Governors Details

Name Governor Type Responsibilities Appointing Body Term of office ends
Mrs Sally Allum (Chair) Co-opted Finance Governing Body 31/8/19
Miss Jess Butler Head  Whole School Ex-officio  31/08/20
Mrs Lisa Robinson (Vice-Chair) Parent SEN, Assessment & Pupil Premium Parents (by election) 31/8/20
Mr Damir Rajnovic Co-opted Link governor training Governing Body 31/8/19
Mrs Ann Greenaway Co-opted Governing Body 31/8/19
Mr Trevor House LA Safeguarding and English LA 31/3/20
Mrs Hayley Munro Parent Early Years and Finance Parents (by election) 31/8/18
Mr John Rowan Co-opted Maths and Health & Safety Governing Body 31/8/19
Mr John Juerss Parent Parents (by election) 18/1/21
Mrs Linda Buckley Parent Parents (by election)  18/1/21
Lyn Moore Staff  28/2/21
Mrs Jane Dymock Clerk

All our governors have a four year term of office.  Each governor can be re-elected or re-appointed at the end of their term by their appointing body, except parent governors who must be elected by the parents of the school.

All governors have declared no relevant business and pecuniary interests including:

Governance roles in other educational institutions.

Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).

 

Governor Details:

Chair of Governors; Sally Allum

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I am Sally Allum. I am Chair of Governor‘s and also Finance Governor.

As Chair of Governor‘s, I work with the Headteacher and the Governing Body to achieve and maintain high standards of education for all our pupils, ensuring we have a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the School and as Finance Governor, I help to ensure the financial performance of the School and the effective use of the School’s resources.

I have lived in Didcot for 47 years, married with 3 grown up children, who all attended Stephen Freeman School and I have many happy memories of their time at the School.

I am retired and enjoy being part of the School Community again, as well as working on my allotment, reading and spending time with family and grandchildren.

Vice Chair of Governors; Lisa Robinson

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My name is Lisa Robinson and I am vice- chair of the governing body and a parent governor. This year I have become the link governor for assessment, SEN and pupil premium. I plan to meet my link teachers regularly across the school year. I live locally to the school and have two children; my daughter is in Year 7 at DGS and my son is in Year 4. 

I work at another local primary school as PA to the headteacher, this has given me a huge range of knowledge into the leadership and management of a school. These new skills are helping me in my governor role. I am an active member of the PTA and have recently stepped down as co- chair.

When I am not at work or school I enjoy spending time with my family, including our dog Merlot, spending time with my friends or enjoying a good book.

Ann Greenaway

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I am the Schools Business Manager and have been employed at Stephen Freeman School since 1988. A major part of my job is finance management and accounting. I work closely with the Headteacher to ensure that the School’s budget and resources are used in the most efficient way, reporting to Governors and Local Authority. I have seen many changes over the years as new systems have been introduced.

Both my children who are now grown up attended the school and I enjoy being part of the School Community. In my spare time my husband and I enjoy 1950’s Rock n Roll dancing, attending Retro Fairs and when possible Rock n Roll weekenders featuring life bands at venues around the country. It certainly keeps us fit!

Damir Rajnovic

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My name is Damir “Gaus” Rajnovic and I have been actively involved in the computer security arena since 1993, both on incident response, coordination and in product security.

I currently work for Panasonic and I am the board director and CFO of Forum of Incident and Security Teams (FIRST). I was invited to be a lecturer on the MSc Information Technology Security course at Westminster University between 2007-2009. I am the subject matter expert on several ISO and ITU international standards.

I am passionate about learning. I am a  leading training effort at FIRST with a goal of providing high quality training for computer security incident response teams. I am also finishing my MSc in Software and Systems Security at Oxford University.

Trevor House

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I am currently retired having ended employment in July 2011 after a total of 43 years with Thames Valley Police. I served 30 yrs and 9 months as a police officer rising to the dizzy heights of Detective Sergeant.

I specialised in Criminal Investigation spending 7 years on the Drug Squad, half of that time as Detective Constable and later as Detective Sergeant. In between I was seconded for two years to the South East Regional Crime Squad. In January 1983 I was seconded to the Home Office Forensic Science Laboratory as a Police Liaison Officer for three years.
I subsequently held a number of different posts as a Police Supervisor including time at Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot and Wallingford. In 1996 I became the first File Quality Manager for what is now South and Vale. As part of this role I established an admin hub for Licensing and Warrants at Didcot.

After retirement in December 1997 I worked briefly as a Private Investigator for a Didcot based company before working for a short while at Rutherford Laboratory in the Finance section.

I returned to TVP at Oxford in the Identification Department during which time I helped in the introduction to TVP of an electronic ID process perfected by West Yorkshire Police. I returned to the business of quality assuring files en route to CPS as well as being Decision Maker in Youth Justice Cases.

In 2007 I became Criminal Justice Manager for Oxfordshire taking responsibility for quality assuring all processes from Charge to final Court disposal in respect of Criminal Cases. This included managing performance of Warrant execution, Youth Justice processes and the supervision of 3,000 Licensed premises across the county. I was also instrumental in introducing pilot schemes in the Criminal Justice arena due to Oxfordshire being selected as a Beacon project on behalf of TVP. I chaired the Criminal Justice Mental Health panel, the Special Domestic Violence Court Operational Group, the Pre Trials Performance Management Group and the Cross County Licensing Group.

Since retirement I became the Chair of the Didcot Neighbourhood Action Group; I am the South and Vale representative on the Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association and I chair the Wantage Probus Club.

I believe in children being encouraged by family and schools together to achieve their full potential in order that they can become balanced Independent members of society who contribute to safe welcoming and thriving communities.

Hayley Munro

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I’m Hayley Munro, a parent Governor acting as Link Governor for Early Years. With two children currently attending the school, in year one and the Nursery, I am committed to ensuring that Stephen Freeman continues to provide a safe and effective learning environment for our children.

I am currently a Bid and Project Manager working for a major rehabilitation services company throughout the UK on behalf of the NHS. This and my previous role as an operations manager for a life safety systems company provide me with a financial, operations and general management skills which I believe can assist in the challenges our growing school will face in the coming years.

As a working mother of two, I understand the balancing act many of the parents and carers within the school face and as such recognise how important it is that we utilise modern communication mediums to ensure that, together, school staff and families can provide a consistent, familiar and effective environment for our children to learn and grow.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching films and generally spending time with my family.

John Rowan

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I am John Rowan and I have been a school governor for about 13 years. In this time I have worked with 2 headteachers. I look forward to working with Miss Butler and the chair of governors Sally Allum moving the school forward . I work at BMW plant Oxford as the senior trade union representative for B shift assembly. I sit on the plant negotiation committee, in this we negotiate pay rises, shift rotation as well as terms and conditions. I have a son at the school and I am looking forward to the changes the school will take over the next few years.

 

Linda Buckley

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My name is Linda Buckley and I have lived in Didcot for 3 years.  I am originally from Somerset and moved to the Reading area for work about 12 years ago. I work for the accounting firm BDO LLP where I am an Associate Director managing the Reading Private Client team and providing personal tax advice for high net worth individuals and their families.  

I have a son,  who started at Stephen Freeman School in 2015 and who is very much enjoying his time at the school.  I am therefore a full time working parent which is very challenging.  As my time as a governor I am keen to help make a positive contribution to the education of my child, and all the pupils, now and in the future, by providing both support to other parents and the school.  

In my spare time I like to go running and for walks and cycles with my family.