Westwood Farm School

Governor Profiles

Photo Statement

Geraldine Ross - Headteacher

Ex-Officio Staff Governor appointed by Governing Body

 I am the Headteacher at Westwood Farm and I am very proud of our schools. I have worked at Westwood Farm since 2013 and seen many changes over that time. In September 2021 I took over the running of both schools with the retirement of our Executive Headteacher. Prior to that, I have worked in West Berkshire schools since 2007. Originally from Cheshire, as a family we relocated to Basingstoke, and I began a career change from a financial background to teaching.  

  

Katherine Green - LA Governor

Chair of Governing Board

 

 Local Authority Governor 

Term of Office:

30.01.2020-29.01.2024 (4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Subjects: Music, Art, Development and H&S

 I have been on the governing board at Westwood Farm Federated Schools since April 2015, initially as an associate governor and then joining as a Co-Opted governor and more recently as LA Governor. It has been a really rewarding task and I have learnt so much about the world of primary education. During my time on the board, I’ve been involved in PPG, SEND, Finance and Health and Safety.

I have a varied background, with a degree in History of Art, many years working for a large corporate IT firm and most recently working as a Teaching Assistant at another local primary school. I bring to the board my commitment and dedication to being a small part of what makes our school a place for everyone to be proud of.

Rachel Newton - Parent Governor - Vice Chair

 Parent Governor

Term of Office:

14.10.2019-13.10.2023 (4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Subjects: English, Inclusion, Early Years, SEN & Data

 I am a Mum to two children at Westwood Farm, and a secondary English teacher currently working within the SEN department of a nearby independent secondary school. I have been serving as a parent governor for 2 years, and love how I can use my education experience in a Primary context. I was struck from the very beginning by Westwood Farm's lovely community atmosphere, and I really enjoy the opportunity to support such a caring and engaging school. I am also a member of Christchurch Tilehurst which meets at the school, so Westwood Farm really is at the centre of my community! 

 

Becky Bartholomew - Staff Gov

 Term of Office:

06.09.2019-05.09.2023 (4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Subjects: RE & Early Years

 I am a teacher in Year 1 and I have been at Westwood Farm since 2016, joining as a Foundation Stage teacher. I firmly believe that the experience children have at school paves the way for their future, so I am keen to support that in any way I can.

I have two grown up boys and two teenage step daughters – diplomacy and negotiation are two well-honed skills that I have and I also like to think I keep the children at the heart of what I am trying to do, both on a day-to-day basis and for longer set challenges and tasks.

I find being a Staff Governor a rewarding role, it helps broaden my understanding of our education system as a whole and allows me to bring a different viewpoint to the discussion table.

 

Katharine Moore - Parent Gov

 

Term of Office:

26.11.2018-25.11.2022 (4 Years)

Committee: FGB & FRP

Subjects: Maths, Inclusion and SEN

I have two children at Westwood Farm Schools – one in the infants and one in the juniors. My experience of the federated schools since my first child started in 2015 has been very positive.  I am really keen to support the school and its progress and would do my best in the role of parent governor to do this.

 

In my work life I am a clinical psychologist.  I qualified in 2008, and I have worked in various posts in the NHS including in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), and more recently in an early intervention mental health service for adolescents and adults. I am responsible for managing and developing the provision of psychology within my service, as well as offering psychological help to people who use the service. 

 

The opportunity for children to fulfil their potential not just academically, but also socially and emotionally is so important for their well-being.  There are many aspects of the governing board’s role and decision making that may directly or indirectly influence this.  I would hope to bring my perspective as a parent as well as relevant experience from my professional role to the governing board discussions and decision making, with the aim of working together to do the best for everyone at the school.

Jessie Coy - Co-opted Governor

 

Term of Office: 

25.9.2019-24.9.2023 (4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Subjects: Maths, Science & Equality

 

I am Jessie Coy and have been living in Reading since 2013.  I applied for the governor role at Westwood Farm Schools as I have a keen interest in the education of future generations and I firmly believe that a good education is the foundation for advancement and success.

A pharmacist by profession, I am a patient focussed leader leveraging more than 15 years of pharmaceutical experience to work on clinical development and licencing activities for the effective registration of medicines in Europe for the pharmaceutical company where I work.  I hope to bring my skills on regulatory, quality, process management, system development, change management, talent development and business strategy into my role as a governor.

