Introducing the school governors
It may seem that the school Governing Body is a mysterious group who live in the shadows. The reality is that we are mixed group of people from different backgrounds who share one common interest, ensuring that the school is being managed in a manner that ensures the best learning environment for our students.
As you’ll see from our bios below we are a mix of parents and ex-parents of Calthorpe Park students and so all have a vested interest in ensuring that we deliver the best experience for our children.
In future blogs we’ll be telling you more about the Governing Body and what we do.
Jonathan Phillips – Chair of Governors
Jonathan has been a governor at Calthorpe Park for nearly ten years joining when his son, now 22, attended the school and thought it would be interesting to gain insight into the world of secondary education. He works for himself supporting businesses undertaking key business change/IT activities.
He is currently Chair of Governors, meeting with the Headteacher regularly as well as providing leadership to the governor group. Jonathan is very passionate about the school and tries to attend as many events as possible whilst leading a busy business and family life too.
Jeff is currently our longest serving governor, now in his 15th year at the school, and has no intention of stopping yet. Prior to moving to Fleet, he spent 5 years as a governor at a primary school in Yorkshire. Jeff has his own consultancy business providing support to the chemical industry on product health and environmental safety and regulatory toxicology.
Jeff is currently vice chair of governors having previously served as chair for 6 years. His current areas of responsibility are Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Data Protection.
Adrian Jones - Co-opted Governor
Adrian is a long-term resident of Fleet with 5 children who either still attend or have been educated at Calthorpe Park School. He is an Army Officer with wide experience of strategic and operational planning.
Martin decided to become a governor to gain a better understanding of the education system and more specifically, his children’s school, and was originally elected a parent governor in 2010. His three children all attended Calthorpe Park with the youngest leaving in 2014.
He has the responsibility of the Development & Training governor. In this capacity, he ensures that governors have undertaken relevant training, and the Governing Body as a whole has sufficient knowledge in relevant areas. As a qualified accountant, Martin has always sat on the Resources/Finance committee.
Angus is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has lived in Fleet since 1997 having relocated his family from Scotland to continue his career in the oil, gas and petrochemical sector. Since retired, he joined the Governing Board in December 2019 and is enjoying the new challenges set in this new role. He hopes he can contribute to the ongoing success of Calthorpe Park School.
I have been a parent at the school since 2016 and currently have two children in attendance. I work part time for a development and consultancy technology company. I was keen to join the Governing Body to get more involved in our fantastic school and give something back. I’ve been a Parent Governor for two years and am also the governor responsible for wellbeing.
I have been a governor for two years and have a special interest in Teaching and Learning at Calthorpe Park. I have two sons who have been through the school and a third currently attending. Seeing my own children and other students benefit from their time here has led me to want to make a contribution myself, using my skills from a career in management consultancy and my experience from different areas of voluntary work.
I feel passionately about the continuing and ever improving quality of education at CPS and am delighted to be able to contribute again. I was a governor at Calthorpe Park from 1988 to 2010 and am proud to be part of the school team again with my grandchildren now enjoying this very special opportunity in our community.
I’m an energetic father of 3 school-aged children (the eldest is in Year 9). My career of 25 years has been in the hospitality and catering sector. Primarily as a chef, but it has also spanned all avenues of work; including hotels, restaurants, outside catering and most recently contract catering in schools.
I love to share and learn new things and I now feel it is my time to give a little back to Calthorpe Park School. As a co-opted appointed, careers focused governor, I am looking forward to being part of a bigger team and supporting my fellow governors, students and staff.
Mark moved to Fleet in 2019 and is Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, one of the UK’s largest children’s charities. He is deeply committed to helping children thrive, and moved to Fleet from Sheffield, where he was a Governor of a Special Needs School. Originally from Northern Ireland, Mark’s background is in front line youth work. He tweets @markrusselluk
Chris has lived in Fleet for 10 years and has a daughter in year 7. He has a long career in IT, holding senior positions in several household brand companies. He hopes his experience and knowledge can contribute to the ongoing success of Calthorpe.