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In-depth Governor Profiles

Fiona Stimpson (Chair)

I was appointed as at Horley Infants School in 2012 by the Local Authority and when Governing Bodies were reconstituted in 2016 I became a Co-opted Governor.  After 5 years, I still find it a challenge as, not having been in school for a very long time and not having children of my own, I have been out of touch with the schooling world!  I was elected at Chair of Governors in September 2016 and work closely with the Mrs Salter under the Ofsted criteria ‘Effective Leadership and Management’ to ensure that the we continue to be a successful school where parents want to send their children to begin their education.  I am also link governor for Bumblebees class (reception) working with Miss Rodriguez and Miss Hill.
My background:

I worked in Catering & Hospitality for 20 years and moved to Horley in 2017 after purchasing a guest house and have been a Proprietor of the guest house for 20 years.  I am also a Governor at Oakwood School and the training that I have received for both schools, has helped me to understand and deal with the many acronyms that schools use! As well as being a Governor, I am also a Town Councillor for Horley and Vice Chair the Horley & District Chamber of Commerce.  I see these positions as a means of working with the schools and local organisations to bring people together in Horley for such events like the Horley Carnival, St George’s Day, etc.
In my little bit of spare time in the day I like to take my dogs for a walk around the many parks and open spaces in the surrounding countryside, where despite living next door to an airport, it can be surprisingly quiet!

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Richard Rogerson (Vice-Chair)

I have been a Governor at Horley Infant school since 2000 - nearly 18 years - and before that I was treasurer of the Friends for 5 years. I have seen the school grow from 8 classrooms to 9 and then to 10 with the addition of a pre-school. I was involved with each project, in particular monitoring the budgets.  I have been Chairman of the Finance Committee for several years and am also currently Vice Chairman of the Governing Body. I was chair of the Horley Learning Partnership (HLP) Finance Committee before it was disbanded when HLP was re-structured.

I have supported the staff through many good time but occasionally difficult times and with my experience can act as a sounding board for both the Chair of Governors and the Head Teacher, listening but also challenging if needed.

My background:

Originally from Worcestershire, I have lived in Horley for thirty years.  I am a Chartered Materials Engineer with a firm of consulting engineers managing their construction materials laboratory in London.  I am married to Sue.  Our two children went to Horley Infant School in the 1990's - both are now working in London and have finally flown the nest!.  

Away from school (and work) I relax by reading and gardening and am a keen member of the Geograph Project. I also follow the fortunes of Kidderminster Harriers FC.

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Hilary Salter (Head Teacher)

As Headteacher of Horley Infant School, I have a statutory role on the Governing Body and work closely with the Chair and other governors to set the strategic direction for the school.

My background:

I have been the Headteacher at Horley Infant School since 1994.  Prior to this post I was Head at Godstone First, Lingfield First and Nursery School and Furzefield Infant School.
On my arrival at Horley Infant I guided the school through the 'age of transfer' reorganisation, moving the school from a 'first school' to an infant school for children aged 5 to 7 years.

I strongly believe in the ethos of 'better together' and all those involved in the school including myself, the Governors, parents, children, the Friends and the local community work as a strong team making the school the success it is today.

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Hilary Taylor

I joined the Governing Body in 2006 as a Staff Support Governor.

My background:

I have been involved with Horley Infant School since 1996 when my elder daughter, Hannah, started school in Bumblebee class.  Over the following years I assisted in the classroom as a parent helper and supported the school through activities organised by the Friends.  When my younger daughter, Lucy, started school in 1999, I was fortunate to be offered a part-time position as a Special Needs Assistant working with a child in year one.

The following year I became a full time Teaching Assistant.  I continued in this role, working in years one and two, until September 2008 when I was appointed the Home School Link Worker.  This was a new role within Horley Infant School and one that has grown and developed over the ensuing years.

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Katherine Staples

I joined the governing body as a staff governor in 2012, and started my second term as a co-opted Governor in 2017. I am responsible for leading ‘Personal development, behaviour and welfare’ in school and Year Two assessment data

My background:

I began teaching in 2003 and joined Horley Infant School in 2010. I currently teach in Year Two and am the Year Two leader.

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Lynne Geary

I joined the Governing Body in October 2016 as a parent governor.  I am responsible for the Early Years Provision and Standards pillar, and governor for Butterflies class (reception) working closely with Miss. Gilbert.  I have two sons at Horley Infant School.  My eldest is currently in Seahorses Class (year two), and youngest is in Foxes Class (year one).

My background:

I read Audio Visual Media Studies with Business at the University of Central Lancaster and Financial Management at Robert Gordon University. After University I qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and worked for over ten years within Local Government Finance. After the birth of my second son I left Local Government and set up my own business as a Graphic Designer/ Illustrator. I am also a member of ‘Mothers at Home Matter’ (a national campaigning group for fairer family orientated government policy) and Volunteer my artistic skills to a fantastic charity ‘Supershoes’ which helps empower children fighting Cancer.

