Governor Profiles

 

Nicolle Deighton – Headteacher

Governor Type: Staff (Headteacher)

Committees: Operations, Wellbeing

Special Interests: None

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Smith – Chair of Governors

Governor Type: Community

Committees: Operations, Wellbeing

Special Interests: Compliance and Policies

I became a governor at Briarwood because my son was at the school and I wanted to support the school. Over the years I have been involved in many areas of governance and I hope that I can bring all my experiences to my role as Chair.

Email: chairBriarwoodSP@bristol-schools.uk

 

 

Nina Gerrard – Vice Chair

Governor Type: Community

Committees: Teaching and Learning, Wellbeing, Operations

Special Interests: None

I am an experienced teacher and Headteacher, having taught in a variety of settings from 1975 to 2011, working with pupils with a variety of needs from nursery age up to 25.  This included working at Briarwood from 1993 to 2002.  I took early retirement from teaching in 2011.  At this time I became a governor at Briarwood School and successfully completed the Chair of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme in 2014.  I left the Governing body in 2015.  In 2014 I started working at PROPS (Providing Opportunities and Support), a Bristol charity working with young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, as their Safeguarding and Compliance Manager.  I have recently rejoined the Briarwood School Governing Body and am now Vice Chair of Governors, and Chair of the Teaching and Learning sub-committee.

 

Lynne Hawkins

Governor Type: Community

Committees: Teaching and Learning

Special Interests: None

I have been working at Briarwood since 2001! During my time at Briarwood I have worked over primary, secondary and post-16 sites. The last few years I have been a HLTA within classes which means I lead learning sessions when the teacher is out. I really enjoy being a HLTA and this has helped my confidence with a range of pupils. Since joining the governors I have been part of the Teaching and Learning and well-being governors sub committees and gained experience and knowledge within these areas.

 

 

 

Olivia Cave

Governor Type: Community

Committees: Operations

Special Interests: Parental Engagement

 

 

 

 

 

Jayne Turrell

Governor Type: Community

Committees: Teaching and Learning, Operations

Special Interests: Children in Care

 

 

 

 

 

Iain Mossman

Governor Type: Community

Committees: Operations

Special Interests: Health and Safety

I work at UWE, where I manage teams which cover the following areas: student engagement, student and academic policy development, complaints, academic appeals, disciplinary cases, and supporting students through mental health crises.  I previously worked at Cardiff University for 9 years: initially as a researcher and lecturer in French History; subsequently in quality assurance of teaching; and lastly as a manager of a large teaching administration team across the arts and humanities disciplines. I have experience with student safeguarding, have maintained oversight of teaching quality in the context of significant budget cuts, and have led a number of significant change projects to improve learning and teaching.

I enjoy working within education and supporting the learning and development of young people, and I’m keen to find out more about how Briarwood nurtures its pupils. I see the role of governor as one which will enable me to develop my understanding of education, to support and appreciate the work of Briarwood staff, while also acting as a critical friend in the operation and management of the School.

 

Helen Rowley

Governor Type: Community

Committees: Wellbeing

Special Interests: Pupil premium

I am a lawyer for the Welsh Government.  In my day to day work I provide advice to policy officials and Ministers on matters relating to post-16 education.  This has given me further insight into the pressures facing the education system as a whole and I would like to do more to help meet those challenges. My work involves digesting lots of information, asking questions and trying to find ways to achieve particular outcomes.

I believe that the skills I have developed in my work, alongside my understanding of education law and policy, are of great benefit in the role of a governor.  I am passionate about the public education system and am keen to contribute by putting to use the skills and experience I have gained in my professional life.

 

Stephanie Holden

Governor Type: Community

Committees: Operations

Special Interests: None

 

Emma Squire

Governor Type: Community – Associate member

Committees: Operations

Special Interests: n/a

 

Sam Cooper

Governor Type: Staff

Committees: Teaching and Learning

Special Interests: None

 

 

 

 

 

Steve O’Callaghan

Governor Type: Parent

Committees: Teaching and Learning

Special Interests: None

 

Kirsty Stitfall

Clerk to Governors

Committees: All

Special Interests: n/a

I work in the school as an HLTA – Response and Interventions on the Secondary site.  I enjoy working as Clerk to the Governing Body alongside this role as it allows me to have a positive impact on the whole school as well as the individual pupils I work with.

Email: Clerkbriarwood@bristol-schools.uk