Governors' Details

Governors

Governors' Details

OVERSTONE COMBINED SCHOOL: MEMBERSHIP OF GOVERNING BODY

In line with the School Governance Constitution Regulations 2012, the school’s Governing Body was re-constituted with effect from 23 March 2015. 

 

The Governors can be contacted at governors@overstone-wing.org

 

Current membership of the Governing Body is as follows:
Ms Kirsty Berry

Vice-Chair, Development Governor

Term of Office 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022

Committees: People & Resources, Staffing & Strategy Teaching & Learning

I joined the Governing Board in September 2018 and became the Vice-Chair in September 2019. Initially, my driving force behind wanting to be a board member was to help my understanding of the education system and to be better placed to support my children through their education. However, I quickly realised the impact such a role can have on the whole school community.

As a property surveyor, I have a strong understanding of Property Law and an ability to negotiate with various parties including Landlords, Agents and Solicitors. The skillset I need to be able to complete my job successfully is directly transferrable to my role as a Governor as we act as the strategic leaders of our School whilst ensuring our Board works in an efficient and accountable manner.

My perfect weekend day would include a walk with the children and a long lunch with all our extended family. Having grown up in restaurants, good food is a big part of our social time. I enjoy supporting my children’s activities and hobbies and we enjoy spending time together looking after our garden and vegetable patch. I am also a Trustee on a Charity and involved in the local Scouts group.

Mrs E Brown

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office 24.06.2021 - 23.06.2025

I wanted to become a governor as my children do/will attend the school over the coming years and I feel a responsibility to contribute in any way I can to make sure the school is in the best place it can be for the community.

I have almost 20 years experience working in insurance and investment roles with a client servicing and reporting focus. In one role, I was the anti-money laundering reporting officer for the UK arm of a US Investment Firm, and in my current role I am gaining more of a focus on Environmental, Social and Governance issues.

In my spare time I like to spend time catching up with friends, something we’ve all been missing out on to some degree this past year!

Mrs Kirsty Eales

Headteacher

Committees: People & Resources & Strategy Teaching & Learning

My name is Kirsty Eales and I am the Headteacher at Overstone Combined School. I joined the school in September 2020 following headship at 4 other schools within Buckinghamshire.

I have been a teacher for over 20 years and worked across the county in both town and village schools. I am passionate about providing our children with high quality education in an effective learning environment and this is something we do well at Overstone.

As the Headteacher of the school I attend all governor meetings and governor training. We work together to provide the best opportunities for each and every child and through careful monitoring we ensure that each child has the chance to shine.

In my spare time I enjoy baking with my family and meeting up with friends.

Mr Steve Fuller

Joint Chair; Maths, EYFS, Finance & Performance, Management Governor

Term of Office 13.03.2019 - 12.03.2023

Committees: People & Resources, Staffing & Strategy Teaching & Learning

Having been a Governor for nearly 9 years at a previous school, I have always found it be a rewarding and enjoyable way of being part of our children’s lives and an active role in the future development of the school. When we moved Jake to Overstone, I was keen to continue to give back and support in the same way and am enjoying my time so far.

I am a Management Accountant, now employed in the software consultancy world where I use my finance skills, analytical mind and willingness to challenge to support and develop my team and organisation. I hope to bring that, and my previous experience in many aspects of Governorship at a Primary School, to Overstone

I enjoy being part of all that the children do with sports and other activities, watching sports, going to watch Luton Town, travelling and just spending quality time as a family.

Mr Stephen Gates

Joint Chair; Health & Safety Governor

Term of Office 03.01.2016 - 10.12.2023

Committees: People & Resources, Staffing & Strategy Teaching & Learning

I am a senior manager in a national Environmental Services business and studied Forestry and Woodland Management. We moved to Wing in 2010 and my daughters Rosalie and Alice are at Overstone. My family has connections with the village that go back almost 200 years.

My work includes business development and delivery of projects in high compliance areas such as rail and highways and I have many years of experience of leadership of teams across the UK. My roles have also given me experience of budgeting, audit, health and safety and business turnaround.

As a Governor I want to help Overstone be the best it can be, develop an understanding of the world of education, support my children as well as the other children at Overstone and the wider Wing community.

When I am not working I enjoy taking an active role in Rosalie and Alice’s lives, supporting my wife Tracy who also has a demanding career, walking our dog Tilly, watching cricket (my regular playing days are behind me now), keeping fit and active, cooking and motorsport.

Mrs Claire Miller

Teacher Governor

Term of Office 11.12.2019 - 10.12.2023

Committees: Strategy Teaching & Learning

Mrs Lucy Pinto

Wider Curriculum, Communications, Citizenship & Forest School Governor

Term of Office 11.12.2019 - 10.12.2023

Committees: Strategy Teaching & Learning

I have worked as a Secondary School Music teacher for the past 12 years and both my sons attend Overstone, which encouraged me to want to support and help develop the school.

I believe, as a teacher, I have good critical thinking skills enabling me to consider the best interests of the students and teachers plus excellent communication skills.
I have only been on the Governing board for the past year and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience! My specific roles are communications and curriculum Governor.

In my spare time I enjoy watching my children play a variety of sports and I enjoy going to watch MK Lightning Ice Hockey.

