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WHS Governors

Jeff is a Parent Governor and the Chair of Welshpool High School Governors. He currently sits on the Finance and Buildings Committee with responsibility for attendance and link AOLE for Science.  Jeff has been a member of the Committee since 2021.  Prior to this Jeff has been a Foster Carer and Senior Youth Officer for Montgomery.  During this time he worked closely with schools and communities on school improvement plans.

Jeff has spent time working for the Youth Justice Service and in Community Development in both Powys and Manchester.

Alison, who is the Vice-Chairman of Governors, was elected to Welshpool Town Council in October 2017 and is an active member of Planning, Finance and Policy Committees and was elected as Town Mayor in May 2021. She is excited by the future to which Welshpool people can aspire having retired as Director and Principal Consultant with Resources for Change Ltd in March 2021.

Graham is a Local Authority Governor, enjoying his second term representing Powys County Council at Welshpool High School. He is the elected County Councillor for the Welshpool Llanerchyddol Ward and was a Cabinet Member of the ruling Independent Party prior to the last elections. He serves on several governor’s committees at the school.

Prior to retirement last year Graham spent 50 years working in the media industry. He was Editor of the Powys County Times, Editor in Chief of North Wales Newspapers and launch Editor of the Oswestry Chronicle before launching MyTown Media, the owners of MyWelshpool.

Adam is a Community Governor, who currently sits on the Policy and Curriculum Committee and is our Link Governor for numeracy. Adam is new to the governing body, having moved back into Montgomeryshire just last Autumn, to take up his new post as Vicar of Welshpool.

Prior to moving here, Adam was Rector of Hope, Flintshire, where he also served as a Community Governor in Castell Alun High School, and before this he was Curate in Newtown. Prior to ministry, Adam worked as a maths teacher in Wrexham.  As a former maths teacher is delighted that he is able to keep this particular skill set alive as our numeracy link governor. He also has two children at the school.

Claire has a child in Year 7 so has very recent experience of the transition between Primary and High School.

Claire spends a lot of her working life collating evidence and data; data analysis and preparing reports and documents.

Suzi joined WHS Governors just over 10 years ago following a career as a Police Inspector, Principal Education Welfare Officer and Safeguarding Trainer.  Suzi works with staff in the areas of Safeguarding and Attendance.

Sarah is a Parent Governor who joined the Governing Body when her daughter transitioned to Year 7 in September 2021. She sits on the Policy and Curriculum Committee and is a link Governor for Humanities.  A previous student at Welshpool High School, Sarah’s career was in the travel sector, followed by a time with a pharmaceutical company in Cambridge. After time spent at home raising her two children she is now a Supply Teaching Assistant. She is also Chair of Leighton School PTA and has helped run the school toddler group for the last 10 years.

Yvonne is a retired Headteacher with experience between 1991-2017. The year 2022 saw the third generation of her family starting life at Welshpool High School.

As a Governor, Yvonne offers local knowledge, networking experience and a lifelong relationship with education and learning.

Caroline is the Staff Governor, a post filled by a person who works in the school as a Support Staff member and not a teacher. Caroline is the Business and Resource Manager; and a full member of the Senior Leadership Team. This is her second ‘stint’ as Staff Governor in her 29-year career at Welshpool High School. Her main remit in school is school finance, health and safety, personnel, welfare and contractual matters. She is a member of the School Finance Committee and a member of the Pupil Disciplinary Panel.

Geoffrey is a Community Governor having joined the Board in September 2021. He is currently a member of the Finance Committee. He has also taken part in Promotion Boards and Standards Review meetings.

Having lived in Welshpool and its environs for over 45 years Geoffrey has been involved in and always supported the local community; presently as a Town Councillor and Trustee of a number of local charities and previously as the Chairman of Welshpool Civic Pride and as a member of the Town Council Archives

Brendan is an experienced housing professional with a career in social housing spanning 25 years. During this time, he has managed specialist housing teams working across North and Mid Wales. Brendan is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and holds professional qualifications in leadership, management and health and safety. He has a special interest in relationship management and all forms of restorative practices. Brendan is a Local Authority Education appointed Governor.

Brendan is also an On Call Fire Fighter and is the Officer in Charge of Welshpool Fire Station. He is due to complete 35 years’ service with the Fire and Rescue Service in February 2023.

Sharon joined Welshpool High School governing body as a teacher governor in September 2022. She has taught Science, in particular Biology, since 2006. During her time at Welshpool High School, Sharon has coordinated and run the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. She has also led the Global Learning Programme, taking students to Cardiff to meet the then Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Jeremy studied Mathematics at Cambridge. This was followed by 8 years in industry working for National Grid, until he decided to return to Mid Wales and for a while ran the family printing business. Jeremy is also a voluntary director of Community Energy Wales and Circular Economy Mid Wales, and a volunteer trustee of Bike to the Future, and Lightfoot Enterprises.

He is a Local Authority Governor and Powys County Councillor for Forden and Montgomery and Cabinet Assistant for the Climate Emergency

Catherine is a Parent Governor with two children who are both in Welshpool High School. She wanted to become a governor to support the school and her children’s education.  Catherine and her husband both attended Welshpool High School in the 90’s and 2000’s and have fantastic memories of their school days.

As the Branch Manager at NatWest in Newtown on a job-share basis, Catherine has experience in recruitment, balancing the books, learning and development, policy and compliance as well as relevant skills and training.

Anne is a Parent  Governor of Welshpool High School Governors. She sits on the Policy Curriculum & Performance group and the ALN working group. Anne is new to the committee having only started September 2023.  Anne has an active role in post 16 education and has done so for the last 25 years.

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