student & staff welfare. Ina will sit on the Curriculum and Welfare committees and will be a lead trustee on Safeguarding.
George became a Governor at the Academy in May 2020 and sits on the Finance, Premises and Personnel and Curriculum committees.
“I joined the Civil Service in 2016 as a Fast Track Apprentice working in HR. My first role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was focused on recruiting teams of policy and project delivery professionals to support the government's Brexit agenda. Since then I have worked for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport leading the HR operations and payroll teams and most recently, in the Ministry of Defence leading on strategic workforce planning and organisational design. Prior to joining the civil service, I have worked in communications and marketing for a local housing association.
“The school governor role has always been of interest to me, ever since becoming Head Boy at my secondary school. I’m encouraged by the impact a good governance structure and governing body can have on the performance of a school and look forward to supporting the SLT to develop and improve the school as not only a place to learn and grow but also as a place to work.”