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Governors

Governors

The Governing Body of Sir William Ramsay School

We have a committed, enthusiastic and dedicated group of Governors who are a key aspect of the leadership and management of the school.  While Governors do not get involved in the daily running of the school they hold the Headteacher and other leaders to account.

The three key area roles of a Governing Body are to:

  • Provide strategic direction for the school;
  • Support the Headteacher and constantly look to raise standards;
  • ensure accountability.

This means that Governors get involved in:

  • Deciding how the budget should be spent and ensuring good value for money;
  • Making sure the curriculum provides for and stretches all students;
  • Making sure the school buildings are welcoming, safe and well used;
  • Setting and monitoring the schools values, aims and policies;
  • Appointing staff and making sure the right development and reward arrangements are in place.

Although Governors do not need specialist skills to carry out their role, we are lucky to have a wide range of highly experienced Governors who work together as a team to set high expectations and ask challenging questions.

Should parents/carers wish to make contact with Governors, please email Clerk to Governors at clerk@swr.school

Governors

Mr Keith Deane ~ Chair Appointed Governor

I joined Sir William Ramsay School as a Governor in April 2020, sitting on several committees before being elected as Chair of Governors in March 2021. 

 

I have worked in the financial services sector for over 30 years, leading and delivering business transformation and technology programmes.  I have held senior roles in major financial services institutions, including consulting roles at PwC and Ernst & Young and latterly operated as Blockchain Programme Director for a leading global fintech company. 

I have in-depth experience of corporate governance, having established robust corporate governance structures in my career and sat on committees spanning business acceptance, sales, operations, product development, change, finance, audit and risk. 

 

I am committed to improving outcomes for young people, with a particular focus on educational and social development, together with improving mental health and well-being.  I am Vice Chair of a mental health foundation and sit on the Board of Trustees of a London based youth sport foundation.  I am also a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor Alumni.  

 

I have lived in Wycombe since 1999.  My wife works in the education sector and my twin daughters are both undertaking post-graduate studies.  Although a little long in the tooth for too much active participation, I am keen on keeping fit and I am an ardent sports fan, with cricket and football being my first loves.

Mr Stuart Carter ~ Vice Chair
Appointed Governor

I was appointed as a Governor in April 2014, having moved to High Wycombe, from London the previous year.  I was brought up and educated in Kent and have a degree in Politics from the University of Huddersfield. 

 

I have spent my career in Banking and Financial Services, working in several key roles that span operational support, financial adviser, paraplanner, IT, and my current role as a Business Analyst within the Change Management function of a London based wealth management company. 

Outside of work I enjoy volunteering, one of the highlights being as a Games Maker Volunteer at the London 2012 Paralympics.  I also enjoy skiing and swimming and have travelled extensively, including spending time living in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mrs Kelly Anderson ~ Parent Governor

I was appointed Parent Governor in October 2020 and am new to being a Governor.  Since I left school, I have mainly worked in Customer Services in the furniture industry.  I took a break to raise my 2 daughters and studied for a Level 2 in Early Years.  When my youngest child was in nursery I worked in a local playgroup and also learned British Sign Language at an Adult learning college, gaining my Levels 1 and 2 qualifications.  I have since worked as a Sign Language Communicator in a local primary school for the past 11 years. 

 

I hope to be able to give a ‘parents point of view’ to the Governing Board and help to make decisions wherever I can. 

 

I have one daughter still in attendance at Sir William Ramsay School and one daughter who is awaiting A-Level results with a view to attending university.  In my spare time, (when I’m not driving my teenagers from a to b), I like to get involved in music quizzes, go to the theatre and enjoy attending football matches with my husband.

Mrs Helen Davies ~ Parent Governor

I work in a family buy to let and gardening business. I have a son at Sir William Ramsay School and another son at Chiltern Way Academy. My youngest has special needs.

 

I enjoy gardening and walking. I also enjoy spending time in North Wales as there are  lots of walks there.

 

I have a First Class Degree in Biology and spent ten years in the Pharmaceutical industry monitoring clinical trials. Prior to that I worked in a garden centre.

Mr Martin Goodwill ~  Appointed Governor

Originally from Yorkshire, I’ve lived in Hazlemere and Holmer Green for over 31 years.  I am married, with 2 adult daughters who live in London and Milton Keynes.  Having worked in the logistics industry for 28 years, in 2006 I started my own psychometric assessment business, which I still run today, covering the whole of the UK. 

 

As a product of the state education system myself, I’ve been very grateful for the opportunities that has given me.

I want to do everything I can to ensure that every young person is able to maximise their own opportunities and go on to achieve their fullest potential.  Sir William Ramsay School is my local secondary school and I'm pleased that I can contribute, in some way, to the growth and education of the young people growing up in my local community. 
 
