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Who's Who?

Introducing the Auriol School Governors

Samantha Henry - Staff Governor

 
I was elected as staff governor in 2017 and feel privileged to be a governor at Auriol. At university, I studied Business and Psychology and then studied further to become a teacher. I have now been a teacher at Auriol for 3 years and loved every single day. I am particularly interested in Geography & Maths and thoroughly enjoyed leading International Week in 2016. 
 
I grew up in the Stoneleigh area and my dad used to attend the school when it was Stoneleigh West! It's a fantastic school with amazing staff and children. I am excited to be a part of the governing body and have lots of ideas to help drive the school forward and build on its success. 

Rita Fajobi - Co-opted Governor

A new addition to the Governing body of Auriol school in 2015 I am excited about my new Governor role. I am a career civil servant with over 20 years experience of working in diverse roles across Government. My background is in compliance and investigations and I have worked in HMRC as a Tax Specialist and currently as an Analyst. Although I have no direct experience in education I have been privileged to work closely with Universities and the National Mentoring Consortium as a Mentor helping students achieve their potential.

My personal contribution to Auriol school will be to assist in providing strong support to all staff and parents, to motivate and inspire students and commit to improving and raising standards of education. Finally I hope to meet as many parents, teachers and pupils as possible during my time as a Governor in Auriol School. 

 

Mandy McDowall - Headteacher

I started my teaching career in South Africa, before immigrating to England 17 years' ago. I have spent the majority of my teaching career in Surrey. Prior to joining Auriol, I worked as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for the Local Authority.
I have an avid love for mathematics and unashamedly take every opportunity to highlight the greatness of the subject. I passionately believe that all children can achieve success given the right learning environment and motivation to learn.

I have previously been a parent governor in a local school; I have therefore seen the vital role of the Governing Body from both a parent’s perspective as well as from the staff’s perspective. I feel very privileged to be part of the Governing Body at Auriol, as they provide both the challenge and support that is needed to ensure the best outcomes for the children. 

Karima Mould - Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

I have been passionately committed to improving outcomes for children and families and to inspiring a love of learning since I began my career as a teacher many years ago. I have loved every minute of my journey, from class teacher to deputy head and eventually headteacher of a primary school in Staines.  I retired in August 2015 with the firm intention of keeping in touch with education and utilising my skills to support the many talented teams I have had the privilege of working alongside.

As an ex headteacher I know what an important role school governors fulfil and I am looking forward to giving back something of the strength and support I have received from my governing bodies in the past. I know that the whole Auriol community shares a strong vision for achieving the very best possible for all children and I feel honoured to have the opportunity to be part of the team.

Dan Sims - Co-opted Governor

I have recently joined Auriol as a Governor in July 2014. I have worked in the educational publishing field for the last 10 years and am currently the national sales manager at Collins Learning.
There has been a huge amount of curriculum change over the last 10 years and I have worked closely with schools across the country to ensure that we create the best possible resources to help implement these changes.

In particular through my role, I have been able to develop my strategic and decision making skills and hope to utilise these skills in my role as Governor.
I am also a local resident and parent in Worcester Park and feel strongly that every child deserves the best education. I am excited and honoured to have joined the Governing body to help assist the school in its forward journey.   

Jeremy White - Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor at Auriol since September 2012.  Prior to that I worked in Education for nearly 40 years. During that time I experienced at first hand the importance of committed and supportive governors to the success of a school in meeting the needs and aspirations of its community. Currently I am a semi-retired Educational Consultant, having spent 32 years in secondary education including eight years as Headteacher of a large mixed secondary school in the Home Counties. 

I spent two years in education consultancy, supporting the initial rollout of the Academy programme, before spending a year each in the Ministry of Education in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and as an Education Management Advisor in Rwanda.  Recently I enjoyed a term as an interim Headteacher at a primary school in Surrey. 

Kate Messenbird - Co-opted Governor

I was a Parent Governor at Auriol for 4 years before becoming a Co-opted Governor in March 2017.  I am passionate that every child should be able to reach their full potential, and feel honoured to continue being part of the team offering both challenge and support to the school. Both my daughters have been lucky enough to attend Auriol and I feel privileged to be able to give my time in return.

