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Barrs Court Trust Governors & Members

Governors of Barrs Court School Academy Trust
School Governors have an important strategic role and play a key part in developing and monitoring school life.

 

Governors:

Mrs. Julie Cohn - Chair of Governors (appointed 01/09/2015)

  • I have lived in Herefordshire for 23 years having previously lived in many parts of the UK and also in Kenya and Hong Kong. My husband and three children have thoroughly enjoyed living in this beautiful county . I qualified from The University of Nottingham as a Pharmacist and worked for many years as a Hospital Pharmacist including working at Hereford County Hospital. I stopped working a few years ago to help to look after our ageing parents.
  • Having always being involved with many committees I became involved at a trustee level with Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, and more recently the charities Yeleni Therapy and Support and Herefordshire Growing Point.  
  • My hobbies are gardening, cooking, walking, golf, travelling with my husband and visiting our children who now live in different parts of the UK.
  • I am very proud to be Chair of Governors of Barrs Court School.

 

Ms. Jill Shearer (appointed 13/07/2016)

  • Serving on the Board as a Community Governor
  • Chair of the Curriculum and Pupil Assessment Committee
  • Previously Chair of Governors at Kingstone Academy Trust
  • A French graduate, I’ve spent my working life to date working in the agricultural sector, formerly in Marketing and now carrying out Single Farm Payment and livestock inspections for the Rural Payments Agency

 

Mr. Timothy Newsholme (appointed 08/03/2017)

  • Serving on the Board as a Community Governor
  • Governor of Hereford College of Arts
  • Retired Director of Art at Malvern College and Past President of the Common Room.
  • Passionate about Art and Design with a career spanning 40 years dedicated to art education as Artist in Residence, Tutor. Head of Department at Clifton College, Cranleigh School and Malvern College.
  • Accredited as Course Director of the BTEC Foundation course and introducing the course at Malvern College (the first school in the country to run the course)
  • Senior examiner for A level Art and History of Art – OCR/EDEXCEL and a lead examiner for the International Baccalaureate.
  • Served on National Committee for Art and Design as ATL representative.
  • External Verifier for the Btec Art Foundation Course.
  • Paintings exhibited in such venues as RWA, RBSA, Mall Galleries, White’s Gallery Covent Garden etc.

 

Trevor Gregory (appointed 18/09/2018)

  • Serving on the Board as a Community Governor
  • Chair of the Finance Audit and Staffing Committee
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Career in financial management having held senior financial positions in several large businesses, most recently Finance Director at S&A Group
  • Governor Hereford Cathedral School - 1994 to 2003; Governor Much Birch CE Primary School (2018 to present)
  • Treasurer Hereford and South Hereford Conservative Association (2011 to 2015), Llanwarne PCC (2000 to present) and Wormelow Cricket Club (1990 to 2000)

 

Ms. Nancy Thomas (appointed 18/09/2018 - resigned 08/02/2019)

  • Serving on the Board as a Community Governor
  • Member of Safeguarding Committee and Curriculum and Pupil Assessment Committee
  • Retired primary teacher mainly Forest of Dean area
  • Moved from Canada and have lived in Herefordshire for over 20 years
  • Previously a governor of Brampton Abbotts/ Herefordshire School
  • Member of School Admission Panels for Gloucestershire and Newport City
  • Member of Advisory Board for Ross Children’s Centre

 

Elizabeth Patrick (appointed 07/02/2019 - resigned 13/05/19)

  • Serving on the Board as a Community Governor
  • Emeritus Governor at Herefordshire Ludlow and North Shropshire College following over 20 years serving as a Governor
  • As a parent of a daughter with learning difficulties and disabilities helped to start a support group at HCT in 1980s
  • Since 1972 partner in farming business and commercial and domestic waste services company servicing food and drink manufacturers, local councils and water companies
  • Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Waste Management

 

Parent Governors:

Mr. Mike Emery (appointed 13/12/2018)

  • Elected as Parent Governor in December 2018
  • Previously served as parent governor at Blackmarston School, and for a time Vice Chair of Governors
  • Employed as a Director in the NHS, for an organisation that commissions services for LD, mental health, primary and community care
  • I want students to be happy and given every chance to fulfil their potential
  • Hopefully my experiences and my desire to bring the parent perspective will bring value to the Governing Body, and other parents
  • I know Herefordshire well having been brought up in the county and worked here for the last ten years

 

Mrs. Jaime Miles (appointed 07/02/2019)

  • Elected as Parent Governor February 2019
  • Previous experience serving at a Parent Governor at Barrs Court School
  • Through my own child, I have extensive experience of what is involved in caring for a young person with severe learning difficulties and autism. I also have a good understanding of the vital role parents and families play in supporting their disabled child and helping them to achieve the best possible outcomes, both within and outside school. I advocate the role of parents and families in the wider school community and the importance of working together, in partnership, for the good of the child. I fully recognise the impact of having a disabled child on family life, and the social isolation that can result from this. To this end, I work closely with other families, members of the Local Authority and social care agencies to help achieve the support families need and the social opportunities to which disabled children are entitled. As a Family Envoy I work closely with the Local Authority’s commissioning team in trying to secure appropriate short breaks for disabled children in Herefordshire. I am also a member of Herefordshire Carers and regularly attend Parent Carer Voice meetings in order to understand the range of issues experienced by parent carers across Herefordshire and to advocate on behalf of disabled children and their families.
  • I am a good communicator and am not afraid to speak up on behalf of disabled children and their families
  • As a Governor, I support the school fully, but equally I am willing to challenge if I feel something is not as it should be or if I believe there may be a better way forward
  • I am always keen to find positive solutions to problems and work constructively with others to achieve these
  • I work hard to keep up-to-date with current legislation as it affects disabled children / young people and their carers

