Governor Pen Portraits
Jenny Wilkinson - Chair of Governors
Helen Frew - Clerk to Governors
Following seventeen years spent working as a School Administrator, I have taken on the role of Clerk to the Governors because I am keen to continue making a positive contribution to children’s education. I hope that my background will enable me to provide effective administrative support and advice to the governing board and its committees.
I was delighted to be elected parent governor in February 2018. My daughter joined reception at Holland House in September 2017 and I am a real advocate of this wonderful school.
I have 15 years experience in HR: I worked for 11 years in working for a large, global insurance broker in a number of HR roles including HR Consultant and HR Business Partner. I have worked for the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership for the last 5 years as Arthur Terry School HR Manager and part of their Senior Leadership Team. This includes responsibility for and leadership of all HR-related matters as well as HR support for other schools within the MAT. This cross-sector experience gives me the benefit of a good understanding of current and future developments in the education climate and associated challenges and the impact on schools, particularly from an HR perspective.
Alongside my personal desire and commitment to improve outcomes for all children, I relish the development opportunity that school governance brings whilst contributing to improving the life chances of our young people.
It is a real honour for me to serve as Governor for the benefit of Holland House school
Paul Myers - Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee
I have been a governor at Holland House since 2016. My background is in the construction and facilities management industries where I specialise in health and safety and have a good understanding of school premises and the legal and statutory requirements to ensure the building is maintained to keep children, staff and visitors safe.
As a business owner and a company director for over 15 years I have a good understanding of finance, personnel, business strategy and the monitoring and scrutiny of statistical information and management outputs.
I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in 2009
I taught at Holland House in Key Stage 1 from September 1986 to July 2008, mainly in Year 2, and after retiring from full time teaching in 2008 I continued to teach part time in EYFS until July 2012.
As Holland House had been a major part of my life I wanted to continue to support the school and develop new skills in retirement. Having been involved with the school for over 30 years I feel able to contribute positively to the ongoing development of the school and the education of the current generation of children.
I sit on two committees, Curriculum, Monitoring and Standards, and Finance and Personnel, and I am the Early Years Foundation Stage Link Governor. I also sit on the Head Teacher’s Appraisal Committee.
My aim as a Governor is to ensure that Holland House provides the best possible education for every child in a safe and supportive environment and that the curriculum delivered is challenging and inspiring.
It is a privilege to be part of the Governing Body and to have the opportunity to use my skills and experience to support Holland House.
Terri Coombs – Chair of Curriculum, Monitoring and Standards Committee
I have been a Co-opted Governor at Holland House since 2016 but have been a Primary School teacher for 17 years. I have taught in all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 and am now a Specialist Leader in Education for Computing and Online Safety. My son previously attended Holland House, and being able to play a part in ensuring he had the best opportunities was the reason I decided to become a governor.
I hold the title of Designated Safeguarding Lead at my current teaching school, with Online Safety being a vital part of what I do, as such I have confidently taken the role of Safeguarding Governor.
In addition, I am chair of the Curriculum, Monitoring and Standards committee. The committee meets with school leaders regularly to discuss assessment data and standards within school, with the aim of sustaining our outstanding achievements.