My background is a 20 year career at Barclays Bank working in various roles and locations across London. I currently work in the Finance team of a large Surrey Primary school so very much get to experience education from all sides. 

 

Lorraine Giangregorio - Parent Governor

I have recently joined the governing body as a parent governor and am looking forward to the challenges being a governor brings. I have three children who have all been blessed with the Auriol touch!  My two youngest children are currently in years 5 and 6. They have all loved their time at the school and have each been given the opportunity by Auriol to enhance their skills. I believe it's now my turn to give something back back to the school.

In my previous life, pre children, I was a PA for the Managing Director of a multi-national financial software distributor. I gave up full time employment to raise my children in their early years. More recently, I worked briefly at The Mead as an LSA, a role I took a great deal of pride and pleasure in. 

Geoff Keam - Parent Governor
 

I joined the school as a parent governor so that I could help the school to continue delivering the quality education to our children that it is well known for.  I have 2 daughters who attend Auriol Junior School and from my wider family, there are another 4 children who also currently attend or who will do so in the future.  As a result, I really appreciate the importance that Auriol has to our local comunity.  I believe that a school needs to provide challenging educational experiences for each and every one of its students, and that it should do so in an enjoyable way.

As a chartered Principal Engineer working for a large engineering consultancy firm based in Epsom, my role involves leading teams across the UK to deliver innovative technical solutions to our clients.  I look forward to applying these same technical and leadership skills as a governor in order to help support the school and its Senior Leadership Team to deliver the successful outcomes we are striving for.

Anne Barry - Co-opted Governor 

I have enjoyed many years working in education, starting out as a teacher of mathematics in secondary schools.  My career included teaching in primary schools, a special school for children with moderate learning difficulties and several years as a teaching and learning consultant for mathematics in Surrey. I followed this with a return to teaching as a deputy head and then headteacher and over recent years I have worked as an independent consultant for teaching and learning in mathematics and as a leadership and management consultant.

I have always been passionate about providing children with the best possible opportunities for learning and I am honoured to be able to use my experience to support the strong community at Auriol School which so clearly have the outcomes for children at the centre of all they do. 

 

Governor Name Governor Category Term of Office Term of Office Appointing Body Areas of Responsibility

FGB Meeting Attendance

Sept 2015 - Sept 2016

    Start Expiry      
             
Miss Samantha Henry Staff 21/04/17 20/04/21 Elected   n/a
Miss Rita Fajobi Co-opted 15/4/15 14/04/19 FGB   7/9
Mrs Mandy McDowall Ex-officio 16/03/17 n/a -   7/9
Mrs Karima Mould Co-opted 23/6/15 23/06/19 FGB Chair of Governing Body 9/9
Mr Dan Sims Co-opted 9/6/14 08/06/18 FGB   7/9
Mr Jeremy White Co-opted 18/6/13 17/06/17 FGB co-Vice Chair of Governing Body 8/9
Mrs Kate Messenbird Co-opted 16/3/17 15/03/21 FGB    
Mrs Lorraine Giangregorio Parent 6/10/15 5/10/19 Elected co-Vice Chair of Governing Body 8/8

Mrs Anne

Barry

Co-opted 05/09/17 04/09/21 FGB    
Mr Geoff Keam  Parent 07/11/17 06/11/21 FGB    

Governors Who Have Left The Governing Body in the last 12 Months

Mr Raynon Furtado

Co-opted 15/04/15 19/01/18          
Ms Amy Atkins Staff 11/05/14 31/03/17      

   Governing Body Declared Business Interests 2017 - 2018

Governor Name Name of Organisation Nature of Business Nature of Interest
       
Miss Samantha Henry Auriol Junior School School Employed by BET as Teacher
Miss Rita Fajobi None    
Mrs Mandy McDowall Auriol Junior School School Employed by BET as  Headteacher
Mrs Karima Mould None    
Mr Dan Sims GL Education Assessment Provider Employed by GL Education
Mr Jeremy White None    
Mrs Kate Messenbird

The Howard

Partnership Trust

Multi Academy

Trust

Employed by THPT
Mrs Lorraine Giangregorio The Howard Partnership Trust Multi Academy Trust Employed by THPT as an LSA 

Mrs Anne 

Barry

KIDASHA

Babcock 4S

Charity

Education

Member

Associate

Mr Geoff Keam  None    
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