Governor Pen Portraits
Mrs Debra Wilson - Chair of Governors
I am married with three children and seven grandchildren. My background is in education both private and public sector, mainly EYFS and working with children with additional needs. Currently my husband and I have business in tourism in Brixham.
Presently I am Chair of Governors at Furzeham with additional focus alongside another governor for EYFS and staff well being.
I became a Governor as a staff member in Staffordshire over twenty years ago, we relocated into Torquay in 1999 and I joined a local school governing body working alongside many great practitioners absorbing the ever changing delivery of education and its far reaching expectations. I have been connected to Furzeham for the last eight years, I am totally committed to it. I have a passion for children's learning, removing barriers to it and positively encourage aspiring staff and children alike.
Every child has a right to achieve their very best, along with all staff they are entitled to do this in a happy, safe, secure and supportive environment.
Debbie Horn - Vice Chair / LA Governor
I have taught in various schools, including special and international.
Since 2007, I have worked for Torbay Council where I am currently School Improvement Officer.
I have had the privilege of being a Governor since 2013 and hold the link position for Early Years.
Heather Ingram - Parent Governor
I am a parent to 2 KS2 children at Furzeham and was voted into the role by parents as a Parent Governor 6 years ago (and re-elected 2 years ago). I had no background in education, but felt I could make a difference in some small way, as well as having a curiosity regarding the school and education system that would be influential during my children's formative lives.
My background is in Investment Banking where I worked for mostly large Corporations in London and around the World for 20 years. Surprisingly, many of the skills developed in that environment have a role to play within the scope of the Governing Body. I relocated to Brixham fully in 2008 with my husband, and run a family business in retail.
In my time as governor I have had a number of roles but currently I am involved with predominantly schools finance, behaviour and attendance. I truly believe this is a wonderful school, with fabulous staff and fantastic children. It is well lead during times of constant change and pressures. It is an honour to be part of it's journey.
Other than having my children, my biggest achievement to date has been to sail around the World in a competitive sailing race, which was exhilarating and a fairly big surprise to my family and friends. My hope is that the children at Furzeham are similarly inspired to challenge themselves in all aspects of their lives, both academically and personally.
Sue Milner - Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor at this school for a number of years. Why? Because children are our future and deserve the best education and care Furzeham can give them. I have worked in Further Education for many years in Adult and Community learning.
Katie Egan - Community Governor
· BA Joint Hons in Russian and German, and Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Market Research
· Worked and lived across Europe, Japan and the USA in teaching, training, marketing and business development roles in the information technology, financial and professional services arenas
· Variety of training accreditations including business development, presentations, negotiations, proposal development and train the trainers
· Currently based in Devon, working part time as an estate agent
Governing role responsibilities:
· Member of the full Governing Body with particular responsibility for Safeguarding.
Carole Morey - Co-opted Governor
I am proud to say that both sides of my family have attended Furzeham school since it was first built. Furzeham has always had great community spirit and the school is no exception. I am honoured to have been a governor for over 30 years! First being elected as a parent in 1985/86 then re-elected as Co-opted, then LEA Gov and back to Co-opted. I also helped to form the first PTA committee being the Secretary for several years. I am currently the Chair of Friends of Furzeham Green and we aim to protect the green, provide safe play equipment in the park and encourage it's use for school sports and daytime recreation.
Much of my responsibility as a Governor has been with Premises and Environment so I have considerable knowledge of Health and Safety issues. Parking being one of the most controversial. To see the recent transformation of the school building to a warm, safe and inspiring learning environment for both pupils and staff has been the icing on the cake for me.
I trained in Early Years and Community Education and supervised the on site Playgroup for 13 years before the Nursery opened. After which I went on to be employed by South Devon College as a Family Learning Co-ordinator, planning and delivering a variety of behaviour and educational courses for parents and children across most of the schools in Torbay.
Since 3 of my 5 grandchildren have attended the school I have offered as much of my day time as possible to read stories in the Nursery as well as listen to Readers in KS1 .
To witness children of all abilities grow, learn and aspire and share my love of learning is my reward .
Rachel Shears - Teacher Governor
BA Honours in Sports Development and Coaching
MA in Applied Sports Development and Coaching
After graduating from University in 2011, I have worked in a number of primary schools across Devon as a PE specialist. For three of these years, I was at Furzeham; teaching PE, leading CPD for teachers and delivering a range of after school sport clubs. This is where I further developed my passion for children’s learning and decided to train to become a primary school teacher; which was the best decision I have ever made!
For the past two years I have been working at Furzeham Primary School, as a KS2 teacher. This academic year, I have become the lead for Positive Behaviour. My decision to become Staff Governor was in Autumn 2017. I aspire to contribute to the governance and future development of our school and to help drive the continued improvement to provide our children with the very best chance of success.
My responsibility as a governor is to monitor the school’s website to ensure it is legally compliant.
Tony Myers - Co-opted Governor
My background is in social care primarily working with Children and Families in a variety of settings. I was a qualified Social Worker and had a post graduate qualification in Management Studies. I have worked at a senior level in Local Authority, Private and Voluntary sector.
In the latter part of my career I chaired fostering panels across the UK which kept me up to date with childcare regulations, safeguarding and the work of Ofsted.
I have been a School Governor at two previous schools and am very pleased to be co-opted onto the Governors at Furzeham School. Three of my grandchildren attended the school and they have all gained a great deal from the school both academically and socially.
I have particular interest in the role that schools undertake in the all-round development of children with their social commitment to the local and wider community.
My leisure time activities include reading, going to the theatre, going for walks locally, volunteering at Shoalstone Pool and spending time with our family including taking the grandchildren on holidays and days out.