Lt Col Dominic Moorhouse, CEng IMechE QTS REMECo-opted - Chair of Governors
Lt Col Dominic Moorhouse, CEng IMechE QTS REME
I was co-opted onto the Governing Body of Handcross Primary School in July 2018 and became Chair at the same time. Whilst I am also a parent of a child at the School, I have volunteered as a co-opted Governor as I am committed to supporting Handcross Primary for the long term. I hope that I have a lot to offer! I’m a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and served for 20 years as a regular army officer in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers. I still have a part time commitment as a REME Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves; and I am a Health & Safety Consultant. Following Army service I joined Metrobus as the Engineering Director, before retraining as a secondary science (physics) teacher - I taught for 5 years in a local specialist school for disadvantaged boys near Horsham. I am committed to ensuring that our children have the best learning experience possible during their time at Handcross Primary, so as to be as fully prepared for their future as possible. The school is in a great place, primed and ready to progress to the next level of excellence - working together hopefully we can help it continue to grow and prosper.
Victoria AbbottParent Governor
I am a mother to two children at Handcross Primary School; Bella in year 4 and Harriet in year 1 and we hope that Matthew will also be allocated a place in January and start in reception in September 2020. Having also lived in the village for 12 years I have a clear understanding of the position this educational establishment has on shaping our children’s future and the future of our local community.
I am a paediatric nurse by profession, initially specialising in children’s emergency medicine and later, taking on further MSc study for my current role as Nurse Consultant for Safeguarding.
I have been a member of the PTA since it started in October 2018 and have helped support the varied fundraising events run in its first year.
I am also involved in the Handcross Community Preschool as one of the four Trustees required as part of the Charities Commission.
I consider myself to be a lively, approachable person with a good sense of humour, and given that I will soon (hopefully) have three children at the school feel it is a timely opportunity to ‘give something back’ to the primary school which has given my children so much.
Kevin GordonParent Governor
I was elected as a Parent Governor for the second time in December 2017. My son Joseph is in Kestrels and I was previously a governor from 2008 to 2012 when my older son Elliot first started at the school. I have lived in Pease Pottage for over 20 years and before that in Crawley for most of my life. I am married to Rachel, a psychiatric nurse. I am a trustee of Broadfield Community Centre and Broadfield Christian Fellowship and heavily involved in the running of both. I also volunteer with the Easter Team, which supports homeless and disadvantaged people in Crawley. Following my graduation from Loughborough University I worked in IT in London for many years and now have a small business specialising in website hosting and design and computer maintenance. I love music and enjoy singing and playing the guitar. I am keen to play a part in helping to maintain and improve standards at this excellent school.
Kim BeasleyCo-opted Governor
This is my first position as a school governor. Two of my grandchildren, Imogen and Sophia Beasley both attend the school which they enjoy very much. I have lived in Handcross for five years and prior to this I lived in Caterham in Surrey and numerous other countries around the world whilst serving in the armed forces.
I am married to Serena who is a head teacher in a Surrey junior school and we have two married children and five grandchildren as well as a dog called Benji. I am currently the business director of a large national security group of companies and have also spent time as a board director of a charitable organisation. I enjoy playing a number of sports, particularly golf and love to travel whether in the UK or abroad. Family is a very important part of my life and the ongoing education of all my grandchildren.
I am very keen and determined to do all that I can to help the school maintain the results and ethos already achieved as well as improve on in the future.
Henry BrennanCo-opted Governor
Carly WilkinsonCo-Opted Governor
In July 2019 I was co-opted onto the Governing Body of Handcross Primary School, I live locally and have a commitment to supporting the local community and believe each and every child should have access to the very best. Currently, I am the Programme Manager for a national education charity, Speakers for Schools, which supports state secondary schools and colleges across the UK. Having previously worked in programme management and conferencing for over 5 years, I have a wealth of experience working with world-class clients, speakers and suppliers in both the public and private sector. It is an honour to join the Governing Body and use my skills and experiences to help shape the future of Handcross Primary School and ensure each and every child has a strong foundation to support them in their future.
LA GovernorSchool governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They do not need to be education experts or have formal qualifications.
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Mrs C StoneStaff Governor
Mrs C Stone
This is Mrs Stone's second term as Staff Governor. She currently teaches Year 6. She is also the Deputy Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & Prevent Lead Deputy. Mrs Stone has been teaching at Handcross Primary for over 7 years.