DDAT Annual Reports and Accounts 2019
Meet the Governors
Simon McBeth - Chair of Governors
I am proud to have served as a governor for St Laurence since 2017. Previously I have served as a governor at 4 different schools in the last 15 years and am passionate about governance, especially in church schools. It is an honour to see the tremendous amount of hard work and commitment from all staff in their efforts to make St Laurence as good as it can be.
Away from St. Laurence, I am a headteacher at an inner city primary school in Derby. I am married, have 3 children to fill my spare time and enjoy watching and playing Football, with Newcastle United being my team. My primary passion is music and it is my life’s work to ensure I own as many records and CDs as it is possible to fit in my spare room.
I have been a governor since February 2015, although I have enjoyed being a governor at other local schools in the past. The role involves supporting staff and volunteers as they work with pupils in this wonderful church school, this is a privilege.
I trained as a teacher and taught for many years in a church school in Nottingham, but am now a qualified youth worker and safeguarding trainer, I also volunteer at St Laurence’s open youth club as often as I can. Hobbies include following Nottingham Forest and on a happier note I am actively involved in amateur dramatics with Long Eaton Operatic Society and The Arcade Players.
I was appointed as a foundation governor at the end of 2016 and have enjoyed getting involved alongside a great team of governors to offer my help and support to the school and its staff to give the children at St. Laurence the best possible start in life and education whilst making it a happy experience for them all.
I have a background in business including management and financial planning. Currently I’m a Director and Business Manager for a local supported housing provider. We provide accommodation and support services to vulnerable adults that have chaotic lives with many different issues ranging from substance misuse, domestic’s, mental health, coming out of prison and homelessness etc. Our aim and mission is to help our tenants into independent living and encourage them to make a valued contribution to the community in which they live, because of what I see with my work on a daily basis, I feel it is vital to give children every opportunity to be the best that they can be so they can go on to lead happy and successful lives. This is what I would like to see for the children at St Laurence.
I have a daughter who is now grown up and now has her own home a few miles from where I live.
I enjoy walking and camping and travelling is a big passion of mine. Also during the week I take an active interest in trading and investing in stocks & shares and have taken courses and exams on the subject to improve my skills!
My Wife is Polish so I travel to Poland a few times during the year. The country is very beautiful and there are amazing places to visit! However, learning the Polish language is proving rather difficult and my pronunciations are always guaranteed to get a laugh from my Polish Friends and Family!
Rachael Wright- Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor for a year. My son is in Year 1 currently and I wanted to be a governor to help raise the educational standards and performance of St Laurence and its pupils.
I work as an Internal Audit Manager at Mazars LLP and have over 10 years of experience working in internal audit and risk assurance services to the public sector; with a particular focus on working with academies and FE Colleges across the UK. I am a qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds a BSc (hons) degree in Mathematics.
My experience helps when I am working with the finance and resources committee. I also work with the maths subject lead, Mrs Barto-Smith and enjoy learning more about the maths curriculum in school.
Kristin Simmons - Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor at St Laurence for a year. I want St. Laurence School to be the best it can be to equip our children for their futures, and hope that we can achieve that by working together and challenging ourselves to improve.
I’m a dual citizen, and I studied International Relations (BA) and Diplomacy (MA). I love learning about people and places all over the world and hope to help St. Laurence continue to think globally. I am also keen that we are a good role model for caring for our world and its environment.
I also enjoy being involved in the local community. I serve on the PCC of my church and was also a Councillor in Sawley Parish. I am also involved with Friends of St Laurence.
Outside of my work and school, I enjoy being in nature, and touring the country in our small caravan. I love to cook and am also often trying new skills such as sewing, bread making, and wood carving – with varying degrees of success!
I am really looking forward to being the link governor for EYFS this school year.