Steve Hutchinson: 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)
Bill Crowther: I came to live in Gloucester with my family in 1989, ending up as a Contracts Procurement Manager for a national power company, working on major projects, until taking early retirement in 2003. After joining the Governing body in 1997 during my period as the County Councillor for Hucclecote (from 1993 until 2013), and undertaking various roles on the governing body, for the past few years I have been the Premises Governor. During that time the improvements I have seen to the school building and surrounding playing fields etc.has been tremendous. Having intended only to serve for 4 years as a governor, I am still here some 20 years later. The reason is the caring supporting ethos of Hillview School that has been the bedrock upon which it has enabled pupils of all abilities and background to achieve their potential. It is at times truly inspirational, and I want to play my part as a governor to help maintain that excellence through all the challenges that continue to face the school, now and in the future.
Dave Stoddart: 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.
Louisa Scrivener: I am a full-time mum with three daughters; two of which are currently at Hillview (Year 4 and year 1) 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.
Dr Tracey Devonport: 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.
Mat Woodyatt:I am joining as a parent governor, having a daughter in year 1 at the school and another attending Hey and hoping to join reception this year. I have been impressed by the school ever since out first visit when choosing schools for our eldest daughter, and continue to be impressed by the dedication of the teachers and support staff in educating our children. I work in adult education, running a training facility for a roof systems manufacturer and supporting the uptake of construction skills within colleges, as well as upskilling existing contractors and other industry professionals. I look forward to supporting the Governing Body in whatever way I am able.
Amy Close: 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.
Chris Jones: 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.