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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 in Year 2 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.

Leslie Groves Williams, Co-opted Governor

I have a PhD in organisational change and child rights from Edinburgh University. I have twenty years’ experience of advising local organisations, government and international organisations to improve performance and accountability in relation to inclusion, equalities and child rights in 31 countries across the world. I have a strong commitment to my local community, with a rich experience of volunteering with local community organisations. I am currently working as a Justice of the Peace and am Chair of the Adur Green Party. I have one child who has moved onto secondary school from Buckingham Park, and one child still at the school.

As a member of Buckingham Park Primary’s governing body, I hope that I bring three distinct strands of experience. Firstly, my experience of supporting organisations to develop their vision, values and strategic direction. Secondly, my experience as an organisational evaluator to assist with process and procedures and keeping an overview of how money is being spent. Finally, my experience of inclusion and rights policy and practice to support the school as it continues to promote equality, good relations and diversity to ensure that all pupils are able to make the most of their primary school experience.

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.

 

Dave Briggs, Co-opted Governor

 

I have been a governor at Buckingham Park since the start of 2018 and have been hugely impressed at the energy and care on display at the school. I'm looking forward to working with everyone to help the school get even better and support our young people in achieving their very best.

 

I have worked in public services for the 15 or so years, initially in policy and communications roles, and more recently in managerial, information technology and transformation roles. I have worked across government, from local authorities to central government departments, including a period working for the Prime Minister in Downing Street.

 

Adam Walter, Co-opted Governor

 

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

 

Before I became a Governor I visited Buckingham Park to have a look round 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.

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