Chris Shepherd - Chair of Governors/ Health and Safety
Appointed 27/4/16 Term of office ends 26/4/20
Chris Shepherd BSc CEng MIET
I have lived in Swindon for 15 years with my wife.
I graduated with a degree in Physics with Electronics in 1983 and have worked as an electronics engineer since, I currently work at the Great Western Hospital as a Biomedical Technician.
I have been a school governor for around thirty years, most recently at Lydiard Park Academy, where I was Chair of the Personnel Committee until 2016 and remain a Member of the Parks Academies Trust. I became a governor at Nythe in 2016 and was elected to Chair of the Governing Body in 2017.
I have always been interested in education and feel that acting as a governor allows me to put my personal skills and experience to practical use. I enjoy being a governor as it gives me an insight into the decisions being made by the Senior Leadership Team and the reasons for them. We discuss these decisions and challenge them when necessary. We can also make our recommendations/suggestions which we hope helps the school and the pupils.
Johanna Bryant Vice Chair of Governors/ Co-opted Governor Link Childprotection/Safeguarding
Re-Appointed 27/02/17 Term of Office Ends 2021
I have been working in children’s social care for more than 20 years and have extensive experience in supporting vulnerable children through challenging and difficult times of their lives.
I currently live in Stratton and have two daughters who are both at university studying (dentistry and nursing) as a parent I know how important a child’s educational experiences are. I am passionate that all children and young people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, not only educationally but socially and emotionally and I feel that Nythe Primary school shares that belief.
I have been a governor at Nythe for over 4 years and in that time have seen how hard everyone connected to the school have worked to make it the wonderful, supportive, nurturing and high quality school it is today.
Joshua Paine Co-opted Governor - Link Finance Governor
Appointed: 01/09/2014 – Term of Officer ends:01/09/2018
I joined Nythe Governing Body September 2014 to give something back to the community but also to gain an understanding of how the school structure has changed in preparation for starting my own family. My wife gave birth to our first child, a little girl, in January 2016 who is just a wonderful, exciting, frustrating, ball of limitless energy.
My day job is as a Demand Consultant for the Information Management Team at Nationwide Building Society. I have a degree in Mathematics and a background in computers. I hope that I can use my skills and experience will make a positive contribution to the school and community. I am especially interested in ensuring the school continues to progress so we can get make the most of the tools and funding we have available, for both the pupils and the teachers.
Joan Bridge - Co-Opted Governor Link SEN
Appointed 18/01/2017 Term of Office Ends 2021
I am delighted to be able to join the governing body of Nythe Primary School and hope that with my previous experience and general enthusiasm, I will be able to make a positive contribution to support the staff and children of the school.
I have recently retired but have spent the last 35years as a primary school teacher in a number of Swindon schools. I am especially interested in how children learn and, more importantly, how teachers can adapt their teaching and adjust the learning environment to enable children to successfully access the curriculum. For a major part of my career I had responsibility for children with special educational needs and disabilities and in my last post I was the lead person for safeguarding.
When I first came to Swindon I lived in various areas of the town including Nythe but eventually settled in Chiseldon when I started my family.
Apart from looking after my grandson for two days a week, having more free time has enabled me to pursue my interests, including reading, swimming, gardening, DIY maintenance and travel, however, my passion is long distance walking.
Ben Clare - Co-opted Governor
Appointed 05/04/2017 - Term of Office Ends 2021
My name is Ben Clare and I have lived in the Nythe area since 2005. I have two children, one of which attends Nythe primary school and the other Nythe pre – school.I am pleased to have been elected onto the board of governors and during my time I will do my best to ensure that the school continues to progress and continues to cater for the individual needs of all of the pupils in the school.
I have a background in teaching as a Geography specialist and teacher of Humanities since 2001 and in Swindon since 2003.
Sally Clarke - Headteacher/Co-opted Governor
Jenni Akroyd - Co-opted Governor
Appointed 20/09/2009 - Term of office ends: 20/09/2018
Claire Sowden - Staff Governor
Appointed 01/11/2015 – Term of office ends:01/11/2019