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Bruce Gordon

I am currently Chair of the Governing body, a post I have held since the schools federated in 2015. Prior to that I was Chair of Governors at Cantley, from 2014 to 2015, and before that, Vice Chair from 2011 to 2014. I also served as Chair of Finance between 2011 and 2014. I currently sit on, and chair the School Performance Committee.

 

My background is in running and managing small businesses, specifically concentrating in the Historic Aviation sector. My children have attended Cantley school since 2007, and will do so for some years yet. I am extremely motivated by my work as a governor, and work hard to ensure that the children in our care are supported to the best of our abilities.

 

Jamie Nickerson

I am 55 years old, married to Ann, and have 2 daughters, Daisy and Florence, who both attended Horning Primary School. I was originally a Parent Governor, served as Chair of Governors and am now Vice-Chair of Cantley & Horning Schools Federation as a LA governor.

 

We moved to Horning from London 17 years ago, where I used to work in a bank, and took over, along with my brother the running of my grandmother’s farm, where we have established a small livestock and firewood business, keeping alpacas and rare-breed pigs. I have also an IT support business offering tuition and support for people in the local community.

 

I used to spend every holiday as a child in the area, and played cricket for Hoveton & Wroxham C.C., so it was not a difficult decision to move here when the opportunity arose, and continue my relationship with the community.

 

Hannah Flohr

I am a parent governor for the federation of Cantley & Horning Primary Schools. I have been a parent governor since 2013 and I also sit on the School Performance Committee. I have recently become the nominated governor for SEND and Pupil Premium.

 

I have 2 children currently at Horning Primary school, one in Year 6 and one in Year 2. I run our family business of holiday cottages, I have never worked in education but I am keen to be part of our growing schools and to help to build a positive learning environment for all the children.

 

Shaun Hamilton

My name is Shaun Hamilton and I am the Cantley Parent Governor of the recently constituted Cantley & Horning School Federation Governing Body.

 

I have five children; three of whom attend Cantley Primary School and hence I have an active and vested interest in the success of the Cantley & Horning Federation. 

By profession I am a Finance & Strategy Consultant at AVIVA. My professional expertise enables me to bring a wide ranging skillset to the Governing Body, especially as a member of the Finance & Staffing Sub Committee.


In my free time, much to my wife’s disdain I am passionate spectator (definitely retired participant) of ALL sports and a keen aquarist, with specialist interest in both Rift (Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganikya, Lake Victoria) & South American (Amazon, Rio Tapajos) Cichlids.

 

Annick Wrench

I am a co-opted governor for Cantley & Horning Schools Federation. I have been a co-opted governor since federation in September 2015 and prior to that a parent governor.  I am part of the Finance and Staffing committee with special responsibilities for Safeguarding, SEND and link governor for training.

I have 3 children aged from 7 to 29 which keep me busy.  I enjoy being part of the governing body providing challenge as a critical friend to ensure all children achieve the best they can whilst enjoying an enhanced and positive learning environment.

 

Liz Harris

My connection with Cantley Primary School began in 2007 when my daughter started in reception. My son started here in 2010 and in 2014 I became an Associate Governor and a Co-opted Governor in 2015.

 

My background is in architecture, I have been involved in school premises development for over 8 years;  my previous roles included been a Senior Architectural Consultant to the Department for Education and have delivered a number of strategic development projects with Norfolk County Council for both primary and secondary school sites. During my latest role at Parsons & Whittley Architects, I have been focusing on community development and energy efficient design.

 

Coming from a creative background, I am keen to encourage creativity and run an annual Innovation Prize Workshop at a primary school in Liverpool. I have also worked with several Norfolk schools (Cantley included, to create a published story book written by primary school children as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival of Architecture.

 

My passion lies in education, understanding the relationship between spaces and learning experiences. I am committed to help make learning environments exciting. As an architect, the skills I bring to the Governing Body include a wide range of building expertise, strategic development and project management.

 

Wasantha Darshana

I have recently joined the governing body as a co-opted governor. I am a successful business executive with over 18 years of experience, including general management, marketing, public relations, information technology, operations management, business development, accounting, strategy and training in mid to large size organisations.

Hold an impressive track record of implementing business transformation, managing highly skilled professionals, and leading team innovation.

 

Currently the Group IT, Marketing and PR Director at leading UK healthcare service provider Kingsley Healthcare Group.

 

Hold executive and non-executive directorships at several other organisations that are engaged in business process outsourcing, travel, aviation, management consulting, capital investment and charitable causes.

 

Prior to Kingsley, worked as the Business Development Officer at Advantage Technologies in Sri Lanka, a joint venture between Abans Group and Nellito Systems in India and a strategic partnership with TATA Consultancy Services (TCS), one of the world's leading Information Technology consulting services and Business Process outsourcing organisation.

Previously served in key leadership and training roles at Informatics Information systems, Millennium Academy of Information Technology and OISCA International.

 

Worked with People’s Bank of Sri Lanka and Ministry of Commerce and Consumer Affairs in Sri Lanka as an associate consultant on Information Technology matters.

 

Specialities: Corporate Governance, Business Operations, Public Relations, Information Assurance, Business Continuity Planning, Product Development, Branding, Digital Marketing and Strategy.

Andy McLennan

I was formerly educated in Ludham and Stalham. Now as a father of two I share a keen interest in the management and enhancement of Norfolk's schools. I've lived and worked in 3 continents experiencing diverse cultures, environments and people.

 

Professionally I'm a marketer that works with some of the largest financial services organisations in the world. This gives me insight and experience in listening, believing and acting upon the voice of communities to inform sustainable development.

 

Outside of work you'll find me driving along Norfolk's lanes in cars from my families’ classic car business or running along Norfolk's footpaths and tracks to battle the ageing bulge that occurs in middle age.  

Adam Parkhouse

My name is Adam Parkhouse, and I am a Key Stage 2 teacher at the school, currently working with Upper Key Stage 2. I trained to be a teacher in 2008 at UEA, after a couple of years teaching abroad in Austria and China. I thoroughly enjoy working at Cantley, and am very proud to have worked here with a fantastic group of enthusiastic children. We have the freedom to be very creative as teachers, and this in turn is greatly appreciated by the pupils.

 

I joined the Governing body in September 2015 as staff governor for the federation. Having been at the school since 2009, I know the school and staff really well. As one of the senior teachers, it has been a useful experience to be on the governing body. It has allowed me to appreciate the work that they do to help the school run efficiently and head in the direction we want to go.  

 

I am also on the school performance committee, which reports on pupil progress and attainment.

 

Chris Aitken

I have been Headteacher of the Federation since September 2015. Previously I was a KS2 teacher and Senior Teacher at Cantley.

 

I am extremely optimistic and ambitious about moving the schools and federation forward and developing further the excellent practice taking place in both schools.  I passionately believe small schools are an invaluable part of our education system and I am excited about the opportunity we have to showcase this both in county and nationally in the coming years.

 


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