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Nicola Bellman. I am a preschool manager of Towers Tiny Tots at Goat Lees Community Centre and I run the after school club for Goat Lees Primary School. I have a passion for education and ensuring all children have the best start in life. I believe collaboratively working as a community is the best way to ensue this. I joined the governing body to allow me to understand and support another area of education.
Rita Hawes. During my time as Borough Councillor for the area, I campaigned with others, over many years, for a school to be built. I was therefore delighted to be asked to join the Governing Body. Until my retirement, I taught at Highworth Grammar School and since then I have been a governor at The Towers School. Both our children attended Kennington Primary before attending secondary schools in Ashford. My wish has always been that Goat Lees Primary School will provide an excellent education for the local children and also become a focal point within the community.
Keith Dunkerley. I was born in Ashford and have lived in the town for all but 5 years of my life. I am married and have 2 children and 1 granddaughter, all who have been educated locally. I am now retired. Previously I spent 6 years actively involved in trade union work, followed by 28 years in a number of management positions.I played cricket for 25 years and table tennis for 35 years for local clubs, and now enjoy the occasional game of golf and walking our 2 cocker spaniels.
Winston Michael. I am married and a father to four children with six grandchildren. I am a Borough Councillor for the area, known for my passion to see the needs of the young members of the community properly addressed. I have had forty-eight years business experience, of which thirty-six was spent in top management. In 1972, I founded a world-wide IT consultancy to provide business solutions to top companies across a variety of industries. I am a good listener, take a positive approach to matters, I have a “can do” attitude, and an achiever, all of which are skills to support in my role as governor at Goat Lees Primary School.
Ian Cooper. I am a co-opted governor for Goat Lees Primary School. I am also a father to two fantastic children (one in primary and one in grammar school). I have been involved in Public Sector Learning and Development for the past 13 years. Whilst my background is adult education teaching, a lot of the skills I have learnt are transferrable. I have previous governor experience and I am looking forward to utilising these skills for the benefit of the children here at Goat Lees.
Jane Hall.I am a co-opted governor for Goat Lees Primary school. I have worked in science education throughout my career, at the grass roots level and in a management capacity. Since retiring I have experience of volunteering as an advisor for CAB, and as a Parish Councillor; both these roles have enhanced my understanding of the problems facing people living in an ever-expanding Ashford and of the Goat Lees community is particular. I have two adult children who grew up in the area and two young grandchildren who have reignited my interest in education from an early age. I believe passionately that a good education should be available for all children regardless of background and that a school should play a key role within the heart of the community. My knowledge and experience of education will support my role as a school governor, and I look forward to helping guide the school’s future development.
Melanie Fuller.I am a parent governor and I have two children who are currently pupils at Goat Lees school, so it is fantastic to be part of the governing board. I have lived in Ashford for 14 years, and living close to the school and I can see how important the connection between the school and the community is. I have been involved in the Friends of Goat Lees charity and try to get involved where I can with the fundraising events they organise. I also volunteer to listen to pupils reading, and find this really rewarding to see the children develop in their confidence and enjoy books. I am a civil engineer and work for the Environment Agency in flood risk management, my role is focused around managing the funding and delivery of the maintenance programme on flood defences. I am also a STEM ambassador, which involves going into schools and encouraging science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines by sharing my experiences of the real world. Bringing my skills and perspective as a parent I hope to be an integral part of the governing team and help shape the schools future.
Katie Pronger. I am a staff governor for Goat Lees Primary School. I am married with two children in a local primary school and have lived in Ashford from birth. I have been a teacher and English lead for 16 years. I have a passion for reading and phonics and feel strongly about the importance of reading as a life skill. I feel privileged to be part of the Goat Lees family and look forward to a new challenge as a governor in supporting the school’s future development and sharing the views of my colleagues.
Jacqui Wapshott as a member of KCC Clerking Service has supported the school since inception and continues to be a valued member of our team.