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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for determining the aims and strategy of the school with a view to helping the school provide the best possible education for its pupils. In doing so, it must comply with the requirements laid down by the Department for Education and Gloucestershire Education Authority.
 
The school's revised Instrument of Government (effective from 1st June 2021) makes provision for there to be 10 governors, as follows:
  • 2 parent governors, elected by parents of children attending the school
  • 1 governor nominated by the Local Authority
  • 1 staff governor, elected by permanent staff
  • The Headteacher, who is ex officio
  • 5 governors who are co-opted by the Board of Governors

 

Except for the Headteacher who is ex-officio, governors are elected or appointed to serve a 4-year term. Each meeting is also attended by the Clerk to Governors who keeps minutes and advises governors of any changes in legislation.

 

Please feel free to make contact if you have any questions. You can email the Chair of Governors on chair@widden.gloucs.sch.uk or the Clerk to Governors on clerk@widden.gloucs.sch.uk

You may also request a copy of minutes from a meeting.

 

Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body

Chair - Sanjai Desai

Vice Chair - Paul Gardiner

 

The Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually.

 

Membership of the Governing Body
Category of GovernorNameTerm BeganTerm Ends  
Parent 1

Charles Bamana

(Elected unopposed)

14/10/202013/10/2024
Parent 2Vacancy  
Local AuthorityVacancy  
StaffNadeem Siddiqui20/10/202019/10/2020
HeadteacherElaine Le Gros01/09/2020Ex Officio
Co-opted 1Sanjai Desai 06/11/201905/11/2023
Co-opted 2Sally Dillon07/11/201806/11/2022
Co-opted 3Paul Gardiner23/09/202022/09/2024
Co-opted 4Fiona Womersley29/04/202028/04/2024
Co-opted 5Vacancy  

Associate Member of the

Resources Committee

Clare Thomas 12/03/202111/03/2022
Clerk to GovernorsRoger Slater  

 

Declaration of Interests

 

Members of the Board of Governors are required to declare any interests which are pecuniary or non-pecuniary and at the beginning of each meeting to declare whether they have any conflict of interests in any agenda item. prior to any meetings.

 

Governors are also required to inform the Board of Governors of any relationships with school staff, including spouse, partners or relatives.

 

Information about governors' declarations of interests is listed under governors' individual profiles.

 

Structure of the Governing Body

Governors meet as a Full Governing Body (FGB) approximately once every month during term time. In addition, governors also work in Standing committees and panels. 

 

Currently, the following committees and panels meet on a regular basis:

 

Resources 

Committee

 

 

Project Group*

 

 

Pay & Conditions

Committee

 

 

Headteacher's

Performance

Management

Panel

Membership:

Charles Bamana

Sanjai Desai (Chair)

Paul Gardiner

Elaine Le Gros

Clare Thomas#

 

Membership:

Sanjai Desai

Sally Dillon

Elaine Le Gros

Fiona Womersley

 

 

Membership:

Charles Bamana

Paul Gardiner (Chair)

Fiona Womersley

 

 

 

Membership:

Sanjai Desai (Chair)

Sally Dillon

 

 

 

 

 

Led by the Local Authority (LA) Performance Advisor, Deb Harris and including from the LA the Education Lead and a Human Resources Partner. 

 

# Clare Thomas is an Associate Member of the Resources Committee with voting rights (appointed by the Resources Committee on 12th March 2021 to serve for 12 months in the first instance). Clare Thomas has been invited to attend FGB meetings in a non voting capacity)

GOVERNORS' PROFILES

 

Charles Bamana

Category of Governor:

Parent Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

14/10/2020

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by Parents (Unopposed)

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Member of the Resources Committee, Community Engagement, Humanities

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Parent of child/children attending the school

Statement:

I am a professional with several years’ experience within the education field and have a good knowledge of Widden Primary school. I am an excellent communicator and am comfortable within both office and management environments. I can work effectively with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams. I bring to the role of governor a wide range of skills, including management skills, and strong strategic and operational decision making.

 

Sanjay Desai

Category of Governor:

Co-opted

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

06/11/2020

Appointed/Elected by:

Co-opted by the Governing Body

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Chair of Governors, Chair of the Resources Committee, Finance, Pupil Premium, Maths, Science

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

N/A

Statement:

Originally from Bolton I moved to Gloucester in 1992. I am married with 3 children. I own a consultancy business specialising in business turnaround and transformation as well as stakeholdings in other ventures. I am a Chartered Accountant and read Pure Chemistry at University. A former Chairperson of the Aspire Sports and Cultural trust, I contribute a significant amount of my time to not for profit organisations in the county. An FA Level 2 coach, I formed Redmarley Youth football Club in 2014, which has grown to just under 200 players aged 6 to 16 with a number of older players coming from Widden, where I continue to mentor them into good citizens. I was delighted to accept the opportunity to be a Governor at Widden because of my background which enables me to add value to the various stakeholders and I believe it is an opportunity for me to use some of my skills and contacts for the benefit of the school.  I am extremely proud of my mother who was awarded an MBE for services to the NHS and Social care and hope to mirror some of that good work in the local community in and around Widden.

