Oakwood Park Grammar School | Oakwood Road
Maidstone | Kent | ME16 8AH
Mrs J. Murton. Community Governor, Chair of Governors . Curriculum and
Pupil Progress Committee
After leaving school, Julie trained and worked as a Pharmacy Dispenser before changing direction and indulging her desire to travel by working as cabin crew, serving for ten years as a Flight Purser with a major British Airline flying long haul. Julie has two sons, both of whom attended Oakwood Park and whilst they were at school at OPGS she worked as an exam invigilator for a number of years.
Julie became a Parent Governor in 2008 and transferred to a Community Governor when her younger son left the school. She was elected Vice-Chair three years ago and whilst in that role, undertook the NCTL’s Chairs Development Course as part of the Governing Body succession planning. She took over the role of Chair in November 2015 and is Link Governor to the SEN Department. As a parent, past employee and governor, Julie has a deep knowledge and understanding of the school and is committed to supporting the school and its community and gaining the best outcomes for its students.
Mr M.D. Stevens MBE. Community Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors. Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.
Mike trained as a teacher in the 1950’s and taught science in a boys school and latterly in a large mixed school in Lancashire. The 1960’s saw a change in career first as a Youth Tutor and finally as a Assistant County Youth and Community Service Officer in Kent with responsibility for the training and management of full time staff and voluntary youth service staff together with the D of E Scheme. In 1980 he moved to the ILEA as Deputy Principal Youth Officer before being promoted to Principal Youth Officer in 1981 with responsibility for the largest ‘cradle to grave’ provision for young people in the country covering the twelve Inner London Boroughs and working closely with the Voluntary Sector and London Youth Committee. He has had experience on a number of National Advisory Committees and Chaired research programmes for the DfE and the British Youth Council.
After returning to teaching on the abolition of the ILEA in 1991, Mike became a Governor at OPGS. His other volunteering duties have included that of a Parish Clerk, Chair of the Management Committee of a local Scout Group and as Secretary to a number of voluntary groups. He was appointed as a member of the KCC Safeguarding Children’s Board in 2008 and served for two terms.
Mike became Chairman at Oakwood Park in 1992 and remained in that position until 2015. He is currently Vice-Chair. Mike was awarded an MBE in June 2010 and is a Freeman of the City of London.
Mr K. Moody. Headteacher All Committees
Miss M. Goodhew. Staff Governor. Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee. Subject Leader for Media Studies
Mrs J. Williams. Staff Governor. Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee. IAG Co-ordinator/Assistant Director of Sixth Form Studies
Mrs S. Razey. Community Governor. Chair of Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee.
Shireen is a Community Governor and chairs the Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee. She graduated from Manchester University with a Business Studies Degree and completed her PGCE at Nottingham Trent University. She gained a Masters in Educational Management from the University of Greenwich. She has worked in the post-16 education sector for over twenty years. Currently she is Principal at an inner-London Sixth Form College. Before this she worked in Further Education for ten years.
Shireen is married with a young child and lives within walking distance of Oakwood Park. Her interests include travelling, reading, cricket and supporting Gillingham FC.
Mr G. Twist. Community Governor. Finance Personnel and Premises Committee.
Graham was invited and elected as a Parent Governor when his son and later, his daughter attended Oakwood Park Grammar School. He later became a Community Governor when his children left school and has served as a Governor for many years. Graham has run his own business for over thirty-six years using that knowledge to inform both the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee and in his role as Health and Safety Link Governor. He has always regarded the school as forward thinking, lead by a wealth of extremely capable and experienced teaching and support staff.
Mr S. Mattingley. Community Governor. Joint Chair of Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.
Steve is a former pupil at OPGS and after leaving the school in 2001, graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in Accounting and Finance. He worked for Maidstone Borough Council in a range of Finance roles whilst completing his professional exams. After obtaining his ACCA membership, Steve moved to Canterbury Christ Church University where he has worked as both a Management and Financial Accountant and is currently the Head of Management Accounting. Steve is Joint Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee and hopes that his expertise in finance and business will enable him to give something back to the School and assist in enhancing the wider student experience.
Mr T Abbott. Community Governor. Joint Chair of Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.
As a former pupil and Head Boy at OPGS, Tom is delighted to be a part of the school again as a Community Governor and Joint Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee. His motivation for joining the Board of Governors is to ensure future generations of pupils continue to have the wonderful experience that he had at the school; to benefit from first class teaching, to feel part of a caring community and to leave the school as a rounded young adult.
Since leaving the school in 2002 Tom graduated from City University London with a BSc in Psychology and went on to a career in Events Management. Having spent time working for Universities and latterly for event providers in Europe, he now works as the Events Manager at Heart of Kent Hospice, a local charity providing specialist end of life care. The specific experience that he hopes to bring to his role as a Governor is in marketing, branding, fundraising, project management, social media, volunteering and community engagement. Please do come and speak to Tom at any school event you might see him at. He would love to hear your own experiences of OPGS.
