Meet the Governors

 

Who are the Governors?

The Governing Body play a vital part in the running of the school.  They are a group of volunteers who are responsible for holding the school’s leadership to account and make sure that the school is performing and improving. 

A full copy of details about the Governing Body including minutes of meetings, visit the Governor page on KLZ.  Alternatively, copies of all minutes can be found in the school office and are available on request.

If you would be interested in joining the Governing Body, contact the school for more information.   

What do Governors do?

Governors form part of the Strategic Leadership of the school.  For more information on Governors and their role in school, please read the Oakland’s Code of Conduct.

 

How do I contact them?

You can use the contact form opposite to contact the Clerk to the Governors.  They will respond as soon as possible and within one working week.  It is important that in the event of a complaint, the school’s complain policy has been followed that that you have spoke to the school directly. 

School Governors

Nikki ASHBY

Nikki ASHBY

Vice Chair, SEND and Whistleblowing.

Term of Office
19 Sep 2016 – 20 Sep 2020

Business Interests
Works for Medway Council within the audit and enforcement team.  Husband is employed by Sharps Signs.  

Biography
As a parent of a child at Oaklands school, I became a Governor in September 2016 and this is my first Governor role.  I work for a local authority in an audit and enforcement role which has been really useful.  I am keen for all children to maximise their abilities and reach their full potential.

Adrian GULVIN

Adrian GULVIN

Assessment and Behaviour

Term of Office
1 Sep 2016 – 31 Aug 2020

Business Interests
Local Councilor, Portfolio holder for Resources

Biography
Adrian is the school’s local authority appointed governor.  He is a Marine engineer by profession and he now represents Walderslade Ward on Medway Council. He is the council’s portfolio holder for resources. 

He chairs the Medway Community Safety Partnership and is a Trustee of Chatham Charities.  As well as this, he is a member of Medway’s Health & Wellbeing board.   

Levi WINTON

Levi WINTON

Term of Office
12 Sep 2018 – 11 Sep 2022

Business Interests
Employed as class teacher at Oaklands

Biography
Hello, I’m Miss Winton.  I am a Key Stage 1 teachers and I am in my firth year of teaching.  Before joining the Oaklands TEAM I worked at Heathrow Primary School.  I have a passion for teaching maths and ensuring that all children are able to access all areas of the curriculum.  

 

Shenda WEST

Shenda WEST

Term of Office
17 Jan 2018 – 16 Jan 2022

Business Interests
None

Biography
As a parent to both adult and a pre-school child, I have had a long term involvement in the schooling process. I applied to be a governor as I would like to make a difference. This is my first governor role and I have a lot to learn! I have a keen interest in data protection and a background in maths and I hope my knowledge will be useful. Every child is different and it’s important to recognise that and help the child grow and develop.

Venn RAMA, JP, MBA

Venn RAMA, JP, MBA

Chair, Leadership

Term of Office
20 Oct 2016 – 19 Sep 2020

Business Interests
Member of Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academy Trust.  Director of  Tambrell Properties LTD.  Chair of Parkwood Residents Association.

Biography
Veen Joined the Oaklands school in September 2016.  He is an experienced governor with more than a decade of involvement in school governance.   He is passionate about education, raising standards of all our children and has a particular interest in children who are from a vulnerable background.  He has worked in the civil service at a senior level for a number of years.  He brings strategic knowledge and skills to the school.  In his other life, he is a local magistrate, a restorative justice practitioner and a neighbourhood mediator, skills which are transferable in his role as governor.  

Rita HOLDING

Rita HOLDING

SEND and Pupil Premium

Term of Office
21 Sep 2016 – 20 Sep 2020

Business Interests
None

Biography
Rita has worked as a senior commissioner for both the UK and South African Scouting organisations.  During this time, she was involved strategically for the organisation and was responsible for children aged 7 – 18 in three different branches. She supported a range of elements including chairing local and national meetings.  She currently volunteers at Pip & Jim’s church, leading assemblies for primary schools as well as enjoying hobbies such as arts and crafts. 

Emma MILLER

Emma MILLER

Term of Office
17 Jan 2018 – 16 Jan 2022

Business Interests
None

Biography
This is my first role as a school governor & I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to join Oakland’s School. I work full time for the Ministry of Justice and part of my role is training and development. I am very focused on developing people to reach their full potential. I see my role as a governor at Oakland’s to assist the school with all that they need to develop each child to their full potential at each stage of their development.

