Vicky Howard – Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
My name is Vicky Howard and I have been parent governor at Walter since February 2018. My oldest daughter encouraged me to put myself forward as a governor when she became a school councillor at the start of Year 1– she was so excited to be involved and take on extra responsibilities that I decided I would follow in her footsteps! She has now left the school and my youngest daughter is in F2, so I’m starting my Walter journey all over again.
I have worked in the Higher Education sector since 2006 and in university academic quality assurance since 2010 – in particular, I work on Teaching and Learning policy development and collaborations with other institutions, both in the UK and overseas. In my governor role, I am chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and I have particular responsibility for the curriculum. I hope to draw upon experience from my ‘day job’ to be a critical friend to Walter in all aspects of its curriculum. I am very proud to be a governor at Walter and to be part of this amazing community.
My hobbies include languages, foreign travel, listening to podcasts and spinning.
My name is Fiona Prickett and I have been a co-opted governor at Walter Infant School and Nursery since September 2015. I had attended Governor Meetings, as an observer, for many years prior to this in my role as the Deputy Headteacher.
I have worked at Walter Infant School and Nursery since September 1996 and been the Deputy Headteacher for the majority of this time. I feel very proud and privileged to be part of such a successful team, working in a school that always puts the children first. As a member of the senior leadership team and as a governor, I get to share my knowledge and experience with people who are as committed as me in making our school the best it can be.
In my governor role I have particular responsibility for Health and Safety. I work very closely with the Headteacher, Site Controller and School Business Manager in ensuring we carry out all the relevant checks and follow correct procedures relating to all aspects of Health and Safety. I attend termly forums run by the local authority and report on Health and Safety at each full governing body meeting.
I have worked as a teacher and member of the Senior Leadership Team at Walter Infant School and Nursery since April 2017 and have recently taken on the role of Mental Health and Wellbeing leader at the school. I felt that I would like the opportunity to be more involved in the strategic planning of the school and that the role of Governor would allow me to do so. I was elected as a staff governor in July 2018.
Before working at Walter Infant School and Nursery, I lived in Manchester and worked at a Primary School in Wigan. During this time, I had the opportunity to teach year 1 and year 2 as well as lead the curriculum across the school.
I gained a BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS from Brunel University.
Outside of school, I am an animal lover and adore my cat Leonard. When I’m not teaching I take every opportunity to go to the theatre, spend time with my family and enjoy cooking and entertaining.
My name is Charlotte Kirkaldy and I was appointed as a co-opted Governor in September 2020. I grew up in Wokingham, and after 12 years of living and working in London, I moved back to the area 5 years ago. My daughter is currently in Year 2 at Walter Infant School and Nursery and we hope our son will attend in 2022.
I originally trained as a Broadcast Journalist but moved into Marketing & Advertising in the early 2000s. I now run my own business working with Agency Founders and Management Teams to set corporate goals and optimise business performance. I’m also part of several steering committees that seek out ways to improve diversity, inclusion and ethics in the advertising industry.
Stephen Kennedy - Chair of the Finance Committee
My name is Stephen Kennedy and I was appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2020. I am originally from the North West of England but moved down to Wokingham with a young family in 1993 to take up a new position with the company I worked for. I spent 30 years working in a wide range of management positions for a large Japanese optical equipment manufacturer, ending up as a board director. I then spent 5 years as the CEO of the UK subsidiary of an Italian medical diagnostic equipment manufacturer, before working as a Consultant helping small and medium size businesses to improve their performance and initiate change and development plans.
After deciding to take early retirement from full time work, I wanted to take on some voluntary roles where I could utilise my business skills to benefit the community in general and help people develop their potential. I am delighted that I will now be able to support the tremendous work done by those who educate our children and look forward to working alongside the governors and staff to give the children at Walter Infant School and Nursery the best start in life possible
Lara Panesar Beavis
My name is Lara and I am a mum of two girls, the eldest now thoroughly enjoying her time in F2.
I have been a parent governor since November 2020.
I’ve lived in Wokingham for nearly 10 years and am currently on a career break from my finance role at Deloitte. I chose to take some time out from my career to focus on the girls while they are young and to have a chance to be more involved with their education and the wider community.
I’m a Chartered Accountant and have worked with a range of businesses as well as some educational charities. I look forward to offering some useful financial insight to the school as well as supporting in any other way needed.
Declaration of interests
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