Governor Pen Portraits
Chair of Governors
I am a mum of 3 lovely children, qualified teacher and managing director of RASCals. I have worked with children for over 21 years. In that time I have been in a variety of schools, nurseries and after school clubs and taken on various leadership roles in different settings. I have also continued my studies in order to gain a better understanding of how children learn. I am passionate about getting the best from children and providing them with opportunities where they can excel. As such, I joined the Governing Body at Roade Primary School in order to support staff here with enabling our children to achieve to the best of their ability.
As Chair of Governors, with support from the vice chair (Sue Hagon), I’m responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the board and help facilitate the governing body to work as a team to challenge, support, and contribute to the strategic leadership of the school.
Vice Chair of Governors
I am mum to two grown up sons, and have two lovely grandchildren. I have lived in Roade since 2010, and during that time have served as Secretary for both the Bowls Club and Short Mat Bowls Club and am Secretary of Roade Village Hall & Playing Field Charity, and Editor of Roade News. I was also Deputy Clerk to Roade Parish Council for over 4 years.
I come into school every week to hear children in a KS1 class read, and often accompany children on school trips, which I find hugely rewarding. I was invited to join the Governing Body in 2015 and currently serve on the Premises Committee.
As Vice Chair of Governors, I support the Chair (Aimie Evans) in ensuring the effective functioning of the board and helping facilitate the governing body to work as a team to challenge, support, and contribute to the strategic leadership of the school.
My name is Ann Thomas and my great grand-daughter currently attends Roade Primary School where she is extremely happy. I have had some previous experience as a governor and was co-opted onto the Governing Body in 2017. I am currently on the Teaching and Learning committee where we not only oversee all things taught to the children but also closely monitor their and also the school’s performance and progress. I am often in the school and do some reading with KS1 children which I very much enjoy. I am extremely proud to be associated with this wonderful school and will make every effort to do my bit to make it even better.
I have been married to my husband for over 25 years and have two grown up daughters. I have worked at Roade Primary since 2001, starting off in year 4. I have worked in all year groups in the past but, currently work in year 4. I started off working one to one, then moved to a general Teaching Assistant post.
During my time I have gained my HLTA status. I also hold first aid certificates in Paediatric and First aid at Work. This is my second term as Staff Governor.
Cllr Lorne Murray
I have lived in Roade since 2011 and became a councillor on the Parish Council in 2014, and Chairman in 2019. I work as a school teacher in a secondary school in Milton Keynes. I enjoy serving on the Parish Council and serving the local community to ensure we have the best facilities for everyone. I have particular experience in working with young people and I believe they should also have a voice in the community. I am very proud to be the LA Governor for Roade Primary School. It is an amazing school with brilliant staff and students.
My family and I moved into Roade in 2017. I am a father to 2 young children both of whom attend Roade Primary School. I joined the Governing Body in 2019.
I am a Senior Officer in the Royal Air Force, specialising in training and education. My career to date has included service on fast jet squadrons, multiple overseas deployments and most recently delivery of Command, Leadership and Management training.
Having arrived in Roade during Covid-19 restrictions in 2020, I looked for ways to connect with the village and was co-opted onto the Governors in September, as part of the Teaching and Learning team. I am a Modern Languages teacher and have taught in the county most of my career, more recently in Kettering, until my husband retrained as a vicar and we moved here to the Salcey Benefice, where he is priest in charge. I am passionate about education and giving young people the start in life that will set them on the path to success and fulfilment. As well as working with the Church of England as a lay minister, I am a volunteer with Voice promoting Restorative Justice, and with the charity C2C Social Action.
I am a mum of two lovely primary school-aged children and live in Blisworth. I have been teaching for several years at a secondary school in Bletchley, which I thoroughly enjoy. I am passionate about education and the importance of enabling all young people to meet their full potential. As an avid reader I am also keen to promote the value of reading to young people. I am new to governing, but am looking forward to the challenge.
I am a Chartered Accountant who specialises in internal controls and Governance. I currently work for a FTSE 100 company in a role which is very varied and prior to this I worked in external audit. I am looking forward to using these skills to help support and contribute to the school and local community. Outside of work I am a keen runner, regularly participating in Parkrun, 10km and half marathon events. I love travelling to new places and have an aim to visit all the countries in Europe.
I’m a full-time dad, working part time as a business manager, specialising in wealth retail banking and delivering compelling customer journeys. In my spare time I qualified as an electrician and enjoy DIY.
I’m passionate about making every day rewarding and fun for my children, while they grow, learn and develop into whatever they aspire to be.
I moved to Roade in 2019 having previously lived in Bedford for 19 years. I have worked as a Stage Manager for the past 25 years on many large-scale West End musicals and Pantomimes all around the world. Since moving to the village I have packed away my suitcase and now work at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton & Birmingham Hippodrome. I also work as a children’s chaperone in Film, TV & Theatre projects when my time allows. I am a qualified Foot Health Practitioner and run my own part-time business locally. I have a dog called Maggie who is a registered Companion Dog. A lot of children have already met Maggie as she is always outside my front door waiting for strokes and cuddles during the lockdown as children walk past. I hope we will be able to support the school in the future. I am looking forward to working with the school and offering my knowledge & experience.