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 two 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.
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.
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.
Lisa Watts - Co-opted Governor
I am a local girl who has lived for most of my life in Brixham. Upon leaving school I worked in a bank for 5 years before going to university to train as a teacher.
I worked in Hertfordshire for 3 years before coming home to roost where I continued to teach for another 15 years. After 18 years in teaching I left the profession to join my husband in business which is where I am now.
We run a local minibus/bus company and a large part of our business is transporting children to and from school daily across the Bay and the South Hams.
I became a governor because, although I no longer work in education, my passion for children’s development and learning is still very much alive. I wanted to give something back to a community that has served me so well all my life and it made sense to do this in an area that I was familiar with.
I look forward to making a positive difference in any small way that I can.
My governing responsibility is for English and Curriculum.
Amanda Cox - Co-opted Governor
I live with my partner, Nigel and am a mother of 4 boys and Nigel's two boys. I have two Springer Spaniels called Lenny and Henry. We have one grandchild, also a boy! We discovered and fell in love with Brixham, 8 yrs ago years. We renovated and restored a beautiful house which we have been running as Beacon House Bed & Breakfast, situated close to Furzeham Primary School.
I previously lived in Wiltshire where I worked as a Sport Development Officer for Wiltshire Council. Part of my job involved working with primary schools, youth and sports clubs within my area (Marlborough, Devizes, Tidworth, and Pewsey). With the experience of my supporting role for teachers in helping with and creating opportunities, links and pathways within schools and clubs, I feel excited about becoming a part of Furzeham School. I am looking forward as a Governor, to becoming involved in working with staff and children - the part of my sports development role I loved the most.
Dave Richardson - Co-opted Governor
I currently work for Torbay Virtual School, supporting looked after children across the whole of the Bay, with a focus on primary aged pupils.