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The John Bentley School

An Outstanding Centre For Learning

Governor profiles

Nicky Brennan – Chair of Governors – Parent Governor 

I have been a Parent Governor at The John Bentley School since September 2013, with two children
at the school. Prior to this I was a Governor at Cherhill Primary school for eight years. My main
passion as a Governor is Teaching and Learning – it’s the foundation that drives the school forward
and is why I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. It might sound quite boring,
but I love analysing our performance and progress data which enables constructive challenge to the
senior leadership team. I am proud that our school offers a broad curriculum which supports all
learners within Calne and the surrounding area. We have an ambitious strategy which is entirely
achievable if our pupils, staff, parents, Governors and the Calne community work together.

My day job is as Head of Change and Transformation for Hitachi Capital. I'm responsible for
implementing IT and business change projects, often working with third party suppliers and
negotiating the regulatory landscape that exists within financial services. This keeps me busy, but
does give me lots of valuable experience that I can bring to bear in my governance role.
 

Carol Bell– Vice Chair of Governors
I became a parent Governor at The John Bentley School in 2010 when my two older children were at
the school. I was impressed by the warm, nurturing atmosphere and the teachers’ skill and expertise
in developing positive, working relationships with my children. The role gave me the opportunity to
find out more about the school and to contribute to the development of The John Bentley School
into an outstanding centre for learning. I believe that our local schools should be at the heart of our
vibrant community and that every child should have the best possible education. I have no doubt
that it is this education that will transform the lives of our children and ultimately the community
they live in.

As well as being a Governor I am a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant working with children
and young people in local schools and pre-schools. This work gives me an insight into what children
experience in school and how they deal with it.

I am the safeguarding link Governor. My role is to work with the school and champion the safety and
wellbeing of our children in school so that they are free to be happy and able to learn.

Jason Tudor - Principal
As Principal of The John Bentley School I attend all Governor Board meetings. Having been
appointed as Principal in April 2015 I have extensive experience of governance in my current role but
also from working as Assistant and Deputy Head Teacher over the last 12 years in other secondary
schools in the South West of England.

My area of expertise within education is related to the psychology of how children learn, the
structure and construction of effective curriculum models and the use of data analysis to inform
teaching and learning. Before taking up my post at JBS I delivered educational workshops and
speeches to audiences across the country on topics as diverse as the use of assessment in teaching
and learning to the design of new data systems for maximum classroom impact.

I believe that the JBS model of governance is one that supports school leaders in terms of devising a
whole school strategy for success, whilst at the same time holding school leaders to account for the
quality of education for the children of Calne and the surrounding villages.

Julie Braham – Parent Governor
I became a Parent Governor at John Bentley 2018 when my eldest child was in Year 7. It was clear to
me that John Bentley had already achieved something wonderful – a community school with
ambition, one that harnesses the potential of its pupils and sets the bar high for the quality of
teaching. I became a governor because I wanted to find a way to show my active, practical support
to the school as it goes from strength to strength.

I have worked in several industries in my career, mainly in the technical arena. I’ve spent the last ten
years working in financial services holding a range of leadership roles spanning IT governance,
enterprise risk management, data management and most recently implementing new banking
regulation.

Dr Carolyn Cameron – Parent Governor
I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2015 when my eldest daughter was in Year 9 and I now have
another child in the school, with a third to follow in 2020. I act as Link Governor for Pupil Premium
students and for Science. I am keen that The John Bentley School supports all children to achieve
their best and so enable them to pursue their chosen future path whether initially through further
study, or through employment.

I work at the University of the West of England as Academic Director for the Department of Health
and Social Sciences, where I have responsibility for the full student journey and for the quality and
external accreditation of our degree programmes. I continue to teach Pharmacology and
Neuroscience, plus I am invited as an external to have oversight of the quality of degrees and degree
apprenticeships at a number of other institutions.

In my spare time I still enjoy playing for Chippenham Ladies Hockey Club and take part in the
Community Orchestra at John Bentley School when I can, playing the French Horn.

Richard Carter – Parent Governor
I became a parent governor at The John Bentley School in May 2018. I currently have one child at
the school and have two children who will move up to the school in the next few years. I believe in
high-quality local schooling and am passionate about seeing John Bentley as the school of choice for
all of Calne and its surrounding villages. I am excited by the progress demonstrated at the school and
fully support the driven team of professionals that manage it. I have very little experience of
governance, having only previously been involved on a preschool committee. I am looking forward
to learning from the experienced governing body at JBS. I run my own business and, during the
development and growth of this, have developed skills in leadership, management and negotiation.

