Governors - Pen Portraits

Richard Crook (Foundation Governor since February 2015)

Sue and I moved to Offenham in 2011 from Studley where we lived for 30 years. We have two children and one grandchild (we also have a dog, a cat and seven hens).
I was honoured to be invited to join the governing body and hope that I can make a significant contribution to the governance of Offenham CE First School over the coming years.
I am an architect and have been a sole practitioner for over 25 years working mainly on housing although I do specialise in historic buildings and I am the inspecting architect for five churches within the Diocese of Birmingham. I have also recently been involved in the renovation of Offenham Village Hall.
My interests include hill walking, sailing, ballroom dancing and classical music. I am an amateur musician and I play 1st violin in a local orchestra.  

Lisa Farmer (Parent Governor since November 2013 - elected Vice -chair October 2017)

My husband Marc and I moved into Offenham around the time of our first wedding anniversary, nine and a half years ago. We both settled to village life quite quickly - especially after all the drama of the huge flood that summer! Abigail, our eldest, was born a year later which brought me more into the life of the community and even more so when Aidan was born five years ago. Both of our children have now moved onto Middle School.

I have since become greatly involved with the church through a variety of roles; member of the PCC, Parish Representative (checking DBS applications and ensuring access to the appropriate training), CSO (Church Safeguarding Officer), Secretary to the ‘Friends of St Mary and St Milburgh who fundraise for our Church, member of the ‘Open The Book’ team and co-running the group B.A.G.S’s of Fun (originally a toddler group at the church and now an afterschool club).

I was elected as a Parent Governor just over two years ago and bring to the role my professional experience as a Primary School Teacher, a strong link with our Church as well as the voice of a devoted parent. I have experienced from both sides the importance of the partnership between the school and parents supporting a child through their education. I am a member of the Safeguarding and well-being Committee and Standards and Progress Committee.
I take pride in my role and consider myself to be proactive. I also take any opportunity to play a part in school life through regular Governor visits, listening to readers, delivering Open the Book assemblies, co-running B.A.G.S’s of Fun and helping out on school trips and special events.

My main hobby is running and I have no doubt you will have seen me jogging round the village and often kitted out in sports gear at school drop off!

Jayne Nicol (Headteacher appointed April 2016) 

I have had the privilege of spending most of my teaching careeer at Offenham CE First School and in April 2016 I was thrilled to be appointed to the role of Headteacher at this wonderful school.

Many visitors to our school comment on the warm welcome that they receive and the friendly atmosphere that exists in our school. We have a caring and committed staff who hold fast to the vision and values of our school. Our staff value all of our children and their families, and work very hard to give our children a rich and fulfilling school experience; helping them become the very best that they can be.

We are blessed to have an extended team of parent helpers and members of the wider community who come into school to support children's reading and language development, to lead Open the Book assemblies and after-school clubs. We have a very active and successful PTA and a greatly supportive Governing Body.

I am married to James who is a Secondary School Philosophy and Ethics teacher and we have a son Ethan, aged twelve. We enjoy spending time together - going to the theatre and cinema, camping, walking and cycling. I also enjoy playing the piano and singing. 

Laila Cielava (parent governor appointed September 2016)

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in September 2016. I am thankful to be a small part of the Offenham CE First School "family” that I can get to know the school better and make a small contribution to the governance of Offenham CE First School over the coming years.

I first came to the UK in March 2005 as a seasonal worker. I kept coming back seasonally for the next few years. I got married in 2009, and moved to Offenham permanently. I'm still working for the same farmer, but now I am full time, growing vegetables and fruits. I have a two wonderful children - a daughter in year six and a son who is in year two. I have loads of hobbies and interests. Some of them are knitting, crocheting, baking, gardening, puzzles and playing volleyball.

Rich Arthur (Parent Governor appointed September 2016 - elected chair October 2017) 

My daughter has recently left Offenham School  and my son is in Year four.

I joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in September 2016, and am privileged to be able to play a small part in helping Offenham C of E First School continue to maintain its very high standards in childcare and Education. I have seen at first hand through my daughter’s first two years at the school how welcoming it is and the outstanding support and opportunities it has to offer to its children, their families and the local community.

I have lived close by in Evesham for the past 19 years, save for my 3 years spent at University in Manchester, and have a very real awareness and understanding of the importance of the local communities in the surrounding villages, especially within Offenham.

