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St Andrew's C of E Primary School

St Andrew's C of E Primary School

Governor Profiles

 

Alex Gaze
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex joined the board in January 2017 as an Associate Governor and was appointed as a Foundation Governor in February 2018. He and his wife live in Cobham and have two daughters who both attend St Andrews. He is a communications professional with experience of working with public and private sector clients that includes housing and community based charities. He currently works in Ministry of Justice on the digitisation of HM Courts and Tribunals service.

 

Alex is a member of The Salvation Army and is also the Head Coach of Cobham Rugby Club’s Under 5s.

Louise Allum
 

I have been a governor at St Andrew's since November 2013 and have had 2 children at the school; Daniel who is now in Year 8 at Esher High School and Lucy who is still at St Andrew's, currently in Year 5.  We live close to school and like to get involved in as many events in the Cobham community as we can.

I am a qualified primary school teacher and taught for 8 years in Surrey and Dorset, specialising in Early Years and Special Educational Needs.  I then spent 4 years at the Department for Education developing training materials for teachers and coordinating research to inform the redesign of the primary curriculum (one of many!).  For the last 5 years I have been a Special Educational Needs Coordinator at a local primary school.  I hope that all these roles make me well-placed to support and challenge the leadership team at St Andrew's.

Sharron Eklo 

I joined the governing board in 2016. I sit on the Finance and Physical Resources committee and I am Chair of the Quality of Education committee.

I have been involved with St Andrew’s since my son joined in 2005, my daughter Lilly is now in year 5 and my family live very close to school.
Over the years I have been very active in the school PTA raising around £90k for much needed equipment before stepping down as Chair in July 2019 to concentrate on my governing role.

My recent professional background was secretary to the management committee of Cobham Village Hall and I am now working as PA to the principal of Flipside Dance School where, amongst other things,I am responsible for attendance, safeguarding and marketing. I am also a registered chaperone for Surrey County Council.

Tim Hoare 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim joined the governing board in January 2017 as an Associate Governor with the objective of bringing additional finance expertise to the team.

In his professional life, Tim is a chartered management accountant (ACMA) and works for IBM as a financial management consultant. He specialises in financial process change and systems implementations for both public and private sector clients.
 
Tim Lives in Cobham with his wife, Lucy, and son, Leo. Leo attends St. Andrew's and will be in Year 1 from September 2017.

Helen Coulson, Chair of Governors 

Helen has been a local school governor since 2003 and is currently Chair of Esher Learning Trust.  Helen holds a BA Hons. Economic & Social History, York University and is Head of Consumer Research at Morpace International, FMMRS and listed in Who’s Who of Professional Women.

In her professional career Helen has held senior leadership positions in a number of major international research firms, specialising in quantitative research, insight and consulting.  She is very conversant with financial accountability, personnel development and accountability and data protection.  Her business responsibilities include governance and oversight of large divisions numbering 100+ staff and divisional budgets in excess of £12m.

She brings to her work within St Andrew's and Esher Learning Trust her skills in business across many aspects from data performance, budgeting, financial planning, people development and business and relationship development. 

Helen lives locally and has strong links with the Parish Church in Esher and it’s daughter church in West End, Esher.

Linda Shaw 

Linda is joint Vice Chair, Foundation Governor and a member of the following groups: Finance

Linda has been a Foundation Governor since January 2016. She lives with her husband and 3 children in Cobham. 

In her professional life Linda had worked for over 30 years in the City, latterly for a large global investment bank. 

Currently she volunteers running events in the fundraising department of Woking and Sam Beare hospice, is Treasurer of a local cricket club and on the committee for the Youth work at St Andrews church. 

A regular attender for over 20 years at St Andrew's Church, Cobham, she is the Treasurer for the Youth work and has for many years taken an active role in the Kids on Sunday plans and activities. 

Linda enjoys walking her dog, watching cricket and spending time with family and friends. 

Paul Barraclough
 

Paul joined the governing board in December 2017 as a Parent Governor.

In his professional life, Paul is a management consultant who has experience working in both private and public sectors on large scale transformations, with a specific focus on organisational effectiveness. 

 

Paul lives in Cobham with his wife, Emma, and two children. Tristan attends St. Andrew’s in Year 2 (2019) and Matilda attends Little Acorns Nursery on the school’s site.

Mike Branscombe
 

Mike has been a governor at St Andrew's since September 2018when he was licensed as Vicar of St Andrew’s Church in Cobham. He is a regular visitor to the school for assembly on Thursdays and as governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding.  Mike is married to a Secondary school teacher who is a literacy and drama specialist, he has two children with Special Needs who attend Woking High School. He is active in many Cobham community organisations.

Mike has served as a parish priest since 1995 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. His work as a priest has always connected with education he has been chair of governors at a primary school in the West Midlands and has served as team chaplain to Clearwater High School American Football team in Florida.  Mike hopes that his wide experience will bring enthusiasm and commitment to serving the educational and spiritual needs of our students.  Mike serves on the Governor’s Quality of Learning sub-committee.

Debra Mason