Board of Governors
Thank you for visiting the Governor section of the Abbeyfield School website. Here you will find brief details about our role, our responsibilities and brief pen portraits about each of us. We also are delighted to include a short review of what we believe governors achieved during last academic year (2015- 2016).
We look forward to meeting you at one of the many school events, and hope that you enjoy your connection with your school. We are extremely proud of what the students achieve, along with the outstanding commitment of all the staff who continuously strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students.
Paul Harris (Chair of Governors September 2016)
About our Board of Governors
|Mrs Trish Chilton
Co-Opted Governor 2015 – 2018
Having previously lived in Cornwall for 18 years, I recently moved to Chippenham where I am the HR Director of a financial software company. I am married and our son has recently gone to University.
I have been a Governor for seven years in the secondary sector, originally as a Parent Governor, and over the last three years as Chair of Governors. During my term we experienced two Ofsted Inspections which were rated ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’, and I was heavily involved in the Finance and Premises/Student Curriculum Committees, plus Headteacher’s appraisal panels.
Of a similar size to Abbeyfield, but with a more rural demographic, the school achieved Academy status in 2012, becoming The Roseland Academy.
I am delighted to have been co-opted as a governor to Abbeyfield School and hopefully can draw on my previous experience to further enhance the already extremely high standards Abbeyfield have set for their students and staff.”
|Ms Bonnie Evans
Pastoral Manager 2009 onwards
10 years ago my family’s life changed dramatically when my husband suddenly died. At the time I was working in Bristol setting up and managing a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. I had worked in this field for many years as an addictions counsellor and thrived on working with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our society. A change was essential and I was gently introduced to a new career in education working in a primary school as a TA. As my sons grew so did I and I started work at Abbeyfield six years ago. I was employed as a TA when a post came up to take on the role as Inclusion Manager I jumped at the opportunity. I am passionate about young people’s welfare and wellbeing and my new responsibility in the child protection team, while challenging, is so rewarding. I decided to apply for the post as staff governor with a view to bringing some of my skills to the board and as a new and exciting journey for myself.
|Mr Simon Weston
Co-Opted Governor 2015 – 2018
I joined the board of governors as a co-opted governor due to my financial skills and background.
I have worked within the accounting profession for over 25 years. Until 2004 I worked in Chippenham, but more recently I have been based in Bristol. My role revolves around helping local businesses to interpret their results, upgrade their financial systems and plan for future growth, as well as developing my team. This includes staff of many levels from Higher Apprentices through to qualified accountants.
Both my daughters attend Abbeyfield and I am hoping this is an opportunity to help the school by utilising some of the skills I have learnt over the years. In my spare time I enjoy watching cricket and many other sports.
|Mr Paul Harris
(Authority and Chair Governor)
2016 – 2020
I have been a governor at Abbeyfield School for approx. 4 years, initially elected as a parent governor. I believe being a school governor is an opportunity to give back something to the local community and as such, I have now moved in to the position of LA governor to allow me to continue with my involvement with the school.
I am employed as Aircrew within the Royal Air Force, conducting trials and evaluation on the Hercules C130J aircraft at MOD Boscombe Down. In my spare time I am a keen cyclist and runner for personal fitness and I enjoy all forms of motorsport.
|Mr Ian Tucker
Headteacher Governor 2014 onwards
I have been a headteacher in several different schools for both Primary and Secondary age students. I began my teaching career in Bradford, West Yorkshire and live in Malmesbury with my wife and three children. I am a very keen sports fan and I go and watch Bath RFC when I can. I enjoy running and cycling as well as reading whenever the opportunity presents itself. I have been known to strum the odd guitar and play the Cornet in a brass band too!I have studied at Durham University and The University of Gloucestershire and my degree is in Religious Studies and Philosophy. I have a BA (Hons) and a PGCE.
|Mr Alan Paddock
(Chair of Finance Committee)
Co-opted Governor 2014 – 2017
I have been a parent governor at Abbeyfield for about 2 years. Previously I have served on Charter Primary governing body.School governance is an opportunity to give back and support the institutions which play such a significant part in the early years of our children,
and I believe as a stakeholder, I can both support and challenge the school in the role of critical friend.
I have 2 children who have benefited from their education at Abbeyfield (one past, one current).