Mrs Emma Seabourne

Safeguarding Governor

Term of Office 23.07.2019 - 22.07.2023

Committees: Staffing & Strategy Teaching & Learning

I have worked in Primary education for 15 years and sat in on many Governors meetings as a member of staff. We moved to Wing 4 years ago and as my eldest started school, I had an extra interest in supporting Overstone.
I have spent the last 11 years working as a senior leader in primary Schools, supporting school development. I've had the opportunity to work in settings which greatly vary from one another, which has developed my knowledge and experience.

We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family and I enjoy, when the mood takes me, running exercising.

Mrs Cathryn Siddall

SEN, Performance Management, Pupil Premium & Sport Premium Governor

Term of Office 30.01.2017 - 29.01.2025

Committees: Staffing & Strategy Teaching & Learning

I have been a governor at Overstone since January 2017 and my daughters both attend the school. My specific role is to support the provision for children in receipt of pupil premium funding and for those with special educational needs.

By profession I am an organisational development consultant. I work with directors and their leadership teams to create plans to realise their business strategy and ambition. My skills include organisation design, culture and leadership development, and coaching.

My family enjoy adventures in our old camper van, canoeing, cycling and walking our dog.

Mrs Joanne Soper

Parent Governor

Term of Office 24.06.2021 - 23.06.2025

During the pandemic the school have accommodated my children to continue to attend school while both myself and husband continue to work as key workers. I therefore feel that being a parent Governor allows me to give something back to the school and help the school to thrive to be the best it can be, giving our children the best start in life.

I am a Paediatric nurse with over 19 years of experience caring for children from birth to 18 years. Working in a busy A & E department I have a wide variety of skills that are transferable to my role in being a parent Governor.

In my spare time I like to spend it with my family. The last year or so has been tough for everyone not being able to see family and working all through the pandemic has made me appreciate more the importance of quality family time.

Mrs Ellie Thompson

Equalities & Health & Wellbeing Governor

Term of Office 16.07.2019 -15.07.2023

Committees: People & Resources, Staffing & Strategy Teaching & Learning

One of my main reasons for becoming a Governor was, having moved to the village a couple of years ago, I wanted to contribute to the community. I see the school as a key part of the community and thought that my skills and experience would be put to good use as a Governor.

I think it is important for schools to have input from people with a variety of skills and experience including from those of us that are not directly involved in the education system. As a Governor I contribute skills and experience I have gained as a HR professional in a commercial business environment such as coaching, workforce planning and change management. I also participate in Governor training which is helping me to develop skills and knowledge to further contribute to the School.

With 2 children under 3 and a full time job my ‘spare time’ is usually spent with my family. However, to unwind I enjoy baking and trying new recipes but you won’t be seeing me on Bake Off any time soon.

Mr Dave Varey

Performance Management Governor & Village Liaison

Term of Office 01.11.2016 - 30.10.24
(Member of the Governing Board prior to current term)

Committees: People & Resources & Staffing

A resident of Crafton and then Wing for 36 years, all my children went to Overstone School, with the last one leaving in 2001. I have been a Governor, or Associate Governor of the school for 29 years, fifteen of which I was the chairman of Governors until 2014.

I regard Overstone as a very important part of the Wing community and simply wish to make as much effort as I can to help it be successful.

I have run my own award-winning IT and software development business in Milton Keynes for 40 years in which I employ approximately 60 people. I have run a charity, organised music festivals, and many other events.

I love looking after our grandchildren for at least a day every week. I am member of Wing Singers as well as the Wingrave Community Choir, play various musical instruments, love all sports but can physically only play golf now, spend time gardening and growing our own vegetables and fruit, and help my wife train medical detection dogs. I have spent months at a time travelling in remote parts of the world, including Uganda where my wife and I help to fund a school for deaf children.

Mrs Helen Walsh

Parent Governor

Term of Office 24.06.21 - 23.06.2025

I have two children already at Overstone, and a third who will join shortly. I decided to become a governor not only to increase my own understanding of their education, but also to help the welfare and academic progress of all the pupils at the school. I am passionate about helping Overstone to further its vision for the future, while knitting it together with the local community.

I am a freelance science communicator working on writing, design and branding projects for a range of environmental organisations, charities and government agencies. With nearly 20 years’ experience in a marketing environment, and an extensive scientific background, I hope that my skills will be valuable to the school.

In my spare time, I love going to the zoo with my children, baking, walking and doing a bit of keep fit. A good movie night never goes amiss either!

Mr Mark Watson

Data Protection & English Governor

Term of Office 23.03.2019 - 22.03.2023
*Governor at Cottesloe School

Committees: People & Resources & Strategy Teaching & Learning

Mrs Mary Younger

Associate Governor

Deputy Headteacher

 *Since 1st September 2015, schools are required to publish on their website details of any 'pecuniary interests' held by governors. This means any personal or business interest that could possible cause a 'conflict of interest' in their role as a governor. This is shown under the term of office in the Governor's biography.

 Pupil Discipline - the committee is made up of any 3 governors except The Joint Chair or Staff Governors

Staff Appeals - the committee is made up of any 3 governors from the Staffing Committee