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St Michael’s Governor Biographies

Magnus Anderson joined St Michael’s board of Governors in  October 2017 as a Parent Governor. Magnus has one child at the school and one who will hopefully join soon.. Magnus has been teaching physics for 9 years and is currently a Head of Year at Caterham School. Prior to this he worked in strategy consulting, for a medical charity and in NHS policy, but not at the same time.He enjoys cycling, cooking and looking after his children. He is delighted to be a governor at St Michael's and hopes to make a helpful contribution to the success of this wonderful school.

Alison Arthur first became a governor in 2013 at Whitehill Infant School and Herne Junior School in Crowborough and is still part of the governing body at Ashdown Primary School. She was recently asked to join the Governing Body at St Michael's and has a daughter (Lauren) in Reception/Acorn Class, as well as 2 teenagers at Beacon Academy. Alison has 12 years' experience of organising PTA events and attending committee meetings (including chair and vice chair) and joined the PTA at St Michael's in 2016. She volunteers in school listening to readers too. Alison is self-employed in several direct sales businesses and as a languages tutor (she has a B.A.(Hons) degree in French, German and Russian and also a CTEFLA qualification) and has run a B&B (temporarily closed). She has also gained experience of the tourism & hospitality industries in previous employments and has been involved with environmental issues in both her work and personal life. Her hobbies/interests include cooking, travelling, skiing, music, family activities and the environment. She is looking forward to her role of governor at St Michael’s.

Lee Broderick became a co-opted governor in September 2017 after the Governing Body expressed a wish to have someone with a finance background to join the board. As well as being a governor, he has also been the treasurer of the PTA for just over 2 years, a responsibility which he enjoys as he also gets to take an active role in many of the school events.

Lee works as a Management Information Systems Manager at a leading supplier of inflight goods to the worldwide travel retail industry. His role combines the preparation of the Managements Accounts and annual budgeting, as well as all systems management with the companies’ IT partner.

He has two children at St Michael’s and has always been very keen to support, in any way that he can, a very “special and valuable” local school. He enjoys walking his two rescue dogs, watching international and club rugby union (supporting Bath rugby), cycling with the family and time spent on Ashdown Forest.

Lisa Gibbs-Murray became a parent governor at St Michael's in July 2016 and this is her first experience of being a governor, however her parents have been governors for a combined total of over 50 years so you could say it's in her genes. She has a daughter who is currently in year one and has been an active member of the PTA since September 2015. She has a degree in Maths and Computing and before becoming a full-time mother she was an IT project manager for a number of years. In this role she gained a great deal of experience in controlling budgets, resourcing and delivering excellence, all useful skills for a governor. These days she volunteers at St Michael's as a listener to readers and also to help the children with their maths skills. In addition she helps at Hartfield Playschool and assists in the Hartfield Church Sunday School. So as you can see she is passionate about children's education and welfare. In her spare time she loves to walk and be out in the countryside, she has a passion for history too and combines the both as a long-term member of the National Trust.

Brian McAteer -Chair became a school governor way back in 2004 at Ashdown Primary in Crowborough, where he is currently Vice Chair. He has recently joined the Governors team at St Michael's as Chair, and is looking forward to building on the excellent achievements at the school in the future. Formerly the Theatre Director at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, Brian has considerable experience in business planning, marketing, financial management and governance. He has a BA (Hons) in History & Politics and a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science.  Brian is a keen cook, enjoys football, rugby, NFL and is currently trying to fathom the intricacies of cricket. He is also at the “beck and call” of his 14 and 16 year old as a driver for them and their friends. Brian enjoys the role of governor and finds it very rewarding.

Catherine O'Shea Catherine has an MA Hons from Edinburgh University where she read Religious Studies (specialising in studying Indian and Ancient Near Eastern Religions)  She completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Homerton College Cambridge.  She has been teaching for as long as she can remember.  She started working in schools in Cheshire then Shropshhire, next she taught in Central London (including a C of E primary school in Soho) and has ended up in Sussex.  She has worked with four Governing bodies in very different settings.  Governors have an essential role in working towards achieving the best outcomes for the children in the schools they serve, making all those late night meetings worth while.

Jo Shobbrook joined St Michael's Primary School in September 2016 and became the new Staff Governor.  She relocated from Richmond in Surrey last year so that she could be closer to her extended family and to get on the ever-elusive property ladder. Jo has been a primary school teacher since 2005 and has lengthy experience working with children across KS1 and KS2. Prior to becoming a teacher Jo had numerous project administration jobs, her longest for a Transport Planning company. She has a Bsc (Hons) in Geography and Science.  Jo has been teaching so long that she has lost the concept of having 'hobbies'. She is also a parent to two children who attend St Michael's and they are aged 6 and 10. Jo is enjoying her role as staff governor and is really happy contributing to her school community.

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