Membership of the Governing Body
2019 - 2020
Board Membership 2019-20
Our Board has thirteen members. Biographies for each Board Member are provided below. There is currently one vacancy on the Board. The Federation Headteacher sits as an Associate Member of the Board while two members of staff and two Parent Governors are elected to the Board. One Board Member is designated as a Local Authority Governor. The remaining seven members of the Board are co-opted on the basis of the skills and experience that they offer.
Ordinarily, Board Members serve for a term of four years, but Members can seek nomination for further terms. The Chair is elected annually by the Board at the start of the academic year; Sub-committees also elect their Chairs annually. Sub-committee Chairs serve as Vice-chairs of the Board.
Tony has been Chair of Bushey Primary Education Federation since its formation in September 2015. Prior to this he was Chair of the Governing Body at Bushey and Oxhey, having joined that Board in 2013. He is also a Trustee of Adoption UK. His younger son is in Year 6 at Bushey Manor while his older son has just started his GCSEs at a local secondary school, having attended both of the Federation’s schools.
Tony hails from Harlesden in North West London but moved to Bushey in the early 1990s. A teacher by profession, he now works as an independent consultant in the education sphere. His report, Who Governs Our Schools? Trends, Tensions and Opportunities (RSA, 2017), has made a significant contribution to the national debate about the changing nature of school governance. Tony is widely published and holds a Doctorate in Education from the UCL Institute of Education.
As Chair, Tony has a particular responsibility for ensuring that the Federation Headteacher, Mary Ann Cooper, is appropriately supported in her leadership of the Federation and our schools. As such, Tony is active across a number of the Board's sub-committees and working groups.
Mary Ann Cooper
Mary Ann celebrated 25 years in education last year. She has worked in schools and school support services in both Islington and Brent and has held a variety of roles and specialisms in areas such as EAL (English as an Additional Language) and Special Needs. She has also worked in International school settings in both the USA and in Italy.
Mary Ann completed her Masters degree many years ago with a focus on Inclusion and Multi-disciplinary Working and is passionate about ensuring that there is equity of opportunity for all children.
Having worked previously as Headteacher at Bushey and Oxhey Infant School, Mary Ann took up the post of Federation Headteacher, with lead responsibility across both schools in September 2019. Her role is to develop our vision and educational practices across one cohesive, federated school community. As Head, Mary Ann is active across the Board’s three Sub-committees and various working groups.
Mary Ann has taught the children of a previous Prime Minister and is looking forward to the day when she has taught an existing one!
Chair, Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee
Stephanie was a governor at Bushey and Oxhey Infant school between 2012 and 2015 and served as a founding member of the Federation Board between 2015 and 2018. After taking a break from governance twelve months ago, she has recently re-joined the Board, and Chairs the Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee..
Steph is an experienced Head of Art at a central London Teaching School. She is also a Specialist Leader of Education, working regularly to enhance Arts leadership in schools. In this role she has supported many Heads of Department in developing their curriculum, improving results and developing their leadership skills. As an experienced GCSE and A’ Level Moderator, she supports the Art moderation process alongside Heads of Department, developing their understanding of standardisation, and preparing for external moderation.
She is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Art and Design and has recently completed her MA in Art and Design in Education. Steph worked with a teaching colleague to create A Window to the World, an advocacy film about the importance of rigorously taught arts subjects. The film was recently shown at Tate Modern, as part of the Art Is conference.
Stephanie has two children, one currently in Year 3 at Bushey Manor; her eldest has passed through both Federation schools and has just started his GCSEs.
Chair, Finance and Resources Sub-Committee
Ian has lived locally most of his life and is passionate about the stewardship of the schools in the Federation. With Ian joining the Board of Governors and his eldest son starting at Bushey and Oxhey Infant school this year, four generations of his family who have now been involved in the two schools.
Professionally, Ian is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a Director of a “Big 4” accountancy firm and so brings considerable financial and analytic skills to the Board. He Chairs the Finance and Resources Sub-committee.
Socially he enjoys many sports although increasingly as a spectator rather than a participant!
Dan was originally elected as a Parent Governor to the Bushey Primary Education Federation in September 2015 having spent the previous two years as an elected Parent Governor at Bushey and Oxhey Infant School.
Dan is Director of Information Technology Services for the Girls’ Day School Trust, where he is responsible for delivering IT services to 17,000 students and 4,000 staff. Dan is also Chair of the Board of Trustees for the charity, Charity IT Leaders.
Brought up in North London, he moved to Oxhey Village in 2003 after living in London and Liverpool. Dan is father of two children, one in Year 5 and one in Year 6 at Bushey Manor. He lives with his wife and children in Oxhey Village.
Dan is very keen on ‘wild’ camping and often leads groups of children in camping adventures across the UK as part of Forest School Camps and Woodcraft Folk. In this context, he especially enjoys cooking for the children and their leaders on an open fire.
He is a member of the Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee and the Human Resources Sub-committee.
Alison first joined the Administration Team at Bushey and Oxhey Infant School in September 2012. Since then she has completed both Level 4 and Level 5 Diplomas in School Business Management. In February 2019 Alison became the HR and Finance Manager working across the Federation.
