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Stour Valley Community School

Meet the Governors

Mr Nick Vosper - Chair of Governors

I qualified as a microbiologist before working in a number of technical and managerial positions in the biotechnology industry. After living and working in Europe and the United States I returned to the UK as managing director of a multi-national biotech business; a position I held for 10 years before retraining as a science teacher in 2005. I worked at schools in Harwich and Clacton before joining Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form in 2009 as faculty leader in Science. I am 57 years old, live in Cavendish and I retired at the end of August 2020 in order to spend more time on my hobbies (sailing, playing and recording music and travel) and church (I am Church Secretary at Hedingham Baptist Church). I am married to Madeline, a retired primary headteacher, and we have three boys, all of whom live and work in various parts of the country. I am looking forward to becoming involved in the life of SVCS.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mr Paul Luxon - Vice-Chair of Governors

Paul worked in the Marketing Communications sector for over 36 years and was the CEO of a FTSE 100 subsidiary from 2001 to 2019. Paul brings a wealth of experience in delivering customer experience improvement solutions in complex and technically challenging environments. Paul moved to Clare with his wife Heidi in 2019 after taking early retirement, and has two grown up children (his eldest son, daughter-in-law and youngest son's partner are teachers).

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mr Mike Bursell

Mike works in IT security for a global software company. He has a degree in English Literature and Theology from Cambridge, where he also sang as a choral scholar at King's College. Mike is a priest in the Church of England and a Community First Responder for the East of England Ambulance Service. He is married and has two daughters, who both attend Stour Valley Community School.

Declaration of Business Interests: Red Hat (Software) - Employee, Chelmsford Diocese - Associate Minister, East of England Ambulance Trust - Community First Responder

Ms Marie Ryan

I am a primary school teacher currently teaching year 2 children. I am also a Forest School leader and very much enjoy working outside lighting fires and making things from wood. My son left Stour Valley last year. I support Aston Villa football club (it has been a tricky few years!), and have two rescue cats.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mr Huw Williams

Huw works as a Civil Service chaplain having taken early retirement from teaching. He has degrees in Biological Sciences, Crop Protection, and Theology. He is a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia. He has been a primary school governor for twenty years and a staff governor at a sixth form college for six years. In South Africa he lectured in Biology, Agriculture, and Nature Conservation to aspiring game rangers before moving back to England, where he has been a teacher of secondary science for twenty years. He has experience of the progression needs and expectations of students from primary to secondary school, and from secondary to further and higher education, especially in the scientific disciplines.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mr Paul Stokes

I am an Assistant Head teacher at a local secondary school. My day-to-day role includes: overseeing Behaviour for Learning, Pedagogical development, staff CPD and the Sixth Form. Therefore I have a good grasp of the day-to-day running of a school and the leadership and management needed in order to achieve a quality education for all. I have lived in Clare for the last six years, I am married to Amanda and have two young sons - Stanley in year 7 at SVCS and Teddy in year 5 at Clare Primary. Outside of school I am a keen sportsman. I run the Clare Parkrun weekly and play golf where possible. Most of my weekend is spent with my boys at their football. Both play for Clare Town Lions. I run the U12 team, with most of the boys who play attending SVCS.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mr Andy Jenkins

I am currently the Head of Science at SVCS and have been in this role for four years. Before that I was a pastoral leader for six years. I have been at Stour Valley since the school opened and have worked previously in two London schools (East and West ) and in the Welsh valleys. Before that I was an outdoor activity instructor and spent seven years outside the UK kayaking, surfing and mountaineering. I came into teaching after being a cleaner in a school and deciding that the teachers were ruining a subject I loved and turning what I feel is the most exciting subject into a boring and a miserable subject to learn. So I decided I could do better and changed career and here is where I ended up. Outside of school I spend my time whitewater kayaking, playing rugby for my local team the Redlodge and Mildenhall Eagles (I play at number four or five for those interested), and when there is no water in the rivers or the rugby season has ended I help maintain or rebuilding mine or friends' race and track cars ahead of the new season.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mrs Miffy Warrack

I gained a degree in Geography & Environmental Studies in 1990 and soon after I started a career in marketing, specialising in marketing communications within the IT sector based in Bristol. Originally from Essex, I moved to Clare 16 years ago to raise three boys - now aged 13, 16 & 18 - two of whom are at SVCS. I now combine family life with teaching the piano at Clare Community Primary School. I am involved in the local choir and am also Chair of Clare Swimming Club.

Declaration of Business Interests: Clare Community Primary School - Freelance Music Teacher

Emma Gower

I am a parent governor, and have a daughter at stour valley, in year 9. As she thoroughly enjoys her education at the school, I wanted to become more involved with the school on some level so applied for parent governor.

I work locally for a wine merchant, and have lived and worked in Suffolk for most of my life, so know the local area well. I have been involved with committees and governance of a primary school before also.

I am really looking forward to my time on the LGB and hope I can contribute well to the school within the role.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Saracha Barksfield

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Declaration of Business Interests: None