Co-Opted Governors

     Miss Tamar Irvine (Chairperson) Term of office: 3 October 2016 to 2 October 2020 – 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. 

Emma Beard 1     Mrs Emma Beard (Member) Term of office: 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2019 – 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.

E Beard     Mrs Emily Severn (Member) Term of office: 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2019 

Mr Alun Lane (Member) Term of office: 11 December 2017 to 10 December 2021


Parent Governors

Jack Eves 1     Mr Jack Eves (Vice-Chairperson) Term of office: 12 June 2015 to 13 June 2019 – 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.

 IT gov photo   Mr Iain Trench (Member) Term of office: 21 March 2016 to 20 March 2020 – 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.


Staff Governors

A Fell for staff directory    Mr Andrew Fell (Headteacher)

T Hilton    Mr Tom Hilton (Curriculum Leader for Expressive Arts) Term of office: 28 September 2015 to 27 September 2019 – 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.


Mr Christopher Perry-Yates


Declarations of Interest

Andrew Fell – None.

Emily Severn – None.

Emma Beard – Parent at school.

Iain Trench – AQA Examiner for A’ level Economics.

Jack Eves – Member of joint I. E. B. Diamond Academy and Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery. Chair of Thetford Cluster.

Tamar Irvine – None.

Tom Hilton – None.

Meeting Records

Governors meetings