 

Sally Dillon

Category of Governor:

Co-opted

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

07/11/2018

Appointed/Elected by:

Co-opted by the Governing Body

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee, SEND, English

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

N/A

Statement:

I have worked in Education in Gloucestershire for many years, both as a teacher and Headteacher and, now that I am retired, I am happy to keep that involvement as a Governor. In getting to know Widden, I have been very impressed by the vibrant nature and inclusive ethos of the school and hope that I can bring my experience to support the school in any way that I can. I know the Gloucestershire area very well and I have two sons, both now grown up, who went to local schools. I have four grandchildren who bring my husband and me great joy, but also keep us very busy!

 

Paul Gardiner

Category of Governor:

Co-opted

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

23/09/2020

Appointed/Elected by:

Co-opted by the Governing Body

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Member of the Resources Committee, Health & Safety, Risk Management, Sport and PE

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

N/A

Statement:

TBC

 

Elaine Le Gros

Category of Governor:

Headteacher

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

01/09/2020

Appointed/Elected by:

Ex Officio as Headteacher of Widden Primary School

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBC

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

N/A

Statement:

TBC

 

Nadeem Siddiqui

Category of Governor:

Staff Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

20/10/2020

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by the Staff of Widden Primary school

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBC

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

TBC

Statement:

TBC

 

Fiona Womersley

Category of Governor:

Co-opted

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

29/04/2020

Appointed/Elected by:

Co-opted by the Governing Body

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee, Safeguarding, Early Years

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

N/A

Statement:

I was born and brought up in a prep school, which was founded by my parents and is now run by my brother.  I chose not to become a teacher but then married one and spent 27 years living in schools!  My husband was headmaster of Beaudesert Park in Minchinhampton for 21 years and I worked at the school where I had various roles, the most important of which was to lead the safeguarding.  We retired from Beaudesert in July 2018. I first met Mr Cooper in 2013 when we set up a link between Beaudesert and Widden.  I was immediately struck by the warm and friendly atmosphere, the purposeful environment, the dedicated staff and the fact that the children are at the heart of everything.  The Year 4s of each school have continued to have an exchange day each year so that the children can experience each other’s environments. I was delighted when Mr Cooper asked me if I would help the governing body and my first impressions of the school have never wavered.

 

 

GOVERNORS WHOSE TERM ENDED OR WHO STEPPED DOWN IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS

 

Clare Thomas

Category of Governor:

Local Authority Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

29/04/2020

Appointed/Elected by:

Nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body

Date term ended/stepped down:

02/02/2021 (after stepping down, Clare agreed to join the Resources Committee as an Associate Member and also to attend FGB meetings in a non voting capacity)

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Member of the Finance Committee

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

TBC

 

Julie Carrick

Category of Governor:

Parent Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

29/04/2020

Appointed/Elected by:

Elected by Parents

Date term ended/stepped down:

17/12/2020

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBC

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

TBC

 

Charlotte Hout

Category of Governor:

Staff Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

01/09/2019

Appointed/Elected by:

Co-opted by the Board of Governors

Date term ended/stepped down:

21/09/2020

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBC

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

Employee of the school

 

Tim Cooper

Category of Governor:

Headteacher

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

01/09/2000

Appointed/Elected by:

Ex Officio as Headteacher of Widden Primary School

Date term ended/stepped down:

31/08/2020

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBC

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

TBC

 

 

Ian Etherton

Category of Governor:

Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

08/01/2020

Appointed/Elected by:

Co-opted by the Governing Body

Date term ended/stepped down:

31/08/2020

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

Chair of Governors

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

TBC

 

Steve Birt

Category of Governor:

Parent Governor

Date Appointed/Elected for a 4-year term:

TBC

Appointed/Elected by:

Co-opted by the Board of Governors

Date term ended/stepped down:

31/07/2020

Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities:

TBC

Other Relevant Information, including any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests:

TBC

 

 

GOVERNORS' ATTENDANCE DURING THE LAST 12 MONTHS

 

Full Governing Body Meetings
 01/07/2026/08/2023/09/2026/11/2002/02/2116/03/2127/04/2111/05/2115/06/21

Charles

Bamana

  

Elected

14/10/20

      

Steve

Birt

 

Resigned

31/07/20

       
Julie Carrick    

Resigned

17/12/20

    
Tim Cooper  

Term End

31/08/20

      
Sanjai Desai         

Sally

Dillon

         
Ian Etherton 

Resigned

31/07/20

       
Paul Gardiner  

 

      
Charlotte Hout  

Resigned 

21/09/20

      
Elaine Le Gros  

Appointed

01/09/20

          
Nadeem Siddiqui         
Clare Thomas    

Resigned

02/02/21

Associate Member

12/03/21

 

 
Fiona Womersley         

 

 

Curriculum &

Standards

Resources
 26/06/2001/07/2029/01/2112/03/2101/04/2107/05/21

Charles

Bamana

      

Steve

Birt

      
Julie Carrick      
Tim Cooper      
Sanjai Desai      

Sally

Dillon

      
Ian Etherton      
Paul Gardiner      
Charlotte Hout      
Elaine Le Gros      
Nadeem Siddiqui      
Clare Thomas      
Fiona Womersley      

 

 

KEY
     Present
 Absent with apologies
 Absent without apologies
 Not Applicable
 Extraordinary Meeting

 

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