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Mary Davey - Chair

Date Appointed Reappointed 9/6/15
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School? Having known the Head Teacher in a professional capacity in her previous school, I was happy to be involved with Oaklands School and it’s future development.
Professional Background Experience of Special Schools both as a parent of a child with special needs and as a governor at a special needs school. I have experience of involvement with an expanding school during planning, implementation and continuing and ongoing leadership
What skills do you bring to the role? Staffing and Curriculum, Head Teachers Performance Management, HT Appointment Panel
Committee membership Finance & Premises Committee, Staffing & Curriculum, HT Performance Management, HT Appointment panel. HSGBA Representative.  
Declared financial/business interests None

Alexandra Burton

Community Governor

Date Appointed Reappointed 9/6/15

Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

As a mother of three young children, I appreciate the importance of a stable and happy environment as a fundamental backdrop for children to develop and learn to their full potential. I looked around Oaklands and felt that it was a warm and welcoming environment where the children were clearly the priority and I felt that it was a school I wanted to be part of.
Professional Background

Commercial lawyer from 1999-2008 specialising in commercial property and property finance. Since 2010 a Magistrate

 
What skills do you bring to the role? Legal background, used to reviewing lots fo paperwork quickly and then identify, analyse and advise on key issues. Used to sitting on Tribunals. Committed and vocal
Committee Membership

Staffing and Curriculum, HT Appointment Panel

Declared financial/business interests None

Mike Essam

Community Governor

How long have you been a Governor?

Autumn term 2000 - Reappointed 9/6/15

Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

My daughter was a pupil at Oaklands School at the time and I became a Parent Governor. When my daughter left the school I stayed on as a community Governor. I continue to be a Governor because schools need Governors.

Professional Background

I began teaching in 1972 and I have worked as a Design Technology teacher ever since. For the last ten years I have worked in special education and volunteered with enterprises for adults with special needs.

What skills do you bring to the role?

I like to think I bring the professional skills of a lifetime of teaching, and a personal dimension as a parent of a child (now adult) with special needs
Declared financial/business interests Works as a teacher at another school

Fadeel Cornelius

Staff Governor

Date Appointed 9/6/15
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School? Employed at Oaklands School
Professional Background School site manager for the past 10 years
What skills do you bring to the role? Excellent DIY skills and site maintenance
Committee Membership Finance and premises, Health and Safety
Declared financial/business interests None

Elizabeth Murphy

Staff Governor

Date Appointed 17/10/14
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School? I wanted to provide the point of view of an active staff member who is able to deliver accurate up to date information on the day to day running of classroom based practice. I was incredibly interested in the building project also, and wanted to provide assistance to ensure that the students receive the best environment for learning in the upcoming years.
Professional Background I graduated from St Mary’s college in 2009 with a BA QTS in Primary Education. I entered straight in to the special needs field, completing my NQT year at Portesbery School in Surrey. I moved to Jack Tizard School due to a house move and continued to work there for four years where I ran many whole school events. I moved to Oaklands in September 2014 following the birth of my son and am currently part of the Middle Leadership Team, heading up the Functional Communication for all curriculum groups. I am presently completing my NPQML through teaching leaders
What skills do you bring to the role? I am an active member of the school team who has had experience working with a wide range of pupils including ASD, SLD and PMLD in both Primary and Secondary Special Needs settings. I am interested in the progression of the school and am willing and eager to provide assistance to ensure the students receive the best education available
Committee Membership Staffing and Curriculum, Health and Safety, HT Appointment Panel
Declared financial/business interests Is on the managing committee of a nursery school

Stephanie Dempsey

Co Opted Governor - Vice Chairperson

Date Appointed

Reappointed 9/6/15

Why did you want to be a Governor at Oaklands School:

I was initially drawn to an article in a local paper advertising various vacancies within the borough. I specifically wanted to work within a SEN environment as I know they struggle to recruit Governors.

Professional Background:

I am a self employed Operations professional and currently work for number of organisations providing an Operational, Business Support and Event Management service. I am married with one child and live very close to the school.

What skills do you bring to the role?

I hope to bring a number of skills to the GB; including my understanding of budgets/financial reporting, operational management and Human Resources experience. I also hold a professional qualification in Health & Safety.

Committee memebership: Health & Safty committee, Finance & Premises Committee
Declared financial/business interests:   None

Nancy Beesley

Co Opted Governor

Date Appointed

10/11/15

Why did you want to become a Governor

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Oaklands School for 5 years and I love my job! I feel it is very important that the teaching support staff have a voice on the governing body as we work most closely with the students on a day to day basis and we can always offer a useful, informed and practical perspective on key issues. I also believe that support staff are the lynchpins of the school and it is important for them to know that their views are represented and valued.

