Our current Chair of Governors is Gill Short and she can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors at the school address or tel: 01582 679415.
Our Governing Body
|Gill Short||Foundation Governor||Chair of Governing Body|
|Revd Richard Andrews||Ex officio||Vice Chair of Governing Body|
|Andy Bianchi||Foundation Governor||Chair of Student Support Committee|
|Barry George||Foundation Governor||Chair of Standards Committee|
|Darren Fletcher||Parent Governor||Chair of Finance & Resources Committee|
|Cllr Eugene Ghent||Authority Governor|
|Hannah Gyngell||Staff Governor|
|Bob Heley||Co-Opeted Governor|
|Tracey King||Foundation Governor||Child Protection Governor|
|Mark Lawrence||Foundation Governor||Child Protection Governor|
|Riaan Louw||Parent Governor|
|Jim Parker||Ex officio|
|Cllr Nigel Warren||Diocesan Governor|
|Alison Wilson||Diocesan Governor|
Our Governing Body – Pen Portraits
The Revd Richard Andrews
Vice-chair of Governing Body
Originally from Bedford, I graduated from the University of Bristol before training as a teacher and then teaching RE in a Bristol secondary school. I was ordained as a Church of England minister in 1984 and after serving firstly in a parish in Worcestershire I moved to Derby as a chaplain in Higher Education. Subsequently I was the vicar of two parishes in succession in Derby before becoming Rector of Dunstable in 2005. As Manshead is a Church of England School situated in the Parish of Dunstable I am by virtue of my position ex officio a Governor of the school and I am also Chair of the Ashton Schools Foundation, a local charity which are the owners and trustees of the land and buildings which make up Manshead School. Both my two sons have been educated at the school during our time in Dunstable.
Ashton Foundation Governor
Chair of Student Support and Christian Ethos Committees
I have been a governor at Manshead for about 10 years, beginning when my first child started attending the school. Since then all three of my children have been educated here, each finding support and stimulus in both academic and non-academic activities.
I am currently chair of the Student Support and Christian Ethos sub committees – both of which seek to support all pupils, recognising that it is not just the intellect that needs to nurtured. It is important to take of each individual as a whole, preparing them for the future, whatever that may be.
I work in Communications in local government and am a foster carer for Central Bedfordshire.
Ashton Foundation Governor
Chair of Standards Committee
I was Head of Libraries for Bedfordshire for 25 years before transferring to Central Bedfordshire as Head of Libraries in 2009. Before coming to Bedfordshire, I worked in London and Hertfordshire before retiring in 2010 after 50 years in local government and was awarded an MBE for services to public libraries in 2011. Following my retirement I have been closely involved with local organisations – I am a trustee of Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity; Chairman of Develop and of First Place Training, Bedfordshire; a volunteer adviser at Dunstable CAB and a governor of All Saints Academy. I am a member of the congregation of St. Augustine’s Church in Dunstable and am vice-chairman of the Dunstable PCC. I have been a Governor at Manshead for 6 years and am chairman of the Standards Committee and also a member of the Strategic Committee.
Local Authority Governor
I have spent 35 years as a senior manager for Tesco Plc and took early retirement at 51 yrs old and bought a business in Dunstable which I ran with my wife for 10 yrs. I got involved in local politics due to my link with Dunstable Town Council as a co-opted member of the Dunstable Town Centre Management Committee. After a few years I was asked to stand as the Conservative candidate for the Manshead Ward and was successful in getting elected to both the Town Council and to Central Bedfordshire council. At Central Beds Council as well as my normal ward duties I serve on the Development Management Committee which has the final veto on controversial and contested planning applications and I have recently been appointed as the Deputy Executive Member for Adult Social Care. As I had previously served as a governor at Ardley Hill lower School for 8 years I asked to be the local authority governor for Manshead school as I wanted to be involved in the operation of the school that serves the children in my ward. I am a member of the Finance and Resources committee and the Standards committee.
Governor for Child Protection
I have served on a Governing Body of local schools for over 10 years, 8 as a Parent Governor at Willow Nursery School and now as a foundation Governor at Manshead. I initially trained and worked as a Graphic Designer before changing careers to work with children. I have worked in a number of different schools ranging from nursery to middle schools and held a number of different positions; Art Specialist, Play Worker, Learning Support assistant, and Art Teacher. I currently work at a school for children with special needs. I assist them with maximising their personalised learning opportunities and ensure their overall wellbeing. I am closely involved in the local church community working with all age groups of children. I assist in running Junior Church, Pram Service, Messy Church, and the Youth Group. As a result of this experience I have now been appointed the Deputy Child Protection Governor. As a Governor, I have taken a particular interest in the music department and Year 10’s educational requirements.
Governor for Child Protection
I have been a governor at Manshead for over six years. All three of my children have been at the school over the past nine years, and all without exception have loved their time at Manshead. They have flourished academically, socially and through involvement in a number of co-curricular activities over the years, especially in music, drama, sport and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
I have particular responsibility as a governor for Child Protection at the school, with additional responsibilities for Pupil Premium and Special Educational Needs and Disability. I am vice-chair of the Student Welfare Committee, serving also on the Strategic Committee, Finance Committee, and Christian Ethos sub committees. Manshead is committed to the highest educational standards for all children whatever their academic aspirations and social/cultural backgrounds. A significant aspect of my responsibilities is to spend time each term with staff working in the various areas that I cover, supporting them as a “critical friend” to assist them in their role in any way that I can.
I serve as the Senior Pastor at Christ Church Dunstable. One of my colleagues on the staff of our church, Tom Fenning, works as the School Pastor at Manshead for up to one day a week with students and staff.
I live in Dunstable and serve on both Central Bedfordshire Council and Dunstable Town Council. I am a Diocese Governor and am a communicant member of the Church of England and I am keen to uphold the Church School ethos. I am also a former pupil of the school. I am a member of the Standards Committee.
I graduated from Durham University with a degree in General Science and worked in the Data Communications & Electronics industry for about 8 years. When my children were young I did some private tuition and support and completed the PGCE for Primary Schools. I then worked in several local schools as a class teacher and as one-to-one support. My time is now spent working with a number of voluntary organisations alongside some occasional part time work in an Electronics company. I became a Parent Governor about 14 years ago when my elder son joined the school.
Registers and Disclosures
Only the following allowances may be paid:
- Expenses related to attendance at properly approved and authorised training courses, in line with the policy for such expenses which is applied to school staff
No other allowances or any other remuneration are paid, either monetary or in kind.