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 a chair. I have a lot of experience of schools finance, school performance, building projects etc. I hope I can use this to help Bedford 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 school 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 school is in gives me 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 twenty- five years in a local primary school and for most of that time was the staff representative on the governing body. I joined the Bedford board 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.
Nevina Cross (Co-opted Governor)
I am delighted to continue with my Governors role at Bedford, I am currently Assistant Vice Principal, Pastoral at Hillside High School and I have worked at Hillside for 21 years working with many wonderful youngsters and their families who started out as Bedford boys and girls. I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education and ensuring youngsters have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals. I am really looking forward to working with the children, staff, and families within the school community this academic year.
Cherith Hancock (Co-opted Governor)
I have been involved on the governing body for many years and my own family have had four generations at Bedford school. My own children came to Bedford and have very fond memories of their school years. Working at Bedford and in particular in Year 1 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.
Kim Brennan (Parent Governor)
I am really enjoying my role as parent governor at Bedford. I wanted to get involved because I am mum to four children and I want them to have the opportunity to thrive at Bedford. I hope to be able to represent other parents to make sure that school provides the best possible opportunities and experiences for all our children. I have been a teacher for 12 years now, specialising in education for those with learning difficulties and disabilities, and I hope that my experience can prove useful as a member of the Governing body.
Dave Clare (Parent Governor)
As a dad of two boys who attend Bedford, 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.
Laura Doherty (Staff Governor)