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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 three grandchildren.
I was honoured to be invited to join the governing body and hope that I have made and continue to make a significant contribution to the governance of Offenham CE First School.
I am an architect and have been a sole practitioner for over 30 years working mainly on housing, although I do specialise in historic buildings and I am the inspecting architect for four churches within the Diocese of Birmingham. I have also 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.

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 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. We enjoy spending time together - going to the theatre and cinema, camping, walking and cycling. I also enjoy playing the piano and singing. 

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

I joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in September 2016 and was privileged to be elected Chair just over a year later. I feel very lucky 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.

My two children both started their school life at Offenham before moving on to Middle School and therefore I have seen first hand how welcoming the school is and the outstanding support and opportunities it has to offer to its children, their families and the local community.

I have lived in the Evesham area since 1995 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 an Analytical team manager and practitioner across legal, compliance and regulatory environments with a keen eye for detail and a “critical thinking” approach, which hopefully stands me in good stead for my role as a Governor.

I love to spend any spare time I have with my family and also by running and cycling in and around our stunning Cotswold countryside

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 a self employed gardener and have lived in Evesham since 2013.

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 Johnson (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 extremely family orientated and am fortunate to have such wonderful family and friends. I live in Bidford-Upon-Avon with my husband, Alex, and our very spoilt cat, Ronald. My husband and I love to travel, go on long walks and indulge in delicious food.

My role within the school is Avon class teacher (reception and year one) as well as EYFS and Maths lead. As staff 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.

Martin Corck (Foundation Governor since November 2022)

Appointed as a Governor in 2022, I guess I represent the Grandparent community, as I sometimes pick up or drop off our Grandson Jacob at this delightful school. Recently retired, I hope I can bring many years of experience as a teacher, business owner and Board member to a number of public bodies into play for the benefit of Offenham School and its pupils. Much of my working life has revolved around sport and physical activity for young people.

I passionately believe in equipping every child to be best that they can and to celebrate their individualism. The world around us can be challenging, and it is our responsibility as adults to help this next generation to fulfil their potential. I am proud to provide Governor support in the subjects of PE and Modern Foreign Languages, and in any other areas of school life where I am able to make a positive difference. Always happy to chat at the school gates.


Martin Penny (Foundation Governor since January 2024)

Claire and I moved to Offenham in 2006 when I took up the role of Principal at Stratford upon Avon College and we have lived in the village ever since.

I retired in December 2022 having spent the last 30 years of my career in Education holding CEO, Principal and (briefly) Head Teacher roles.

I am also a fully qualified accountant and currently a member of the Audit Committee of the Diocesan Board of Finance.

In terms of my spare time, I am a member of the bell-ringing team at Offenham Church, I read with pupils at the school on a weekly basis, and you may well see me walking our dogs (all rescues) around the village.

I wanted to stay involved in education after retirement and I am really pleased to be a member of the school board where I hope I can lend my skills and experience to help develop all the young people at the school.