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Carwarden House

Community School and Sixth Form

Meet our Governors

Meet our Governors

If you would like to contact one of the Governors for Carwraden House School please use the email address provided below:

clerk@carwarden.surrey.sch.uk

They will be able to help you with any queries and direct you to the correct person/place.  

Kim Walker (Joint Chair of Governors and Looked After Children Lead)

 Kim joined as a parent governor in 2013, wanting to support the school where one of her two children is attending. Following the school's conversion into an academy in 2014 she has continued as a member nominated governor of the academy's Trust.

Kim also works part time as a play assistant in a local preschool, and is an active member of Stepping Stones DS, a local support group for families who have children with Down Syndrome. Prior to having children, she enjoyed working with adults who have learning difficulties for Mencap and social services, following her BSc Psychology and Geography degree at Keele University, where she met her husband who studied Music and Languages.

Debra Bratt   (Joint Chair of Governors, ECHP, Work Experience and Numeracy Lead)

 Debra joined as a parent governor in 2013, wanting to support to school where one of her three children is attending.  Following the school’s conversion to an academy in 2014 she has continued as a member of the academy trust. Debra was chair of the audit and resources committee for several years helping oversee the conversion to a single academy in 2014. She currently sits on the student progress committee and the head teacher’s performance review panel and is co-chair of the governing body.

With experience and qualifications in business and finance, Debra was previously a civil servant working for HMRC in various locations across the country. She spent time working in the technical aspects of taxation and latterly as a manager. She was involved in local re-structuring and managing the change process with staff.

Debra has a keen interest in ensuring the services for children are as good as they can be and strongly believes in the voice of parent/carers. She helped set up Hampshire Parent Carer Network, a parent/carer forum and became their treasurer. She was also a trustee of a local Down Syndrome Support Group and helped create a new pathway for secondary aged children with a view to them moving into adulthood. Debra is keen to put children/young people at the heart of everything that we do and her training in person centered practices supports this.

Currently Debra works as an independent advice and support worker in Hampshire for a local charity, supporting families with their EHCP’s and other educational difficulties. She’s recently completed her level 1 & 2 IPSEA Legal Training.

She met her husband in her native West Midlands and moved to Hampshire where they’ve settled with their 3 children. Debra’s a keen netballer and still plays competitively although she’s starting to feel her age! She enjoys playing tennis when she gets the time and skiing but accepts, she’s not very good at it.

Bryn Edwards   (Vice Chair and Chair of Audit & Resources Committee and Finance)

Bryn qualified with Deloittes as a chartered accountant and subsequently gained extensive experience in general management, operations and finance in UK, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. Roles have included CEO, Finance Director and Operations Director. At present he is a Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of Finance with Farnborough College of Technology. In addition to his other charitable and commercial roles has recently been appointed Portfolio Director, with Surrey Business Enterprise with responsibilities for the further development of high growth companies throughout Surrey and Hampshire.                                                 

Juana Garcia (Chair of Student Progress, Well-being, Numeracy, Anti-Bullying, SEN and Therapies Lead)

Juana graduated with a second class honours degree in Italian and Spanish from Swansea University and then went on to teach English in Italy for two years after completing a TEFL course. She then came back to UK and completed a postgraduate diploma in International Marketing. This led to a career in market research and she is now a freelance consultant specialising in international qualitative research. Her background in market research has meant that she is very curious to learn about new subjects as her work has involved research into a very broad range of consumer and medical products.

