Governor Profiles

RA PhotoRotimi Akinsete: I have had nearly 20 years’ experience in education and have a background is in social care, Local Authority Children’s Services, and the NHS. I have been chair of trustees for a community counselling service and have managed counselling and support services for adolescents and students.  I am the Director of Wellbeing at the University of Surrey.

 

Neil Benjamin As a local building contractor I use my knowledge to assist the school on the Finance & Premises committee, ensuring best practice, ideas and value are obtained at all times.  I have been a governor for 18 years, prior to that I assisted on the Friends committee and was their Chair for the final few years before becoming a governor.  I have had 4 children at GCS.

 

Stephanie Code I have a son and daughter at the school who started in 2011 and 2013 respectively. I became a Parent Governor in September 2013 and was a member of the Finance and Premises committee until July 2014. From September 2014 taking on the role of vice chair of the Personnel and Community committee and the "Link Governor" responsible for governor training.

 

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Jon Coles I am the Chief Executive of United Learning, a large group of academies and independent schools.  I am a qualified teacher who worked for 15 years in the Department for Education, the last 4 of them on the Board.

 

 

Fiona Davidson - I have been a governor since January 2015 and I am a member of the Community and Personnel Committee.  I work as a Change Programme Manager and use my professional skills and experience to contribute in the areas of change management, critical appraisal, and communication.  I have a special interest in safeguarding and support the work of the staff in this challenging area.

 

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Adam Day As a support staff governor I use my day to day experiences and knowledge of the buildings to assist in making decisions on how best to maintain a safe and good working environment for students and staff.

 

 

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James Felgate I am delighted to be part of the governing body and I look forward to working with fellow governors in order to ensure the best education and environment is given to each and every pupil. I will aim to use my seven years of teaching experience and my role as Head of Physical Education to make a difference in the school and look forward to many happy and purposeful years ahead. 

 

 

 

Pauline Johnson - As chair of the Community and Personnel committee I use my professional experience gained from over thirty years working in the arts and university level education to help uphold the ethos of the school by how we communicate and engage with a wide range of stakeholders.  The committee ensures that student and staff welfare is at the heart of the school's operations, while working with the wider community to fulfil school development plans.

 

Kirsty JenningsKirsty Jennings -  As a member of the Finance and Premises Committee I bring 20 years’ experience in     audit, accounting and commercial finance.  I aim to support the school in managing its finances well in order to ensure that the children can have the best learning experience possible during their time at GCS.

 

 

 

Jennifer Obaditch I have worked in a variety of roles, ranging from classroom teacher to senior academic leadership, in the secondary and FE education sector, for 14 years. Prior to this I worked in HR, training and operations in the telecoms industry. 

My aim is to bring my professional skills, knowledge and experience to the role of governor at Guildford County School. As a member of the Learning and Achievement committee I can draw on my extensive academic management background to support the continual improvement of teaching and learning at the school. 

 

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Janette Owen I am the chair of governors and a national leader of governance. I chair the strategy and planning committee and sit on the other main committees, learning and achievement, community and personnel, and finance and premises. I have been a journalist for more than 30 years on several national newspapers. I have worked at the Guardian for more than 10 years and for three years I wrote a weekly column called The Governor which examined various aspects of school governance. My two sons are former students at County. 

 

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Carol Smith – I have been Head of Geography at GCS since January 1997.  I graduated from the University of Sheffield, and did my teacher training in Liverpool.  I taught there for 3 years, and then moved south and taught in Wokingham before moving to GCS as head of department.  As well as being a teacher and a governor, I am also a union representative and parent to two students at County.

 

 

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Sugi (Indrajit Sugunasingha) I am proud to be part of Guildford County School’s Governing body, and the vast experience that collectively come together to provide a safe and caring learning environment, that promotes individual excellence. As an IT professional with experience in many sectors, I aim to contribute to the efforts to make the school a happy place that boost individual pupils’ abilities to their maximum potential. I believe that we must always keeping the pupils interests at the forefront of all decision making and support activities and plans that bring the best opportunities to our current and future pupils.

 

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Tom Turcan – I am a member of the Learning & Achievement committee, having previously served on Community & Personnel and Finance & Premises, drawing from over 30 years of business management and strategy consulting experience to support the development of the school.

 

 

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Jebbie Williams Jenevora Williams has taught singing at The Royal College of Music, Guildford School of Acting, the Yehudi Menuhin School, many universities, and has had 20 years of working with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

After a ten-year performing career in international opera and concert, I am now a specialist in the areas of vocal health and the teaching of young voices providing training for singing and voice teachers throughout Europe, from day workshops to PhD level.  My book and DVD, ‘Teaching singing to children and young adults’, Compton Publishing Ltd, is used by teachers worldwide.

I have a daughter in year 12 and a son in year 6; and have been a governor at GCS for three years. When she is not immersed in teaching, parenting or school governance, I am an active member of a triathlon club; or just happily passing the time with chickens and vegetables in the garden.

 

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Tim Wolfenden As a member of the Finance & Premises committee I apply my professional experience of financial and more general business management to help ensure that the school achieves value for money, and that spend is focussed in those areas that have greatest impact on pupil outcomes.

 

 

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Sarah Wynde - As a member of the L&A committee, I use my professional expertise in HR, and learning & development to ensure we are raising the standards and levels of achievement for all students in our school through excellent teaching and learning. I have recently upskilled in RAISE online to enable me to add further constructive challenge to our dialogue. I am also the nominated Governor for Careers.