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Governance

At their first meeting of each academic year, Governors elect a Chairman and Vice-Chairman and decide the structure and composition of their various working committees.

All duties undertaken by governors are on a voluntary basis.

The Governors are responsible for developing policies, the employment of staff and the budget; the care maintenance and use of the premises.

Meet The Governors

Chair

Geoff Flowers

I have been a member of the Governing Body since April 2000. I hold a BTEC Advanced Certificate in School Governance. I recently retired after forty-one years service with the Royal Bank of Scotland. I enjoy golf, reading, cooking and going to the gym.

Appointed by Governors 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

Lead Vice Chair

Susan Blake

I joined Wickford Primary school governing body in 2015, initially as a parent governor, as it was a field I was not familiar with and was keen to learn more about school life and how to make a difference. I became acting chair in October 2020 which was a very steep learning curve, but one that I embraced wholeheartedly.

I have been a children's nurse for over 26 years in a variety of roles and have been able to bring many of my skills within my profession to the governing role, such as developing policies and promoting wellbeing, in a strategic capacity.

I am passionate about my role as governor and all that school life entails, and play an active part in attending school events, supporting the Learning mentor with a parent group for children with additional needs, as well as supporting the Head teacher and senior leadership team. I have developed and produced the monitoring schedule for governors at Wickford primary school based on the school improvement plan and carry out monitoring visits, producing robust reports with follow up reviews.

I am proud and excited to share the role as Vice-chair and to be part of the Federation governing body with Beauchamp's Senior School.

Appointed by Governors 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

No pecuniary interests

Second Vice Chair

Sharon Chan

I joined the Beauchamps High School Governing Body in 2009. I have a background working in the voluntary sector and an interest in environmental issues. My general interests include reading and gardening.

Appointed by Governors 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

No pecuniary interests

Ex-Officio

Mat Harper

Headteacher Beauchamps High

No fixed term of office

No pecuniary interests

Ex-Officio

Lorraine Ramet

Headteacher Wickford Primary

No fixed term of office

No pecuniary interests

Clerk

Peter Bates

I have been involved in clerking Governing Bodies throughout Essex for many years and have been a Clerk for the Beauchamps High School Governors since 1997. I was formerly Education Officer (Governor Development) for Thurrock Council (1998 – 2009). Until recently, I was a member of the Governing Body at a local special school. I am an Executive Committee member and Membership Secretary for the Essex Clerks’ Association.

Appointed by Governors 15.3.22

No fixed term of office

No pecuniary interests

Local Authority

Steve Thorogood

I joined the Beauchamps High School Governing Body in 2020. I spent over four years on the governing body of a local Junior school. During that time, I conducted numerous visits to ensure learning was meeting expectations, undertook all necessary training, and spent two years as Vice Chair of the governing body, fully participating in meetings. I live locally and have a daughter who is currently in year nine . I am committed to striving for excellence in education and ensuring access to quality teaching for students from all backgrounds and abilities. I have considerable experience in the public sector involving managing large operational teams, setting performance targets and objectives, devising and overseeing policy development, and currently work as a senior policy advisor to the government. I am passionate about the role and looking forward to working with the governing body to ensure Beauchamps is a safe environment that offers all students the best possible opportunities to achieve their full potential, without discrimination.

Appointed by Local Authority 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

No pecuniary interests

Partnership

Wayne Harris

I joined the Beauchamps High School Governing Body in 2012. I have had two children pass through the school, the eldest is now back as a teacher. I have taken early retirement but taught in Essex since 1989. I became a Headteacher in 2002, firstly at Grange Primary School and from 2007 at a two-form entry primary in Hutton. I was also an Ofsted Inspector. I am involved in local sport and I am currently the Chair and Treasurer for the British Schools’ Gymnastics Association Eastern Region, and used to coach my school’s team.

Appointed by Governors 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

No pecuniary interests

Partnership

Kevin Freitag

I've been a member of the governing body since September 2021. My background is in supported housing services, and since autumn 2015, I've been working in HR (currently in diversity and inclusion). I love travelling, gardening, keeping fit and spending time with my friends and family.

Appointed by Governors 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

No pecuniary interests

Co-Opted

Matt Hodges

I joined the Beauchamps governing body in 2020. I am a Financial Adviser, Director and owner of Hodges and Co Wealth Management Ltd, and a Partner of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, based in Wickford. Previously spent 10 years in Banking with Natwest/RBS. I went to Beauchamps School from 1991-1998 and then on to Anglia Ruskin University, where I studied Business Administration and Finance. To keep up with my continual professional development, I am studying towards Chartered Financial Planner status. My wife’s name is Leanne, and we have been married for 3 years now. We have a beautiful daughter named Harper and we are now expecting another in February 2021.

Appointed by Governors 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

No pecuniary interests

Parent

Olayinka Mosadomi

Appointed by Parents & Carers of WPS 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

No pecuniary interests

Parent

Paul Strange

I spent over six years on the governing body of an Outstanding local school. During that time, I made many visits, attended training, spent two years as Chair of the Resources Committee and took part in many committee and full governing body meetings. I also took part in the school’s OFSTED inspection that reaffirmed the school as Outstanding. I am committed to excellence in education and access to quality teaching for students from all backgrounds and of all abilities. I am a former Beauchamps pupil who lives locally and whose eldest son is currently in year seven. I have been very impressed by what I have seen in his first term and would like the opportunity to help continue the school’s excellent provision and of course help to develop and improve things where needed. I have worked in the third sector developing skills that include team and project management and managing large budgets. On a personal level I have experience of the needs of gifted and talented students and those with Special Educational Needs and with a wife who is a teacher at another school have a good understanding of the demands from a teaching perspective. I would work with the existing governing body to ensure Beauchamps is a safe, enriching environment that offers all students the best possible opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Appointed by Parent & Carers of BHS 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

No pecuniary interests

Staff

Heather Frost

Prior to joining Beauchamps High School, I worked as a Bank Manager in the City. Since 2000, I have worked at the school as the School Bursar/Business Manager. I work with the Headteacher to manage the school finances and premises. As part of the Governing Body, one of my main responsibilities is to ensure that all Governors have up-to-date knowledge of the School accounts.

Appointed by Staff 15.3.22

Term of Office 4 years

No pecuniary interests

Associate

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Sally Bayley

I have worked at Wickford Primary School for 13 years as a Finance/Business manager. My background is in finance as I worked in a local bank for 17 years before leaving to join education. I have been an associate governor for the last 3 years, and regularly report to the governors to contribute to the effective financial governance and success of the school.

Appointed by Governors 27.4.22

Term of Office 1 year

No pecuniary interests