Meet our Governors

Revd Dr James Bruce

Revd Dr James Bruce

I am the ex-officio Trustee and Governor as Vicar of Lyndhurst and Emery Down and Minstead. The church obtained the land to build a school for the poor children of the village back in the 1840’s, and we’re still committed to providing the best education possible.

I came with my family to Lyndhurst from two parishes south of Edinburgh, via a ‘sabbatical’ in Bransgore that I spent writing and being a house husband. Before this in reverse order I did a PhD in St Andrews on St Columba’s miracles, spent a year as school Chaplain in Kenya, pastored a New Church, commuted to Wales for SU, and worked as School’s Worker in West Cumbria.

Revd Sally Marchant

Revd Sally Marchant

I moved to Calmore in Totton from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire in October 2013 and I am the Team Vicar at St Anne’s Calmore and the Cluster Schools’ Leader for the Totton area.  Half of my time is taken up with parish work and half with schools work (14 schools/colleges in all!), including being a Foundation Governor at Bartley Church of England Junior School, as well as the Oaks Federation.

I was ordained as a Priest in 2011 and my career before ordination was in administration and secretarial work, including nine years at Dulwich College in London as Human Resources Adviser, mainly employing teachers and in the role of lay chaplain.

I am married with two children in their late twenties.

My interests are: playing Scrabble, jigsaw puzzles, swimming, walking, travel (particularly to the ‘Developing World’) and being by the sea!

I see my particular focus in being a Foundation Governor on the Board of Governors is the care and well-being of both staff and children.  In addition to contributing to the worship and presenting Christian spirituality, I like to encourage the whole school community to develop thinking minds and the possibility of faith in Christ. I am Chair of the Christian Ethos Committee which tries to ensure that the Schools keep their eye on the fact that they are Church of England founded Schools.   I am often in School, particularly Netley Marsh and Copythorne, either on Governors’ learning walks or leading worship and I love children!  I am always available for a chat with parents and staff too!

Paul Cattell

Paul Cattell

I became a Governor at Netley Marsh in 2011 because I feel passionate about our community and wanted to contribute as much as I could. I became a Parent Governor while our eldest son was at Netley Marsh and since then both our sons have gone through Netley Marsh and moved on to Bartley. I am now a Foundation Governor and Chair of the Resource Committee and thoroughly enjoy still being involved with the Schools. With the exception of a few years living in London, I have lived locally all my life.  Born and bred in Minstead, I now live in Woodlands with my wife and family.  We try to spend as much free time as possible as a family and dog walks play a big part.

Caroline Oliver

Caroline Oliver

I was elected as the Parent Governor for St Michael & All Angels in March 2015, having previously been an active member of the PTA.   I currently have twin girls in Year 1 and my son will join Year R in September 2015.  I am a lawyer by profession and currently practice as a solicitor specialising in employment law in Hampshire.  I have previously worked for a large professional service organisation (PwC) and have significant management, marketing and business development experience.  I have previously chaired the school road safety committee – the objectives were to review the concerns relating to our children traveling to school safely. This involved liaising with the a number of bodies to include the Council, Parish Council and Police.  I am also a FASTER reading parent.  I am keen to draw upon my professional skills, coupled with my experience as a parent to contribute to the development of the Federation in terms of its overall objective of enhancing the school life and education of our children.

Jill Cairns

Jill Cairns

I became a local authority Governor in April 2014. I also sit on the School Improvement subcommittee and have some responsibility for helping the Federation continue to ensure that vulnerable children and those with special educational needs or disability meet their full potential.

I have previously owned and managed a children’s nursery in Totton, and continue to work with pre-school children.  I am enjoying my role as a school Governor, and hope to continue supporting the development of the Federation and children’s welfare and education as well as I can.

Francesca Mahon

Francesca Mahon

I became a parent Governor in January 2015.  I have three children, two of which attend Netley Marsh Infant school.  My children thoroughly enjoy all aspects of school life.  I believe the federation provides a wonderful environment for children to learn and feel safe.  I wanted to make a contribution and represent the views and concerns of the parents.  I am a Children’s nurse and am interested in the health and wellbeing of our children.

