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Sidegate Local Governing Body

The Chair of Governors can be contacted by writing to: Mr Ed Dewson, Chair of Governors, c/o Sidegate Primary School, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich IP4 4JD.

Emails can be sent to: mail@sidegate.net

Clerk to Governors - Mrs Toni Cornish. 


Ed Dewson
Trust Governor
Chair of Governors

I was brought up in Suffolk and went to Ipswich School. I took a BSc in Music and Electronics at Keele University, followed by an M.A. in Composition.

I started his first business shortly afterwards and established a client list including Lotus Cars, the BBC, Virgin Atlantic and The British Red Cross. I have performed with my band, The SERIOUS Hat Band, all over the world, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Robbie Williams, Westlife and Ant and Dec.

In the mid 1990s I opened my first comedy club, voted by Time Out Magazine at “one of the best five Comedy Clubs in London”. This subsequently blossomed into the chain of clubs 'Roar With Laughter’ and in 2014 was sold to ZSL.

I continue to run my entertainment business and divide my time between Ipswich and London.

I have enjoyed working with the staff at Sidegate in my capacity as Arts Governor. Outside of the world of entertainment, I have an amateur interest in philosophy and modern foreign languages, and in my spare time I enjoy sailing on the Orwell and roller-skating with my children.

Appointed Chair of Governors September 2017


Business Interests to declare: None declared.





 Steve Wildon
Trust Governor
Vice-Chair of Governors


I joined the Governing Body 3 years ago and have really enjoyed serving the school and continue to be excited by the progress made in an ever changing environment .  


Professionally I have worked for Willis Towers Watson (a Global Insurance Broker) for 23 years working in a number of roles and hope my experience can continue to make a positive contribution towards the running of the school.


Appointed September 2017


Business Interests to declare: None declared.

Karen Wesley
Trust Governor 
Child Protection Governor

I have lived and worked in Suffolk for most of my life and I am currently employed as a School Financial Business Manager at two Suffolk Local Authority schools.  

Prior to this I worked in the School Finance Team of Suffolk County Council (Schools Choice) and provided financial support and advice to a number of schools and academies in Suffolk.

I believe that every child should be given the opportunities to reach their full potential and I am proud to be part of the school team as we continue to build on the positive progress made over the last three years.

Appointed November 2016


Business Interests to declare: 

Suffolk County Council Employee

Mary Hallett
Trust Governor


I am a chemistry teacher at Northgate High School, where I am also responsible for teacher training and professional development across the school.  I have been a governor at Northgate since 2008 and I sit on the Finance Committee of the governing body.

 

I am passionate about teaching and working with teachers to support them as they work with young people.  I am excited about being a part of Sidegate’s local governing body and I hope that I will be able to make a valuable contribution to the life of the school.


Appointed September 2017


Business Interests to declare: 

Northgate High School Employee.

 

 
 Tim O'Keefe
Parent Governor


Information to follow

Appointed November 2016


Business Interests to declare: 

Form to be completed.

 Natasha Moreno-Roberts
Parent Governor

I grew up in London and moved to Ipswich with my family in 2015. I graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science and also achieved an MA in International Relations and Development Studies.  I have lived and worked in various locations in the UK and overseas, including 2 years living in Venezuela.  I have worked in consultancy for most of my career, advising clients on strategic environmental management and sustainability and have also worked as a journalist and English teacher abroad.  I am currently employed as a Town Planner at Ipswich Borough Council.

 

I have two children at Sidegate school and have really enjoyed working with the staff at Sidegate since my appointment.  I am looking forward to continuing with my contribution as a Governor in order to build upon the school's recent successes and ensuring that all pupils have a great experience at the school.

 

Outside of work I spend time travelling (as much as possible), gardening, playing games with my children and learning Italian.

Appointed November 2016


Business Interests to declare: 

Form to be completed.

Danny Howden
Staff Governor

Having spent 10 years working as a Primary Teacher in various roles in the North West I joined the school in September 2013 and took on the role of staff governor later the same year. I am the school's lead for music and performing arts and hold a middle leader post with responsibility for the school's foundation curriculum. 

My teaching and leadership role means that my work in the school is varied and spans across the whole school, giving me a unique perspective as a governor. I believe a good primary school equips young people with the skills to be life long learners, it gives children learning experiences that they will remember forever and is a place where aspiration and expectation is high so that the best standards of achievement for all pupils can be reached. For me, in my role as a school leader and governor I am delighted to have the opportunity to be able to shape and influence the school's improvement strategy. 

I enjoy my work as a governor and see my role as a valuable conduit for bringing policy to practice. I am immensely proud of the improvements that Sidegate has made over the past two years, I am committed to the continued improvement of the school and excited about working with the Active Learning Trust in building the schools' capacity to improve in the future.

Appointed October 2014


Business Interests to declare: 

Employee of ALT.

 
  Wendy James
Headteacher

As the headteacher, I am automatically a member of the Governing Body. Before I became a headteacher I was a staff governor. I was also a parent governor at Suffolk One when my daughter was in the 6th Form.

I value the challenge and support that the Governing Body offers the school. Our governors bring a wide range of experience to the school and can bring a new perspective to our work. 

Appointed N/A


Business Interests to declare: 

Employee of ALT.




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Heather Valentine
Staff Governor


Appointed September 2017


Business Interests to declare: 

Employee of ALT.


 Ian Barker
Site Manager
Associate Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2011 as an associate member. My role at Sidegate is all premises related so I find it rewarding working alongside the governors to improve the school environment and keeping up to date with health & safety for all who use the premises.
I started working at Sidegate in 2000 and all of my primary education was undertaken here.

Appointed October 2014


Business Interests to declare: 

Employee of ALT.

 Matthew Ferrier
Deputy Head
Associate Governor

I joined the school in 2001 and before becoming Deputy Headteacher, was a class teacher in Years 1, 3 and 5. 

I have been an Associate Governor since 2011, helping to shape and facilitate the future direction of the school.

Whilst I am proud of the breadth and quality of learning opportunities that the school offers our pupils, I understand that the work of the Governors to build upon, improve and sustain this, remains a constant challenge. I am pleased to contribute to this process.

Appointed June 2014


Business Interests to declare: 

Employee of ALT.


Helen Quantrill
Business Manager
Associate Governor 

Information to follow.

Appointed October 2016


Business Interests to declare: 

Employee of ALT.