I trained as an electronic engineer, then felt God wanted me to share Jesus and the Bible with children and families, which I do working with the charity, Scripture Union. I love music, listening and playing, and wood turning, that I teach to children at school fayres. I was elected parent governor in 1992 when I wanted to support the school that my boys attended. I was grateful for all the school had done for my sons so I continued as a governor after they left. I want the school to offer the best learning possible, whilst being a friendly, welcoming place and hope that I can play a part in that. I want to support staff and parents so that the children do the best they can. I have a special heart for those with learning difficulties or other issues that make it harder for them, and hope that our school will always welcome and be able help such children. (Chair)
I have two sons at Hillview in year 6 and year 2 and until two years ago I was a Business Operations Manager of 12 years for a national Apprenticeship provider. I managed a team of Trainers, maintaining quality assurance and also facilitating OFSTED inspections. Having taken a career break to focus on family life, I have spent lots of time with our boys and have been completing DIY projects around our home. I have been volunteering as group Secretary for Hucclecote Scouts and have enjoyed listening to readers in school. I am able to devote time and be a proactive governor supporting the Hillview family.
I am a practising Sport and Exercise Psychologist working at the University of Wolverhampton. Having worked in Education for many years, and with a specialism in research and consultancy, I hope to use my experiences to support the Hillview community. Lecturing gives me an insight into education, whilst my research experiences have allowed me to objectively examine challenging questions. As well as an academic researching the value of sport and physical activity, I am a lifelong exerciser. Once competitive (with varying success!) in many sports, I have now settled for exercising for recreation. As a co-opted Governor for PE, I would like to support Hillview in maximising the benefits that physical activity can offer children of all ages.
I moved from Somerset to Gloucester in 2017 for my husband’s work, so I am still getting used to the area! I am incredibly pleased that we chose Hillview Primary for our children. I have one child in reception and another just about to start in HEY. I am a secondary science teacher, but outside of work I enjoy all arts and crafts, getting out in the countryside and spending time with my family. I am really excited to be a parent governor at Hillview and feel it’s a complete privilege to be getting to know and understand this wonderful school.
I work as a Data Analyst and Research Assistant at the University of Gloucestershire. My role allows me to experience a variety of the work undertaken in the School of Education and Humanities but I focus on evidencing the work we do on our Teacher Education programmes for OFSTED inspections and provide support to colleagues on various research projects. My current research focuses on ‘Parental Engagement with Schools’ and ‘Re-engaging Young Offenders in Education and Training’. I hope through joining Hillview as a co-opted governor, that I can utilise some of my experience and contacts at the University to support the School.
I am a full-time mum with three daughters; two of which are currently at Hillview (Year 5 and year 2) and one at Hillview Early Years. Having lived in Gloucestershire for most of my life, we moved to Hucclecote in 2013, ready for our eldest daughter to commence pre-school at HEY. We love being a part of this community. I worked for 12 years as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst with Gloucestershire Police, which entailed analysis of crime trends using volume data as well as more in-depth operational analysis for major incidents and offences. I have experience of financial, performance and strategic analysis which I hope will benefit me when taking on the governor role. I left my job at the end of 2016 in order to focus on our busy family life and am looking forward to becoming more involved in the successful development of our school.
Darren Knight I am a local authority appointed Governor and took up the role to make a community contribution as a resident of Gloucester. I am a Director at Cheltenham Borough Council with a background in risk management, business planning and governance. I have held other governance roles where spent time as a Trustee of the Forest of Dean Citizens Advice Bureau for a number of years and I am also a Peer Review Officer for the Local Government Association. I am parent with two young children as well as a keen Arsenal fan (someone has to be).
I’ve been a Governor at Hillview for over 10 years now. I started as a Parent Governor when my eldest child was in Reception and am now a Co-opted Governor. I believe Hillview is a special place for our children and as governors we work hard to ensure we support the school so that the children can receive the best possible education during their time with us. The work of the Governing Body has been formally recognised in the last two OFSTED inspections and that helps reassure us that we are doing the right thing.