I want to use the skills and knowledge I have gained in my professional career into other spheres by getting more involved in the community within which I live. With this being my first governor role  - I also hope that being part of the governing body and working within the team that I too will learn new skills as well as a stronger understanding about education and how schools are run.

Baqir Rizvi - Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

Term of Office:

07.11.2017-06.11.2021 (4 Years)

Committee: FGB/FRP

I have been on the governing board at Westwood Farm Federated Schools since November 2017 as a co-opted governer. I am mostly involved in the Finance Committee where I use my professional experience to challenge ourselves to get the most value for our school. It has been a really rewarding task and I have learnt so much about the world of primary education and how education funding works.

I am a qualified chartered accountant by profession, with a degree in accounting. I work for one of the Big4 auditing firms as a senior manager and that enables me to leverage my knowledge and experience in the real world.

 

Barry Tucker - Co-opted Governor

 

 

Term of Office:

24.01.2019-23.01.2023 (4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Subjects: Safeguarding, History, Geography, PSHE & Equality

I have worked for Children Services in Reading for 11 years, in various roles but predominantly supporting vulnerable children and families. I feel this gives me a unique insight into what it takes to create positive outcomes for children and one that I remain passionate about. Along with having a Youth and Community degree, I am also currently a student nearing completion of my Social Work studies and a volunteer coach for my son’s Rugby team. Apart from feeling a sense of pride in helping others, I feel I am in a position to contribute more to my community by transferring these skills into being a parent governor.

Not only do I feel well placed to take on this role, I appreciate that being a parent governor is a job not to be taken lightly and I intend to give it the commitment it deserves including being open to new learning opportunities and being motivated to help overcome any challenges.

 I would consider my strengths, as being supportive, thinking creatively, and having a passion to make a difference, all of which I see as valuable elements of the role. I have also attended many meetings with my work and am experienced in helping to find solutions to complex issues. Being part of the debate is a real privilege and one that I would be honoured in doing. Above all, I see the parent governor role as an opportunity to share parents’ voices and help them to get the best out of their child’s education.

 Since my son started at Westwood Farm Schools two years ago I have always been keen to be an active member of the school community by volunteering for trips and sitting on the parent council. My involvement with the parent council will help me significantly to understand the various aspects of the school and what is expected to maintain high standards.

Gary Treen - Co-opted Governor

 

Term of Office:

30.01.2020-29.01.2024 (4 Years)

Committee: FGB & FRP

Chair of FRP Committee

Subjects: PE

Having lived in Reading since 2001, I settled in the local area in 2014.  I have two daughters across both schools, who have thrived in the Westwood Farm environment.  I'm keen to use my Financial and IT knowledge to help continue improving the Federation and the local community wherever I can.

 

I'm a CGMA qualified Chartered Accountant, working as a Finance Transformation Manager in the Telecoms industry.  My role involves understanding complex Accounting problems and designing solutions that can be understood by non-technical employees.

 

Previously, I spend 10 years working for RM Education plc in Abingdon.  My time as the Accounts Payable Manager (amongst other roles) allowed me to get an excellent understanding of the Education sector, working closely with Suppliers, LEA's and Schools.

Simon Small - Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:

 

 

 

21.09.2021-20.09.2022 (1 Year)

Committee: FGB

 

Andrew Bingham - Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:

 

 

 

11.11.2021-10.11.2025 (4 Years)

Committee: FGB

Subjects: IT & DT

 The final 4 years of my teaching career were spent at Westwood Farm in Year 4. Before that, I was a headteacher for 12 years at a village school in West Berkshire. I have also taught in schools in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey and Essex, so have experience working in a wide variety of local authorities. In the dim and distant past, I worked for 5 years as an accountant at an aviation company at Bournemouth (International!) Airport. Living a stone’s throw from Westwood Farm and having greatly enjoyed teaching there, I would like to continue to support the school. 

Dawn Finn - Clerk to the GB

 

 

I was appointed Clerk to the Governing Board in September 2010.  During my time at 'The Farm', there have been many significant changes, including Federation of both Westwood Farm Infant and Junior Schools and two Ofsted inspections.

 

I also work in the school office as PA to Geraldine Ross, our Headteacher.

 

Prior to working at Westwood Farm Schools, I was a PA at Foster Wheeler, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering Company in Reading for 15 Years.  I have three children, two sons who have just graduated from University and a daughter who is completing her 'A' Levels at Denefield School.

 

I am also the owner of a First Aid Training Company and teach Paediatric First Aid Courses in settings around West Berkshire in my spare time.