Meet the Governors

January 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

At Abbotswood we are fortunate to have a board of Governors that provide really valuable support to the school. We thought you'd like to get to know them a little better. Pictures below are (from left to right):

Top row: Bob Carson (Chair), Glenn More (Head Teacher), Fiona Brocklesby (Deputy Head Teacher), Emma Moore (Deputy Head Teacher) and Jane Withers (Co-opted Governor)

Middle Row: Ed Bishop (Co-opted Governor), Graham Vail (Parent Governor), Ian Campton (Co-opted Governor), Sarah Hamblyn (Co-opted Governor) and Matthew Stevens (Parent Governor)

Bottom Row: Wendy Edgell (Clerk to Governors), We are also awaiting photographs for Dr Carys Hughs (Co-opted Governor), Mr Anthony Sturmey (Partnership Governor) and Mr Paul Williamson (Associate Member)

We asked a couple of the Governors about their role;


Why are you a Governor: Having been a Head Teacher of a local school for 25 years I wanted to give something back to another school and that school is Abbotswood Junior. One of the biggest volunteer groups in the United Kingdom are governors of every type of school. I have joined them and my colleagues at Abbotswood . We help to manage the school by being critical friends. We all want this super school to keep on improving and our support is vital for that to happen.

What do you do as a Governor: I am the chair of governors so in a sense I lead the group. An effective governing body displays teamwork and togetherness and my job is to promote this. I am also a safeguarding governor and have many other responsibilities.

What do you do outside of School: I am now retired but seem busier than ever. I enjoy sailing in the Solent and walking in the New Forest. My wife and I have three children who all attended local schools. They are grown up now but they share my passion for state education and creating opportunities for every pupil regardless of who they are .

Matt Stevens (Parent Governor)

Why are you a Governor: I am a parent governor and was once a pupil many years ago so I have a certain affinity with the school and the local community.  It was a great opportunity to give back to the school that I attended and now my children attend and help in the positive outcomes that current management team striving to achieve.    

What do you do as a Governor: As well as the statutory obligations placed on a school governor we are charged to support and oversee the work of the school with a view to promoting and encouraging best practice and safeguarding our pupil population.  I also have commercial skills and experience in Health & Safety compliance which I can hopefully bring to the table when acting as a parent governor of the school.  

What do you do outside of School: I am the Director of a consultancy business providing Health & Safety support, advice and inspection services to the construction industry.  Outside of work I am a hobby drummer and play in a local band around various local pubs and clubs.

Ed Bishop (Co-opted Governor)

Why am I a Governor

  1. Vested interest as my girls are / have been at the school.
  2. I believe if you have something to say you should stand up and be counted and get involved.
  3. I want to help, support and hopefully improve the local community
  4. I would not regard myself as an academic so feel that I can add a balanced perspective to many points we are involved in.

What do I do as a Governor?

  1. Chair of Recourses
  2. Chair of the Pay committee
  3. Attached to H&S and Site inspections

What do I do outside of School?

  1. UK Sales Manager for Sortimo a German business specializing in kitting our work vans.
  2. Father to Amber and Georgie Bishop
  3. Hobbies include: Classic cars (Dolomite Sprint and Citroen DS), Mountain biking (downhill and XC), Skiing and Snowboarding, Running and Walking.

If you'd like to hear more about being a Governor at Abbotswood please visit our Governor Vacancy Page.




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