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Governor Profiles

Mr Mark Hibbitt / Chair of Governors/ Parent Governor


I’m a Parent Governor, Chair of the Resources Committee and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. Both my children have enjoyed their time at the Academy - my youngest is still there.
I’m passionate about children from all backgrounds having access to quality education in an environment that is caring and safe. Therefore, I’m keen to help the Academy in any way I can to offer that to children in our local community.
I sit on the Resources committee, which deals with financial, HR and premises related issues. As a Chartered Financial Planner and owner of a local firm of Financial Advisers, I feel I can bring some of my professional experience to the committee.
During my time as a Governor, I have overseen the extension to the school hall, sat on panels to appoint members of the Senior Leadership Team and helped review and re-structure the Governing Body itself.
My wife and I have managed to pass on our love of sport to our children, so most of our spare time is taken up with football, swimming, netball, tennis and gymnastics. I also appreciate just how tough teaching can be – on Saturday mornings you’ll find me struggling to control 32 children in my role as a football coach at Rockleaze Rangers FC!

Business/Pecuniary Interests: Company Director - Financial Advisors

Term of office: 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2023

Mrs Jane Johnson/ Parent Governor

 I have a child in Year 3 and another starting in September. I have been a Parent Governor for over a year and in that time have sat on panels to appoint various members of staff and am now Chair of the Standards committee.

I was a Primary teacher for 14 years before having children and regularly help as a volunteer in my son's class. 

My experience in Education and having my own children has made me want to support the school to be the best it can be for each child.

Business/Pecuniary Interests: Nil

Term of office: 06/05/2017 - 30/04/2024

Richard Sloper /Deputy Head Teacher /Staff Governor

I am Deputy Head at the school having joined the staff in January 2017. I am extremely proud to be part of Westbury-on-Trym CE Primary Academy as we have an exceptional community of children, parents, staff and governors. We have a real family atmosphere and are a school that is going places.

I have been a teacher for over thirty years and have taught all ages across the primary age range. I have been a deputy head for around fifteen years in various schools. I am committed to making sure that all our children achieve the best that they can, feel that they have a real sense of belonging in the school and enjoy their time at our school. I sit on the Standards Committee, which has a real focus on making sure that all children achieve and make the best progress they can.

Away from school, I live with my wife, also a deputy head in a local school, and two sons who are both passionate about their chosen pathways and hope that all our children can find something they are passionate about too.

Business/Pecuniary Interests:  Nil

Term of office: 01/11/2018 - 31/10/2022

Father Andre Hart / Foundation Governor/ Vice Chair Ethos & Standards Committee

I moved to Westbury on Trym in 2002 and have been a governor of the school from that  time onwards, so I have seen the school grow and develop over that time. Both of our children came through the school and are now at university. I have served as a Foundation Governor through all this time with various portfolios as the Chair of Governors, Vice Chair and also Chair of the Ethos Committee and currently serve as Vice Chair of the Ethos Committee.  Being the vicar of the parish church I also have a pastoral responsibility in the school and have been keen to see the school deepen its Christian distinctiveness in every aspect of school life.

The past 17 years has seen much change in the world of education but at the heart of my commitment to the school has been to provide  an excellent education for all our children in the broadest sense possible, where they can make the most of every opportunity to grow and flourish academically, emotionally and spiritually. This has been my passion over these years. It has been a privilege to serve the school and community and will continue to do so.

Business/Pecuniary Interests:  Nil

Term of office: Ongoing, Ex-Officio

Mrs Verity Thomas/ Community Governor 

I have strong historic links with Westbury on Trym School as both of my maternal grandparents taught at the ‘Boys School’ during the First World War. In addition, I worked alongside my sister for 14 years of my 21 year teaching career at Westbury-On-Trym CofE Academy. 
Over the years, I worked for 4 different Headteachers and saw many changes in both personnel and the ‘fabric’ of the school. I worked with some incredible children, parents and colleagues and was the Teacher representative on the PTA for over 15 years. During my time on the Senior Leadership Team, I was involved in teacher recruitment, planning and reviewing the SDP and in working alongside governors and parents on the Promotions and Marketing group. 
As a resident of Westbury and a long-standing supporter of the school, I feel it is important to strengthen our Community links and reinforce one of the school’s Core Values in ‘Cherishing our Community’. With my past and current knowledge of the school, and the children, staff and parents within it, becoming a governor is one of the new challenges I have decided to undertake in my retirement. 

