Parent Governor Elections 2018:

On this page you will find a list of our candidates and their statements below.

VOTING STARTS 18/7/18 and closes 23/7/18

Look out for the email from school with the voting link

We are delighted to report that we have had multiple nominations for the post of Parent Governor. We currently only have one position available and as this post is elected we will proceed to an election process. You will receive an email on Wednesday the 18th from the school with a link to a survey monkey page. This will allow one vote per email. Please take the time to read each candidates statement and vote. You can also find the candidates statements on the school website. The election process will close on Monday 23rd of July at 4pm. We will announce the election results on the last day of term.

Parent Governor Candidates (in alphabetical order):

Becky Considine

Paige Newmark

Rhian Pye

Alexandra Thistlewood

Roohollah Torabi

 

Becky Considine

My name is Becky Considine and I run my own business as a Virtual Assistant and help many businesses with administrative tasks that they are too busy to deal with. I manage my own time and work around my family. I have two children in the school in Reception and Year 2.

I am passionate about helping the school and children out when able. Over the last two years I have taken the time and help children within the Year 1 and 2 groups with their reading. I also spend a fair amount of time working with the Friends of St Thomas More group with fundraising.

My interest in the role as parent governor, has increased over time as I feel more embedded within the school and its activities. I can offer a wealth of enthusiasm, knowledge from admin and fund raising perspective. I consider myself a good communicator, easy to get along with, hardworking and loyal to the task.

 

Paige Newmark

 

As the father of a two children in the school (year 5 and year 1), I am as deeply committed as I am enthusiastic about their education and want to be as involved as possible, short of being a ‘helicopter’ parent.

Having run three companies (Shakespeare WA – Western Australia, Shakespeare SA – South Africa, and the Australian Shakespeare Festival), I have a range of skill sets that would be very useful for St. Thomas More, including health and safety, strategic planning, fundraising, and implementation.

As an educational establishment, St. Thomas More will find my broad range of teaching credentials essential for working on the Board: I have taught at all levels of education from Primary through Secondary schools in the UK and Western Australia to numerous universities, including South Africa (Rhodes), Hong Kong (HK Chinese University), throughout the USA, and locally at the University of Oxford.

Specifically, I also have experience as a Board member, having served on two Charitable boards on the past: I was Vice-Chair of a not-for profit arts board called MosArts, whose concerns were fundraising, running a building for the arts and planning a range of interrelated arts events.  More importantly, I served on the school board for Noah’s kindergarten (Duncraig PlayGroup and Playfun 3 “safe calm and nurturing”), which means I know what it is like to give time and effort to serving on a Board like St Thomas More’s.

 

Rhian Pye

My name is Rhian Pye and I have a son in Year 1, a second about to join Reception in September and a third son due to follow in their footsteps.  I am very keen to become a parent governor in order to support the school in their mission to provide the best possible education for all of our children.  I work as a part-time secondary school teacher at a school in Buckingham and prior to taking a career break to raise my family, I was a head of department.  Therefore I have plenty of experience of the education sector that I would be able to put to good use in the role of parent governor.  As a result of my position of department head I have experience of working with education budgets, supporting classroom teachers and liaising with senior management.  I believe these skills will be extremely valuable should I get the opportunity to undertake the important role of parent governor.

Alexandra Thistlewood

I believe the role of Parent Governor is to be the voice of the parents of St Thomas More Primary school and, to support the staff teaching our children. A well-rounded education helps form well rounded people, this means that both the academic and pastoral aspects of school are important. By giving my time as a Parent Governor I hope to help St Thomas More school be the best it can be, not just for our children but for the future too. I am a parent of two children in school in years 3 and 5.

Roohollah Torabi:

I am father to two children in St Thomas More in year 5 and year 1. I come from a scientific background and have done a doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Oxford. In the last 10 years I’ve been working as senior scientist / project manager in various industries, managing technical projects from start to finish. I am sure that my transferable skills can be put to good use to help the school for strategic planning, science projects, school development projects, fundraising, organizing tours for schools trips and whatever else that is required for the school. The school is quite wonderful as is, but there is always room for improvement and I would be delighted to help school to achieve its full potential and become a better place for everyone, so I am here to help.