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.
I have worked voluntarily for a number of years 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.
KATH COLVILL - VICE CHAIR OF THE LGB
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.
LAUREN JEWHURST - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR
I have been involved with St James Church School for a number of 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 first little girl was born, I left my role at the church and started as a nursery nurse in the nursery 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 to have been a 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.
VASHTI SMIT - PARENT GOVERNOR
I’m Vashti, mother of 4, two of which go to St. James School. I am also married to the vicar of St. James Church.
Since our first visit to the school when we started working here, I knew I wanted to be more involved with the school in some way. Being governor is one of the many ways in which I can support the school’s children and staff.
SARAH STABBACK - PARENT GOVERNOR
I have worked within childcare services for over 15 years in various roles. I am very passionate about inclusion and ensuring every child and young person has the right opportunities to achieve their full potential. As a parent of St James’s Church School, I’m pleased to have the opportunity to work alongside the school's senior leadership team as a Parent Governor to offer advice, support, and constructive challenge.
SYLVIE BARTON - STAFF GOVERNOR
After teaching in Reception at St James for 7 years, I then moved to Amsterdam in 2019 to teach in an international school. This was a fantastic professional and personal experience and gave me a wealth of new knowledge as well as being an opportunity to explore a different country.
I then returned to the UK at Christmas and have started intervention teaching across the whole school. I was previously a governor at St James before leaving, so it is wonderful to see how the school has developed over the last 2 challenging years.
DUNCAN MACRAE - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR
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, making the move without a sponsor whilst retaining their Church of England status. Although Duncan is a former member of the St James Church School LGB, as a Trustee of the Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust, we are still able to call upon Duncan to offer his expertise at future meetings.
Duncan says: “I am delighted to sit on the Board of the Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust. I am aware of the issues academy status presents for schools as well as the opportunities it affords.”