Governor Pen Portraits
Alison Hicks - Chair of Governors
I was honoured to be accepted as the Local Authority nominated governor at Holland House Infant & Nursery School in November 2019 and following this became the Co-Chair of Governors in September 2020. I am also the Board’s link governor for pupil premium.
I am delighted to be part of such a caring and inclusive school where everyone strives for excellence. I am passionate about the value of education and aspire to undertake my governor role professionally and in support of every child at Holland House being given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
I have lived in Sutton Coldfield all my life and have 2 children attending local primary and secondary schools. I work for Birmingham City Council in the Education & Skills Directorate which involves working with school governors and senior school leaders on a daily basis. Before joining Education & Skills I worked in Legal Services and I undertook various secondments including working on a Business Transformation Project. Prior to joining the City Council I worked for one of the major banks as a Team Leader.
Jenny joined the Governing Board in 2015. Her three sons all attended Holland House, although have now all moved on. As a Chartered Accountant, she brings financial acumen and management skills to the Board. Jenny is actively involved more widely in the Sutton Coldfield community, most notably as a founding Trustee of the charity Folio Sutton Coldfield, which runs inspirational and educational events connected to our local libraries.
Jenny says “I am delighted to be a Governor at Holland House. It’s a fabulous school, with an amazing team of staff who work incredibly hard to provide a high quality learning experience for our children. I consider that the Governors have a vital role to play in the school community, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team to set the direction of the school, as well as to provide challenge and ensure accountability. This year, I am focusing in particular on the well-being of pupils and staff.”
I am a new co-opted Governor to the board from September 2020 and recently appointed Finance Governor. I currently work in the Utilities Industry as an auditor and ICAEW Chartered accountant. I have spent the last 10 years of my career working for professional services firms focused on external audits and advisory across a number of sectors.
I have lived in Sutton Coldfield all of my life. I am passionate about education and enabling everyone to have the same opportunities and strive to use the skills I have gained to date to give back to the community which has provided me so much whilst continuing to learn. From my very short time as a Governor at Holland House it is clear to see what a great school it is with truly dedicated staff and engaged pupils.