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Governing Board

Cindy Bull, Chair of Governors -

I joined the Governing Board of The Mandeville School in May 2016 as Chair of Governors, having been co-opted from a group of experienced Buckinghamshire Governors. I am excited to be joining the school at this point, and I hope to be able to serve the school in supporting The Principal and staff in their aspiration to deliver an excellent education to all students in the school.

I have been a school governor since July 2000 when my daughter first started at Mill Lane Primary School in Chinnor and I became a Parent Governor there. My two sons later joined their sister there. The school went through a period of growth, and as Chair of Governors I was involved in negotiations with the LEA to increase and improve the classroom and facilities provision.

In July 2006 I stepped down from the Governing Body at Mill Lane and  in November 2006 I became a Parent Governor at Aylesbury High School. At Aylesbury High School I became Chair of Governors during the period of time when the school converted to an Academy, and worked hard to improve to obtain an Outstanding rating by Ofsted in 2012.

I strongly believe that my own education has made a big difference in my life, opening up many opportunities, not least my career in  Information and IT Management in the pharmaceutical industry. This drives my motivation to be a school governor, to be able to give service to education to enable young people to benefit from a great start in life.

Nicola Cook, Vice Chair -

I am currently Head of the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust’s Governor Services Department. I have been a member of staff since the Trust’s inception in August 2013 having transferred from the County Council.  I am passionate about the difference that strong and effective governance can make to an organisation, I am the lead officer on the Local Authority’s School Governance Consultative Board and a member of the joint Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children and Adult Boards’ Safer Employment sub-committee.  My background spans education and health - previous roles include nursing, teaching science and maths in secondary schools and GP practice management.

Shyla Celeghin, Parent Governor -

I have recently joined The Mandeville School as a Parent Governor, I have two children that currently attend the school. I have previously served as a Parent Governor for 8 years at Downe Manor Primary school in West London. My core duties were to collaborate with the Head Teacher, the local council and the teaching staff in improving standards and efficiencies within the school:

  1. providing representation for other parents and ethnic minority groups;
  2. implementing safety school travel planning.
  3. working with a diverse team, performance management and recruitment of senior leaders
  4. gaining greater awareness of the education system and then Supporting the school improvement plans through continuous Governor Training Courses.

My overall aim is to enhance and improve the efficient, smooth operation of the school to create a flourishing, harmonious educational environment to the collective benefit of The Mandeville students, staff and community.

I am a pragmatic customer focused business owner who has achieved excellent customer outcomes which combine with commercial success. My communication and language skills provide me with the foundation to create and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues and clients alike. My interpersonal skills allow me to adapt easily to new working environments. As a strong leader, I motivate and mentor teams to achieve their personal and professional objectives. I am accustomed to working on numerous work streams simultaneously, and in accordance with their priority and designated timescales. 

Denise Garfitt, Governor -

I joined the governing board September 2016. My career has always been within finance, administration and management.  I started my career at Marks and Spencer and over 18 years worked in 10 stores, head office, on secondment and opened up a new store in Yorkshire. I then took a career break when I had my son and went back to Marks and Spencer working in head office for another year.

Since leaving Marks and Spencer I have worked in a local family business for four years before leaving to achieve my ambition of taking a degree in Retail and Business Management. It was after my degree I joined The Mandeville School as Finance Officer using existing skills and learning about the world of education. In June 2013 I started working for the National Trust as a Senior Business Support Co-ordinator running the Estate office for the Hughenden portfolio with particular emphasis on finance. 

When I was approached to join the governing board I did not hesitate, it gives me the opportunity to use my business skills in a different environment and to work with the rest of the governing board to continue the progress it is making giving students every opportunity for a good education.

Andria Hanham, The Principal -

I have spent the last 11 years as Deputy Headteacher at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury. Before that I taught across schools in the North East of England in the comprehensive sector, also in Hungary and Tunisia and thus bring a breadth of experience. I was appointed as The Mandeville School's Principal in November 2015 and am also a teacher of Drama, General Studies, English Literature and Language and the Theory of Knowledge. I thoroughly enjoy my job and coming to school each day and I am committed to making The Mandeville School a highly successful school. I am proud of what the staff have achieved together in recent months: we are a united and positive workforce!

Sam Mock, Staff Governor -

I am a member of Support Staff here at The Mandeville School. I have had experience of being a Governor previously as a Parent Governor at Quarrendon School from 2002-2006, where I was Child Protection Governor.

I have worked at The Mandeville School for 10 years in a support role, and have seen the school through many changes. I believe that Governors need to be strong, ask relevant questions and want the best outcome for the school and its students. I am proud of the school and what we have achieved recently and want to keep striving for excellence. 

I have 2 grown up children, with my partner of 24 years, and a dog. In my free time, I enjoy walking my dog and growing fruit and vegetables on my allotment.  

Christopher Penson, Staff Governor -

I have worked at The Mandeville School for the past four years, and have seen the school go into special measures and come out again. I become a Staff Governor because I feel passionate about the school and would like to see us continue the journey to good and then outstanding.  Having the opportunity to serve as one of the Governors will also enable me to aid in continuing the amazing progress that has occurred over the past few months. 

I have been teaching for the past four years after gaining my PGCE from Oxford Brookes University. I first decided to take up teaching after spending four months working with special needs children in America. Before that I went to Bournemouth University were I studied Forensic Crime Scene Investigation.