I have experience working as a data analyst in legal, compliance and regulatory environments with a keen eye for detail and a “critical thinking” approach, which will hopefully stand me in good stead for whatever comes my way as a Parent Governor.

I enjoy my “down” time by spending time with my family and by exercising frequently. I can often be found in my running shoes pounding away for mile after mile in and around Evesham or taking in the stunning local countryside on offer in Worcestershire and our surrounding counties with a ride on my bike.

Andrew McGrann (parent governor since June 2018) 

I moved from Birmingham to Evesham to be with my girlfriend (she grew up in Offenham and went to Offenham First School when she was a child). We got married in 2010 and since then we have had two children who both go to Offenham First School. The reason I wanted to become a Governor was to help the school to continue its success.

I work as an Asset Recovery Manager for Close Brothers Brewery Rentals which takes me all over the country, I have been doing this job for almost nine years now.

I volunteer at Evesham RFC and I am the assistant backs coach for the senior teams. My hobbies include rugby, cycling, reading and shooting (.177 Target)

Steve Webb (parent governor since February 2020)

My wife Aimee and I moved to Offenham in 2006 and have played an active part in the local community since then.

We now have two daughters Darcey and Phoebe who both attend the school. Aimee is a member of the PTA and when asked if I would consider being a Governor I felt very honoured to be able to assist the school, children and the wider Offenham community.

I am a massive rugby fan and I enjoy playing cricket for Offenham, spending time with my girls and you will regularly see me walking round the village with our dog Freya.

I have been a Police Officer for over 20 years and will hopefully be able to bring my experiences and skills to the role of Governor and the wider Offenham community.

Alex Enstone (Governor since February 2020)

Both my son and daughter are at Offenham and they absolutely love it! As such I am honoured to be a governor and help the school with its continued success.
I am currently the Finance Manager for The Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon and have lived in Evesham for the past 7 years.
I love sport and am Chairman of a local football club. I still try and play football and cricket regularly, but my knees often remind me that this is a mistake!
 

Neil Le Tissier (Foundation Governor since November 2020)

Anne and I were both born and raised on the Channel Island of Guernsey and moved to the UK in 1999 for reasons of work. We have a married daughter and three grandsons, living in North Wales.

My career has included three different phases – first as a teacher and housemaster in a boarding grammar school, secondly as an accountant in the world of offshore trust and corporate management, and finally as a Baptist Minister. In 2016 I became a Regional Minister for the Baptists, and am now responsible for overseeing the Baptist Ministers and Churches in the West Midlands.

It was at that point in the summer of 2016 that Anne and I moved to Offenham, a place that we had come to know and love over the previous decade, having spent many holidays here. To relax, I enjoy hill-walking, fishing, golf, reading and D.I.Y.

I was pleased to be invited onto the governing body of this wonderful school as a Foundation Governor, and I shall endeavour to play a full and active part in supporting the excellent work that is going on here.Neil Le Tissier (Foundation Governor since November 2020)

Hollie Ree (Teacher Governor since January 2022)  

I am incredibly lucky to have taught at Offenham CE First school since qualifying as a teacher in 2015. I grew up local to Offenham and studied at the University of Gloucestershire. I love the small, family feel of our school and look forward to going to work each day.

I am very family orientated and feel very fortunate to have such wonderful family and friends. I live in Bidford-Upon-Avon with my partner Alexander and our very spoiled cat, Ronald. I love sport and have played football for most of my life. I have played for Evesham United Ladies, Droitwich Ladies and Worcester City Ladies. I am an avid user of the gym and worked part time in a gym during my time at university. My partner and I love going on long walks and indulging in delicious food.  

I have recently been appointed Maths lead and am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. As a new governor, I am excited to continue the well-established link between governors and staff, and to share my insight into daily life working at the school. 

Regular Committees:

Resourcing:

  • Richard Arthur 
  • Jayne Nicol
  • Angelika Newton - finance only - no voting rights
  • Richard Crook
  • Laila Cielava
  • Aex Enstone

Standards and Progress:

  • Lisa Farmer (Chair)
  • Hollie Ree
  • Jayne Nicol
  • Alex Enstone

(If required a member of teaching staff can be co-opted who is not a governor - they have no voting rights)