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Meet the Governors

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, school governors are members of a school’s Governing Body. They have responsibility for raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and acting as a critical friend. For details of our Governance arrangements, including specific roles and Committee attendance, please see the document "Governance Arrangements" in the Company Information section under the Key Information tab.

The Governing Body:

Governors appointed by the Trust:

Katrina Rodden (Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Educational Excellence Committee, Safer Recruitment Governor)

I’ve been a governor at Olney Infant Academy since 2010. I have worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors for many years, having a background in childcare and Early Years. I currently freelance as a grants assessor for a large national children’s charity and also for another national company who are contracted to help regulate childcare and Early Years education.
Jeremy Rawlings (Safeguarding Governor)
 

Steve Clark

I originally trained as an industrial chemist, but have spent the past 15 years in the health & safety sector. I originally joined the Governing Body of the school as an LEA appointment in 1996, the same year I was elected as a ward councillor for Olney on Milton Keynes Council. During my 12 years as a member of MKC my main interests were in planning and health scrutiny. I have been a member of the Town Council since 1992 and was elected Town Mayor in May 2011. In addition, I am the Chairman of Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the largest horse sanctuary in the UK.

Parent Governors:
Maria Tennant

I became Parent Governor at Olney Infant Academy in November 2015 and I am a member of the Personnel and Curriculum Committees. I am a freelance writer and communications consultant with several years’ experience working in PR and communications in the charity, university and healthcare sectors at a senior level. My experience includes external and internal communications, copywriting and public relations, and spans a wide range of projects and campaigns from science and health, to construction.

A research scientist by training, I also have research experience gained in both academia and industry following my PhD in Neuroscience. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and the Society of Biology.

Matthew Greaves (Chair of Resources Committee)

I’m the newest member of the school’s Governing Body, joining in November 2015 with Maria.

I work at a local University leading a team in the area of safety and accident investigation. This involves both the training of postgraduate students and conducting research. I’m a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

My daughter has just joined Year 2, and my son is due to start in Foundation next September.


Staff Governors:
Janet Linthwaite

I represent the staff on the governing body of OIA. I have been teaching for over 30 years with just a short break when I had my son.

I began my career teaching in a village school in Wingrave where I stayed for 5 years. I then moved to Wellsmead First School in Bletchley where I taught until 2004. That is when I began teaching here at Olney as a class teacher in Year 2 and then as Year Group Leader. I was then successful in my application for the Deputy Headship, a job I have been doing ever since. I have a number of responsibilities including Literacy and Music. I have also been a school based trainer for many years supporting many trainees in their quest to be teachers. OIA is a happy and caring school and I am delighted to be part of it.
Lesley Robinson
I have been a staff governor since 2006.  My role at Olney Infant Academy is Bursar.  This mainly involves school finances but I also get involved in the day to day running of the school office.  I joined Olney First School in 1998 initially as an Administrative Assistant.   Since then the school has changed to Olney Infant School and transferred to Academy status in June 2011. In 2017 we became part of the Inspiring Futures Through Learning Multi Academy Trust.  I have completed the Certificate in School Business Management and Financial Reporting for Academies qualification.  I am very proud of, and enjoy being part of, such a fantastic school.
Co-Opted Governors:
Andrew Mather

I am a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience within the commercial property industry providing dedicated, bespoke professional service to help investors, occupiers, developers and agents to get the most from their built assets and investments and creating the best possible outcome for my clients.  I am Managing Director of a national building and cost consultancy practice, specialising in technical due diligence, building refurbishment and new build, taking a particular interest in the logistics sector.

Karen Thorpe-Morgan

I have been a school Governor for 10 years, initially as a parent Governor and now as a co-opted Governor. I am married and a mother of three children all of whom have attended the school. My career has been in head office retail and my specialism is reverse flow logistics and distribution. I am currently working as a consultant in this area. I am an English graduate and hold a diploma in marketing. I am also a London Academy of music & dramatic arts graduate and a LAMDA qualified speech & drama teacher. In my spare time I am an active member of Newport & Olney Lions club and I have recently become a puppy socialiser for the Medical Detection Dogs organisation.

I enjoy being part of the team that continues to work hard to ensure the school is outstanding, not only as a place of learning, but also as the foundation of our children's values throughout their lifetime.


Principal (ex-officio governor):
Steve Dunning

I started teaching in 1982 and have taught all ages from Foundation to Year 4 in seven schools in Northampton and Milton Keynes. I have been headteacher of four of them including Olney Infant Academy; I started working here, when it was Olney First School, in 2001. The children, their families and all the staff are fabulous and Olney is a great community. 2017 is an exciting time as we are now a founding member of the Inspiring Futures Through Learning (IFTL) Multi Academy Trust. Quite simply, this is my dream job!

 


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