In my spare time, I’m an avid reader, theatre-goer and sports watcher, particularly football, and, for many years, was a season ticket holder at Adams Park, still attending several games each season. 

Mr Tom Gregory ~ Appointed Governor

I graduated from Bath University with a degree in Economics and since then I have worked in a number of finance roles whilst studying to become a Chartered Accountant.  I have now been CIMA Qualified for over 7 years and am currently working for a national hotel chain based in Thame. 

 

This is my first governor role and I’m excited to be taking on the new challenge. 

I wanted to become a governor because it enables me to give back to the local community that I grew up and went to school in, whilst at the same time being able to apply my experience and financial knowledge.  I bring fresh perspective to the role, as well as financial experience and a positive mindset. 

 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young daughters, visiting new places and playing board games. 

Mr Tim Hudson ~ Parent Governor

I am a newly-appointed Parent Governor with a son at Sir William Ramsay School and another at Bourne End Academy.

 

I have been a professional actor for thirty-five years, appearing in theatre, tv and film, playing an assortment of characters from Tad to Churchill. Every year I can be seen in pantomime, usually as the Dame but occasionally as the villain. Off stage, I am a Blue Badge tourist guide in London and the Heart of England, specialising in theatre tours for student groups.

Recently I developed a complementary career as an Examiner, becoming Chief Examiner for the London Blue Badge course. I am now training to become an Examiner for LAMDA.

 

I am an ardent admirer of two kings, Elvis Presley and Richard III, and enjoy walking my dog, whom I entertain with recitals of poetry, in the Chiltern Hills. A believer in the triumph of hope over experience, I am a dedicated follower of Fulham FC.

Mrs Shirley Gbadamosi ~ Staff Governor

I joined Sir William Ramsay School as a member of staff in September 2021 and was appointed Staff Governor in March 2022. I have a real love for people and especially for our students. I wanted to join the Team of Governors to use my skills to help make a difference.

 

When not at school I am committed to helping people with their fitness goals and general well-being as their Personal Trainer.

I live with my husband and 2 active sons, aged 11 and 13. In my spare time (if there is such a thing), I enjoy travelling and spending time with my family and friends.

 

Come and say 'Hi' when you next pass through the Main School Reception.

Ms Lucy Joseph ~ Appointed Governor

I am currently a Housemistress and Geography teacher at Wycombe Abbey School in High Wycombe.  My current role involves me overseeing both the academic and pastoral wellbeing of 45 girls aged 12 to 17.  I live at the school and thoroughly enjoy being a part of the rounded development of these teenagers.  I strongly believe that education is not limited to the classroom and that as a provider we should be helping to develop all aspects of these young adults. 

 

 

Prior to working at Wycombe Abbey, I taught at a range of different schools, both in the UK and abroad.  I also spent a year working for the UNHCR in a Malawian refugee camp helping to set up classes for both adults and children.  Teaching in a range of different educational settings has been hugely helpful in shaping my own career and the way that I approach different situations.  My undergraduate degree was from Durham and I have a masters from Cambridge in education.  Sir William Ramsay is my first governor position, but I feel very fortunate to learn from such an experienced group of governors and staff. 

 

Outside of education, I have just had a baby called Amelia, who is taking up the majority of my time!  I also have a very scruffy Westie dog called Molly and I enjoy taking her for long walks.  I am interested in most sports and have developed an enjoyment for baking over lockdown!  

Mrs Laura Standen ~ Appointed Governor

I joined the governing body in October 2021 and am looking forward to being part of the future of Sir William Ramsay School.   

 

I was a secondary school teacher for 16 years and held various leadership roles in addition to this.  I now work for an education charity as a curriculum designer for school leadership training programmes.  

I am passionate about equality of opportunity in education and ensuring that children should have access to high-quality education, regardless of their family’s income or their postcode. 

 

I live in Wendover with my husband and children where I’m also on the committee for the local junior football team.  We’re a football mad family which takes up lots of our weekends! I enjoy running and swimming and also walking in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside.

Stephanie Toogood ~ Appointed Governor

I am currently an Assistant Housemistress at Wycombe Abbey, while also teaching English and PE. I have taught at a few other schools in Oxfordshire and Berkshire since arriving in the UK in 2017. 

 

I grew up in Australia and studied a Bachelor of Education; during my studies I also worked in a rural boarding school. I have really enjoyed working in a variety of boarding schools and hope my passion for education can assist the governing board at SWR.

Outside of work I enjoy taking my Welsh Collie on muddy walks and make the most of our close proximity to London, seeing West End shows regularly. I also enjoy getting to cricket matches in the summer, especially if Australis are playing!

Ms Liz Walker ~ Clerk to Governors

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