Our role as Governors is to work collectively in the best interests of the children, ensuring good conduct of the school and high standards of educational achievement. A fundamental part of our success is building an open, honest and constructive working relationship with all of the staff and parents.
As a governing board we have a real mix of skills and expertise that we bring to the school; whatever our background we all hold the same motivation and commitment to make Lakeside a great place for education and a great place to work. Please take some time to read our introductions.
David Young Ι Chair of Governors
I have been Chair of Governors since April 2017, being Chair of Governors in such a wonderful school as Lakeside is a massive privilege and something I really enjoy.
I have a very diverse background. I have a Law degree from Bristol University. I was a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Military Police for 8 years and I have 34 years of experience working for a very large company in the security industry.
I have held General Manager and Managing Director roles in UK Companies. My final role was as Senior Vice President with full executive responsibility for all Product sales in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. I have held both UK Plc Board and US Executive positions. I have lived in Hatherley with my family for 27 years. Now I am retired, I have the time to give something back to the community in which I very happily live alongside spending time with my wife and family and 3 wonderful grandchildren.
James Fry Ι Co-opted Governor
I joined the governing body in December 2018 as a Co-opted Governor but also have child at the school. I am a member of the British Computer Society and have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I work as a software consultant, and have experience with organisational change in a number of industries from public sector through commercial property management. I am very proud to be part of the Lakeside family and to be able to support the school along with the rest of the Governing body.
Eleanor Sharman Ι Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Body in 2019, and I currently sit on the Finance Committee. I have a background in hotel management, but for the last 15 years I have worked in education in a variety of roles. I have worked in student finance in a large Sixth Form centre, as a Finance Manager in two primary schools, and as the Bursar at Rendcomb College.
Outside work I enjoy spending time in the garden and have recently become a convert to parkrun, where most Saturdays I can be found making my way around various local courses. I am excited to be involved with such a vibrant school and I am looking forward to my time as a Governor.
Isobel Rutt Ι Co-opted Governor
Having worked for over 30 years in education including teaching, as a SENCO, Deputy Head and now as SENDIASS adviser at Gloucestershire Local Authority I can safely say that I never tire of the amazing stories or incredible feats that children and young people can achieve. Education is about capturing that wonderment and excitement of youth and giving each child the best possible opportunity for them to reach their potential.
I have been so lucky to work with amazing families who strive for the best outcomes despite the challenges they face and I believe passionately in an inclusive learning environment. As a new member to the Lakeside family, I feel warmly welcomed from those I’ve met and I look forward to meeting with as many children and families as possible in the near future.
I was appointed as the Local Authority Governor at Lakeside School during September 2022 and currently sit in the Finance & Resources Committee. Hopefully throughout my tenure I can contribute towards making Lakeside one of the best, if not the best Primary School in the County.
I have been married for 37 years and lived in Up Hatherley since the early 1960's. I was employed for over 42 years working at the Admin HQ of a large Building Society within the Financial Services sector and feel some of my knowledge and experience can be beneficially shared.
I have a passion for helping others and this all started with being a member of Up Hatherley Youth Club. This led to accepting positions on County, Regional & National Executive Committees, as well as helping to organise National Conferences representing the youth movement. I later moved on to helping people less fortunate through the younger branch of Lions Clubs International and served as their President for District 105W.
I have a passion for sport (mainly football). After finishing my playing days, I qualified as a referee and also a FA Licensed Football & Mini Soccer Tutor, with a view to trying to give something back to the sport. My other main hobbies include Gardening and DIY projects.
I am delighted to be part of the Governing Body at Lakeside, having been appointed as a Parent Governor in November 2022. I am a parent to two children at Lakeside and it’s an honour and privilege to be on the governing board at such a wonderful school.
I'm currently Head of Operations for Allsorts Gloucestershire – a local charity that supports children with disabilities and additional needs and their families. I have previously worked for Gloucestershire radio stations (including Heart and Free Radio) and in fundraising for local charity, National Star College.
I have worked with children with disabilities and additional needs for over 8 years in my charity roles and I am passionate about inclusivity. I also have experience in strategic planning, problem solving, HR, health and safety, policy writing, safeguarding, financial analysis as well as communications and marketing.
As a Parent Governor for Lakeside I can draw on my professional experience and perspective to govern an environment where all children at Lakeside are safe, happy and able to develop their full potential.
I am very excited to be appointed as a new Staff Governor. I started working at Lakeside in 2022 and the children and staff grew close to my heart very quickly.
I have a teaching background, having originally qualified as a Secondary History and French language teacher, and over the years I have worked with children of different ages as a teacher, teaching assistant, mentor and youth support worker. I have experience in working with children and young adults with special educational needs such as ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Down’s syndrome as well as PMLD learners.
In recent years I developed an interest in mental health and I currently work as a pastoral support assistant supporting emotional and social needs of pupils at Lakeside.
I feel privileged to be part of such a caring community of school staff who do their best to help children thrive. I also believe that the mental health and wellbeing of school staff is as important as that of our pupils and I would like to make it my mission to put a bigger emphasis on the importance of staff wellbeing.
Alexandra Hayes Ι Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing body in February 2023 as a co-opted Governor. I am currently the Operations Manager for a local management consultancy firm. Previously I spent 10 years in the NHS and have worked across many sectors of healthcare. Prior to that I was a Royal Artillery Officer in the British Army and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan during my 6 years of service. I have a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Leadership and Service Improvement. I also volunteer locally as a Magistrate on the Gloucestershire Bench, sitting at Cheltenham Magistrates Court. I have four young children and currently live at Cheltenham College where my husband is a Housemaster and I volunteer at the school, helping him to look after 67 teenage boys!
I am very pleased to be a member of the Governing body at Lakeside as I am passionate about ensuring all children receive high quality education. I hope to be able to make a difference and contribute by bringing my professional and personal experiences to the Board.
Fiona Templeton Ι Co-opted Governor
I have been a co-opted Governor since September 2022, deciding to joining the Governing board after my daughter started Reception at Lakeside in 2022. After reading History at the University of Manchester, I qualified as a secondary school teacher through the Teach First programme, spending ten years working in a range of schools across London. In that time, I was awarded the Teach First award for my teaching and have been a middle and senior leader, with a passion for teaching, learning and assessment.
My family and I moved to Hatherley in 2019 and have been impressed at the community spirit of the local area and how Lakeside school embodies this too. I am co-chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and am the disadvantaged students link governor.
Ben Edwards I Parent Governor
Peter Walbridge I Co-opted Governor
Hello, I'm excited to introduce myself as a Co-Opted Governor. Professionally, I'm a chartered civil engineer with over 12 years of experience in project and finance management, particularly in major and public engineering projects. This background has instilled in me the values of accountability, teamwork, and efficiency, which I'm eager to bring to our school's governance. On a personal note, I've been happily married for seven years and am the proud parent of a 21-month-old daughter. These personal experiences have reinforced my commitment to creating a safe and nurturing environment for all our students. In my leisure time, I'm an avid sports enthusiast. Football and golf are my go-to activities when I'm not spending cherished moments with my daughter, watching her grow and learn. These experiences have deepened my belief in the importance of a quality education. I firmly believe that every child deserves access to an excellent education. As a Co-Opted Governor, I'm eager to contribute my skills, experiences, and dedication to help our school provide the best possible learning environment for our pupils. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with all of you in ensuring a bright future for our school and its pupils.