Sue Armstrong (co-Chair)
Sue moved to Colwall in 2013 to enjoy ‘semi-retirement’ from the world of marketing and advertising. Her professional background led her to early introduction to St James Church and its community through fundraising and events. As a Foundation Governor of Colwall CofE Primary School, Sue brings her personnel development, communication, co-ordination and interpersonal skills to bear helping the school maintain its strong Christian Foundation. An advocate of healthy and active living, Sue is responsible for working with the leadership team on Wellbeing and on Sports Premium.
Brian grew up in Colwall and attended Colwall Primary when the old site was the “new” site.
After studying engineering at Nottingham University, his first job was at Dyson before he went on to work for several design and engineering consultancies in and around London, working on a wide variety of projects ranging from medical ventilators to tube trains and nuclear power stations.
After moving back to Colwall in 2010 his days are now divided between managing and maintaining properties with the occasional bit of consulting and software development to keep things interesting. After hours I try to entertain my two boys, co-lead Colwall’s beaver scout colony and muck about in a shed.
Alan has lived in Colwall for 18 years and is now retired as Deputy Chief Constable after 35 years police service. He has experience at board level in two Police Forces coupled with 7 years working in the international security and justice sector, holding the Human Resources, Training and Development and Professional Standards portfolios in both Greater Manchester Police and West Mercia Constabulary.
Additional skills include Tribunal Chairmanship and adjudication, developing Strategic Management, Executive Coaching, Budgetary Control, Conference Facilitation and High Potential Assessment and Selection.
Alan was introduced to the very impressive range of school activities through being (past) President of Colwall Rotary Club and looks forward to working with the school both as a Governor and a Rotarian.
Rev. Melanie Horton
Lawyer. Teacher. Parish priest. The phrase jack of all trades and master of none could have been invented for me! This diversity however means that I bring flexibility and a variety of different skills and experiences to the role of foundation governor. In particular my legal experience supports my role as safeguarding link governor. My abiding passion as a governor is the holistic experience of the children as they go though Colwall school, that they know themselves to be unique valued and valuable individuals, part of a wider global family of people of faith.
I am committed to the importance of positive childhood learning experiences and child-centred learning for life. Teaching now at a local school, I have also worked as a Secondary Science and PE teacher in both state and independent schools in Devon, Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire and Herefordshire, as well as taking on voluntary roles with Citizens Advice and the Royal Air Force. I had a brief spell working in local TV and radio and was a Governor at a Buckinghamshire primary school. Though I grew up and was educated in Worcestershire, I have experienced living abroad and in many diverse parts of the UK, settling in Colwall after over 20 years of visiting family who live in the village. One of my children was baptised at St. James’ Church and attended Colwall Primary School. I feel fortunate to be able to support Colwall Primary School as a Governor.
Kate Malone (Chair - Quality of Education)
I have worked as an art therapist for 22 years, initially in palliative care and adult mental health services in the NHS. For the past 13 years I have specialised in working with children in two special schools (SEMH Social Emotional and Mental Health) in south east London. I also have some experience with early years working as a trustee for a local nursery for eight years.
I joined Colwall CofE school as a parent governor just as my daughter was leaving year 6 and the pandemic was interrupting everything that was familiar and routine.
I’m passionate about understanding people and developing an awareness of obstacles that may be in the way of making the most of someone’s potential. I’m dedicated to creating connections and maintaining good relationships within, and extending from, the school. I hope that my experience can support the school in thinking, questioning and always trying to understand our little people better, the organisation and to keep improving.
Claire Pearson (Chair - Finance)
Claire has returned to the governing body after a 3 year break, having previously been both a parent and foundation governor over a 10-year period.
She has lived in Colwall for over 25 years and all four of her children attended Colwall Primary. During this time Claire was closely involved with the school, as a governor, a reading helper and a member of the Friends' committee (and treasurer for many years).
After a maths degree, she trained as a chartered accountant. Once her children arrived, she qualified as an antenatal teacher with the National Childbirth Trust but keeps her accountancy skills up to date as treasurer and scrutineer of accounts for local charities. Now that three of her children have grown up, she has more time to spend reading, enjoying her menagerie and avoiding gardening and housework.
Ellie Ramsey (co-Chair)
I became a Parent Governor in 2019 and currently have two children attending Colwall. After leaving a busy teaching role I am now employed within the Local Authority as the Education and Schools Systems Manager.
My real passion is to help ensure all children have an opportunity to access high quality education and this inspired me to become a Governor.
In my free time I manage a local rugby team and enjoy running and spending time outdoors.
I worked in the public sector for 27 years before taking a break to look after our two children, who moved to Colwall Primary last year.
The pressure on those who choose to serve the public is immense in the current political and financial climate. I hope that as a critical friend I can support the Head and staff to deliver the service that the children deserve.
My hobby is making life as difficult for myself as I can by doing and making as many things as possible. I am equally poor at yeast farming, curing, cheese making and vegetable growing - or keeping chickens!
Ruth Whitehouse (Chair - Personnel)
I joined Colwall C of E school just as the pandemic was starting - I really picked my timing. From the moment I walked through the doors and saw Helen and her team interacting with my granddaughter and pupils at the school I decided that this was a place where I wanted to be involved and make a difference. I work with global organisations on their operating models, organisational structures, people strategy and change management and hope to bring this experience to support the school, particularly during these challenging times.