Unity • Respect • Excellence
Chair of Governors
I've lived in Sunningdale since 2002 and became a community governor at Charters in 2007. I have a son at the school. This is my second year as Chair of Governors.
It's a real privilege being a Governor and it means a great deal to me because it means I have the chance to make a real difference to the lives of everyone at, and associated with, our school.
My special interest as a Governor is in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and I welcome conversations with people who are experts in this field.
In my own time, I run my business which I started in 2006, after 16 years working for a variety of FTSE 100 organisations as a Communication Director. My business focus is Digital & PR consulting. I'm also a writer and am working on a number of projects.
Please do stop me and say hello if you see me in the community or at school.
Vice Chair of Governors
I am a keen supporter of the school, and stood for election as a parent governor to do what I could to help it go from strength to strength. I aim to make myself available to parents, listen to other parents’ opinions and take account of them as I contribute to governors’ decisions; and I attend school events which involve parents as far as I am able.
I am a marketing consultant with a background in brand marketing in a career spanning over 30 years in Procter & Gamble, Boots and Reckitt Benckiser. As well as having skills in communication, branding and business management, I believe in playing an active part in the community. I am a Public Governor at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, a trustee of Slough Museum, a Parish Councillor and a member of the borough’s Crime & Disorder overview and scrutiny panel.
Besides being a proud parent, I have some family background in education as my father (now retired) was a teacher, and today is a governor at his local school in Bridlington, E Yorkshire, while my sister is a deputy headteacher now in London. I myself worked as a lecturer in further education for a short while after graduation.
Gareth Davies - Community Governor
Chair Teaching and Learning Committee
I was elected as a community governor at the school in October 2016 after having served as a parent governor at Charters for the previous 7 years. I have two children, both of whom were at Charters for all the secondary education and who enjoyed every minute of their time at the school. My particular interest at Charters is ensuring that the already excellent academic performance of the school continues and improves for all the students. I currently chair the Teaching and Learning Committee which has a number of accountabilities including reviewing academic performance across a number of key measures, holding the school to account for improvements in performance should they be required and ensuring that the Curriculum continues to be it for purpose.
Vice Chair Finance and Facilities Committee
Health & Safety Link
I am a chartered civil engineer, now happily retired after a career managing major construction and development projects. I have lived in Sunninghill for the past 30 years and both of my children benefitted from a Charters education. I first became a governor of Charters School in 1995 just before my eldest child entered the school and I have been privileged to serve as a governor since then. Because of my professional background I have taken a close interest in the development and improvement of the school site over the past 20 years and continue to be involved as Vice-Chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee.
Robert Deacon - Staff Governor
I am a member of the PE Department and a Senior Teacher with responsibility for whole school teaching and learning. The primary reason for becoming a governor was that the school is very close to my heart as I’ve been teaching here for over 14 years and I was also a student at the school. I felt that I had a responsibility to not only be involved with the daily aspects of school life, but to also have a say on the strategic development of Charters. I believe that the experience and knowledge I have of the school puts me in a good place to help support the Governing Board in making informed judgements and ensuring that the needs of every student are catered for to the best of our ability.
Sue Gilmour-Smith - Staff Governor
I have worked at Charters for 10 years since moving to Ascot and I am currently the school’s Cover Manager. My children were educated at Charters, but as they progress onto new adventures, I felt this was a good time to face the new challenge that becoming a school governor offers. Prior to working in the education sector, I held corporate strategic roles and am looking to bring these strengths to the governing board. Furthermore, I have a good operational knowledge of how the school functions, my role brings me into contact with most staff in school. I feel strongly that every one of our students should benefit from the best possible education that Charters can offer. I hope to bring with me a fresh perspective that will build on the successes of the past, contributing to the outstanding successes we aim for in the future.
I wanted to be a Governor of Charters School because I am very proud of how much the school has achieved both with a high standard of Education and excellent examination results that our children in the community benefit from the school. I have lived in the Sunnings for the past 30 years and have served as a Royal Borough Councillor for Sunningdale for the last 20 years. It is important that the school benefits from all local community knowledge and activities in the Ascot area including any advice or information they might require from the Local Authority. I feel in my position as a Governor and a Councillor that I have a lot to contribute to help Charters School.
With many years of management experience in globally recognised companies, previous roles in pre-school and primary school, and now running a higher education department at Royal Holloway University of London, I love to give back whatever I can to Charters School as a Parent Governor.
As a mother of two children, both currently at Charters, I am a firm believer in supporting the various bodies which are delivering my children’s education and enjoy the challenges this voluntary work brings.
Like every other parent at Charters, I want the best for my children, I want them to be happy and thrive in their school environment. Being a Parent Governor to me means supporting the staff to build on their, and the school’s strengths. As governors we endeavour to build the best strategic approach for the school which gives our children a productive, challenging, rewarding and above all enjoyable time. I sit on the Teaching & Learning Committee and am the Link Governor for English.
I joined Charters School in 2013 following my NQT year and PGCE study at Durham University, and in that time have worked for the English Department as a classroom teacher, Year 9 Curriculum Co-ordinator and most recently for the past year, Teaching & Learning Co-ordinator for the Department. I have been living in Sunningdale for the last three years and feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. Outside of teaching, my interests lie in going for long walks, cooking, going to the theatre, and visiting my family in Dorset. I am really delighted to have ben elected as Staff Governor in October 2016 and hope to apply my passion for teaching & learning, as well as my loyalty to Charters to help manage and make whole-school decisions to benefit all.
Richard Evans - Parent Governor
Richard Tyler - Parent Governor
Chair of Governors: Ms Ellie Wallace
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