Information about the current School Governors Christine Smith ~ I am a Local Authority Governor and our Chair of Governors. Christine has spent most of her working life in education both as a teacher and in a support role. In the latter years of her career she worked in management which has given her plenty of expertise in HR and finance. These skills have been very useful as a member of the governing body. In her spare time Christine works in a voluntary capacity for the Wilderness Foundation at Chatham Green. – Resigned 06.05.2020
Kate Buttimer ~ I am a parent governor and my son, James, is in Jade Class. Kate also has two older daughters at secondary school who both attended Trinity Road. She works for a children’s charity in Chelmsford and in her spare time is interested in politics and current affairs. Elected as Chair of Governors – end date will be 24.04.2021
Kate is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body and also the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Governor. She relishes the opportunity to work with her fellow governors to ensure that all of our children thrive and have the opportunity to do their very best at Trinity Road, and to support the ongoing development and success of our school.
Nicola Park ~ I have been a member of the Governing Body since 2003 and has previously been both Governing Body Chair and Chair of the Resources Committee. During this time she has participated in the recruitment of head teachers and other senior staff members, in the head teacher’s performance management, in the oversight of safeguarding and in several Ofsted inspections. She has valued the opportunity to be part of Trinity Road’s continuous improvement over these many years.
Nicola has spent her career at Essex County Council in a variety of roles in and around Children’s Services, she is currently a Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor specialising in children’s social care and education policy. Being a school governor provides a useful opportunity to see how both national and local policy impacts in the real life environment. Outside of work Nicola enjoys practicing a variety of dance styles when she has time alongside looking after her baby daughter
Lisa Hibbert ~ I have been a governor at Trinity Road Primary since 2016. My son left the school fully prepared for secondary school in July 2017. I was a teacher and a Senior Leader in three Primary Schools for 20 years and currently work within a helpline team advising teachers and senior leaders in their use of assessment tracking software so am always keen to discuss the school’s data with them! As the named safeguarding governor I liaise with the Deputy Head and Pastoral Support Worker evaluating their procedures and monitoring how they are helping ensure your children are safe at school. Having been responsible for teaching Computing earlier in my career I have a particular interest in developing my knowledge of esafety – our children are accessing more information and contacting so many more people than ever before – we need to be prepared to support them enjoy this safely. Away from work, I enjoy cycling and love a board game! As a family we bought a tent a couple of years ago so try to get away a few times during the summer – hoping for kind weather!
Claire Styles ~ I stepped forward to become a Parent Governor because I’m passionate about helping the school succeed in everything it undertakes, for the betterment of the children’s experience and learning. I have a son in Year 1 and another son who will start school in 2021.
I work locally for the East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, which operates primarily in facilities management of over 250 sites in the region. I believe that the Trinity Road Primary School buildings are one of the school’s strongest assets and I’m keen to see them retain their charm for the benefit of current and future pupils.
As a Communications and Public Relations Manager with almost ten years experience in Marketing and Communications, I also bring with me extensive experience of nurturing productive relationships with key stakeholders, and financial management experience to support the school in sustaining excellent value for money on products and services. I stay closely abreast of education news so that I can make well-informed and valuable contributions to the school’s Governing Body.
James Hooper ~ is a Community Governor, a role he has held since 2016. James sits on the Pay & Performance Committee and attends both the Full Governing Body and Curriculum & Resource meetings. James is a business development manager within the technology industry focusing on schools, colleges and universities. His spare time is spent with his wife and their 1-year old son, he is also an avid rugby fan. Resigned 10.08.2020
Mark Atuheire ~ is a Parent Governor I was elected as a parent governor in November 2016 and take a lot of interest in the running of the school. I am a qualified secondary school teacher with over 10 years teaching and leadership experience. I take a lot of interest in the running of the school and see the importance that the school has in harnessing every child’s love for learning. Resigned 31.08.20
Clare Reynolds ~ is a Parent Governor. I have a daughter in Yr 2. As a Parent Governor I will be committed, passionate and motivated to challenge the school to continuously improve so our children have the best possible education and opportunities to succeed in life.