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Ben Thornton, Parent Governor

I have been a resident of Shoreham-by-Sea for over 14 years.  I live with my wife and our son, who attends Buckingham Park Primary School.

I work at Ricardo UK Ltd as a Test Engineer. I am a hands-on engineer with both managerial and mechanical skills specialising in systems development. I enjoy managing complex logistics and I am motivated by improving processes to increase efficiency and safety.  I have strong interpersonal skills dealing with both internal teams and external clients. Problem solving is my passion and I relish the challenge when issues arise.  I’ll be looking to carry over some of my work skills into the role as Parent Governor.  In my limited spare time I’m a keen DIY enthusiast, love walks in the countryside as well as cycling and running.

I feel a great sense of community living in Shoreham-by-Sea, I see genuine acts of kindness in our town and on social media and believe there are many shared values across a diverse population.  I look at the role of a Parent Governor as helping to champion the values of the school, supporting and directing the leadership, which I believe has a material impact on the children not just academically but in social development terms.

 

Nicky Doyle, Co-opted Governor

In 2013 my children joined Buckingham Park Primary in years 1 and 3.  The following year I became a volunteer at the school.  Though they are both now at Shoreham Academy I have continued volunteering and the commitment and energy I see every week from the children and staff is inspiring.

Professionally, I am a graphic information designer working in the not-for-profit sector, primarily creating exhibitions and educational materials for musuems and galleries.  My practice focuses on the use of design to engage and communicate with the audience through the creation of both physical and digital resources.  I've created a wide variety of solutions for both formal (ESOL, SEN, KS1-4) and informal learning for clients such as the National Portrait Gallery, V&A and the National Trust.

Pippa Bird, Co-opted Governor

I am proud to be a governor at Buckingham Park Primary school . I have known the school for many years and have seen such positive and inspiring changes, which have enhanced the school community and buildings. I am therefore pleased to be able to support the school leadership and staff in continuing this process. 

I have 40 years experience in Education, and have been a Headteacher myself, so I am well aware of the challenges there are in education today. I have also been in the privileged position of working at Buckingham Park school previously, so I know many of the staff members and families.
 

Nick Brook, Co-opted Governor

I have been the Deputy General Secretary of School Leaders' Union, NAHT, since September 2016.  I started my career as a primary school teacher and have over twenty five years' experience working in the education and public sector, in central government, local government and schools.  Prior to my current role, I worked in the civil service, most recently as Head of Curriculum and Thematic Inspection at Ofsted, the school inspectorate.

I have three children, two of which are currently at Buckingham Park.
 

Adam Walter,Vice Chair & 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.

 

Sam Barber, Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in October 2018 and have two children currently at the school.

I work as a Cardiac Physiologist, currently part time to fit around childcare.  Having worked in the NHS for 17 years I have a good understanding of the challenges faced in the public sector; for example, budgetary constraints, central government directives and intense scrutiny.  I hope that I have also gained some transferrable skills that will assist in my role as a school governor.

When I get time to myself I enjoy mountain biking, bouldering and reading science fiction.

 

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.  All three of my children have had a very successful experience of Buckingham.

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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