I joined Twyning School in September 2012 as a part-time teacher in Year 3 and 4 (Hedgehog’s Class). Previously I taught in two larger primary schools from 2003 to 2012 across all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6. I became a Staff Governor in 2015 having shown an interest in joining the Governing Body at Twyning School. As a Governor, I am a member of the Standards Committee as well as sharing the role of Pastoral Governor. As a Pastoral Governor, I am available to parents and families to offer support and guidance about any school related issues or concerns.
|Mr Francois Chatron- Michaud
My family and I moved to Twyning in 2011. Both our children attend Twyning School and witnessing their ability to learn is fascinating. As a parent governor, I wish to help the school and all the children raise standards and achieve outstanding learning journeys in our school.
I have always worked in engineering, where I project manage the design and manufacturing of heavy machinery. I have a particular interest in science, languages and music. I hope that my scientific experience will help to support the school’s development and improvement. Outside of work, I like mountain activities, hiking, climbing and exploring new things.
|Mr Richard Morley
Associate Governor (Safeguarding)
Having two children who attend Twyning School makes me very passionate about the part I play as a parent governor. I am committed, enthusiastic and want to help safeguard our schools caring and community ethos. Having gained a wide experience in education as a senior leader in primary and secondary schools, I am looking forward to supporting the school community and most importantly the children, alongside the other governors in ensuring Twyning School is at forefront of delivering outstanding educational experiences.
|Mrs Sarah Helm
We moved into the village in May 2006 and both our children have been born here and now attend Twyning School – our daughter started in 2012 and our son followed the year after. I have worked in industry all of my career – I am qualified in HR and am currently a senior HR Leader, but have previously held Director level positions in Supply Chain and Operations leadership roles, having professionally qualified in both fields. After a brief time on the village Playgroup Committee I look forward supporting our children in the next phase of their learning as a school governor and I hope that my commercial background will add another skillset to the team. Outside of work I am a keen swimmer (I used to teach swimming as a hobby) and I love reading.
Mrs Anna Siddall
We moved to Twyning in the spring of 2013 after several years living overseas. Both of our children now attend the school and seeing how much they get out of the school has encouraged me to get involved as a Parent Governor. As a former Chair of Twyning Playgroup, I am keen to support the school in providing the local children with the best possible start to their education. I am also the Parent Pastoral Governor and am happy to chat informally with parents who wish to raise any concerns. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and work part-time at a private school in Worcestershire. At village events you are most likely to find me painting the faces of your children.
|Mr Simon Shepherd
I have lived in Twyning for around 8 years, married with three children. I work as the Clinical Lead for Education & Training for Bayer Healthcare, where I have worked for around 10 years. I studied at The University of Manchester, which also happens to be my home town. I have also been involed in karate for around 40 years. I also teach karate at my own club (based at Dean Close School, Cheltenham), where we have approximately 80 students of all ages. I am a fully-qualified coach, instructor, referee and judge. I am active in many other aspects of village-life such as the Village Fete.
|Mrs Liz O’Dell
Vice Chair of Governors
LEA Governor - Vice Chair of Governors
I moved from the South East in to the village in 2012, and was very happy to join Twyning School in 2013 as a Local Education Authority Governor. (Although appointed by the LEA, I am not a representative, it just denotes my route in to the Governor post.) Before moving here I worked for many years as a Modern Foreign Language teacher at Primary level, and I also coached Secondary French, so I am enjoying taking a special interest in MFL in Class 3 and 4. It is good being part of a team, made up of parents, staff and governors, who are striving to make Twyning School the best it can be.
|Mr Jeremy Horsfall
LEA Governor (Legal)
I moved to Twyning Village on retirement from Solicitors practice in London in 2002. I have been a school governor for a number of years.
I am currently a parish councillor and on the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Committee. This in-depth knowledge of the village strategies, planning and service delivery is key in helping the school to be aware of
the various developing programmes or funding opportunities within the village and enables the school to respond accordingly.
At present I am a co-opted governor. I am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee and the Staffing Committee as well as a member of the Headteacher's Performance Management Committee.
|Mr Andrew Parry-Jones
Community Governor (HR)
I have been a Governor since 1986 after being Chair of the PTFA I have responsibilities for Staffing as Chair, Training of Governors, Link Governor and maths. I have 3 children who have all been through the school now grown up and left home, and as such became involved. I have always wanted to give something back to the community and to help make Twyning school remain one of the best schools in the country.
My background is retail for 40 years retail manager so staffing training maths was all part of the job as well as senior manager which involved linking with other Stores.
My current career is as a Domestic Energy Assessor.
I look forward to many more happy years as a Governor working with this excellent school.
|Ven. Ron Hesketh
Chair of Governors
Community Governor - Chair of Governors
I am delighted to represent the Community as a Governor at Twyning School. In my capacity as a Church of England priest I have regularly been involved with schools across the country and maintain a keen interest in education in all its forms. As well as the main governing body, I am a member of the communications sub-committee and will encourage a healthy flow of information between school and parents.
My background is in the Services having served over 30 years in the Royal Air Force. I retired as Chaplain-in-Chief RAF and now lead chaplaincy for West Mercia Police. As a resident of Twyning I now serve the community as an honorary priest to the parish church.
As a Community Governor it is my key responsibility to ensure that the school serves you well and to make myself available to represent your interest in the school.
Co -opted Governor (Healthy Living and SEN)
I am delighted to be asked to be a Governor at Twyning School.
I have lived in Twyning since 1983 at Hillend.
I have worked in the NHS as a nurse and Midwife for many years and finished my career as Nursing Director for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS trust. I retired early to become a full time carer but am now free to pursue other interests so I am really looking forward to the role of Governor.
Associate Governor (Health and Safety)