Governor Pen Portraits
Debbie Bennett – Staff Governor – Debbie is a member of the Pupil and Parents Committee. She is the school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and works very closely with the SEN link governor, the local authority and staff in the House, Key Centre and Nurture Group. Working with pupils with SEN across the school involves a very child-centred approach. Debbie is often found in the company of Rupert, the School Dog, and the pupils who enjoy his comfort, walks and distraction.
Isabel Blackburn – Local Authority Governor – Isabel joined the Board more than eight years ago and is a member of the Pupil and Parents Committee. She is link governor for Learning Support, the Sixth Form and is co-link with English. Isabel is a retired a civil servant having worked with the Ministry of Defence. She has many connections in the local community. Isabel has a particular interest in pupils with Special Educational Needs and regularly attends events in the department.
Sheila Copeman – Parent Governor – Sheila was first elected in 2016. She is Chair of the Curriculum Committee and a member of the Admissions, Pupil and Parents, and Policy and Resources Committees. She is link governor for PE, Dance and Drama. Sheila has been a school governor since 2009 and she helped establish and served as a trustee on a local primary multi-academy trust board. Previously Sheila had a career in managing government contracts but now runs her own dance and fitness business.
Sally Dellar – Parent Governor – Sally joined the board of governors in December 2017. She is the Child Protection governor and the Responsible Officer. Sally is a member of the Pupil and Parent committee and also sits on the Policy & Resources committee. She is a link governor to Year 10 and for looked-after children. Sally’s background has been in administrative and quality management within education. She is interested in all young people achieving their goals both academically and though their extra-curricular activities.
Trevor Eddolls – Community Governor – Trevor has been a governor since 2000 and has chaired and is still a member of the Staffing Committee. He attended Policy & Resources meetings as Staffing Chair. He’s also conducted the head teacher’s performance review many times, acted as investigating officer and chaired numerous governor panels. Trevor is the link governor for English. He writes about IT issues and looks after social media for a number of international IT companies. He’s also a solution-focused hypnotherapist sitting on the executive of the AfSFH.
Rob Head – Vice Chair of Governors and Community Governor – Rob joined the board more than four years ago. He is chair of Staffing Committee and a member of Policy & Resources Committee. He is link governor for Sixth Form, link with Year 11 and link for Support Staff. Rob is a chemist with a career spanning growth of international businesses and higher education senior management. He volunteers at Westonbirt Arboretum. He is particularly interested in institutional performance and pupil destinations.
Paul Fox – Staff Governor – Paul joined the board three years ago as a staff governor. As a teacher of PE Paul is keen to ensure high levels of both staff and student well-being. Paul is in his seventh year teaching at Hardenhuish following a career in the British Army as a commissioned infantry officer.
Kirsty Martin – Chair of Governors and Community Governor – Kirsty joined the board of Hardenhuish as a parent and was a founding member of the academy trust when the school changed status in 2010. She is a member of the Policy & Resources and Curriculum committees and the Admissions Panel. She is Equalities Governor, Link to Year 8 and sits on the Hardenhuish Educational Trust. Kirsty has worked all her adult life as a journalist and has a strong interest in continued professional development, mental health and well-being.
David Rousell – Parent Governor – David is a past pupil at Hardenhuish and joined the governing body in December 2017. He is Link governor for Year 7 and Business Studies and sits on the Curriculum Committee. He is a past Chair of Governors at Frogwell Primary School. He is widely experienced in retail management and held senior roles within stores for a major High Street retailer and also at senior regional level. He has now established his own removal company.
Isabelle Semichon – Community Governor – Isabelle has recently re-joined the governing body. She sits on the Curriculum Committee and is Link governor for Year 8. French by nationality, she has spent her entire life living abroad and has learned six languages. Unsurprisingly she is now Link for French and Spanish. She has a business degree, has been a governor of a primary school in Calne and is currently chair of a pre-school governing body.
Spencer Shaw – Parent Governor – Spencer is Chair of the Pupils and Parents Committee and sits on the Policy and Resources Committee. He is link governor for Year 9 and for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education. He worked as an industrial physicist before becoming a church minister. He has been Pastor of the Emmanuel Church in Chippenham since 2005. He regularly participates in lessons at Hardenhuish.
Lisa Titcomb – Parent Governor – Lisa joined the school’s Governing Board nearly four years ago. She is a member of the Staffing and Curriculum Committees and is Link governor for Maths, ICT and for Year 11. Lisa is a biologist by training and has spent most of her career, thus far, managing environmental science research programmes. Her particular interest as governor is in ensuring all pupils are taught well and inspired to reach their potential as well as being supported to succeed.
Jackie Todd – Support Staff Governor – Jackie has worked at Hardenhuish as a pastoral manager for 13 years, for the last four years within Sixth Form and has been a member of the governing body for seven years. Both her daughters attended Hardenhuish through to Sixth Form and went on to university. Jackie sits on the Pupil & Parents Committee as it complements her role within school because of the focus on pupils and also allows her to offer a parents’ perspective to the committee.
Phil Townsend – Community Governor – Phil has been on the board for five years. He is Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee and sits on the Staffing Committee. He is link governor for Science, Year 7, Able Gifted & Talented, the School Parliament, and Health and Safety. Phil is a physicist by training and is a research and development engineer in the power semiconductor industry. He is particularly interested in careers education.
Scott Weekes – Parent Governor – Scott joined the governing board in 2012. He is a member of the Pupil and Parents Committee and is link governor for Geography and Year 9. Scott is an aeronautical engineer and served in the RAF as an Engineering Officer for 16 years before leaving the service to work on a number of defence related projects. Scott has a strong interest in mentoring and helping pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds fulfil their potential.
Nicola Wood – Community Governor – Nicola has just recently joined the board and is link governor for History and Government & Politics, and co-link to year 10. She has over 20 years IT senior executive experience managing large business transformations, including change management and P+L responsibility. She is particularly interested in equality in education, and empowering children to fulfil their full potential.
Viv Vines – Community Governor – Has been a governor at Hardenhuish for more than 30 years and sits on the Staffing Committee. He is Link Governor for Art, Music and DT and maintains a keen interest in sport and PE having served on regional and national sporting organisations. After many years as a North Wiltshire Councillor he now acts as Clerk to several parish councils. He has spent his career involved with architecture and planning and runs his own consultancy. He is committed to ensuring Hardenhuish continues to thrive for the benefit of future generations.