Get to know your Governors

 Lesley King – Local Authority Governor and Chair of Governors

     

I passionately believe that all children deserve the best possible start in life, so I became a parent governor once both my children were at school, they are now both at secondary school.

I am appointed by the Local Authority and have been Chair for over five years and have served on various committees from both the resources and learning side. My main role is to oversee the governing body and ensure we are doing the best job that we can.

I work closely with the Headship Team and I am often in school. I love what I do, despite the time commitment and challenges!

In another lifetime I worked in retail management.

Susan Beedell – Clerk to Governing Body

I have been clerk since 2001, before having children I worked as a computer systems analyst. When I returned back to work it was as manager of the Pound Hill Post Office, and although I retired in 2012 I still help out to cover holidays etc.

I live locally, am married and have a son and daughter, both of whom attended Milton Mount and 2 grandaughters one of whom is a current pupil.

My main role is to take the minutes of all governors meetings and provide any legal advice etc. that the Governing body needs.

Samantha Beedell – Parent Governor, Member of Learning Committee

I am one of the newer governors to join the team and have been doing the role since mid 2014 so I am still getting to grips with all the terminology, but am finding it all very interesting and have learnt lots already.

During the day when I’m not in my Governors role I am employed as the Head of Talent and Resourcing in the South of England for a very large Retailer.  This means lots of travelling and staying away from home – but trust me that is not at all as glamorous as it may sound.

I have a small person in Year 2  - who inspires me all the time with what she is learning - so wanted to give something back to the school with some of the different skills and experiences I have and the Governors role is a great way to do this.

Lucy Bear – Co-opted Governor, Member of Learning Committee

I was elected as a parent governor in 2013 and am now a Co-opted Governor. I have two children at Milton Mount and I really enjoy seeing how much they both love learning, so I am very proud to be involved with the school.

Following a number of years working at Gatwick for British Airways, I have spent the last 12 years teaching adults in Crawley.  This has taken place in all sorts of community settings with many different groups of learners including homeless young people, ESOL/EAL students, teaching assistants as well as parents at local schools through various programmes of family learning.

 

I strongly believe in lifelong learning and, as a parent who also works in education, I feel that I have many skills to act as a good critical friend to Milton Mount.

 

Kim Buss – Staff Governor

I have worked at Milton Mount Primary School since September 2012 as a TA (teaching assistant) in Year 1, and in early 2015 qualified as HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant).

I am passionate about the school and its staff’s commitment to continually move forward, especially as I have two boys at the School, currently in year 6 and year 3.  I do believe that my experience is holistic in approach from both angles, and I am therefore delighted to be a Staff Governor

Anne Holmes – Head Teacher

The Head Teacher is automatically a member of the Governing body.  

Kevin Pask – Co-opted Governor, Member of Learning Committee & Pay Panel

Having been a Foundation Governor in another West Sussex school, joining the Governing Body at Milton Mount seemed a natural step.  I started as a staff member as I was then a teacher at the school, but my position within the Governing Body altered when I retired.  I felt then - and still do - that I have skills to offer for the good of the school, to support their endeavors and be a critical friend.

Being a Governor has its challenges and, for a volunteer, requires commitment.  I love reading and the ‘romantic’ in me likes happy endings!  It is, therefore, reward enough to be part of the process that makes for a happy and achieving school that goes from strength to strength in serving the parents and children of the area.

Chris Poole Co-opted Governor 

Maria Towning – Co-opted Governor

I am a member of Staffing and Finance Committee, Pay Panel and Data Review committee.  My career before children was with Barclays Bank dealing with Corporate Finance.  Since having my children I have been a full time mum, all three of them attended Milton Mount. Two are now at Hazelwick, studying for  A levels and in Year 8 and my eldest son is at university.  I have spent a lot of time at Milton Mount, 13 years as a parent with six of those as a Governor. During that time I have seen many changes and today remain as passionate as I have always been about Milton Mount.  It is good to see the direction we are heading after an extremely challenging couple of years.

Jo Laker – Parent Governor

"I was elected as a Parent Governor in January 2017, so I am very new to the role and have a lot more to learn, but I am enjoying getting to know more about the school, its pupils, staff and governors.

I was keen to become a governor to make use of the experience I have gained during my career to support the school. I have worked in the Civil Service for 14 years in various positions. I have worked in operational and policy roles and I now work in strategy and change looking at ways to improve casework capabilities.

My twin boys started reception in September 2016 so we are all new to the school, but we have settled in well and I look forward to a long involvement with the school."

Associate members (no voting rights)

Associate Governors - these are people who have special skills or perform certain roles that the Governing body values immensely.  Whilst they are not able to vote at Governor meetings their knowledge and experience makes an important contribution.

Jane Jones – Associate Governor, Member of Finance/Resources Committee

Following a 23 year career in banking I decided to become self employed to allow more time with my son.  Working as a Business Consultant during the recession, I spent a lot of time turning around struggling businesses and helping others grow. Whilst I still consult on a part time basis, my primary role is as Director of a local Logistics company where I have overall responsibility for 70 staff, the finances, legal and compliance issues and our sales and marketing.   

 

All very different to education but I have learnt over the years that in any environment, it is so rewarding being part of developing people of all ages, giving them the tools to do a job and watching them grow.  That’s what I love about being a part of at Milton Mount – not just its physical growth but also the evolution of our children and teaching team

Kari Sprostranova - Associate Governor - Health and Safety Expert

I am a parent of children in Years 6 and 4 and am employed in a senior role within the Health & Safety Executive.  From this position I am able to contribute advice, guidance and support to the school's Health & Safety policies and procedures. I am most active on the Resources (Finance & Staffing) Committee and also support the Health & Safety Governor on inspections etc.  I also attend the Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings where appropriate.

In addition four key members of the Milton Mount staff are classified as Associates.

These are:-

Carrie Maynard - Deputy Headteacher, invited to Learning Meetings and Full Governing Body (FGB).

Lee O'Mahony - Deputy Headteacher, invited to Learning Meetings and Full Governing Body (FGB).

Alex Skinner - Premises Officer, invited to Resources Meetings.

 

Miss K Border - Finance Manager, invited to Resources and FGB meetings when needed to Associate governors.