Mr Robert Pollock (Chair of Governors) – Rob has been a governor at OBHS since 2012, and is currently Chair of Governors and Chair of the Business Committee. Formally, he was regional manager in a national company before taking on the role of Business Manager at a large secondary school in north Essex, where he served on the Leadership Team and as Staff Governor until his retirement in 2010.
Mrs Emma Beard (Member) – I joined the governing body as a Co-opted governor in September 2015 and am a member of the Business Committee. My career has largely been in HR and I have worked with company boards to improve effectiveness and raise governance standards. I am experienced in budget management and fund raising for non-for-profit organisations. As a keen sports person I will work to ensure that the school continues to offer a wide range of extra curricular activities.
OBHS is a community school focused on values which my family and I share. My aim is to support OBHS to deliver outstanding opportunities for academic and personal achievement; as well as supporting the aspirations and well-being of all pupils.
Mrs Emily Severn (Member) – I am a married mother of three. My son is at Old Buckenham High School and my girls are still at junior school. I work full time as a class teacher and Early Years Leader at Chapel Road Complex Needs School. I have lived in Norfolk for 9 years and before that in Nottinghamshire and Kent. As a governor at OBHS I am responsible for SEN-D and Pupil Premium and enjoy being able to help the school in this way.
Mrs Aphrodite Niggebrugge (Member) – A Geographer by background, I am used to looking at diverse, sometimes sensitive, sets of data as part of my job. My skills lie in interpreting, and representing this data in such a way that the results are clear and understandable. Hopefully this will prove useful during my tenure as Governor at OBHS.
My other skills lie in Public and Mental Health awareness, and my ongoing experience of having a child who is a pupil at the school.
As a local school OBHS has a lot to offer its pupils and community, and I look forward to helping the school be the best it can be.
Mr Jack Eves (Member) – I am a retired single parent, having previously worked in the road haulage industry. I live in Thetford with my son who is in Year 9 at OBHS. I am also a Governor at the Diamond Academy in Thetford and Vice-Chair of the Thetford Cluster of schools. I have lived in Norfolk for 19 years and find being a School Governor very rewarding.
I attended OBHS between 2000 and 2005, which I enjoyed, and I still live in the local area with my girlfriend and our two dogs.
I have a background of working in a Residential Special School as a Deputy Manager, and in my current role for Norfolk County Council I work in the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub. These roles have given me a good understanding of safeguarding within education, SEND, LAC and vulnerable children.
I am keen to support the school achieve and maintain its potential to best support the pupils and the community.
Mr Iain Trench (Member) – I have been a governor at the school since I retired earlier this year. During my teaching career I taught in four different secondary schools – in my last post I was curriculum deputy headteacher at a large comprehensive school in Ipswich. I currently have a daughter at OBHS. The school has so much to offer and I want to support staff and leadership in giving the best opportunities to young people.
Miss Tamar Irvine (Member) – I have experience of working as a governor in a primary school in North London for 9 years and on a temporary body to create a new Secondary school in Haringey and its subsequent governing body until I moved to Norfolk. I was parent Governor at Garboldisham for four years and now am very excited to be able to offer support to Old Buckenham High School as a governor. I am particularly passionate about inclusion and personalised learning and how schools can thrive as communities.
Mr Tom Hilton (Director of Raising Achievement and Curriculum Leader for Expressive Arts) – I took on the role of Staff Governor in October 2015 in addition to my main roles at the school. I have worked at the school since 2006 and have had a variety of responsible roles including NUT representative. I am keen to strengthen communications between Governors and staff, to raise the profile and reputation of the school within the wider community, and to make OBHS the school of choice for future students.