Meet our LGB
DEREK SMART - CHAIR OF THE LGB
I started my business career in the retail food and catering supply industries throughout the South West and took this experience to the oil industry in London working with an American company.
A period of 10 years in this industry saw me working throughout the UK and Europe and was followed by a 10 year spell in the Confectionery industry working in sales, HR and logistics throughout the UK.
I returned to my beloved Somerset in 1995 and opened an Executive Search recruitment company and have managed this until the present time.
During the past 10 years I have worked voluntarily with the ‘Princes Trust’ and where most of my time has been spent helping disadvantaged young people to start a business as a sole trader and with the financial support of a trust loan or grant. I also assist with fund raising activities.
My first involvement in education started in 2000 when I was a Mentor to year 10 students through their final 2 year GCSE period in a secondary school and where I also became a governor and then ‘Chair’ of Governors until 2012.
I have been Chair of Governors at St James since the start of the 2013 school year.
I have been involved with St James Church School for 9 years, coming in to do assemblies and RE lessons in my previous role as a Children and Family Worker at the Baptist Church. After my little girl was born, I left my role at the church and started as a nursery nurse in our outstanding nursery here at St James'.
As a Christian and practitioner, I feel passionately that children should be supported in their spiritual development by encouraging them to think about life's bigger questions. I feel it is a privilege to be both a Governor and staff team member at St James, supporting the school as it provides a positive, fun and supportive learning environment for the pupils and their families.
I am happiest when the sun shines and I can sit out in my garden. I enjoy cooking, geocaching, days out with my family, and I love watching rugby.
I work as a Senior Healthcare Assistant at Musgrove Park Hospital and I have lived in Taunton for the last 24 years. I have 4 children and have had connections as a parent with St James Church School (formerly ABC) for the last 17 years. I have seen many changes throughout these years, both good and unfortunately, in the past, bad. I am really looking forward to being part of the exciting new changes for the better that are happening at St James and cant wait to get to grips with my role as parent governor.
My name is Sarah Lawrence and I am a stay at home mum. I have one child at the school and want them to have the best education that they can, it has been a while coming but with all the changes that have happened I think the school is well on the way. I feel that everyone within the school is giving their all and I would like to "do my bit". So once I get used to school jargon I might just be able to do that!
Duncan MacRae is Headteacher of Enmore Primary School, just west of Bridgwater. Enmore was one of the first primary schools to become an academy, opening in September 2011. Enmore made the move without a sponsor whilst retaining their Church of England status.
Duncan says: “I am delighted to sit on the Board of the Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust, and be a member of St James LGB as I am aware of the issues academy status presents for schools as well as the opportunities it affords.”
I work for a large Somerset training provider that offers Apprenticeships and qualifications for school support staff. As part of my role I regularly visit schools and nurseries across Somerset, supporting staff and managers with training. Through this role and being a Mum of 2 children, I am very interested in education and ensuring that children are offered every opportunity to reach their full potential. As a parent at St James, I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take on the role of Governor and I look forward to working with the board of Governors to ensure that the school continues to improve