My name is Zoe Hepplewhite and I have been a co-opted Governor at Willow Fields Primary School since 2015. At present I am on the School Improvement Committee and link Governor for Maths. I have worked in the Further Education sector for almost 20 years delivering various ICT, maths and English courses in the community as well as being a NVQ assessor for Business Admin. Prior to this I worked for Sunderland City Council. I look forward to working with the Head teacher and staff to continue moving the School forward.
Iain Kay has 33 years experience as a Governor across 10 schools in the city – primary, secondary and special. He is currently also an LEA Governor on the KS1 PRU. He was invited to join the governing body here in November 2018.
Between 1987 and 2012 he was involved a regional Education Business Partnership that assisted schools to make better links with industry and the world of work.
He has managed his own consultancy businesses since 1995 and is involved in areas such as supporting small business development, improving child mental health, working with homeless individual and those recovering from drug and alcohol misuse as well as supporting community and voluntary groups across the region.
After retiring from a relatively successful career in first the manufacturing industry and then the financial services sector, I believe I can use my skills and experience to support Willowfield School in its efforts to help children achieve their aspirations and be the best that they can be. I am currently Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Willowfields Finance, Risk Management, Premises and Personnel Committee. I have several decades of management experience behind me, including working with national regulatory bodies and managing large and complex projects, and I have good negotiation, communication and analytical skills. My background includes particular experience in operational, financial and people management, and I aim to use that knowledge and expertise to help Willowfields set – and meet – aims and objectives in line with national policy, and make the best possible use of resources to the benefit of its children. I believe very strongly that every child has the right to a good education, and one that will underpin their long-term success and happiness, and I would like to play a small part in helping that become a reality for every child in our society.