Who's who

Sally Maynard -Smith 

Category of Governor: Local Authority

Appointed Body: Local Authority

Term of Office Expires: 7/3/2018

Committee: Finance and Premises

Position/Responsibilities: Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance & Premises Committee

Staff Relationships: None

Business interests: Director of The Dragon Snake Company Ltd, Part-time Administrator with Hyams Autos Ltd and Part-time Health Trainer with Wiltshire Council.

About me: I moved to Wiltshire in 2007 and currently live between Minety and Charlton. I spent 10 years running a computer communications company before taking time out to bring up my children (I have two grown up daughters). During this time I embarked on some re-training. I have two dogs, two cats eight chickens, like motor sport, cooking and learning new things! I believe in everyone having the opportunity to develop themselves to their full potential.

Jo Jones 

Category of Governor: Parent

Appointed Body: Full Governing Body

Term of Office Expires: 1/9/2017

Committee: Curriculum

Position/Responsibilities: Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Curriculum Committee

Staff Relationships: None

Business Interests: I work as a Programme Director for BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The institutes mission is to make IT good for society and this is done in a number of ways including informing public policy on how IT can contribute to society as well as championing the IT profession globally.

BCS also played a role in reshaping the new computing curriculum for schools

About me:I live in the neighbouring village of Hankerton and am married to Huw and have two children – Eirlys (Year 5) and Dylan who moved to Secondary School in September 2016.

I become involved with the school when Dylan was in reception by becoming an active member of the PTA and went onto become joint chair of the PTA in 2012 before being elected as a parent governor in 2013.

In my younger days I studied Sports Science at University and also represented Team GB at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the sport of synchronised swimming. I still have a passion for watching all kinds of sport and this interest as well as my working life enables me to play an active role as link governor for PE, IT and E-Safety

Sally Greaves

Category of Governor: Staff

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: N/A

Committee: Curriculum, Pay & Personnel and Finance & Premises

Position/Responsibilities: On all committees

Staff Relationships: Headteacher

Business Interests: None

About me: I have taught every year group in a teaching career of 22 years in schools in Gloucestershire.  In 2009 I gained my Head Teacher post at Minety and am very proud to be Head Teacher of such a positive and successful school.

You can read about my background in greater detail on other parts of the Website, but in summary: 

My qualifications are:  

BA Honours degree in English and History

Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Post Graduate Certificate in Administration

National Professional Qualification in Headship 

I am currently studying part-time for a professional accreditation in education at Bath University.

Caroline Russell

Category of Governor: Clerk

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: N/A

Committee: None

Position/Responsibilities: Clerk to the Governing Body

Staff Relationships: School Administrator

Business Interests: None

About me: I took over the role of Clerk to the Governors in November 2009 and I am also the School Administrator. My family live in the village and I have 3 children, all of whom are ex Minety pupils.

Elspeth Malloch

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 7/10/2017

Committee: Pay & Personnel

Position/Responsibilities: Chair of Pay & Personnel Committee

Staff Relationships: None

Business Interests: None

About me:

I have recently moved to Minety, having retired after a range of occupations, the last of which was as Head of Department in a large Comprehensive School. I have two sons, two small grandsons, one small dog, and a range of interests but no particular talents!

Becoming a Governor has helped me to feel part of Minety. As a Community Governor, I am particularly keen to strengthen the links between the school and the wider village community.

 

Brian Senior

Category of Governor: Foundation

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 1/11/2019

Committee: Christian Ethos

Position/Responsibilities: Chair of Christian Ethos Commitee

Staff Relationships: None

Business Interests:  I currently work part-time helping to run a small business in Royal Wootton Bassett, and am also on the Board of two other businesses.  I'm a Trustee of two Swindon-based charities, including chairing the Trustees of West Swindon Family Centre, which supports families and early years children in the West Swindon area. 

About me:

Our family moved to Minety about 21 years ago (so we're still relative newcomers I guess!).  I'm married to Karen, and we have two grown-up children - both of whom were pupils at the school growing up.  I'm part of the local village church here in Minety, and am a licensed lay minister - which means I can officially lead worship and give talks in the church.

As a Foundation governor, I'm appointed by the local church to help support the school in recognising its historic links with the Christian faith, and encouraging a Christian ethos and set of values throughout.  I'm chairing the Christian Ethos Committee and also I'm currently lead governor for Music and PSCHE.  Outside all that I enjoy playing football, reading, walking - and sometimes I just relax....