I officially became a Community governor in February 2019 and currently oversee SEND, Children in Care & Vulnerable pupils.

Business/Pecuniary Interests:  WOT supply teacher and Secretary of Eastman and Co. (Timber) Ltd.

Term of office: 25/02/2019 - 24/02/2023

 Kate Ball / Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in 2019 and I am currently serving on the Ethos Committee. My background is in higher education and my current role involves working with universities and colleges across England to develop strategies and approaches to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their students. My ambition for WOT Academy is to use my expertise and experience to promote wellbeing and mental health across the school, ensuring that all pupils are supported to thrive and succeed.

I currently have one child in year one and my other child will start in 2020

Business/Pecuniary Interests: Nil

Term of office: 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2023

Emily Farndon / Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Westbury on Trym CE Academy since September 2012. I love being a part of the school community as we are a close, caring and supportive ‘family’. 

I have been teaching for over 20 years and I have taught across, and enjoyed, both Key Stages throughout my career. I am passionate about knowing and understanding the ‘whole’ child and it is always a great pleasure to get to know so many wonderful and varied personalities each year. 

I am PSHE Lead and I enjoy working closely with my colleagues, and the children, to help ensure that we all feel valued, heard and cared for within our setting. 

I look forward to supporting the school even further within my role as Staff Governor.

Term of office: 02/12/2020 - 01/12/2024

Pamela Tchakounte / Equality & Diversity Lead Governor / Parent Governor

I have 2 children attending the school. I became a parent governor in May 2021 and am currently serving in the Resources Committee.  

I'm originally from Cameroon and also a Belgian national. My family and I moved to Bristol in 2015 and we've enjoyed living in the city so far.

My professional background is in Finance and Risk Management and I work as an actuary for a Banking Group.

My desire to impact children’s lives started in my youth years when I was serving as a Sunday school teacher in my local church. I am passionate about encouraging children to achieve their dreams, whatever their background or history as long as they believe in themselves and work hard.

I hope through my skills, my background and my personal experience to bring my contribution to help the school in achieving outstanding results.

Term of office: 01/05/2021 - 30/04/2024

Saral Maganji / Foundation Governor

I am new to the role of a foundation governor, having been invited to take on the role by Westbury Parish PCC. As taking on that role, I ensure that the school resonates with the objectives held by the Church of England. I myself have 2 daughters who are in year 11 at Montpellier High School which has allowed me to understand the impact of a school environment on a student. I gladly accepted the offer to become a governor due to wanting all children to thrive in a school environment and have an opportunity to input any ideas that can provide the school to help the children to strive for big goals. 

I work in a hospital as a theatre nurse which gets me involved with training and assessing aspiring nurses. In my free time I enjoy long walks with my family, making sure that my daughters especially value their time outdoors and with their family.

Other Governors who have served 2020-21

Mr David McGregor - Foundation Governor - 01/09/2018 - 31/08/2022

Mr Mike West - Foundation Governor - 30/10/2017 - 30/10/2021

Dr Tony Hoare - Foundation Governor - 01/09/2008 - 31/08/2021

Mr Francis Edwards - Parent Governor - 01/09/2016 - 31/08/2021

Mr Joe Littlejon - Parent Governor - 02/09/2017 - 31/08/2021

Mr Matthew Baker - Parent Governor - 03/01/2017 - 31/12/2020

Mr Paul Jenkins - Co-opted Governor - 01/09/2018 - 16/12/2020