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.
Caroline IkinCo-opted - Vice Chair of Governors
I took up my role as Parent Governor in 2012 when my children were in Reception. They have now moved on to secondary school and I have continued on the governing body as a Co-opted Governor, chairing the Curriculum and Learning Committee and working on the schoolís Travel Plan. Following a MA in History of Art and English at the University of Aberdeen, I trained as a museum curator and worked in national and local authority museums in Edinburgh and Liverpool before taking up a role with the National Trust in Yorkshire. I was lured south to work for the NT first at Polesden Lacey then at Ham House, where I was House and Collections Manager. During this time, I studied part-time for a MA in Garden History at Birkbeck College, which led me into a career as a freelance writer after my children were born, publishing three books on nineteenth-century gardens, lecturing, and writing articles and reviews. I then took up a part-time position with the Gardens Trust, working to protect historic designed landscapes, before being awarded a Vice Chancellorís scholarship to study for a PhD in English Literature. I have lived in Handcross for twelve years and in this time have seen the school grow in size and reputation. It is a privilege to be part of the school community, sharing in the challenges and successes, and striving to enhance the learning experiences of each and every child.
Lin StockwellLA Governor
In 2015 I was elected as a Councillor in High Weald ward for Mid Sussex District Council. Here I am Chairman of the Leader, Resources and Economic Growth scrutiny committee and also serve on the Audit committee. Additionally I am the Armed Forces Community Covenant Champion for Mid Sussex. Before retirement I worked for Lloyds Banking Group in Credit Risk Finance, specialising in bad debt on the unsecured lending book. I live in Scaynes Hill and have one adult son who is an accountant. After my election I asked if I could become a Local Authority School Governor and was offered a number of school to which I could apply. I very much liked Handcross Primary School and, following a visit, submitted my application. Luckily for me I was accepted and now serve on the Finance Committee and the Children and Learning committee. While I have no previous experience of being a governor I hope I bring a wealth of other skills that will enable me to make a success of this role and serve the school to the best of my ability.
Stephen LaingCo-opted Governor
I was appointed a co-opted Governor for the school in July 2015, and am a member of the finance and premises subcommittees with particular oversight of health and safety. My back ground was originally in international insurance, and now I run a software company in Sussex working closely with school administrators in the field of asset registers, and accredited by the National Association of School Business Management. My interests include classical music, wine, wood working, travelling in Asia, and supporting Newcastle United Football Club. I moved to Cuckfield in 1988 and now live near Warninglid. It is very gratifying to be associated with Handcross and the high standard of care it provides to all children in the school.
Elaine DuarteCo-opted Governor
When I retired from teaching I wanted to stay in touch with education in some way, so I found Handcross Primary through a volunteering website. I was delighted that the school co-opted me as a governor and am part of the Finance and Staffing as well as Children and Learning Committees.
I have watched the school grow over the last eight years, and feel very proud of what they have achieved. Most of all I enjoy coming in to watch occasional lessons or to talk to some children. My qualifications include an MA in Education and NPQH, I speak French and Spanish and am enjoying travelling and lifelong learning in my retirement.
Gareth ParkerParent Governor
My name is Gareth Parker and I am the father of Florence Parker in Caterpillars. I became a Parent Governor last academic year although I have been a teacher for 10 years and I am currently an Associate Headteacher for GLF Schools, a large Multi-Academy Trust based in the South East. My job allows me a clear insight into the strategic planning needed to both maintain and drive forward to high standards in the primary sector. I have also been a Teacher Governor at previous schools and this combined with my experience as a senior leader in many primary schools allows me contribute to our governing body with a clear strategic vision.
Whilst my experience as a teacher is important and clearly useful, my main motivation is to ensure that Handcross Primary School is a fantastic place for our children to go to each day. Nothing is more important to me than my daughter and I will continue to work hard to ensure that Handcross remains a safe, happy and supportive place where children who try their best are celebrated, where talent is nurtured and where life-long friendships are formed.
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.
Please contact the school if you are interested in this role.