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Mark Wilson, Co-opted Governor

I have worked in Education and ICT for over 20 years now, but I am still as passionate about the best use of ICT in education as I was when I started.  I have worked in both the public and private sectors advising schools on the best use of their technology, in order to fulfil its full potential for teaching and learning.  I hope that I am able to use my expertise in this sector to inform decisions, as part of the governing body of Buckingham Park, as there is always progress to be made in this exciting and constantly changing environment.

I have two children, one of which is currently at Buckingham Park.  I have a love of music and in my spare time I DJ in local venues and host a monthly radio show, which keeps me busy and keeps my home full of vinyl!

Rachel Clinton, Co-opted Governor

I have two children at Buckingham Park and I became a Governor in November 2017.

We moved to Shoreham in January 2016 and looked around several schools before choosing to move within the Buckingham Park catchment area. We were really impressed by how calm and nurturing the school seemed and how much it appeared to offer children in terms of creativity and opportunity - as well as all that outdoor space! I wanted to be a school governor to contribute to the overall ethos which first attracted us to Buckingham Park and to support the brilliant and enthusiastic staff, who work so hard to ensure our children are happy, healthy and thriving.

During my career as a communications and media relations specialist I have worked in the voluntary sector; in central Government as the Senior Communications Advisor to the Minister for Public Health and Chief Medical Officer; and most recently as the Director of Communications for the Acute Hospital Trust in Brighton. In July 2017 I took voluntary redundancy from this role to work as a freelance communications consultant and writer.

I enjoy reading, walking and creative writing and I am slowly but surely working on my first novel. I also enjoy spending time with my family - something going freelance is allowing me to do more of.

 

Sarah Rogers, Parent Governor

I became a Governor at Buckingham Park in November 2017. I have two children at the school, my eldest joining in Year 2 after we relocated from Sydney, Australia, in 2015.

From the first time I visited the school, I could see that it was a bright, positive and happy place to be. It was obvious that the people leading the school were passionate, dedicated and forward-thinking. And now I’m really pleased to be on the Governing Body and playing a part in making Buckingham Park the very best place possible for its children and families.

I am a writer, editor and communications specialist, primarily in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. I worked in finance marketing for nine years, before leaving to start my own copywriting business. I also wrote, edited and published a parenting magazine for four years.

I love travelling, especially exploring Europe since moving to this hemisphere. I also love cooking, printmaking, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Adam Walter, Co-opted Governor

I have 3 children at other local schools and moved to Shoreham in 2017, becoming a governor at Buckingham Park in November 2017.

Before I became a governor I visited the school to have a look around and was really impressed with the school, especially how calm it was and the focus on learning.  The outdoor space is also fantastic.

I have worked in Financial Services for nearly 20 years, specifically in change management and have a particular interest in finance and budgets.

Outside of work I still try to play as much football and cricket as I can, as well as lots of time out on my bike over the South Downs.

 

Becky Sykes, Associate Member

I have previously been both a Governor and Chair of Governors for the school, over a period of approximately 8 years.  During which time I have been proud to see the school go from strength to strength.  My two eldest children have had a very successful experience of Buckingham and my youngest child is still enjoying her time here.  

With a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, I have a mathematical mind, allowing me to fully understand all the data involved in modern school governance.  The nature of governance has changed over recent years, meaning data analysis is increasingly important if the governors are to fully hold the head to account over budgets and children's progress.

Prior to having children, I worked for a large multinational PR consultancy, specialising in reputation management of large organisations and middle east government agencies.  

My main hobby is growing vegetables organically on my allotment.  A love of gardening and wildlife means I'm often to be found on the school grounds, planting a hedge, willow tunnel or untangling the pond.  

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