Marcus is a member of several local organisations and a life-long Colwall resident. He brings community experience and public service connections to the Governing Body and is very active in the village:
Malvern Trades Council (Secretary)
Family Practitioner Committee for Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Dental Service Committee (Chair)
Medical Service Committee (Chair)
Colwall Parish Council (ex-Member)
Malvern Hills District Council (Chair - Tourism & Leisure)
Public Health Committee Valuation Tribunal for England (Chair & Appraiser)
Founding member of the Admirals' Cafe (a cafe for dementia sufferers in Colwall)
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.
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.
Louise joined the Governing Body as a parent governor in September 2019. As an engineer working in the Defence and Technology sector she has wide experience in delivering strategic and technical programmes, managing large budgets and implementing change. A parent of 2 children at Colwall Primary, Louise is keen to be part of the team supporting the opportunities available and is passionate about equality and diversity, ensuring that life skills and access to education are offered to all, irrespective of additional needs, disabilities, religion or ethnicity.
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.
Marie has two children in Key Stage 1 at Colwall and has recently relocated to the area. She is committed to help ensure all children leave school with a love of learning and the skills they need to follow their dream.
Marie has considerable teaching experience, has been a SENCO, a deputy Head and a Governor before coming to Colwall. These roles and experience have given her excellent knowledge and understanding in analysing and questioning school data and are particularly helpful within the Quality of Education Committee on which she sits.
Marie left teaching a year ago to retrain as a play therapist and is passionate about supporting positive mental health and wellbeing through early intervention and family support.
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!
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.