What is your professional background

I first came to the school on an agency contract, having worked in several other schools in the area. At the time I was returning to work after a career break to raise my own two young children. I knew I wanted to work in education, but I wasn’t sure in what capacity. From the start Oaklands was the perfect fit for me, and I didn’t want to leave. Happily I was able to secure a permanent contract and I’ve been here ever since. When I left university I worked in the newsrooms of several local radio stations in the West Country before moving to London as a researcher for the BBC’s Disability Programmes Unit. Latterly I became an Assistant Director responsible for filming on location. My time in the media was very exciting, but I find my job now much more rewarding.

What skills do you bring to the role

I have taken advantage of training opportunities offered by the school. I am a manual handling trainer. Together with another colleague I’m responsible for all the student moving and handling plans within the school. We also deliver staff training throughout the school. I have completed a course for therapist assistants in speech and language and occupational therapy. I work with every class at Oaklands, but I have a particular interest in profound, multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

Committee membership

Health & Safety Committee, SEND Governor.

Declared financial/business interests None

Oyefunke Areoye

Local Authority Governor

Date Appointed

Autumn 2009 Reappointed 10/11/15

Why did you want to become a Governor

I have always worked and supported vulnerable people and I believe in playing a role in the community. It is important to make a real difference in the life of our children as they are the future of this country. School governors have an important part to play in maintaining and developing our children's education. I work in the social care field and I find it rewarding to be able to be part of the planning of Oaklands School long term future, overseeing it aims, values and ethos, and monitoring the school performance.

What is your professional background

I have Msc in social work and business administration. I have experience working in Children & Family and Adult Services. I am currently employed as a qualified social worker in the First Contact Team (Adult Service) - London Borough of Hounslow. During my MSC degree in social work; my first placement was in the community team for people with learning disability (CTPLD) - age 18 to 65 years. My second 100 days placement was in the social work team for children with disabilities – age 0 to 18yrs. Working within adult and children services; has given me a better insight to the legislation, practice guidance and social work values. It has improved learnt communication skills, working in partnership with other practitioners, family/carers and wider network. I have worked supporting vulnerable people with their care needs both in the voluntary (School Governor, Age Concern and Victim Support) and paid sector

What skills do you bring to the role

Being a qualified social worker and volunteering as a local authority school governor; I have wealth of transferrable skills that I have brought into my role in Oaklands School. I consider myself suitable for this role because I have a collective approach to achieving and employing effective time management with the aim of completing projects to deadlines. I am confident, articulate and enthusiastic with excellent written, oral and IT communication skills. I am the Link Governor in Oaklands School, and attend statutory trainings and other training opportunities for my role in the school. I ensure other governors are made aware of available trainings. I am 1 of the governors who seats in the Head Teacher Performance Management. In addition to these, I also support the school in other areas including safeguarding, child protection, and in any other areas that my expertise may be required. I am an encourager and takes interest in team building and cohesive working relationship.

Committee membership HT Performance Management, Governor for Looked After Children,Child Protection Governor, Link Governor.
Declared financial/business interests None

 

 

 


Maria Landers

Parent Governor

Date appointed

28/2/17

 

How Long Have you Been a Governor?

In previous school about 4years but here at Oakland around 9 months.

 

Why did you want to be a Governor at Oaklands School:

I do want to help the school to be as effective and productive school for our students and to be able to help to build an outstanding school for our vulnerable students.

To make sure it is also a healthy working environment for all employees and students of the school.

Professional Background:

Professionally I’m a Midwife , Certified Bookkeeper and a Businesswoman.

 

What skills do you bring to the role?

Financial skills, I am the mother of a child with special need, art and craft, skills for running a business.

 

Committee Membership

Finance & Premises, Health & Safety

 

Declared financial/business interests None

Neal Carrier

Co-Opted Governor

 
Date Appointed November 2017

How Long Have you Been a Governor?

Since November 2017

Why did you want to be a Governor at Oaklands School:

  1. To serve the local community.
  2. I have a particular interest the provision of education for people with learning difficulties.
  3. The imminent changes at Oaklands make it a particularly exciting time to be working with the school.

Professional Background:

I am the Head of Religious Studies & Philosophy and the Assistant Head of UCAS at Hampton School. Prior to that, I took a BA in Philosophy at University College London, an MPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. I was a J. E. Procter Fellow at Princeton University for the academic year 2010-11. I continue to teach undergraduates for various colleges at the University of Cambridge on an

ad hoc basis.

What skills do you bring to the role?

  1. An understanding of secondary education, tertiary education, and the transition between the two.
  2. A knowledge of the needs of teachers, schools, pupils, and parents.
  3. An understanding of how to develop and implement strategic goals.
  4. An appreciation of how and why senior leaders ought to be accountable.
Committee Membership TBA
Declared Financial/Business Interests Works at a school in another borough.

