Governors' Profiles

Mr K. Moody | Headteacher | All Committees 


Mrs J. Williams | Staff Governor | Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee

IAG Co-ordinator/Assistant Director of Sixth Form Studies

Mr S. Baker | Staff Governor | Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee

Director of Drama

Mrs S. Razey | Community Governor | Chair of Governors

Shireen is an experienced Governor and feels privileged to have been appointed as Chair of Governors at Oakwood Park Grammar School in 2021. Prior to this Shireen was a Community Governor at the school leading the Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee for several years. Shireen lives locally to the school and is committed to ensuring equity in opportunities for all pupils, to ensure they reach their full potential. She is committed to continuous improvement and believes excellence is about working together, always trying to be better through sharing and supporting others.

Shireen is committed to social action and believes engaging pupils in charity and volunteering helps develop their sense of worth and achievement. Her own interests include volunteering, charity support, travel, cricket and supporting Gillingham FC.

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 Executive Principal at a family of three inner-London Sixth Form Colleges. Before this she worked in Further Education for ten years.

Mr S. Mattingley | Community Governor | Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Steve is a former pupil at OPGS and now Vice Chair of Governors at OPGS. After leaving the school as a pupil in 2001, Steve graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in Accounting and Finance. He worked in Local government whilst completing his professional exams. Steve then moved to the Higher Education Sector where he now holds the role of Director of Finance.

Prior to being appointed to the role of Vice Chair of Governors, Steve was Chair of the Finance, Premises, Personnel and Audit Committee. Steve is committed to ensuring that the school continues to provide an exceptional learning experience for students, coupled with an outstanding staff experience.

Mrs W. Ball | Community Governor | Chair of Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee

Wendy wanted to apply for the role of 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.

Mrs S. Harewood | Parent Governor | Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee

Sarah is a Parent Governor who has been volunteering in school governance for six years, serving a local primary school as Vice-Chair and Co-Chair.  She created a number of resources including a governor induction handbook and a toolkit of information links and training for new and existing governors. 

Sarah has been a civil servant for 25 years and is committed to using her skills, knowledge and experience to give back to the community.

I am a parent governor at OPGS, and I have been part of the governing team since May 2022. I am so fortunate that in my role as governor I witness OPGS's strong community relationships in action, and our well-behaved and polite young adults who work extremely hard to achieve their goals. Also, through my governor work, I am privileged to hear about all the staff at OPGS giving their absolute best to ensure all pupils experience our school's vision every day, so the pupils leave our school with empowering knowledge and resilience to begin their next chapter.

Mr C. Stones | Parent Governor | Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Chris is a Parent Governor who attended Oakwood Park in the late 1980’s and the school has a special place in his heart, more so now his son attends the school.  He relishes the opportunity to ensure that the school continues with the excellent work that is already being carried out by Mr Moody and his senior team.

He has a passion for IT, having worked in the industry for over 30 years.  For the past 16 years he has worked for Kent Police as a Digital Forensic Analyst.  He believes it is important that all pupils are IT literate and would want to inspire pupils to have the same passion as he has for IT. 

Mrs M. Bluck | Parent Governor | Chair of Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

Marcia is a parent governor and Chairs the Finance, Premises, Premises and Audit Committee.

With a legal background, she has over 20 years experience in People (HR), Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and Organisational Development (OD) working at executive and board level within the public, private and voluntary sector, including education. 

Her recent role has seen her responsible for the children and young people strategic lead on mental health in a national charity.

She holds a degree in Law with Politics and Master’s in Human Resource Management and alongside these qualifications Marcia also has various leadership and coaching qualifications including Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

Marcia is also a keynote speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator.

Marcia believes that it is important to give back to her local community and has volunteered for 30 years by acting as a young person mentor, a parent advocate, running children and young people projects, trustee and managing a food bank.

Marcia is married with a child who has attended OPGS from Year 7 and lives in Sevenoaks where she has sat as a Magistrate in both Sevenoaks and Maidstone.

When she has spare time, Marcia enjoys travelling, catching up with friends, cooking world cuisines and visiting antique stores looking for items to upcycle.

Mrs A. Castle | Community Governor | Finance, Personnel, Premises and Audit Committee | Sustainability 

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.  She is NEBOSH qualified (Health & Safety) and has a Diploma in Management Studies.  With commercial matters a particular interest, Alex then made a career change becoming Head of Supply Chain Management, gaining an MSc in Strategic Procurement and has since 2015 run her own procurement consultancy business, with a mixed customer base across public, private and voluntary sectors.

Having had a now adult son attend OPGS through secondary and 6th form and a daughter at Invicta, Alex also has 4 year’s experience as a parent governor.  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 A. Joseph | Community Governor | Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee

Allen is a Community Governor. He is a researcher in the Mental Health, Wellbeing, & Inclusion team at the Education Policy Institute. He has also worked as a research assistant at the Department of Education, University of Oxford evaluating a language intervention. In his spare time, Allen enjoys photography, baking, and painting.

Mrs A. Temple | Community Governor | Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee

Alison has been working with the recruitment and HR sector since 1996 and started her own training business in 2007. Since then, she has evolved to carrying out end point assessments across leadership and management, recruitment and project management apprenticeship at Level 3-6 for various End Point Assessment Awarding organisations. She has an MBA, along with being a qualified Coach, External Quality Assurer, Internal Quality Assurer, Assessor and Trainer and brings her experience of leading, managing, recruiting, human resources, coaching, training and assessing to the school.

Mr G. Twist | Community Governor | Finance, Personnel, Premises and Audit Committee

Graham started as a parent governor when his son attended OPGS in 2003. Graham later became a Community Governor and has held a position within the Finance, Personnel & Premises Committee for many years. Graham’s daughter later joined OPGS in the Sixth Form and both his son and daughter obtained good grades in their A levels with the careful stewardship of the school’s very capable teaching team.

Graham’s background is in Security and has run a Security Business in Maidstone for over forty years providing advice to the community as well as to the school over the period of his Governorship and his passion and experience is a valuable asset to the school.

Graham’s view on OPGS is that the school offers one of the best learning environments and pastoral care for students with some of the very best teaching staff you could hope for in Maidstone.