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.
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.
This is my 4th year as a parent governor and I currently Chair the Premises Committee. I have two children on roll with a third due to attend in September 2020. Working at the University of Worcester, I have responsibility for a number of areas including student accommodation and catering. I hold Project and Programme Management qualifications and have previously worked as a Facilities Manager, Project Officer, Primary School Teacher and Environmental Education Teacher. My experience and interest in the education sector influence my desire to have additional involvement with the school. I feel extremely fortunate to live in such a beautiful village, with a warm, welcoming community and an excellent school on the doorstep.
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.
A Chartered Engineer managing a small manufacturing business, Chris knows only too well the challenges of delivering a first class quality product whilst keeping shareholders happy with returns. We face a very similar challenge at Colwall Primary School, however we have an excellent leadership team in place, well equipped and advised to ensure our children receive an excellent education. Chris has two children who attended Colwall Primary and is currently Chair of the Finance Committee.
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!