Mrs W. Ball. Parent Governor. Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee
Wendy wanted to apply for the role of parent governor as she had a son and a daughter at OPGS. She felt that with her background in the financial markets and later in education, this would enable her to bring a range of experience to the role of governor. She currently sits on the Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee and is keen to support the school in maintaining its excellent academic standards.
After leaving school Wendy went to work at the London Stock Exchange where she worked with member firms such as Barclays, Nomura, Warburgs and Merrill Lynch dealing with client trading services. She then moved to the London International Financial Futures Exchange working in the futures markets. Following the birth of her children Wendy left the city and worked as a foster carer with Autistic Children before gaining a first class Hons Degree in Childhood Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. She then worked in primary education, initially with children with special educational needs before moving on to specialise in sport and PE. She has worked for the past 5 years at Greenfields Community Primary School in Maidstone where she is responsible for community sport and well-being. This involves teaching PE, arranging and hosting sports tournaments and competitions for Maidstone Primary Schools, promoting sport to children with SEN and establishing community groups to encourage adults and pre-school age children to participate in sport and exercise. She also is involved in pastoral work with children who have poor attendance or who have troubled home lives. In her spare time Wendy enjoys running completing the London Marathon two years ago and several half marathons.
Mr E. McGrath. Parent Governor. Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.
Ed was born in London where he went to school and then studied History & Politics at the University of Kent. He has worked in various management roles in retail management and franchising, for companies such as Shell and Stanley Black & Decker. After 20 years in the corporate world, Ed became self-employed selling to the automotive sector, and has been doing this for the last three years in the Tonbridge / Tunbridge Wells area.
Ed’s enjoyment of football has led him to participate in local children’s football over recent years as a manager and treasurer for his son’s local football club. Currently he is treasurer of a local Maidstone junior football league which has over 240 teams.
He is married to a grammar school physics teacher and has two sons both at Oakwood Park Grammar School.
Ed hopes he can bring his financial skills from his employment and own business to the school where he has recently joined the Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee.
Mrs A. Temple. Community Governor. Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee
Alison is passionate about Coaching and Mentoring Young Adults in their teens to mid-20’s who are facing a challenging time trying to find a job or who have an idea and want to set up their first business. In today’s job market young people need to be competitive and most of all, they need to believe in themselves to succeed. She has worked with a number of youth organisations and training providers over the years and is currently assessing and tutoring across a number of apprenticeship frameworks and standards. As a professional Job & Young Entrepreneur Coach with over 22 years’ experience in Recruitment, this has given her an in-depth knowledge of what employers look for in a new member of staff, how to sell yourself on a CV and how to put together a personal sales pitch for interviews.
When she was approached by the school to become a Governor she could see how her experience and passion could help the school. In 2005 she achieved an MBA and in 2009, she qualified as a Master Coach in Personal Development and Youth Coaching with The Coaching Academy, Europe’s leading coach trainer. She keeps up to date with the latest training in safeguarding children. Alongside her work with young people, she also trains, mentors and coaches recruitment consultants and is a Fellow member of The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP), the professional body for the recruitment industry, and The Institute of Recruiters.
Mrs A. Castle. Parent Governor. Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee
Alex went to university in Bristol studying languages and European Law, before starting a business backed by the Prince’s Youth Business Trust. After a short stint working for the public sector, she moved to London to work for a real estate company and spent 15 years in Facilities Management both directly and as a team leader. She also during this time became NEBOSH qualified (Health & Safety) and gained a Diploma in Management Studies. With commercial matters a particular interest, Alex was invited to make a career change within the same company 9 years ago and became their Head of Supply Chain Management. She gained an MSc in Strategic Procurement and now runs her own procurement consultancy business, with a mixed customer base across public and private sectors.
As a parent of a son currently at Oakwood Park and a daughter at Invicta, Alex applied for the role as Governor recently, having had a few years’ experience as a grammar school parent. With her professional background covering procurement, team management and facilities, her experience has direct relevance to the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee she sits on.
Mr D. Humphrey. Parent Governor. Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee
Dave applied to be a Parent Governor as he has a strong connection with the school having attended himself and now having two sons at Oakwood. He is therefore committed to ensuring that all pupils enjoy the experience he had at the school, and that his sons are now having, to ensure the school continues to develop well rounded adults.
Since leaving after completing A levels in 1998 Dave has worked in the Construction Industry and completed a degree in Quantity Surveying. Having worked at a number of contractors he is now working for a Property Developer in Central London as a Commercial Director. Given his career has mostly been spent in dealing with contracts and finance he is confident these skills can be used on the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee.
Clerk to Governors Ms T. Williamson