Alison is a qualified secondary Mathematics teacher and has taught in West London. She still tutors a small group of teenagers helping them to prepare for their GCSE Maths exam.
Alison joined the Federation Governing Board in September 2017, as the elected Staff Governor for Bushey and Oxhey, and serves on the Finance and Resources Committee. Prior to this she provided financial updates to the Board on the budgetary position at Bushey and Oxhey, and advised the infant school’s Board on financial reporting prior to the formation of the Federation,
James was elected to the Board as a Parent Governor in 2016 shortly after his son, who is now in Year 4 at Bushey Manor, became a pupil at Bushey and Oxhey.
James brings considerable governance experience to the Board, having previously served as Vice-chair at a Secondary School in Portsmouth and draws on the expertise developed in that role in his work with the Federation. During his time in Portsmouth, he served on the Board’s Pay Committee, took part in Discipline Hearings and contributed to the development of community partnerships.
James is a Police Inspector in the Metropolitan Police Service. His passion outside of work is running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award within the Air Cadets.
James is a member of the Finance and Resources Sub-committee; he is also the Board’s lead on child protection and safeguarding.
Chair, Human Resources Sub-committee
Eva is a mother of two girls in Year 5 and 6 at Bushey Manor. Originally born in Nigeria, Africa, she grew up in Leeds, lived in Spain for much of her adult life and has been a Bushey resident for the past 15 years. Eva joined the Federation because she is passionate to give back to her community and her children’s school environment. Previously, she was active in what is now Bushey Federation Friends, our parents’ association, holding a number of roles, including Chairperson, and joined the Board of Governors two years ago as an elected Parent Governor. She loves working with the staff, children and parental communities.
Professionally, Eva is a qualified Nursery Nurse, Life Coach and Nursery Nurse Trainer, but has worked for many years in Human Resources. She is People Operations Director for one of the G15 Housing Associations and draws on her extensive expertise in HR, gained in a range of corporate and third sector settings, as Chair of the Human Resources Sub-committee.
In her spare time, she is a chauffeur, cleaner and cook, and loves a good Netflix box set. She also enjoys a variety of sporting activities which are low impact on her joints.
Rory has been a governor at Bushey Primary Education Federation since December 2018. He has previously volunteered for the Family Action Group, as a committed member of the mentoring service team “Friendship Works”, and he has spent two years providing support and guidance for a vulnerable young person. He has lived in Bushey for the last six years and his partner is a teacher at a local school.
Rory currently works for Knight Frank within the Residential Property Sector and is an Estates Director. He has extensive knowledge of Facilities Management and Health and Safety legislation and is able to provide the Federation with comprehensive advice across these two areas. As such, he is a member of the Finance and Resources Sub-committee; he is also a member of the Human Relations Sub-committee..
Rory has a keen interest in the current education system and is eager to make a wider contribution to the local community and to Bushey Primary Education Federation.
This is Sarah's fourth year as a school governor and a member of the Board. She has two children, the eldest of which attended the Federation schools and is now in the Sixth form locally; the youngest is currently in Year 6 at Bushey Manor.
Sarah would describe herself as passionate about the health and welfare of children and has a particular aim to educate children in the Federation schools about cancer prevention from an early age. Sarah works in the NHS as a Matron and has a background in cancer care. Her role is both clinical and managerial and she is able to draw on this experience to benefit the Federation in her role on the Governing Board.
Sarah is a member of the Human Resources and the Finance and Resources Sub-committees. She also volunteers in school on a weekly basis, finding this both rewarding and insightful.
Helen has been a member of staff at Bushey and Oxhey Infant School for over twenty years. During this time, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Early Year Foundation Stage (Reception), and across Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), having completed her Specialist Teaching Assistant course at the University of Hertfordshire. More recently, with the formation of the Federation, she has taken on the role of Pastoral Lead across both the infant and junior schools.
Helen has been a staff governor for several years and is a member of the Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee. She is a qualified nurse and specialised in Oncology before leaving the profession to start her family. Helen has three children and two grandchildren.
Along with a friend, Helen ran a very successful local Brownie Pack which over the years included many of the pupils from Bushey Manor.
Maureen has enjoyed a long career in education and social care which has included teachers’ initial education and continuing professional development, training in all aspects of social care and, through a period with the Probation Service, working with those undertaking Community Service. She has an MA in Educational Management from the University of Hertfordshire.
As a Head of School for Health and Social Care at what is now West Herts College, Maureen had responsibility, across a range of local campuses, for teaching and learning, assessment, the organisation and verification of teaching practice, and curriculum development.
Across the course of her career, Maureen developed a special interest in assessment methods and undertook consultancy projects with this focus in Botswana, Kenya, India and New Zealand. Inspired by this experience, she subsequently researched and developed a number of teacher training manuals which were accredited and published.
As a member of the Board, Maureen draws on her extensive and wide-ranging professional experience to provide support for the good of the children, and their parents and carers, and the school community as a whole. Her experience in staff and curriculum development is invaluable to the Board and the Senior Leadership Team as both work in partnership to develop a vision of good educational practice across the Federation.
To this end, Maureen is a member of the Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee and the Human Resources Sub-committee.