The Bath And Wells Multi Academy Trust
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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 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.
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.
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.”
Hi everyone, I'm Les. I come from Poland but I've been living here in Taunton for almost four years now. I come from educational background. However, I spent most of my professional career in widely understood engineering environment. Currently, I work in a consulting company providing their services nationwide. I have a son who is a real volcano of energy and is always full of bright ideas. I have the pleasure of working with the Board of Governors here in St James Church School in Taunton.
I have been teaching at St James Church School for just over 5 years, and currently lead Early Years. I became a Governor in my NQT year to see a different perspective of school life, and I really enjoy working with our LGB members to monitor and drive school improvement. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, taking my dog out on long walks, camping and spending time in the countryside.
I have been in the educational world in different guises for over 25 years. I trained in Leeds and taught PE in secondary schools in Huddersfield, Leeds and Knaresborough before moving to the South West. Once down here I taught in Yeovil and Taunton as well as branching out when School Sports Partnerships were in place. I have had leadership, pastoral and whole school roles and was keen to help St James Church School continue to strive for excellence. Outside of school I sing in a choir, love my book group, but my passion for being active wins out. When not being a taxi driver to my children, I am a member of a netball and rounders team and love surfing, skiing, walking the dog, camping, running and doing HIIT sessions. I am never happier than when I am outside doing 'stuff'!
I was previously a teacher at St James Church School and have a long and eventful history with the school. I have two grown up children and I now live in Bristol with my partner. In the past, I worked in the travel industry but after having my children I spent 12 years working as a teaching assistant in both special and mainstream schools before training to be a teacher. I feel this maturity and experience of the different roles, including that of parent, enabled me to bring a different perspective to my teaching. I was one of the teaching team from September 2010 to July 2017 having started in a mixed Year 3/4 class, before spending 5 years in KS1 in both year 1 and year 2 before my last year with a Year 4 class.
Over the years, I have seen the school develop into an exciting, vibrant environment where every child and adult is valued and encouraged to be the best they can be. I now want to retain my links with the school community and do what I can to help it continue the focus on improvement and achievement for all the children.