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Meet Our Local Committee Members

Local Committee Members 2018-19 and Pecuniary Interest Register

Julie Covill Chair of Local Committee  

I am a mum and an accountant who has now been a governor for eight years, previously at my children's primary school.

I am proud and excited to be involved with this school because it's making such a great difference to the children in this community.  The senior leaders are a committed and resourceful group who will not settle for second best for your children.  The school has developed a culture where success is likely because quality teaching and support is provided both in and out of the classroom, resilience is specifically nurtured and learning and achievement are celebrated. 

Type of Appointment: Chair, Trust Appointed
Date of Appointment: 17 Oct 2017 (4 Years)
Attendance Record (2017/18): 4 of 4
Business or Pecuniary Interest: Director, Bobby Lane Ltd, South London Gallery, Account Manager
Date Interest Acquired: TBC, 2018
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared

 

Philippa Bild Head of School

 
Type of Appointment:  Head of School
Date of Appointment: N/A
Attendance Record (2017/18): N/A
Business or Pecuniary Interest: None declared
Date Interest Acquired:
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None Declared

Ian Raitt - Trust Director & Vice Chair of Local Governing Body 

Born and educated in Scotland, I am a retired scientific civil servant.  My wife and I have lived in Bromley for over twenty five years and our two sons attended local schools. I believe strongly in the importance of good primary education and am pleased to play a part with the other governors in achieving this at St Mary Cray Primary Academy. I am the Safeguarding Governor for the school and I sit on the Achievement and Curriculum Committee.

I find the school always has a purposeful atmosphere. Children are challenged and encouraged to work hard so they have a firm foundation for their continuing education and future career. The ethos is one of nurture and support. Children are given lots of opportunities to see what life has to offer, and to develop their own personalities, self-respect and respect for others. They are articulate and always keen to tell you what they are doing.

Type of Appointment: Trust appointed
Date of Appointment:  19 March 2015 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017/18): 4 of 4
Business or Pecuniary Interest: None declared
Date Interest Acquired:
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared

 

Richard Higgins Parent Local Committee Member 

I have a daughter at St Mary Cray Primary Academy. I am committed to supporting the school in achieving high educational standards, whilst maintaining the happy and friendly atmosphere that exists. I volunteered to become a Parent Governor in September 2013.

Type of Appointment: Trust appointed
Date of Appointment: 1 October 2017 (4 years)
Attendance Record: (2017/18): 2 of 4
Business or Pecuniary Interest: None declared
Date Interest Acquired:
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared

 

Dr Colm Lonergan Local Committee Member  

My professional background is as an Educational and Child Psychologist. I can see the strong progress children at St. Mary Cray are achieving.

The quality of teaching has been consistently good and this is seen through the positive views children have expressed when we have asked their views. Teachers I recently met are all approachable and have high expectations for all the children. The school leaders are exceptionally hardworking and reflective, always looking for ways to improve their practice. Mr Lowing has driven high expectations for both pupils and staff and in my opinion, this is well reflected throughout the school at all levels. A real cuture of excellent outcomes for all children, whether that be academic or social is celebrated. I feel that St Mary Cray Primary Academy is aiming high to provide an excellent education for all its pupils and this is being reflected in the above national average results over the last few years. I am the SEN/D Governor for the school and I sit on the Achievement and Curriculum Committee

Type of Appointment: Trust appointed
Date of Appointment: 17 March 2016 (4 years)
Attendance Record(2017/18): 4 of 4
Business or Pecuniary Interest: Director, First Step Psychology
Date Interest Acquired: September 2015
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared

 

 Yvonne Bear Local Committee Member

A long career in community banking across London and the South East has given me commercial skills and experience which I hope to now use for the benefit of my local community. Passionate about the importance of education, I am delighted to be joining the successful team at St Mary Cray Primary Academy and helping the school go from strength to strength. I am also a Trustee of the Cray Valley Memorial Hall and have lived locally for 27 years.

Type of Appointment:  Trust appointed
Date of Appointment: 29 September 2017
Attendance Record (2017/18): 3 of 3
Business or Pecuniary Interest: Bromley Councillor, Governor Oxleas NHS Trust, Director Arbitray Ltd; Trustee Cray Valley Memorial Hall Trust, Director Arbiray Ltd, financial consultancy
Date Interest Acquired: May 2018, March 2013, 2013
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared

Yemi Gbajobi Parent  Local Committee Member Trust 

 

Type of Appointment: Trust Appointed
Date of Appointment: October 2017 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017/18): 2 of 3
Business or Pecuniary Interest: Director Forty Four Ninety Four;  Director University of East London Student Union Students’ Union (educational charity)
Date Interest Acquired: July 2017, July 2015
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared

Clare Smith Local Committee Member 

I'm a primary practitioner who also has experience of working across the age sectors due to my work as a PSHE Adviser. During my teaching career, I’ve developed a keen interest in the wellbeing of pupils in addition to focusing on achievement.

I’m particularly interested in the role of children’s literature to support children and teachers in tackling sensitive issues such as bereavement, relationships and health-related issues. As a teacher and a senior manager in primary schools, I instigated a changing pedagogy through a whole school approach to learning, with an emphasis on personalised learning and inclusion. I also promoted a view of schools being at the centre of their communities – and as such a key agency for the development of wellbeing for children, young people and their families

I hope that I can use some of the experience and skills I’ve developed to support the ongoing developments at St. Mary Cray Primary school and look forward to being an integral part of this community.

Type of Appointment: Trust Appointed
Date of Appointment: 18 October 2018 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017/18): N/A
Business or Pecuniary Interest: Co-Director, 3Di Associates education consultancy
Date Interest Acquired: November 2011
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared

Jamie Booth Local Committee Member  - Trust appointed

Type of Appointment: Trust Appointed
Date of Appointment: 30 October 2018 (4 years)
Attendance Record (2017/18): N/A
Business or Pecuniary Interest:
Date Interest Acquired:
Business Interests of close family members:
Gifts of Hospitality Received:

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Former Members

Kawan Patel Local Committee Member  - Trust appointed

Type of Appointment: Trust appointed
Date of Appointment: 12 July 2016 (4 years) Resigned 6th January 2018
Attendance Record (2017/18): 1 of 2
Business or Pecuniary Interest: None Declared
Date Interest Acquired:
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared

 Rev Jane Winter Local Committee Member  - Trust appointed

Type of Appointment: Trust appointed
Date of Appointment: 8th February 2017 (4 years) resigned 19 June 2018
Attendance Record (2017/18): 2 of 3
Business or Pecuniary Interest: Trustee Cray Valley Benefice; Governor St Paul's C of E School,  St Mary Cray
Date Interest Acquired:
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared

Jonathan Birke Local Committee Member Trust appointed

Type of Appointment: Trust appointed
Date of Appointment: 10th October 2017 (4 years) resigned 5th September 2018
Attendance Record (2017/18): 2 of 3
Business or Pecuniary Interest: None declared
Date Interest Acquired:
Business Interests of close family members: None Declared
Gifts of Hospitality Received: None declared