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Picture 1 Mark Hartopp (Vice Chair & Prevent Governor)

My name is Mark Hartopp. I’m married and have 3 children who have all been educated at Whitestone Infant School. I work as a Sales Manager for a German component manufacturer and have broad business and management experience.

 

Family life is very rewarding and challenging and gives me an understanding of today’s parental concerns. I believe it is essential as a parent to support our children’s education including the headteacher and staff. Having lived in area all of my life and attended Whitestone, I am very proud of its reputation and OFSTED report. As a governor for many years I have always tried to offer commitment and enthusiasm to ensure that this continues.

  

Picture 1 Geoff Friswell (LA Governor, Premises Governor)
I have been a governor at Whitestone for near 30 years. All four of my children have passed through this school, the youngest is now 27! In my working career I have worked for large multinational companies in various engineering capacities dealing with production, maintenance and all forms of site facilities. For the last 20 years I have been managing multi-discipline project teams. The main skills that I bring to the governing body are breadth of experience in contractor management, health & safety and financial management of projects. I have recently retired and feel that I can offer even more of my time to support the effective running of the school.
Picture 1 Simon Shaw (Co-opted Governor)

In February 2016 I became a member of the governing body at Whitestone Infant School fulfilling a role of Parent governor. Already in such a short space of time I have found the role extremely interesting and through visits to the school and governor meetings, have become full appreciative of the extensive job that both the head teacher and the teaching staff are doing.

I am married with three children and my family and I have lived in the Whitestone catchment area for the past nine years. My youngest son presently attends Whitestone School. My back ground is in education and I have worked as a secondary school teacher in the local area for the last 16 years. In education I have worked in a number of different roles both pastorally and subject specific. For the last 4 years I have been subject leader for Physical Education.

In the role of a middle leader in secondary school I am fully aware of the ever changing educational landscape and have always been interested in maximising the potential of primary education.  Whitestone Infant school is a part of my local community and I am grateful for the opportunity to help and support the school and to be part of what is an exciting future.

Picture 1 Chris Atkins (Chair & Safer Recruitment)

I have been part of the governing body at Whitestone Infant School for the last seven years and as the chair of governors for the last two years. My time as a governor has been extremely interesting and fulfilling and I have developed many new skills and expertise.  I have had numerous opportunities to work with staff, visit the school and undertake a wide variety of training and professional development. 

I am married with two children and my family and I have lived in Whitestone for the last eleven years. For the last twenty five years my background has been in children’s services and I currently work for Birmingham City Council within early years.  During my career I have worked in the public, private and voluntary sector in a variety of practitioner, management and leadership roles, and I have worked closely with schools throughout my career.

As children’s services professional and a governor I am passionate about working with children, parents and the community.  I want to strengthen these links and I also want to look to the future and grasp opportunities to move the school forward in an ever-changing education landscape.

Picture 1 Nicola Green (Headteacher)

I began my teaching career working in Cheshire for 4 years before relocating to St Albans. During my 6 years in Hertfordshire I was a member of the leadership team, worked for the Local Authority as a Lead Teacher for Mathematics, was a governor and then became acting deputy headteacher.

I have been a member of the Whitestone staff team since January 2002, joining as Deputy Headteacher, and at this time was an observer at the Governing Body meetings.

Since becoming the Headteacher in September 2010 I have been a member of the Board of Governors.

We are extremely fortunate to have a strong, skilled membership within this board who act as challenging critical friends to the school whilst holding us to account. Our shared aim is to maintain our high standards as an outstanding provider of a broad and balanced education.  

Whitestone is a lovely place to learn & work.

Picture 1 Phil Johnson (Safeguarding & Attendance Governor)

I have been a governor at Whitestone for over 20 years, since my 2 children were at the school and served as Chair of Governors for over 10 years.  I am currently the governor responsible for overseeing safeguarding within the school as well as aspects of SEND.  I have represented the board of governors at Patch meetings and currently sit on Warwickshire Schools Forum and Governor Forum Steering Group.  I am also an elected member of Warwickshire County Council and help to develop links between the school and the Council.

I have worked in production and operations management for over 30 years in a variety of industries and currently work as an environmental consultant so I able to contribute project management and leadership skills to the board of governors.

Picture 1 Hayley Lewis (Co-opted Governor)
Picture 1 Paul Stokes (Co-opted Governor)
Picture 1 Paula Jones (Staff Governor)
Picture 1 Ruth Warwick (Parent Governor)

My name is Ruth Warwick and I am delighted to join the Board of Governors as Parent Governor. I am married with two children, one of whom attends the school and a toddler who we hope will attend the school in a few years. I have worked in marketing for 18 years and now own a Marketing Consultancy Business.

 

I believe that Whitestone Infant School is a welcoming, enjoyable and fun place for children to thrive and learn and I hope to bring fresh new ideas to the school that will help maintain the extremely high standards already in place. I am also keen to ensure that the head teacher and all staff members feel fully supported so they can maintain their hard work and commitment to the school.

Picture 1 Dean Robinson (Parent Governor)

I am married with two young boys, one of whom is at Whitestone and the other has just moved up to Chetwynd Junior School. I have lived in Whitestone for over 10 years and feel that it is great place to bring up our children.

 

I have been working in manufacturing for over 20 years and I am currently employed in a Global compliance role for a large medical device manufacturer. I have built up a good skill set over my professional career which I plan to use to support the school to maintain its high standards. Over the past three years I have built good relationships with the staff which I look forward to developing further. I feel very privileged to be able to join the governor team and plan to support the school in delivering the very best educational experience we can offer.

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