Born in Manchester I moved to Surrey in 2006 I became a School Governor in June 2008 I am a “retired” TV producer, Performance director, scriptwriter, and multimedia developer who as a specialist in best Management practice has produced over 400 management development programmes with some 250 broadcast by the BBC. This 20-year career followed on from 23 years’ experience in senior management positions (board room) in Transport, Fashion design, leisure, building products and property management & development.
I am a Local Authority Appointed Governor, Chair of Governor at Stepgates Community School Chertsey and a member of the Management Committee of Sunbeams Pre-School Chertsey.
I am also currently the reserve Primary School Governor on the Schools Forum and a Trustee of Stepgates Community School Fund Account.
I would most like to promote the concept throughout education that the development teaching and inspiring of our children at every level is not an adjunct to society but fundamental in creating the vision, realisms, hope and life skills that will enable all children to be as successful as they can be both in adult life and in creating the society they desire.
I worked for Shell for 25 years and lived in Brunei , Canada , The Netherlands as well as in the U.K. managing various
Information Services organisations.After Shell , I joined DHL as their CIO and globalised their IT. In the course of these experiences, I set up and chaired many committees.
My experience as a Governor started in 2011 at Kings Guildford .Since , I have been Chair at Weyfield , Havant Academy and Front Lawn – the latter being TKAT academies . In 2015 , I returned to Surrey and was Chair at Frimley Junior and now I am at NESSSS.
I first became a governor for a school in Addlestone way back in March 2007. I was not new to governance as I had previously been a governor in Hampshire, until I found the commuting between the two counties and the M25 somewhat difficult.
I was introduced to the Surrey Governors Association by a fellow governor at the school who was on the committee. This was way back in 2011I and I attended their conference and decided to put my name forward. Since joining I have been the Treasurer for the association.
I am currently Chair of Governors in two schools in Surrey, one is a two form entry Junior School and the other is a Nursery school with a Children’s Centre attached.
For me, the help and support the Surrey Governors Association has provided over the years as be invaluable to me as a governor, the pool of knowledge has been amazing. You only have to ask a question and there is someone who can help or knows of someone to get in touch with. It is really all about networking with other governors and educational experts.
I have worked for both the private and public catering sectors, working across the whole of the south of the country from Lands’ End to Margate. I have helped to deliver training to staff who have achieved their NVQ certificates and In-house training for some of the larger blue chip companies in the City. For me I now feel I can take my experiences a stage further and make a difference to the pupils in the schools where I am a governor.
As a governor since 1985 I have served on the governing bodies of eight schools, most of which have experienced serious difficulties. I trained both as one of Surrey's advanced/additional skills governors and as a National Leader of Governance and have supported schools in both these roles.
As well as serving on the executive of the Surrey Governors’ Association since 2008, which I chaired from 2003 - 2007 and 2015-2016, I was a trustee of the National Governors’ Association for eight years, a director of the London Diocesan Board for Schools for nine years and am currently a trustee of PTA UK.
I have been associated with education for over 40 years. After university, I taught in Oldham, Exeter and Surrey. For 29 years, I was Head of English and Drama at The Priory School in Dorking and then I was employed briefly at Micklefield School, in Reigate. For the next five years, I was County Secretary for the Surrey Division of the National Union of Teachers, until I retired in March 2016.
During my time in Dorking, I was Teacher Governor for 10 years.
I am currently Vice-Chair of Governors at Oakwood School, Horley.
Ginny has been a governor at Kenyngton Manor, a two-form entry primary school in Sunbury, since November 2010.Her two children have attended the school and she joined as a parent governor; becoming chair in September 2012.In 2013, Kenyngton Manor Primary School became part of The Howard Partnership Trust MAT. Ginny has continued to serve on the Local Governing Body and feels privileged to have been part of the positive journey of the school since that time.
It is through her involvement with The Howard Partnership Trust that Ginny first became aware of the work of the Surrey Governors’ Association and began attending the Conferences.She has been a member of the Executive Committee since April 2016.
By profession, Ginny is the Marketing Director for The Conair Group Limited. Conair is a leading manufacturer of hair and kitchen appliances, whose brands include BaByliss and Cuisinart.
My whole life has been involved with education. When I heft University in 1963 with an Honours Degree in History my first teaching post was at a Secondary Modern School in Worcestershire. After two years, I moved to Northampton Grammar School for Girls where the emphasis was very clearly on A level results and Academic success.
Shortly after we were married my husband was recruited to an IT position in an international company with offices in Surrey. This gave me an opportunity to work in Bishop Simpson Girls School in Redhill where I was able to be involved in pastoral as well as academic studies. In the 1970’s a very far sighted head mistress planned an amalgamation of Bishop Simpson, which was an Anglican foundation school, with the local Roman Catholic school to form, in 1976, St. Bede’s School which was Britain’s first ecumenical Comprehensive school. I remained there till I took early retirement in 1996. I was fortunate to hold many positions during that time including Head of History, Examinations Secretary, Year Head and Head of the School Annexe.
After leaving St. Bede’s I joined the staff of the local Home Tutoring Service. I was asked to become a governor of St. John’s School Redhill in 1997 and Chair of Governors in 2002. I am also an ASG.
I retired from my career in business as head of Corporate Communications for Agfa UK in 2007.
In my role as liaison officer with the local community I was Chair of Hounslow Education Business Partnership for 15 years.
I began my school governance career as a Parent Governor at Hurst Park Primary school in 1987 and finally retired as Chair in 2012 having experience the ‘dawn’ of Ofsted and four inspections!
From 2008, in my capacity as an ASG, I served as Vice-Chair at the Federation of Pine Ridge Infant and Nursery school and Lorraine School which comprised two infant schools, three nurseries and a Children’s Centre.
I am also a former Vice Chair and Chair at the SGA
Although I am not currently a governor at a school – I retired from my last governing body in 2016 – I maintain an active interest in governance and help the SGA by editing and designing the termly Bulletin, running the website and generally providing technical assistance with conferences.
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