Alan Nicholas

Alan Nicholas

I became a Foundation Governor in 2009 when my youngest daughter was at St. Michael’s (a time she thoroughly enjoyed), as a way of giving something back to the Federation.  As a manager at a local university, I fully appreciate the huge significance of education in the lives of children (and adults too). My interests outside work include natural history, drama and local church activities.

Stuart Forman

Stuart Forman

Being a member of the Lyndhurst PCC, I became a school Governor at St. Michael’s School and after many years decided to continue as a Governor through our three schools’ transition to the Federation; currently I am a Foundation Governor.

I am married with three girls all over 21 years of age.  All three of my children were pupils at Lyndhurst which was the main reason that I decided to become a Governor to ensure that the school maintained its high standards and retained its part in the local community.

Working in the investment industry for a major high street bank (not partly owned by the nation) for the past 40 odd years, I use my experience and knowledge to assist the Board of Governors for the Federation.

With my fellow Governors, we all work closely with the Executive Headteacher and Staff to maintain and improve on the high standards that have been achieved to date and constantly strive to make the children’s environment a wonderful place to be.

Marie Kirk

Marie Kirk

I have been a Foundation Governor for just over 4 years and have recently taken on the responsibility of Chair of Governors. I have three children, one at St Michael’s and two at Bartley. I also work part time as a Maths teacher at Hounsdown.  My role as Foundation governor means that I am a link between St Mary’s church in Copythorne and the Federation of schools.  I am committed to ensuring that children that attend the Oaks Federation not only receive an excellent educational experience but are also able to grow into confident and well rounded individuals.

Steve Trevett

Steve Trevett

I have been a governor for over 10 years, initially at Copythorne and then for the federation as a whole.
When I started governing, my eldest child was at the school and, now that he and his sister are both at Hounsdown, they both look back at their time there with affection.
The federation has been a great benefit to both schools and it has been interesting and encouraging to see how all the schools have developed over the last few years.
I currently serve on the resources committee which oversees the federation’s finance and personnel issues.
Employment wise, I work for a well known insurance company as a Loss Control Surveyor.

Rachel Phillips Twynam

 

Rachel Phillips-Twyman

I have had the pleasure of being a Foundation governor for the Federation since September 2013. My own background is in Primary Education, I have been a teacher for 18 years, including a period working at senior management level. I currently work part time as I have 3 children, 2 of them attend St Michael and All Angels in Lyndhurst. I live in the village and enjoy making the most of our wonderful area.

Revd John Reeve

I am Team Vicar at St.Matthew’s Netley Marsh and Priest in Charge at St. Mary’s Copythorne. On the Governing Body I attend the School Improvement Committee and the Christian Ethos Committee.  In my parish work I also spend time in Bartley CE Junior School and Hazelwood Infants. I meet many families from the community in the many baptism services I take as well as the extensive ministry in weddings and funerals.  In my spare time I play tennis and football regularly with an occasional game of cricket in the summer. I am also a yoga enthusiast. I love being a learner myself, and it’s great being part of a team of schools which are so engaged with providing a fun, stimulating and imaginative curriculum.

Ian Hopkin

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I became a Foundation Governor in 2015, after my son had completed 3 very happy years in Netley Marsh school. In my association with the Federation, I have been very impressed with the ethos and values of the schools and am committed to helping ensure that all children continue to receive a very high standard of education in a safe, fun and nurturing environment.
I am married with 3 children and work as a manager within a global IT company. In my spare time I help support the Netley Marsh Beaver Scout group as well as learning Karate and cycling regularly in the New Forest

Jennie Wright

I was recently elected as Parent Governor for Copythorne Infants in October 2015. I am also on the PTFA and have previously been the Chair of Copythorne Pre-School. I have a son in year 1, and one due to join in September 2017. I am currently a Director of Digital and Corporate IT, and have many years experience running various Digital businesses for household names. I hope I can support the Federation in achieving their goals and represent the parents of Copythorne to ensure every child has the best possible education, while having fun!

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Nick Newman

 I was appointed as Foundation Governor in November 2016 providing a connection between St Mary’s Church and the Federation.  I currently work part-time as an independent consultant in the Charity, Housing and Social Care sectors.  I am married with 3 young children all of whom do, or will, attend one of the schools in the Federation.    I currently serve on the school improvement committee and wish to ensure that the high standards of education, along with the community and Christian ethos which runs through the Federation schools, continue and develop.

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