By profession I am an engineer, working in the telecommunications industry in design and development of mobility systems.”
|Miss Eleri Crowly
2016 – 2020
I am delighted to be a member of the Governing Body for such an inspirational school. Originally from Wales, I obtained a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and worked in the theatre industry for many years.
Wanting to help provide a good education for all children, I began working as a project manager for an education charity who opened schools in deprived areas. More recently I have provided consultancy for other education charities, including a proposed SEND charity.
I have recently moved to Chippenham to work for a local software company. This is my first governor position and I look forward to working with the staff and Governors at Abbeyfield.
|Mr Chris Brake
2016 – 2020
I was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor in November 2016 – thank you; I will work hard to live up to the trust placed in me.
I was a Royal Air Force Officer for 20 years before serving as a Chief Officer in both UK and US companies – I provided strategic guidance and oversight of corporate governance, risk management, financial compliance, information security, and health & safety. I then became a director of my own company before retiring. I have an IT degree and an MBA, majoring in strategy and finance. Additionally, I am a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. I am a Wiltshire Online Digital Champion, and recently qualified as an Ambulance Service Community First Responder.
Some of my spare time is spent on Call of Duty, Netflix boxsets and electronic music production, where technology and enthusiasm compete with a lack of musical talent.
|Mrs Sarah Slater
2016 – 2020
I am a new addition to the Abbeyfield Board of Governors joining in November 2016 and very much look forward to serving as a parent governor. I am passionate about education and the life chances a good education can provide for children.
I currently work at a secondary school in Wiltshire so have experience of school policies, expectations, the curriculum and working with children and parents. I also understand the need for discretion, confidentiality and loyalty and I have recently joined the safeguarding team.
As a parent I have a keen eye for opportunities to make improvements and promote excellence and strongly believe that Abbeyfield School is a wonderful place that really has its students at the heart of all that they do.
I have 2 children one already at Abbeyfield in Year 8 and one at primary school. I like to bake, although I am certainly not in the Great British Bake Off league, spend time with my children, keep fit and socialise with friends.
|Mr Brian Swinburne
I have served as a parent governor at Abbeyfield for 4 years with my term ending in November 2016, I am delighted to now be continuing with the school as a co-opted governor until the end of the current academic year. Within the governing board, I am the designated Safeguarding governor, Health and Safety governor and Data governor. As a governor, I hope to be able to help the school provide an environment in which our students have every opportunity to develop and realise their full potential, enabling them to achieve their aspirations.
I graduated in Pure Mathematics with Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics from Imperial College London in 1991, starting my career with what is now Airbus Defence and Space in 1990. Within Airbus I am a Senior Expert in Space Situational Awareness and responsible for all Flight Dynamics and Mission Planning activities for a fleet of spacecraft providing secure communications to UK Government/Armed Forces; I am fortunate enough to be internationally recognised in my field of expertise. I believe this experience has given me a solid understanding of organisational and procedural matters and allows me to see the bigger picture whilst also being able to consider the detail.
I am also a director of the Wiltshire Young Musicians which provides opportunities to young people within Wiltshire to participate in orchestras and ensembles, and also perform the function of treasurer for the organisation. In my spare time I enjoy playing the violin and I am currently studying for my Grade 4 exam. I also like to run and I am a member of the Chippenham Harriers.
|Mr Alistair Jennings
Graduating from the University of Essex with a BA (Hons) Music, and the University of Reading (PGCE Secondary Music), I have been teaching secondary music for four years. I moved to Abbeyfield School in September 2016, and have now been elected as a co-opted governor.
As a governor, I am pleased to be part of the vital decision-making process, strategically planning, creating and realising the visions of our school. I am part of a team who is responsible for and care about the students in our school, and who want to make that ‘big’ difference, which will in turn, positively affect the lives and importantly, the education of our students.
As a music teacher, I have a very musical background – I have been playing piano for many years, and also play clarinet, saxophone, bagpipes, ukulele and the organ. At university, I was awarded the Canon Jack Award for Solo Piano and the Roy Teed Cup for Composition.
I have a keen interest in gardening: I completed a National Diploma in Horticulture, and worked for a while on the estate and in the gardens of Burghley House in Lincolnshire, as well as working on my own garden in my spare time. I also have a keen interest in running, sailing and cycling.