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Mr Antony Smith- Chair of Governors

 

I joined Nimbus as an office junior 26 years ago and was made a main board Director in 1997.  During my early years I established the company’s sales and distribution network in the UK, then moved to New York to develop and implement a strategy for America and Asia. Having transferred to the companies Technology division I moved to Singapore in 1998 with my wife Kate to create the sales and after sales infrastructure for CD and DVD production systems in a region stretching from Australia to China and from India to Japan. We returned to the UK in May 2002 to develop commercial and day to day operational strategies for the Wyastone Business Park, Nimbus Disc & Print Service, along with the global sales for Nimbus Records, Lyrita, Saydisc, Hallé and other partner labels.

 

I enjoy holidays, cooking, Grand Prix, eating, rugby, opera, cats, tennis, Lego and karate. Most of my leisure time is happily taken up playing with or chauffeuring our 11 year old son and sleeping.

 

 

Mr Martin Price- Local Authority Governor

 

I am a former Parent Governor of the school, but became a LA Governor in 2015. I live in Osbaston with my family.

I work for a local engineering company who employ 90 people manufacturing waste processing equipment used in various industries, including hospitals and waste water treatment works, exporting to countries all over the world. Trained as a mechanical engineer in my current position as Chief Design Engineer I am a member of the company's senior management team. Within this role I am able to actively provide opportunities for school leavers via the apprenticeship scheme, the route which I attained my professional qualifications.

In my spare time I am an avid, although hopeless, mountain biker!

As part of the schools governing body I am an active member of a number of sub-committees. I am chairperson of the 'Science and Technology', 'Literature' and 'Publicity and Communications' and 'Health and Safety' Sub Committees and also a member of the Curriculum and Welsh Sub Committees.

 

 

Rev. David McGladdery- Foundation Governor

 

I am currently the Vicar of Monmouth, which means that I am responsible for the running of the five Anglican churches which make up The Monmouth Group of Parishes, and heading a team which cares for, collectively, the third largest congregation in the Diocese of Monmouth along with the wider community of the town.


Osbaston Infants and Junior Schools are within the parish of St Mary, the priory church, and so I am responsible for welcoming the school to their parish church twice a term and on significant occasions and for leading worship on a weekly basis in conjunction with our ministry team.


I was formerly a school chaplain at Monmouth School, where I also taught English and drama for 21 years.

 

 

Mrs Val Howells- Foundation Governor

 

Val Howells. Foundation Governor representing Monmouth Diocese.

I am now retired, but was Head of the Gwent  Specific Learning Difficulties Service. As a Bishop's Visitor for four primary schools in the Diocese I have continuing involvement with schools and young people. 

 

Since living in Osbaston my four children have attended the school and so my role as a parent gradually extended to become a parent governor, then to representing the Church within the school. I am Churchwarden at St Mary's Church and a member of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales.

 

Two days a week I care for my granddaughters, who are at Caerleon schools. My interests include travel, theatre and visits to places of interest. In this way I maintain a creative interest in the world around.  

 

Mr Ian Forbes- LA Governor

 

I am a recently retired headteacher, have been a school governor since 1983.
 
During my time as an educationalist I have been a class teacher (Pontnewynydd Primary School, Pontypool and Mount Pleasant Primary School, Newport), Deputy headteacher (Pontymoile Primary School, Pontypool), Primary Science Advisory Teacher working with Gwent's County Staff Development Unit and a headteacher of three primary schools namely (Wyesham Junior School, Monmouth, St Mary's Church in Wales VA Primary School, Brynmawr, St Joseph's RC Primary School, Tredegar)
 
I have been a member of number of local authority working parties in Gwent and in Blaenau Gwent producing handbooks, schools policies and other user friendly materials for headteachers, teachers and governors. Although retired I feel I have a great deal of experience, skills, enthusiasm and time that will benefit any primary school. I am very interested in developing even stronger links between Osbaston Primary School, St Mary's Parish Church and Monmouth Diocese

 

Mr Darrel Handley- Vice Chair of Governors

 

I  joined the Osbaston Team as a Parent Governor in May 2014.  I have responsibility as Link Governor for Training and am current Vice Chairperson.  I have a child at the school.  I work for the UK's largest manufacturer of electric space heating products and spend much of my time talking with clients in the Local Authority / Housing Association sector, encouraging them to consider best practice in their heating strategies.                                        

 

 My wife and I have encouraged our children to take as many opportunities as possible to get involved in a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and out of school activities.  This keeps us busy but extremely fulfilled.  In between I manage to keep myself fit through running and cycling, and trying to recover while watching the children at football, tennis and cricket.

