Governor Pen Portraits
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.
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 .”
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.
Glyn has seen all three of his grown up children attend The Highcrest Academy. He lives locally and feels “it is important to support your community, which I have tried to do through my work as a Governor which started in 2003, shortly after my eldest child joined the school. I continued through until 2010 during which time I served periods as Vice Chair and Chair of Governors, before having to leave due to work commitments”.
“I re-joined the Governing Body in 2014 when my youngest daughter started at the school and am currently Chair of the Curriculum Committee as I have always been interested in the quality of education the school provides.” Glyn also sits on the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee. 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 and Commonwealth Office where he has worked for the past 10 years, having spent the previous 26 years in the Royal Air Force.
Jenn has been a governor at Highcrest since December 2017 and is the Chair of the Pupil Welfare Committee, the SEN and Safeguarding Governor and sits on the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee. She is a trained health economist and biochemist having studied to MBA and postgraduate level in Canada and Australia. Beginning her career as a health economist in Sydney, Australia and Singapore prior to moving to the UK, Jenn is now a director at Janssen, the pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson.
Jenn has experience of sitting on boards/committees, including the UK Management Board at Janssen and several pharmaceutical industry boards.
During previous roles, she has sat on joint industry-patient boards in Australia that looked at improving patient outcomes and helped run large fundraising drives for breast cancer.
Jenn hopes to use her skills to make the experience at Highcrest for current and future pupils be the best it can be, and help the school achieve as much as it can, given the greater demands on schools and the restricted funding available.
Paul is an industrial scientist who has been a Governor at Highcrest since it converted to an academy. He is also the school’s Responsible Officer and Chair at a nearby primary school, Hamilton Academy, providing a vital link between the KS2 and transition into secondary education.
He has a keen interest in science, how children learn, progress and increasing, their aspirations and abilities to overcome barriers. Paul has recently taken on the Literacy Governor role.
“I hadn't thought of becoming a Governor until I met the then Chair of Governors when I first visited the school during the Year 6 selection process. He said to come along to a meeting, and if you like it stay, if not, no harm done. I found that I liked the idea of being able to make a difference and being a Governor has given me an opportunity to make a positive impact in the education the children receive at Highcrest.”
Angela has been a Governor at Highcrest since October 2017.
“The education system is a real challenge for all; children, teaching and support staff and for me as a parent. I am the Equalities Governor and look at how the academy’s policies and practices promote equality and community cohesion. I ensure the work put into achieving the EQualities Award last year continues, and how the academy’s ethos of Aspire and Achieve is applied to all its students.”
Angela sits on the Pupil Welfare and Curriculum committees. She is also the Careers Governor and will look at the development of work experience placements and EAL students.
Her professional background is in commercial and business planning management and she also sits on the Pupil Welfare and Finance, Personnel and Premises sub-committees.
Zara has been a Governor since July 2018. She has always been active in the local community and sits on the local NHS Trust Kidney Patient Partnership and has previously sat on the Police Community Liaison Committee. Zara is the Sixth Form Governor and her area of responsibility is Teaching Development (CPD, Quality assurance etc.). She will be visiting the academy with Glyn starting in Science, Anti-bullying (TEI Project introduction) and the Rights Respecting Agenda/Relationships (RRSA). Zara sits on the Pupil Welfare and Curriculum committees.
Terri is a staff governor appointed in October 2019. Terri Brings her unique perspective as a middle leader and local parent of primary school age children. Terri sits on the Curriculum sub-committee and is leading on curriculum enrichment.
Principal Glen Burke has been a Governing Board member since taking up the position of Principal in October 2016. Prior to that he has had extensive experience of teaching and management at Highcrest and other secondary schools in Bucks.