Governor Bio Info
Karina James-Wiltshire (Co-Chair of Governors)
I became a governor of the Federation in 2016, as my daughter is a pupil at The Park School, and I really wanted to support the school. I am originally a Brummie and came to Bristol in 2000 to complete my law degree, followed by my Barrister qualification. I was called to the Bar but I am not a practising barrister, instead I am a corporate lawyer and work at a law firm.
I am really pleased to join the board as Parent Governor as my daughter is currently in Year 3, and my son will be attending next year, so I am committed to supporting the Senior Leadership Team in driving the best outcomes for the children in our two schools within the Federation. I have over 20 years’ experience working for a large Retailer, most recently as Finance Manager and prior to that, I was a Store Manager of several large stores, so I intend to put those business skills to effective use as a Governor to support our schools and the continued excellent education of our children
Pamela Casbon (Co-opted Governor)
I have been a Governor for over 10 years originally elected as a parent governor at Parkwall school. Having previously worked as an engineer, I now work in a support role in a Further Education college. I am a governor because I want the children in our communities to receive the best possible education.
Vanessa Ravenscroft (Co-opted Governor)
As a parent of a child at Parkwall Primary I have always been keen to support the school in practical ways. I’ve had the pleasure of helping in my son’s reception and year 1 classes and was bowled over by the level of teaching, commitment and enthusiasm shown by the staff. I put myself forward as a parent governor as I want to continue to support the Federation further but in a more strategic way. I have worked in the charity sector for ten years and have experience in resources management, strategy development and sustainability. I want to use these skills to support the Federation to ensure that the schools continue to provide the best educational experience possible for our children.
Daniel Moore (LA Governor)
Both of my daughters attend the Park school, where their experience has been excellent to date. I want to contribute to the Federation’s continued improvement and development; to ensure that all children’s school experience is as inclusive, diverse and developmentally challenging as it can possibly be. I am passionately committed to this and to improving the outcomes for children at this stage in their lives and beyond. I have fifteen years of experience in public policy and stakeholder engagement, and currently work for a Higher Education research funding body where I have specialised in a range of policy areas including university leadership and governance, market regulation and student access and participation.
Lotte Fleming (Staff Governor)
I am in my 8th year of teaching at the Park school. I trained in Early Years at the University of Plymouth and then completed my PGCE at UWE in 2013.
I now teach in Year 1 and have done so for the last 2 years. I spent my first 5 years teaching in Reception year group and really enjoyed getting to know the new families and building those important relationships, as well as supporting our pupils with the huge transition from pre-school to primary school.
Last year I saw the first class that I taught at the Park leave the school in Year 6. It has been amazing to watch our pupils grow and become independent, successful learners.
I am part of the Science subject leader’s team and I am enjoying the journey that we are on in continuing to improve the teaching and learning in this subject.
Victoria Beswetherick (Co-opted Governor)
I currently have one child attending the Park Primary School and another joining in the next school year. In the time since joining the school my child’s experience, as well as my own as been fantastic. The ambition from the teaching staff seeking great outcomes for all in their classes is clear to see, and the enthusiasm with which it is undertaken is contagious. This has spurred me to join the governing team so that my own skills, previously as a data manager, and more recently as an early years music teacher might help to support the Federation. My hope is to contribute to continuing the brilliant education our children currently enjoy.
Paul Dempsey (Associate Member)
On returning to the UK having spent a number of years teaching English abroad I decided on a change of career and entered the financial services industry. I’ve worked on behalf of the financial regulator as well as within the banking, wealth management and insurance industries primarily within the Compliance and Risk function. I am currently employed as a Compliance & Risk Manager for an multi-national insurer.
I’m delighted the Board of Governors has agreed for me to be involved within the Federation’s work. As a parent of a student at Park Primary, I felt it important to be involved within the school’s governance to ensure the best interests of all students are being met. My desire is to use the skills I’ve obtained to support the Federation to continue to provide an excellent education and supportive environment for all of our children
Adrian Harris (Parent Governor)
I am very pleased to become a Parent Governor of the federation, as my son is a pupil at Park Primary. I hope to support the leadership team in providing the best learning environment for both The Park and Parkway schools’ pupils. I work in the arts as a freelance actor, writer and artistic director of Brass Works Theatre, I also lecture at Royal Holloway University of London to MA students studying screenwriting. As a writer I take a particular interest in the literacy learning of primary aged children and I am committed to playing an active role in the federation’s governing body in working towards the best education for all the students.
Andrea Arkwell (Co-opted Governor)
I am currently Manager of the Parkwall Pre-School which is situated next to Parkwall school. The Governors expressed an interest for a senior member of staff to become a governor and have closer links with the school. I have worked with children for 35 years in many different settings including social services as a Nursery Officer, education as a HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) and the private sector as a Practitioner, a SENCO, a Deputy Manager and a Manager. I enjoy my position and find it rewarding to contribute to the learning and development of our children in preparation for school.
Mark Nam (Co-opted Governor)
I am the Assistant Curate at United Church in Longwell Green and St. Anne’s Church in Oldland Common. I am pleased to join the governing board and want to contribute to the Federation’s aims and objectives in ensuring that every child is given the opportunity to flourish in an inclusive, safe and supportive learning environment. Prior to training for ordained Anglican ministry, I trained as a solicitor and worked in Hong Kong for ten years. I am currently a member of the Archbishop’s College of Evangelists (in relation to my work with BAME communities), and I was formally the equality, diversity and inclusion champion for Bristol Diocese. My wife and I are originally from South Wales and we have three young children