Colin Laker

Category of Governor: Parent

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 28/1/2020

Committee: Curriculum

Position/Responsibilities: Committee member

Staff Relationships: None

Business Interests: Wing Commander in the RAF based at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham

About me:

Colin is a RAF Regiment Wing Commander and works at the Defence Academy at Shrivenham.  He brings organisational and planning expertise from his 27 years of operational experience in numerous UK, NATO and UN campaigns around the world.  In between bouts of service abroad, he has often returned to instructional duties and lecturing and is particularly interested in ways of learning.  He is a member of the curriculum committee.  He enjoys Freefall parachuting and hill walking and you will see him running, slowly, around Upper Minety to keep fit.

Rachel Swatton

Category of Governor: Foundation

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 21/10/2017

Committee: Curriculum

Position/Responsibilities: Committee member

Staff Relationships: None

Business Interests: None

About me:

I'm married and have two children in Minety School.   I'm part of the local village church here in Minety, and am a licensed lay minister - which means I can officially lead worship and give talks in the church.

As a Foundation governor, I'm appointed by the local church to help support the school in recognising its historic links with the Christian faith, and encouraging a Christian ethos and set of values throughout.  I am a member of the Christian Ethos Committee and also I'm currently lead governor for Collective Worship and R.E. I also work in Minety Pre-school and enjoy dressmaking, baking and running the parish youth group.

Gina Hanson

Category of Governor: Foundation

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 25/1/2020

Committee: Pay & Personnel

Position/Responsibilities: Committee member

Staff Relationships: None

Business Interests: None

About me:

Gina has just taken over as our new foundation governor taking office in January 2012.  She moved to Minety in 2008.  She enjoys being part of the community and takes an active role in St Leonard's Church groups.

 

 Tim Woodhouse 

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 1/3/2019

Committee: Finance and Premises

Position/Responsibilities: Committee member

Staff Relationships: None

Business Interests: International Operations Director, Colebrook Bosson Saunders, London

About me:

Tim moved to Minety in 2014 but grew up locally, he currently has one child at the school and two in pre-school. He brings a wealth of business knowledge from 25 years owning and running small to corporate businesses. During this period Tim took a two year sabbatical where he worked with children’s charities around the world, improving their management and operational performance as well as teaching English and Maths. He has a particular passion for helping others develop and grow.

 

Rose Tucker

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 1/11/2019

Committee: Finance and Premises

Position/Responsibilities: Committee member

Staff Relationships: None

Business Interests: Qualified Management Accountant formerly working for First Great Western.  I am now self employed and run the Finance and Admin side of my husband's Plumbing & Heating Business, I also manage our Property Lettings Business. At home we run a small sheep farm and a Caravan Club Site.

About me:

I have 3 children, 1 current pupil and 2 ex-pupils of Minety School. They have all benefitted from a fantastic education at Minety School. As a governor I hope to be able to help with finance and premises matters in particular and also be able to add a parent's perspective to discussions.
My hobbies include walking my dogs, shooting and family days out and holidays.

 

Gaynor Grayson

Category of Governor: Staff

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 1/3/2019

Committee: Curriculum

Position/Responsibilities: Committee member

Staff Relationships: Year 2 class teacher

Business Interests: None

About me:

I have worked as a KS1 teacher since 2008 at Minety. I am married to Chris and have two sons - Kieran and Jordan. I am also now a Grandmother to Maximus Alexander Grayson. I have two horses - Annie and Whispa, two Jack Russells, Ned and Baeli. My favourite subjects are English, Science (especially!) and History.

 

 

Ben John

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 1/9/2019

Committee: Finance & Premises

Position/Responsibilities: Committee member

Staff Relationships: Assistant Headteacher and year 6 class teacher

Business Interests: None

About me:

I am a KS2 teacher at Minety Primary School, leading Maths, Computing and RE. Whilst I have two children who keep me busy, I enjoy football, rugby and squash in my spare time! 

Sarah Whiting

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed Body: FGB

Term of Office Expires: 1/11/2019

Committee: Pay & Personnel

Position/Responsibilities: Working towards becoming the nominated governor for child protection

Staff Relationships: None

Business Interests: None

About me:

I live in Minety with my husband Bruce, and our two children Henry (year 6) and Ellie (year 3). I trained as a Registered General Nurse in 1997, and completed a BSc in Community studies in 2001, which led to the qualification of Specialist Practitioner in District Nursing. I worked for a number of years as a District Nursing Sister managing a community caseload and team before taking a developmental post at New College, Swindon as their first College Nurse. The role included being responsible for the health and welfare of both students and staff, part of the child protection team, and the lead for looked after children. I am a member of the PTA. and for the past 3 years have been a parent volunteer in Class 3.

My hobbies include aqua-aerobics, walking and blogging