The various roles I have held within Local Government and as a Sole Trader have required me to be organised, work well in teams and provide effective challenge to any decision making process. I help out in school regularly and look forward to using my skills and expertise to represent parents within the Governing Body.

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Jess Hawley

I joined the governing body in September 2017 as a parent governor.  I am link governor for the ‘Personal development, behaviour and welfare’ pillar, and governor for Jellyfish Class (year two) working closely with Miss. Staples. My daughter is currently in year two, and I hope my son will join the school next year.
My background:
I read Modern European Languages at Staffordshire University, and before having my children worked for 13 years as a project manager at a global investment bank. During this time I was based in London and Tokyo, working with large teams of people to deliver successful outcomes.  A project manager must be organised, have a fair yet critical eye, and be adept at working with people from different backgrounds and with different viewpoints.  I bring these skills to bear as a member of the school’s governing body, and am delighted to have the chance to contribute to the school’s continued success.

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Colin Marden

I joined the governing body in September 2017 as a parent governor as the governor for Octopus Class (year 2) working closely with Sara Woolsey. My son is currently in year two, and my daughter is in reception year.

My background:

I have a degree in Construction Management and a Masters in Construction Law, and have been working in the field of construction disputes for some 15 years. Through my work life I have developed the ability to identify quickly the key issues and learnt the important roll that  investigation, assessment, review and accountability plays to the successful completion of all projects.  This is my first governor role and I hope to bring the skills I have to help guide the school to continued success.

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Jas Bhimji

I joined the governing body in November 2017 as a co-opted governor. I am the governor for Hares Class (year one) working closely with Ms Carliell.
My background:
I read Economic and International Development at the University of Bath and went on to train as an accountant at an international Private Equity firm. Since then I've remained in Financial services and for the past 6 years I've worked for large Life Insurance companies, in Financial Reporting and Financial Planning roles whilst managing and developing a team. I deal with senior stakeholders on a daily basis and am able to understand and address their issues and concerns which will be an invaluable skill as a governor when difficult topics are discussed. I look forward to help make the school a rewarding place to learn for the children.

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David Powell

I joined the governing body in 2011 as a Local Authority governor.

My background:

I was a soldier for 25 years following which I worked in local government managing environmental services for 10 years and ended my working life as Managing Director of Onyx/Veolia a major waste management company.I am currently a Horley Town Councillor and a Reigate and Banstead Borough councillor, I was also Borough Mayor 2016/17.

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Laura Moys

I became a co-opted Governor in July 2017. My link class is Ladybirds and I will therefore be working closely with class teacher Marie Read. I will also be liaising with Home School Link Worker Hilary Taylor.

My background:

I studied History and Modern Languages at Wadham College, University of Oxford, before undertaking a law conversion course and eventually qualifying as a barrister specialising in Family Law. I attended state school and am the first person in my family to have obtained an Oxbridge degree and to become a lawyer. I passionately believe that all children have the right to an aspirational education that allows them to reach their full potential, irrespective of their background. I have two young children myself and am acutely aware of how important and precious our children’s early formative years are. I hope that as one of your school Governors I will be able to make a positive contribution, both to the life of the school and to our local community.

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Suzanne Cull

I joined the governing body in March 2017 as a co-opted governor.  I am the link governor for Stingrays Class (year 2) working closely with Miss Cox and am also the responsible governor for the SENCO provision as well as for science and PE

My background:

I read law at University as well as having a Masters in business.  I work for a consulting company and am fortunate enough to be able to work from home most of the time.  I work as a contract manager to looking after the contractual relationship between my company and our clients and have previously been a law lecturer and as such will hopefully bring this legal and contractual experience to the school.  I have a six year old son and in my spare time I am a huge fan of murder mystery/detective tv!

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Olu Folarin

I joined the governing body in July 2014 as a parent governor. I am governor for Seahorses class (year2) working closely with Ms Ritchie. My daughter is currently in Year 2

My background:

I obtained a degree in Management Information Systems from Liverpool John More University. I have since played a number of roles in my day to day work life which primarily involves using technology to deliver benefits to organizations. I'm excited at the opportunity the governor's role presents to make positive impact to learning for Outstanding outcomes.

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Dru Patel

I joined the governing body in 2016 as a co-opted governor.  My son Rayan is currently in Year 2.

My background:

I work in the Airlines team at Gatwick Airport Limited and have the pleasure of analysing data and pulling together business cases to either win new airline business, or to persuade our current airlines to fly to new and upcoming destinations.  I am privileged to be a governor at the school where I hope to bring in my knowledge and experience of data analysis and reporting. I love working with data and spreadsheets and I hope to help the teachers unlock the value of data so they can be comfortable preparing reports to the various stakeholders whilst also ensuring that there are clear and simple key messages that can be easily understood by all.


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