Jon Dodsworth – Parent Governor
With two children currently at John Bentley, and a third not far behind, I felt that it would be good to
support the school in any way I could. With that in mind I joined as a Governor in 2018. I am Link
Governor for IT, Facilities, Attendance and Behaviour.

I was formerly a student at JBS myself, as was my partner and my parents. The school gave me a
good start, allowing me to join the RAF as a pilot. After some years of service with many postings, I
returned to Calne as an IT and Robotics engineer covering the London area. I now work for a
government shared service centre as a senior IT architect, designing everything from wireless
solutions to entire datacentres. I’m also a qualified project and programme manager. I look forward
to assisting the school to excel in the coming years.

Mandy Gilder – Parent Governor
I became a parent governor in May 2018. My Daughter is currently in year 9.
I feel that John Bentley School is providing my Daughter with an excellent education and I am proud
to be a part of the school community ensuring that all pupils can expect to achieve to the very best
of their ability.

I worked in domiciliary care for 25 years at senior management level until 2016, since then I have
been a stay at home Mum. I am currently studying to be an Approved Driving Instructor.

Dalton Godwin – Parent Governor
I joined as a Governor at The John Bentley School late in 2016. I am passionate about supporting the
school to deliver quality education for my daughters, as well as all other students in the school.

I am a Lead Infrastructure IT Specialist, working for Nationwide Building Society for the last 4 years. I
have previously worked for a large secondary school in Swindon as an ‘ICT Network Manager’. I
therefore have a good understanding of the internal workings of a school, and the challenges they
face.

Douglas Harrington – Parent Governor
I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and have worked at number of national and international consulting
engineers since leaving University. I am currently the Lead Technical Authority and Head of
Profession for Civil Structure and Architecture of a large engineering organisation. I was elected as a
John Bentley School Parent Governor in the autumn of 2015. I became a Parent Governor as I
wanted to help JBS achieve the best educational outcomes for its pupils and my children.

Suzanne Jacobs – Parent Governor
I became a Parent Governor in 2015 when my daughter was in Year 10. I firmly believe that all
children should have access to as good and wide an education as is possible, and that this should be
available to them in their own community. I am proud to be able to contribute to the work of the
Governing Body in improving standards and the opportunities for all students at JBS.

After leaving university with a modern languages degree I was partner in an ocean sailing training
business based in Southampton for a number of years. I have worked at the University of Bath since
moving to Wiltshire and currently have a senior administrative role, with responsibilities relating to
quality assurance, academic governance and developments in learning and teaching.

Hugh Pilcher-Clayton, MBE – Chair of the Audit Committee, and Link Governor for the Creative Arts, Primary Liaison and the More Able.
I first became an elected parent governor in 1992, when my eldest child first started at the school. I
strongly believe in comprehensive education and wanted to support the school in providing high
quality teaching for all. I then became Chair of the Governing Body for a couple of years, before
leaving in 2002 when my youngest child finished at the school. I was invited to become a community
governor in 2010 and have served on the Governing Body since then.

I started working in H.M. Customs and Excise in Essex as a computer programmer, and then
transferred to the Science and Engineering Research Council in Swindon. My last role before
retirement was as Programme Manager for High End Computing.

I live in Calne and am a member of the Calne & Blackland Parochial Church Council. I am a keen
member of the Calne Community Orchestra, recently set up by the school, and the Compton Hall
Amateur Dramatic Society. I am also a governor for the Marden Vale Academy in Calne.

Penny Shaddick – Parent Governor
I moved to Yatesbury from East Devon with my family in June 2016 and became a Parent Governor
in October 2016. I work for a large company based in Berkshire as Head of Healthcare Partnerships
and specialise in strategic partnerships, leadership development and work on national health
projects within the NHS.

When choosing the secondary school for our daughter I was particularly impressed with the
leadership and staff commitment to the school along with the direction it was taking. We decided
that John Bentley was our school of choice and our daughter joined the year 7 intake in September
16. As a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee I am particularly excited about the new
school curriculum and the progress towards our ambitious targets.

Just like every other parent I want the very best for our children and for them to be happy, confident
children who can reach their full potential.

Lindsey Wallace – Clerk to the Governors
I have been the school’s Clerk to the Governors since 2003 and took on the additional role
of Company Secretary when the school became an Academy in 2011. During that period I
have worked with five Chairs of Governors and four Principals and have witnessed many
changes both within school and the broader education environment.

During the day I work as a School Business Manager in a village primary school near
Devizes. I have worked in school business management for over 20 years, working across a
number of primary schools in Wiltshire. I am currently a governor in two primary schools
with specific links to safeguarding, pupil premium and numeracy.

I am interested in all aspects of education and enjoy the opportunity of working in both
primary and secondary schools in a variety of different roles.