Co-Opted Governor and Chair of Governors
I am the Chair of Governors.
I have two children, both have attended Air Balloon School, one is now at secondary school and the other is in Key stage 2. They both really enjoyed their time at Air Balloon and I became a Parent Governor to help ensure other children do so as well.
I currently work at the University of Bristol where I have been seconded to a project looking at improving all aspects of study and assessment. My normal job at the University is Learning Technologist (I teach Lecturers how to use technology to improve their teaching) and I am very interested in theories of learning. I have taught maths to adults and also worked in the corporate sector as an IT trainer.
I attend the standards committee as I feel my skills are best used supporting the quality of education at Air Balloon School.
Co-opted Governor and Chair of Finance Committee
I have been a Co-opted governor since the latter part of 2012 and have two children at the school. I am currently chair of the Finance Committee and am a previous chair of Governors. I work as a Financial Controller on a development programme for a large engineering firm, so I am used to dealing with the complex financial issues which can occur in any large organisation. One of my main hopes is to use this experience in supporting and challenging the school’s financial processes to maximise the benefit our children can get from the available funding.
Co-opted Governor and Health, Safety & Wellbeing link role Governor
Although originally a parent at the school, I have always been elected as a Co- opted Governor. I joined the governing body of the then Infants school over 18 years ago when my eldest daughter was a pupil and went on to hold the role of Chair of Governors there, before the schools amalgamated.
I currently work at one of the local Hospital Trusts as an Associate General Manager and bring a variety of transferable skills from that role. I am proud to have been part of building the strong reputation Air Balloon Primary School has locally as well as further afield and the positive start it offers to children starting out on their journey in formal education. I serve on the finance committee and am committed to ensuring the school provides a safe, happy and positive learning environment for the local community, within the resources available, where both pupils and staff are supported to achieve their optimum potential.
Co-opted Governor and co vice chair
I have been a co-opted governor for Air Balloon Hill for nearly 5 years, and am one of the two vice-chairs on the board. I have one child in the school and my aim as a governor is to support their school in any way that I can. Prior to being vice chair I was the link governor for both SEND and Children in Care.
I have worked for 10 years as a software engineer in a variety of industries, and bring that experience to my role as a governor.
I joined the school as a co-opted governor in June 2018. I have three children, one in Year 3 and the other two still too young for school. My eldest has had a great time so far at Air Balloon Hill School, and I want to ensure the school continues to offer the same great education and environment to other children. I felt that joining the governing body was the best way I can contribute to this.
I am currently a consultant, with a long previous career as a civil servant. In both roles I have had plenty of experience in financial management, and I currently sit on the Finance Committee, which makes good use of this experience.
I am a co-Opted member of the Air Balloon Hill Primary School board,Bristol,England. First, I am a British citizen and my family also live in different parts of this country. I am a father of five. My children went through Church Field schools in Swindon and for their A-levels they went to Wootton Basset college. For their university education they went through Queen Mary University (London) , Imperial College ( London) and UWE, Bristol.
I hold a first degree in Accounting and an MSc in Forensic Accounting from the University of Portsmouth (England) and I am fully CIMA Qualified with a chartered status of ACMA, CGMA.
I served in other school boards abroad and researched into the establishment of the Magnet school curriculum from Baltimore Maryland, US for one of the schools.
I worked for Colgate Palmolive Company, NJ, Rumons Services, Surrey and Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon. I currently work for DHL In Avonmouth, Bristol and run my private consulting firm, Tyrarichards Consulting Ltd.
My interest besides supporting with the finance committee of the board is motivation of young people to aspire and excel and for these am grateful to serve ABHPS, Bristol, England
My name is Sara and I am a Co-Opted Governor to the Board.
I work for a small Financial Planning Firm in Bristol as the Technical Team Manager. My role involves overseeing the advice given to our clients in regard to lifetime planning (both financial and lifestyle). In my capacity on the Senior Management Team, I assist with the overall running of the business. This involves making decisions about the business strategy, setting areas of focus and ensuring we deliver on these. I also provide the HR support for my team, conducting reviews, providing and arranging training and ensuring their ongoing performance management.
My professional experience lends me to the Finance Committee and I am only too happy to volunteer these skills to the school. I am committed to supporting this wonderful school that I feel very lucky my two children have the opportunity to attend.
I am a parent governor and joined the governors in November 2020. I have one child at the school currently and another will join in September 2022. My son has enjoyed starting school and I have been impressed with how the school welcomed the Reception pupils to the school. I wanted to join the governors because school is such a big part of a child and their family’s life. I hope to be able to support the school and play an active role in ensuring that it continues to have such a positive impact on the local community
I became a co-opted governor in November 2019 and have lived locally for over 25 years. I have may years’ experience working in schools starting my career as a Special Needs teacher progressing through to a range of senior leadership roles. I have experience of school inspection from both sides of the coin. My decision to become a school governor was because I believe high quality education is a right, not a luxury, for all young people and I want to help back a difference
I am a co-elected governor and have 2 children that attend our school.
As a parent and member of the local community I hope to be able to offer my insight and support in a proactive way that helps the school to achieve its goals. Over the years in my career as a designer, I have learnt to listen and ask questions as well as understand and address the needs of others. These are skills I can bring to my role as governor
I was voted on to the governing board as a parent governor in November 2020. I have two children who attend Air Balloon as well as Space Cadets after-school club. I work in education technology and am keen to look at how schools can keep improving outcomes for pupils through a range of measures. One of my strengths is looking into the details and asking questions, and I see that as a vital part of my role as a governor. I look forward to working alongside the school to keep driving improvements.
I have worked at Air Balloon Hill since January 2014 and have taught in Years 4, 5 and 6. I am also Writing Subject Lead across the school and I’m committed to ensuring that the children are provided with an enriching English curriculum which instils a love for lifelong learning.
Since becoming the Staff Governor in 2019, I hope to have a greater impact on every child and provide an opportunity for staff members to have a voice.
I have been a co-opted Governor since May last year, so I am still new to the role. I have taught at Air Balloon for 5 years and I am currently in Year 1, as well as the Achievement Lead for Year 1 and 2. I wanted to become a part of the Governing body to support the school, in a different way from teaching and see how the school is run from a higher level.
Clerk to Governors
Hi, I am the clerk to the governing board, and am also a parent at the school.
My role within the board is to support and provide administration. I ensure the smooth running of meetings, and that the board meet their statutory requirements.
I took on the role as I care greatly about education. I wanted to help the governing board be the best support it can be to the school and school community.
Welcome from the Chair of Governors
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Air Balloon Hill Primary School,
Thank you for taking the time to visit the governor pages on the ABHPS website.
I have been Chair of Governors since September 2017, taking over from Dan Reed the previous Chair. Before that I was Vice Chair of Governors.
As Chair I have the privilege of leading an experienced and knowledgeable group of school governors who have experience in many areas. These include human resources, education, finance and learning technology.
We want all our children to develop their full academic and social potential. Becoming responsible caring adults in their later lives. As a board of governors, we feel the school does an admirable job achieving this, but no school is perfect. It is the role of the Board of Governors to work with the Headteacher and staff to act as a ‘critical friend’. We support and challenge the school to achieve even more for our children.
We are responsible for:
During COVID we have also reviewed the steps taken by the school to keep children and staff safe and monitored the move to online learning.
We offer a broad, balanced curriculum and aim for enjoyment in learning in the classroom and beyond. Our experienced and dedicated staff work in partnership with parents and children. Providing the best possible education for the children.
As a parent I have seen how the teachers and other staff help every child reach their full potential. I work closely with the Headteacher to continuously improve this educational experience.
Chair of Governors