 

 

Councillor Anthea Dewhurst- Town Council Governor

 

I have been a member of the governing body for many years and enjoy coming in to the school. I am an active member of Monmouth Town Fairtrade Forum and support the school in ensuring they maintain their Fairtrade status, through partnership with the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Shonagh Hay- Community Governor

 

I have a wealth of experience in both the Public and Private Sectors. I have been part of the senior management teams in some of the largest companies in the UK.

 

I have an extensive background in the Construction, Infrastructure and Support Services Industries, both in the Uk and internationally.

 

Although I am semi-retired, I am a Consultant at Amey Plc, working mainly in London. I am also a member of the Network of Capital Advisors at the Welsh Government and a Non-Executive Director on The Works Programme Management Board at Ebbw Vale.

 

I have been a member of the Senior Women in Public Leadership Group, which meets in the House of Lords for the last seven years.

 

I am a Community Governor at Osbaston Chruch in Wales School and Monmouth Comprehensive School. I was educated in Scotland and New Zealand and have two grown up children and four grandchildren. I now live in Osbaston and one of my grandchildren attend Osbaston Church in Wales School.

 

In my spare time I enjoy reading, art and music.

 

Michelle Griffiths - LA Governor

 

I live in Osbaston and have of two children, both currently in Foundation Phase at Osbaston CiW School. I have a keen interest in schooling and education.
 
I am an Advisor for Natural Resources Wales, working directly with Welsh Government advising on and implementing new regulations. My work involves working on strategy, policy and process implementation. My work in the Public Sector means that I am familiar with the need to challenge and improve processes and I hope to bring this experience to my role as a Governor to support the school in its continuous improvement by challenging in an appropriate way and champing good initiatives and success. 
 
I am a fluent Welsh speaker and therefore have a particular interest in Welsh Language, Literacy and Communications. Given that I work for Natural Resources Wales, I am particularly interested in the topics such as the environment. 

 

Mrs Cath Hughes Gardiner- Parent Governor

 

I am a parent Governor at Osbaston Church in Wales School. I have been in post for over six years at the school.  I am one of the Governors  who has responsibility for Child Protection issues within the school, and my role is to support staff with any issues regarding child safety.

 

 Within my role as School Liaison Officer with Gwent Police I visit the school on a regular basis and undertake lesson with all year groups on aspects of personal safety  and awareness.  I also help and support staff with any issues regarding  operational policing issues.

 

 I currently have one child at the school and three who have journeyed through the school and moved onto secondary educaiton.  When work commitments allow I try to support the school by helping out with cookery and visits and I have also supported the Eco Council in achieving some of their recent goals, and I can regularly be seen working on the toy stall at school fetes!

 

 

Mrs Clare Cooper- Teacher Governor

 

Hello, I am Clare Cooper, teacher governor. I teach Year 1 and have been at Osbaston since 1995. It's a  great school to work in with fantastic pupils!
 
Prior to this I taught for 5 years in Canterbury where I had completed my teacher training.
 
Outside school I enjoy singing and am a member of St Mary's Church Choir, Monmouth Choral Society and Monmouth Music Theatre which keeps me out of trouble!  I have always loved books and reading have to read every night no matter how late it is! I really enjoy sharing books and poetry with the children and take every opportunity to read in silly voices and hopefully spark a love for books in them.
 
I always try to look on the bright side of life and would describe myself as being warm, smiley, round and a little insane!

 

Mrs Sarah Rainbow-Evans- Support Staff Governor

 

I moved to Monmouth from Leeds, West Yorkshire in 2001 with my family; Stuart, my husband and Megan and George, our children.  At first, Megan and George attended Llandogo Primary School and then Monmouth Comprehensive School - Megan is now a junior Doctor and Georgre is training at Newcastle Medical School.  Since September 2002, I have worked in the office of Osbaston Infants' School, and since 2005, Osbaston CiW School.

 

As a family, we have thoroughly enjoyed living in the Wye Valley, being able to walk our dogs along the river, through the forests and along the trails of Offas Dyke.  My hobbies include travel, sailing, cooking and history.

 

Mrs Lyndsey Hope- Parent Governor

 

I was elected as a Parent Governor two years ago. I have a daughter in the school and have a keen interest in IT and technology.

 

Mrs Sarah Morrison- Foundation Governor

 

I was elected as Foundation Governor four years ago and have been an active member of the Governing Body. I currently have one child attending the school.

 

 

 

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