The Highcrest Academy

Governor Pen Portraits

Paul Basham

Paul is an industrial scientist who has been a Governor at Highcrest since it converted to an academy.  He is also the school’s Responsible Officer and Chair at a nearby primary school, Hamilton Academy, providing a vital link between the KS2 and transition into secondary education.

He has a keen interest in science, how children learn, progress and increasing, their aspirations and abilities to overcome barriers.  Paul has recently taken on the Literacy Governor role.

 

Glen Burke

Principal Glen Burke has been a Governing Board member since taking up the position of Principal in October 2016.  Prior to that he has had extensive experience of teaching and management at Highcrest and other secondary schools in Bucks. 

 

Angela Hay

“I hadn't thought of becoming a Governor until I met the then Chair of Governors when I first visited the school during the Year 6 selection process.  He said to come along to a meeting, and if you like it stay, if not, no harm done. I found that I liked the idea of being able to make a difference and being a Governor has given me an opportunity to make a positive impact in the education the children receive at Highcrest.”

Angela has been a Governor at Highcrest since October 2017.

“The education system is a real challenge for all; children, teaching and support staff and for me as a parent.  I am the Equalities Governor and look at how the academy’s policies and practices promote equality and community cohesion.  I ensure the work put into achieving the EQualities Award last year continues, and how the academy’s ethos of Aspire and Achieve is applied to all its students.”

Angela sits on the Pupil Welfare and Curriculum committees.  She is also the Careers Governor and will look at the development of work experience placements and EAL students.

Her professional background is in commercial and business planning management and she also sits on the Pupil Welfare and Finance, Personnel and Premises sub-committees.

 

Susan Jollands

Susan became a Governor at the Academy in October 2016 and after having been Chair of  Curriculum last year after following an 18 month succession plan, took over as the Chair of Governors.

“I am currently working as a marketing and logistics consultant to a scientific marketing firm and in the past have sold children’s books, been a Senior Housing Officer and worked in community regeneration managing public funding and answerable to multi-agency boards.”

“My main focuses in 2019/2020 are further Governor recruitment, introduction of the new appraisal system linked to the whole school objectives, supporting the Chairs of the committees and Vice Chair to develop the new and existing Governors, Pupil Premium, Literacy, GDPR, Health & Safety and School Culture & Impact.  I sit on the Pupil Welfare, Curriculum and Finance, Premises and Personnel Committees.”  Susan is also a qualified volleyball coach and coaches the Under 15 Girls South East Regional team.

 

Zara Khan

Zara has been a Governor since July 2018.  She has always been active in the local community and sits on the local NHS Trust Kidney Patient Partnership and has previously sat on the Police Community Liaison Committee. Zara is the Sixth Form Governor and her area of responsibility is Teaching Development (CPD, Quality assurance etc.).  She will be visiting the academy with Glyn starting in Science, Anti-bullying (TEI Project introduction) and the Rights Respecting Agenda/Relationships (RRSA).  Zara sits on the Pupil Welfare and Curriculum committees.

 

David Lawson

David joined us as a Governor in July 2020 as our Stakeholder Governor and sits on the Finance, Premises and Personnel and Curriculum committees.

David is a Chartered Accountant with a breadth of experience across finance as a Company Secretary, Group Financial Controller and Finance Director. More recently, David has taken on commercial and operations directorship roles where he has pursued his interests in employee engagement, leading change projects, process improvement, data analytics and problem-solving.

David has two daughters who are progressing through the latter stages of the education systems and has coached Penn & Tylers Green Girls football since 2010, helping launch their first ladies team in 2018. More recently, David has been chairing High Wycombe Mutual Aid who are a local group making sure that residents feel socially included and have access to basic needs, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

David is particularly keen to work with and listen to all the school's stakeholders to help enrich the school's vision for the future.

 

Debra Main

Debra joined the Board of Governors in 2019 and is the Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.  She is currently employed full time at a major global bank.  She has held a number of finance roles in a range of sectors over the last 20 years. 

Debra is also a qualified teacher and will look at staff well-being and workloads as well as the financial systems in place.  She has a passion for literacy and education and a particular interest in the value of dyslexic thinking and is an advocate in this area.   

 

Alethae Mango 

Alethae joined the Academy Board of Governors in October 2017. Alethae is a parent  to a current Year 10 student whose pride in the school attracted her to join the School Governing Board.

Previously, Alethae served for nearly 3 years as a Parent Governor in a local infant school.  She works in a local NHS Trust as a Senior Nurse Manager and is a Registered Nurse who holds a BSC Honours in Healthcare Management, MSc Public Health and MA Leadership and Management.

Alethae is the Vice Chair and the Development Governor for the Academy’s Board of Governors. Responsibilities as a Development Governor include monitoring the board’s training and development skills as well as organising training sessions in alignment with governing board learning needs. Recently the board has had training with other local secondary schools which helps us to learn from each other as well a fostering good relationships with other local schools’ communities. Alethae also sits in the Pupil Welfare and Finance and Premises committees. 

 “My main focus as a Governor is to ensure that our board are skilled and exposed to as much learning as possible to gain knowledge that will help in creating cohesion with the Academy Leadership. Currently our board consists of new Governors; it is important that we develop both existing and new Governors to ensure strategic impact on the culture and vision of the school. My aim is to attract and recruit more Governors to fill our current vacancies, especially targeting people who have Finance and/or Human Resources experience .”

 

Lorraine Osborne

“Nice to meet you all, my name is Lorraine Osborne. I have worked in education since 2006. 

My first teacher role was at Amersham and Wycombe College, moving onto other local further education colleges within the area. I taught in Beauty Therapy subjects specialising in TV and Media make-up. While teaching in my role, I was course leader for apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Hospitality. 

My career took me along the apprenticeship's path and decided to stop teaching in 2017 to become an Apprenticeship Manager at the Berkshire College of Agriculture, diversifying my portfolio further to Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry and Motor Vehicle. 

I am now an Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager for the Open University, looking after our wonderful NHS managing over 700 apprentices studying Level 4 Foundation Degrees to Level 7 Masters. I thoroughly enjoy my role, I am so proud of all my frontline workers, especially at this testing time.

I am looking forward to my role as Governor, I am passionate about social mobility, hence choosing to work for Open University which is open to all and wanting to make a difference to young peoples' lives."

 

George Stottor 

George became a Governor at the Academy in May 2020 and sits on the Finance, Premises and Personnel and Curriculum committees.

“I joined the Civil Service in 2016 as a Fast Track Apprentice working in HR. My first role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was focused on recruiting teams of policy and project delivery professionals to support the government's Brexit agenda. Since then I have worked for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport leading the HR operations and payroll teams and most recently, in the Ministry of Defence leading on strategic workforce planning and organisational design. Prior to joining the civil service, I have worked in communications and marketing for a local housing association.

“The school governor role has always been of interest to me, ever since becoming Head Boy at my secondary school. I’m encouraged by the impact a good governance structure and governing body can have on the performance of a school and look forward to supporting the SLT to develop and improve the school as not only a place to learn and grow but also as a place to work.”

 

Terri Toohey-Knowles

Terri is a staff governor appointed in October 2019.  Terri Brings her unique perspective as a middle leader and local parent of primary school age children. Terri sits on the Curriculum sub-committee and is leading on curriculum enrichment.