Governor Pen Portraits
Allan Jones (Chair- Co-Opted Governor)
I am retired engineer and have over 16 years experience as a school Governor and 8 years as Chair. I have significant experience of schools finance, school performance, building projects etc. I hope I can use this to help Bedford Primary continue to be the great community school it is. My passion is about helping to provide the best education for the whole child and not just chase exams results.
I have been a Co-opted Governor at Bedford Primary for several years. I enjoy the various roles that involve me with the staff and children. Being a part of the Governing Body has enabled me to see the opportunities given to the children to help and assist them to achieve their own personal potential. Also living in the same community that Bedford Primary is situated provides me with greater opportunities to build relationships with parents as well as the children.
Wenda Linden Carr (Co-opted Governor)
I worked as a teacher for over 25 years in a local primary school and for most of that time was the staff representative on the Governing body. I joined the Bedford as a Governor in 2009 on my retirement. There is so much organisation which goes into providing a full, broad educational experience for our children and I hope my contribution helps to support that effort.
Stephanie Wardale (Co-opted Governor)
In my role as Vice Principal at Hillside High School there is no better way to support pupils transition up to high school than to uphold such an integral role as governor at Bedford Primary. I have been teaching for over 15 years and have been in senior leadership for over 5 years. Primarily my role is to ensure high quality teaching and learning for all. We all go into teaching because we care about the outcomes and prospects of young people and my role as governor allows for crossover between Primary and Secondary to help guide the learning and further enrich the experience for our pupils across the two phases.
Cherith Hancock (Co-opted Governor)
I have been involved with Bedford's Board of Governors for many years and my own family have had four generations at Bedford Primary. My own children came to Bedford and have very fond memories of their school years. Working at Bedford is a real pleasure. My passion is encouraging and supporting families to learn together whilst having fun. I love playing an active role in the life of school and strive to give all children who attend Bedford the opportunity to achieve and aspire to fulfil their potential.
Dave Clare (Parent Governor)
As a dad of two boys who attend Bedford Primary, I am passionate about creating opportunity for children in the area to receive excellent educational, pastoral and wrap-around care. I hope to make sure school life gives them great memories, long-lasting friendships and the best chance of success as an adult, including a healthy mind-set. I am a qualified Building Surveyor in the insurance sector and am Director of a multi-million-pound surveying and construction operation for a national company with turnover in excess of £25m. People management, construction, process and IT innovation are at the heart of my job and I am keen to extend these skills into being a great Parent Governor.
Alena Elicerova (Parent Governor)
Both of my children attend Bedford Primary and have already made so many happy memories and are thriving on their learning journey in the school. I manage a 53 bed care home, I work well under pressure and can deliver what is promised. I have excellent organisational and communication skills. Together as a PTA member and Trustee for our school BEST Charity, I have a passion for fundraising for our school to allow all children to have extra curriculum activities to broaden their horizons. As a Parent Governor I will have the opportunity to put my 'can do' attitude in life to good practice.
Laura Doherty (Staff Governor)
Amy Wishart (Associate Governor)