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.
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.
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 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.
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 has been a local School governor since 2005 and has recently become Chair of Governors at Esher CofE High School. She has 12 years experience of primary school governorship at a local primary school.
She has 3 children, two of whom are currently at University and one at Esher High School, and she lives locally.
In her professional career Debra spent 20 years working at The Coca-Cola Company where she held varying positions of responsibility within European IT as a Program Manager and latterly in Building Management and Facilities.
Debra also volunteers at the Princess Alice Hospice.