BUSHEY ACADEMY GOVERNOR BIOGRAPHIES
DEBBY CUMMINS – TRUST APPOINTED GOVERNOR and VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNING BODY
I work part-time as an Administration Manger for a small company in St Albans. I live in Bushey and have two daughters, both of whom currently attend The Bushey Academy.
I firmly believe in parents having a voice through the Governing Body regarding our children’s education and to that end stood and was elected as a Parent Governor to the school in December 2013. I feel passionate that the academy should continue to grow in strength and as a member of the Governing Body, will challenge and support the academy to be the best that it can be.
BERNADETTE WOOLDRIDGE – STAFF GOVERNOR
I have been a School Science Technician for over 15 years and a Senior Technician for 10 of those years. I joined the Bushey Academy in January 2011, only a few months before our first move to the temporary buildings, which was both exciting and challenging. The second move to our wonderful new building was even more exciting as I took charge of our unique setup in the MEGALAB. Together with the support of the other two technicians in the department, we maximise opportunities for students to be involved in hands-on experiments and demonstrations whenever possible so that they are able to develop a passion for the subject and deepen their enjoyment and understanding.
In my role as a Senior Technician, I enjoy training technicians new to the job and supporting teachers venturing into the wonderful world of practical Science.
However, the part of my job which I find the most enjoyable is when I am working closely with students, setting up and demonstrating experiments and experiencing with them the wonder and excitement of discovering something new. That is one of the reasons why I’m also involved in running the Science Club for Year 7 and 8 students weekly after school – it is fantastic to see the students enjoying Science so much.
I keep myself abreast of new development and initiatives in science by being part of a technician’s forum and attending courses at the National Science Learning Centre in York. Being part of the Governing Body as a Support Staff Governor gives me valuable insight into the operation of a successful school and provides me with greater opportunity to support students further and contribute to the academy’s future successes.
MARK HARMON: CHAIR OF THE GOVERNING BODY
I became a Governor when the school changed from Bushey Hall to The Bushey Academy. I felt that there was huge potential to make the academy one of the best schools in the local area, if not the county. The school is making fantastic progress with all governors committed to the school’s long term future.
Dr GORDON MIZNER – TRUST APPOINTED GOVERNOR
I studied aeronautical Engineering at London University and have spent nearly 30 years working in the oil industry in a variety of functions including research, product management relating to renewable and conventional fuels and lubricants and general management in the UK, South Africa, Indian Ocean and Africa. In September 2005 I joined the Engineering Development Trust, a UK-wide education charity, as Chief Executive.
ANDY MOLONEY – TRUST APPOINTED GOVERNOR
Born and raised in Watford, I’ve always lived in the local area and now have 2 daughters at the academy. I left Queens School after completing my A-levels and have worked in the financial services sector in a variety of operational and project roles ever since. During this time, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a number of different community projects, including coaching and mentoring students from different schools and universities. As a recently appointed Governor, I’m now very much looking forward to using this experience to support the academy in continuing to help students achieve the very best that they can through the “proud to belong” ethos.
MARK STRUGNELL – TRUST APPOINTED GOVERNOR
I have been a Bushey and Oxhey resident for nearly twenty years. My wife, Sarah and I have two children, both of whom attend The Bushey Academy. Both children, have thrived at the school; a place that we have seen go from strength to strength in the last few years. Being asked to join the Governing Body in July 2016 was a real privilege. I am very keen to give something back to a school that I feel has plenty of potential to continue to grow and build on the many successes to date. For over twenty-five years I have served in the Metropolitan Police, currently in a senior detective position. Over this time I have had experience of leading a large number of different units and people across a very varied number of roles. This has included working in close partnership with local authorities, schools and others involved in safeguarding. I am hoping this experience will allow me to add value to the future of the young people currently at the academy and the generations to come.
RICHARD ELMS – TRUST APPOINTED GOVERNOR
Richard became the Chief Executive of the Meller Educational Trust in August 2016. A Physics graduate, with a Master’s Degree in Educational Management, his teaching career was based in and around West London and Surrey. From his early days of headship, he has been involved as a consultant for the Department for Education (DfE), local authorities and other schools. His work, as a consultant, centered on school improvement and the appointment and performance management of heads and senior leaders. Richard was a Head teacher of several secondary schools; his last school was an 11-18, comprehensive school with nearly 1800 students. The school was a specialist Mathematics and Computing College and a Teaching School.
Richard worked on the DfE Academies Programme as an Education Adviser and Project Lead. He also worked with Education London (EL) as a Senior Adviser on London Challenge, which is widely regarded as the most successful school improvement programme. EL set up the Russell Education Trust (RET) to establish and run schools as part of the Free Schools programme; Richard was the Project Director for establishing the Trust and for successfully applying to set up and then run five large, 11-18 secondary Free Schools.
Richard is committed to delivering the aims of the Meller Educational Trust and passionately believes that every young person should be given the opportunity to aim high to achieve the very best they can.
ROB FENTON- TRUST APPOINTED GOVERNOR.
All governors can be contacted care of The Bushey Academy via the Clerk to the Governors M. Herlihy MHerlihy@THEBUSHEYACADEMY.ORG