Meet The Governors
Mary Foreman – Co-Opted Governor/Chair Of Governors
I have been involved in the world of education for around 30 years, starting off many years ago as a parent governor when my children were at Infant school. I spent many years as a school governor and a chairperson of the Friends of their junior school. A career change, moving away from working as a sales executive, meant that I undertook teacher training as a mature student. My teaching roles and responsibilities were many and varied but my teaching specialisms were in science and maths in primary schools. More recently I have developed my own educational consultancy and work with schools that are experiencing challenging circumstances.
I am a parent and a grandparent - my children and grandchildren passing through Peterborough schools and colleges. My children have gone on to develop successful careers for themselves while my grandchildren are developing as learners in a Peterborough Primary School. I look forward to providing challenge and support to Orton Wistow Primary School as a governor during my term of office.
Stuart Cleworth – Local Authority Governor
I have been a governor for 6 years and Chair of governors for 4 years now and bring 20 years of management experience within the construction industry. I currently head up construction within the Commercial Sector for an international main contractor within London.
My experience within the construction industry greatly assisted during the recent construction works at OWPS.
Mark Hutchins – Co-Opted Governor
My name is Mark Hutchins, I am a Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Body.
I was originally asked to join the Governing Body about 8 years ago as a Community Governor as I live in Orton Wistow and my daughter attended the school. My daughter is now at Ormiston Bushfield Academy and my son now attends OWPS.
During my time on the Governing Body I have served in a number of roles including chairing the Resources and Platform One committees and acting as Chair of Governors.
Dr Jan Clark – Partnership Governor
I am Dr Jan Clark and I am a Partnership Governor.
I also have a role as English Governor and as Equality Governor.
This is my first experience of being a school governor, but I have been in Education all my working life. I have lived in Orton Wistow for over 25 years and have watched, with great interest, the school being built and grow over the years. I come into school each Tuesday morning to listen to students in years 5/6 read as a Reading Buddy and I enjoy this enormously.
Janice Colvin – Co-Opted Governor
My name is Janice Colvin and I am a newly appointed Co Opted Governor. I have lived in Orton Wistow for almost 30 years and both my children attended Orton Wistow Primary School. I recently retired as a Community Paediatric Physiotherapist based at the Child Development Centre. I believe that the knowledge and skills I acquired over many years working for the NHS will help me in my role as School Governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding and Child Protection.
David Perkins – Parent Governor
Hi, I'm David Perkins, one of the two Parent Governors and am now in my second term in the role. Over my time on the Governing Body, I've also been the Equality Governor and am now currently helping with E-Safety and the content of the Governor Blog.
My background is in IT and Information Security, which I hope complements the industry knowledge brought in by my fellow governors.
Michael Bullard – Foundation Governor
My name is Michael Bullard and I have been a Foundation Governor for two years.
I am a qualified accountant and employed by Ormiston Bushfield Academy as a Regional Finance Director. As part of this role I manage the non-curriculum services of the Academy such as Finance, ICT, Site facilities, Catering and Administration. I also oversee the financial management of three other secondary and two primary schools within the Ormiston family.
As Orton Wistow is a key member of the Academy’s cluster of feeder primary schools I am really keen to ensure that it continues to be successful.
Suzanne May – Parent Governor
I am a proud mother of two boys who currently attend Orton Wistow Primary School (OWPS), Archie (Year 2) and Freddie (Foundation). I have lived in Orton Wistow for 6 years and in the local area for my entire life. Having previously worked in senior management for Next Retail, I now work part time within a primary school office, and also as a swimming teacher.
As a parent I realise how important education is and how what they experience now at OWPS will shape the future they have ahead of them. We all want the best for our children, a good education within a school that cares about its pupils and their parents, allowing the children to achieve their potential in an exciting and enjoyable environment. We have all chosen OWPS based on the excellent work that they do, and as a parent governor I plan to support the school as they continue to strive for excellence.
I have experience of working within a school, which provides me with an understanding of the challenges faced on a daily basis. I believe the children’s interests and development should be at the heart of all decision making. I hope to bring a fresh pair of eyes and offer valuable input which will look to ensure that all our children are happy, confident and given every opportunity to realise their full potential.