 

Vacant Position

 

Staff Governors:

Vacant Position

 

Mrs. Di Vickress (appointed 03/02/2016)

  • Serving on the Board as a Staff Governor
  • Member of the Curriculum and Pupil Assessment Committee, and the Health and Safety Group
  • After leaving college in 1987 I worked at Puddlestone Court with boys who had emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • In 1990 I started working at Barrs Court School as a Teaching Assistant during this time I went to university to qualify as a Further Educational Teacher in 2007

 

Associate Governors:

Dr. Neil Fraser (appointed 09/2018)

  • Graduate of the University of Edinburgh
  • Retired consultant paediatrician & paediatric endocrinologist
  • Worked for 33 years in Herefordshire; for 28 of those years also at Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Career-long interest in child protection, including 15 years as designated doctor for safeguarding for Herefordshire (High Sheriff’s award 2009)
  • Violinist in Hereford String Orchestra (of which I am chairperson) & fiddler & bandleader of doctors’ ceilidh band Cradle to Grave


Ex-officio Governor:

Mrs. Lisa Appleton

  • Headteacher of Barrs Court School

 

Clerk to the Governors:

Ms. Linda Watkins

 

 

The Members Board of Trustees Barrs Court School Academy Trust

 

Major Patrick Darling - Chair of Members (appointed 01/09/2015)

  • Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire
  • Former High Sheriff of Herefordshire 
  • Farmer: beef, sheep and arable
  • Member of Bishop’s Council, Cathedral Council, Diocesan Synod and Churchwarden of Sellack.     
  • Trustee: Wye and Usk Foundation       
  • Site Director Herefordshire Country Fair


Mrs. Laura Hone (appointed 01/05/2013)

  • Previously worked in executive search in the voluntary sector gaining varied experience of the sector     
  • Became a Trustee of the former Herefordshire Learning Disability Trust (founded under the Barrs Court banner)     
  • Chair and Trustee of Herefordshire Growing Point. HGP is a charity providing social and horticultural therapy to vulnerable people of all ages, including those with learning difficulties, a range of disabilities and those who would like to continue gardening, but are no longer able to do so independently. HGP privileged to have some Barrs Court students at the sessions at Holme Lacy, all whom are immensely enthusiastic and engaged gardeners, and a pleasure to work with.
  • Originally from Scotland, I worked in London for many years before moving to Herefordshire with my husband who is Herefordshire born and bred. I first came into direct contact with Barrs Court School when some of the students started coming to Holme Lacy for horticultural therapy. Herefordshire Growing Point was one of the founder members of the Herefordshire Learning Disability Trust and so as Chairman, I became a Trustee. While a Trustee of the HLDT, I was also asked to become a Member of the Board of Trustees of Barrs Court School.

 

Lt. Col. Charles Thwaites MBE (appointed 01/092015)

  • Charles has links with Herefordshire going back to his birth, as he was brought up in the village of Eastnor, near Ledbury, throughout the 1950s and 60s.
  • He joined the Army in 1969. He spent number of years in Germany where his regiment was equipped with Chieftain tanks, although he himself also saw active service in Cyprus, Northern Ireland and the Middle East.
  • He was awarded an MBE following a tour as the speechwriter for the Supreme Commander of NATO. He left the Army in 1993 after nearly 25 years of service.
  • He returned to Herefordshire and, with his wife Mandy (who herself lived as a child in Little Hereford), moved to a house and small farm at Pixley, near the Trumpet crossroads between Ledbury and Hereford.
  • He has served as a churchwarden at Pixley, and as a parish councillor. For many years he also sat on the board of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Branch of the Institute of Management. He was nominated as High Sheriff of Herefordshire for a year in 2012/13, taking a particular interest in the opportunities for young people in the County. He visited Barr’s Court School on three or four o occasions during his year in an official capacity.
  • Two years ago he retired as Chief Executive in the UK of the international sustainable forestry charity, the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • Charles and Mandy have two children: Andrew, a research scientist at Cambridge, and Victoria, who works as an NHS doctor in Oxford.

 

Roisin Burge (appointed 26/02/2019)

  • Background in Social Policy/Administration, Social/community work, Further and Special Education, Strategic and Operational management.
  • Retired Principal of the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford, “An outstanding college providing high quality education and training and where students’ individual needs are well met. “(Ofsted)
  • In retirement I have Served as a Board Member/Trustee for several organisations including Chair of Governors at Much Birch Primary School (four years) and currently as a member of the Much Birch Parish Council.

 

Mrs. Julie Cohn (appointed 01/09/2015)

  • I have lived in Herefordshire for 23 years having previously lived in many parts of the UK and also in Kenya and Hong Kong. My husband and three children have thoroughly enjoyed living in this beautiful county.
  • I qualified from The University of Nottingham as a Pharmacist and worked for many years as a Hospital Pharmacist including working at Hereford County Hospital. I stopped working a few years ago to help to look after our ageing parents.
  • Having always being involved with many committees I became involved at a trustee level with Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, and more recently the charities Yeleni Therapy and Support and Herefordshire Growing Point.
  • My hobbies are gardening, cooking, walking, golf, travelling with my husband and visiting our children who now live in different parts of the UK.
  • I am very proud to be Chair of Governors of Barrs Court School.

 

Mr. Dick Makin (appointed 01/05/2013/resigned 26/02/2019)

  • Has been a Governor/Member with Barrs Court School for many years
  • Local farmer
  • Member of Hereford Wye Valley Rotary Club

Minutes of Governors Meetings - Please contact the School Business Manager 

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