Caroline WEBBER

Caroline WEBBER

Curriculum

Term of Office
25 May 2016 – 24 May 2020

Business Interests
Educational Consultant for Medway Early Years Ltd.

Biography
Caroline has a wide range of experience in both Governance and education, with particular focus on Early Years Education.  Caroline has been a governor as several Medway schools and has worked as a qualified teacher and as the Early Years Child Care Manager for the Local Authority.  Caroline currently works as an Early Years advisor to schools and Private Voluntary Independent settings across Kent and Medway.  

Dennis McFARLANE

Dennis McFARLANE

Health & Safety and Behaviour

Term of Office
19 Sep 2016 – 20 Sep 2020

Business Interests
None

Biography

I have been a School Governors for Oaklands Primary School since 2010 and have held the position of Vice-Chair of Governors. Before that I was Vice-Chair and then Chair of Governors at Walderslade Primary School.

Outside of School, I am a Technical Manager for a Kent Farm and Food Manufacturer where I am responsible for Food Safety and Hygiene with a Team of QA and Technical personnel reporting into me.

As well as my passion for ensure children receive a high standard of education, I am a keen promoter and advocate of the Sciences from Bio-Chemistry to Particle Physics to Cosmology. In addition to this I am a big Formula 1 and motorsports fan and visit Brands Hatch regularly.

Barry SYMONS

Barry SYMONS

Headteacher

Term of Office
Governor as long as still in post

Business Interests
None

Biography
I joined the school in April 2015 as the Headteacher  and have become incredibly proud of the school and its community.  Prior to joining Oaklands, I have worked in a variety of schools in many places including Yorkshire, Kent, Medway and internationally in America.  Over my career, I have worked in several roles including Headteacher, Senior Leader, SENco and as a class teacher. 

Daniel MOORE

Daniel MOORE

Chair of Finance, KS1 and Safeguarding,

Term of Office
20 Sep 2017 – 19 Sep 2021

Business Interests
Works for the KEMN Academy Trust 

Biography
Daniel has over 6 years experience as a School Business Manager and 13 years experience working in education across both the primary and secondary sector.

Outside work, he runs a large charitable theatre group.  He is passionate about helping young people and seeing them succeed. 

Rosemary TAYLOR

Rosemary TAYLOR

CLA, Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Term of Office
24 Sep 2014 – 23 Sep 2018 

Business Interests
None

Biography
Rosemary is retired having been a primary school teacher for 24 years at Oaklands. 

She reserves a special interest in the continuing work of all those at Oaklands striving to provide the very best education and support for the children who attend and their families too.  

Structure of the Governing Body

Mr Veen Rama (chair)
Nikki Ashby (vice chair)

FINANCE & RESOURCES subcommittee

Daniel MORE (Chair)

Nikki ASHBY

Adrian GULVIN

Dennis McFARLANE

Veen RAMA

Barry SYMONS

 

 

 

 

 

Full Governing Body

Adrian GULVIN

Rita HOLDING

Dennis McFARLANE

Emma MILLER

Daniel MORE

Rosemary TAYLOR

Caroline WEBBER

Shenda WEST

Levi WINTON

Barry SYMONS

 

Attendance Record 2018-19

The table below shows a record of who attended (Y), those who did not attend but sent apologies (A) and those who did not attend and no apologies were sent (N).  Anyone not required to attend the meeting are marked as (-) for that meeting. 

 

FGB
12.09.18

Finance
31.11.18

FGB
09.01.19
Finance
23.01.19
FGB
06.03.19

Finance
01.05.19

FGB
08.05.19

Governor Day
24.06.19

FGB
10.07.19
L WintonA        
N AshbyY        
A GulvinY        
R HoldingY        
D McFarlaneY        
D MoreY        
V RamaA        
B SymonsY        
R TaylorY        
C WebberA        
E MillerY        
S WestY        

 

Associate Members without voting powers & Clerk

Mrs Allison MITCHELL

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Catherine McLAUGHLIN

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Louisa JONES

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Liz STAMP

School Business Manager