 

Previous Governors - Left during past 12 months

Kathy Begley

Co Opted Governor

 
Date Appointed

 Autumn 2005 Reappointed 9/6/15

Resigned - June 2017

 

Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

I was approached by the Head teacher and Governors and asked if I would join the GB as they felt I would bring a wealth of knowledge to it. I agreed to join.

 
Professional Background

I worked for 15 years for a large insurance company based in London. I was deputy Manager running the Administration and Secretarial services with a staff of 15 providing administration services to the Branch Managers.

After raising my family, I worked for a high street building society providing financial support and assistance to the customers.

I joined Oaklands School in 1988 and witnessed many changes over the years within the local authority. i retired from Oaklands School as the School Business Manager in March 2015 after 27 years service.

 
What skills do youn bring tot he role?

Financial skills including budget setting and monitoring.

Personnel (including HR and personnel procedures)

Health and safety training

Trained in building regulations including asbestos and legionella

 
Committee Membership Finance and Premises, Staffing and Curriculum, Pay Committee  
Declared financial/business interests None  

Gavin Carey

Parent Governor

Date Appointed

Date Resigned

3/3/15

23/11/2016

Why did you want to be a governor at Oaklands School?

I have a huge interest within this particular school as I am foster carer for 2 of the pupils.

Professional background

Full time foster carer.

What skills do you bring to the role

On a professional level as I am a foster carer and on a personal level a lot of training that I have completed during my time as a foster carer.

Committee Membership: Health & Safety Committee, HT Appointment Panel
Declared financial/business interests None

 

David Scholtz

Co Opted Governor´╗┐´╗┐

 

Date Appointed: 10/11/15

Date Resigned: 18/01/2017

 

Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

When in boarding school, one of the best after-school activities was a club called Interact which I ran in my last year and it was in association with Rotary International. We would host and entertain about 30 people with a variety of learning difficulties and physical disabilities. I have never forgotten those experiences and the relationships we forged. Of course nothing was ‘normal’ but it was such a magical experience to be a part of their lives. As a new father, I am quite aware of how lucky my daughter is and as parents how fortunate we are. Oaklands’ atmosphere is quite simply magical and I was so moved by all that is done there - I would love to be a part of that.

Professional Background

My professional background sits at the intersection of technology, media, finance and consulting. I cut my teeth with two large US based internet media groups first as a business analyst at Monster.com and then at Yahoo! I was responsible for forecasting, analysis and interpreting between various teams and departments. After many years in .COM corporate life I was recruited to join an investment advisory business in the technology start-up sector. I worked with entrepreneurs and business builders to help them get funded, I provided strategic consulting and professional coaching to the entrepreneurs. The last 3 years I have been the head of Technology and Strategy at a small media business in a niche sector of financial services. I have been involved in advising and supporting entrepreneurs and investors at every level from board level through to rolling my sleeves up and organising events. I can be found online on Twitter (twitter.com/dordje) and I blog about work and life on my own blogsite (davidscholtz.com)

What skills do you bring to the role?

Besides my background as an analyst and technologist, I have been a solutions catalyst, enabling people and teams to achieve their goals and objectives. I have a broad experience of business matters but always from the perspective of the people at the core of the subject because I believe all business comes down to the quality of relationships and interactions. I can be both tactical and strategic and always try to cut through to the key objective, task or opportunity to get to the goal.

Committee membership

 

Finance & Premises Committee
Declared financial/business interests None

Nicky Bitar 

Associate Governor

Date Appointed

11/6/13

Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

I was working with the school to develop their work experience programme and fell in love with the school. I have a background in developing services for PMLD and I am passionate about supporting individuals to progress and reach their full potential. I felt I could contribute to the development of the school.

Professional Background

Service manager for LD at Hounslow Borough Council. Background in supported employment, independence building and developing services for adults with learning disabilities.

What skills do you bring to the role?

Post 16 provision, Management (project management) Development of Services, 14 years experience as a manager within a LA setting, HR(staff management and recruitment)

Committee membership

Head Teachers Performance Management, Pay Committee,HT Appointment Panel, Staffing & Curriculum

Declared financial/business interests None

 

Rafael Perez

Co Opted Governor

Date Appointed

 

25/05/17

How Long Have you Been a Governor?

 

May 2017

 

Why did you want to be a Governor at Oaklands School:

 

I am based in Isleworth and I think becoming a governor at Oaklands School is a great opportunity to do my bit in helping a local school to achieve students to fulfil their individual potentials so they can become active members of society.

 

Professional Background:

 

My professional background is Health and Safety. For the last 12 years I have worked for large organisations designing, implementing and auditing safety management systems, leading to significant and tangible improvements in H&S performance.

 

What skills do you bring to the role?

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In addition to my background in Health and Safety, I enjoy approaching problem solving in an analytical and methodical way.

 

Committee Membership Health & Safety Committee
Declared financial/business interests Self employed Health & Safety Consultant