She also teaches Spanish at GCSE level on a private basis and used to manage and teach a lunch time Spanish club at Bentley Primary School where her daughters attended.
Juana is a member of Stepping Stones DS, a local Down syndrome support group and runs a tennis group for the young people of secondary school age at the Bourne Tennis Club in Farnham. She is passionate about creating opportunities for young people with Down syndrome and other additional needs and has attended numerous training sessions regarding the education of children and young people with Down syndrome.
As a parent governor, Juana has really enjoyed being a more active member of the school and is keen to help make a difference to its pupils.
Juana is married to a very keen tennis player, Andy, and has two teenage daughters. She enjoys socialising, choir, yoga and cinema.                                      

Maria Ramsay (Behaviour and Training, Links and Skills Lead)

 Maria Ramsay Before embarking on her education career. Maria worked in banking and finance. She worked in a variety of roles which resulted in her becoming a Personnel Manager for a high street bank for their West London region. Maria is CIPD qualified. After having her two sons, Maria decided to return work and a career change was needed. Carwarden House School was advertising for a temporary TA position. Her position at the school changed and she has worked at Carwarden House in a variety of job roles including TA, HLTA and teacher. Maria is currently Lead in Professional Effectiveness for Carwarden. Maria is very proud of her role at Carwarden and was actively involved in developing Carwarden House’s Curriculum for Life as part of the extended leadership team. Maria is very also passionate about her work with Wellington College, Crowthorne. As a result of the successful and unique partnership the two establishments have, it resulted in us winning a TES Independent Award. The award shows the commitment and drive of the staff and students from both schools. The partnership continues to flourish and the schools have been developing an extended programme with Frimley Park Hospital. Maria also is a Specialist Leader in Education for Wellington College’s Professional Learning Group. Outside Carwarden, Maria is a Founding Fellow for the Chartered College of Teaching and achieved her Chartered Teacher status. Maria took her DofE National Coaching Pledge for Women Leading in Education (WLE) in 2016, the pledge is aimed at supporting women into leadership roles and those looking at choosing a career back into teaching, through development opportunities, sharing of good practice and access to a range of helpful resources. Maria also sits on the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) for teaching which looks at national government initiatives for the teaching profession.

Carole Blunden-Lee  (Designated Safeguarding, Pupil Premium and Sixth Form Governor)

Carole has spent her whole married life living and working in the Camberley, Farnham and Crowthorne area. She diversified from classroom teaching 30 years ago and has since trained and specialised in working with pupils who have specific learning difficulties. Carole has recently retired from teaching at Wellington College where she had been since 1990, latterly as Head of Academic Support. She is now moving on from teaching pupils who have specific learning difficulties to focus on governorship and special educational needs provision in school. The new links between Carwarden House and Wellington College as part of the teaching partnership means that there will be more liaisons between the schools in the group and opportunities to be gained for our students. Carole is currently Chair of the School Improvement Committee of a primary school in Crowthorne that has a recently been awarded Good by Ofsted. She knows how important it is to be a ‘critical friend’ and ask the appropriate questions in order to ensure all pupils’ needs are meet.

Carole has a great zest for life and believes everybody has a talent which needs to be developed and nurtured. She enjoys travel, reading and more reading [originally an English teacher], entertaining and being entertained.

Karen Packham (Literacy and E-Safety Lead)

My name is Karen Packham, I am a Staff Governor and am responsible for Literacy and e-safety.  I sit on the Student Progress Committee (SPC) and am responsible for the SPC policy review.  Having initially worked at Carwarden as a TA, after nearly 12 years and completing a degree and teacher training, I am the Leader of Numeracy.  I became a Governor as I wanted to give something back to the school after being supported so well through my training.  In my spare time I enjoy Zumba, 5K running and spending time with my family and friends. 

 Sarah Dennison (Health and Safety Lead) 

Sarah qualified as a pharmacist in the mid-1980s, and worked in hospital pharmacy in the NHS, independent sector and overseas before moving into healthcare regulation in 2003. She currently works for The Care Quality Commission, the regulator for health and adult social care and has responsibilities for national oversight of controlled drug arrangements following on from The Shipman Inquiry. When time permits, she enjoys keeping fit, dog walking, jewellery making, travel and socialising.

Sarah lives in Frimley with her husband and Poppy, her Jack Russell. She has two children and two step children (all grown up). She joined the school as a community governor in 2017 when her youngest went off to university. Whilst her children attended Wellington College, she heard of the alliance between the two schools and this sparked her enthusiasm to offer her support. With a health science degree and a background in regulation and governance, she is committed to a quality service and driving improvement. She is determined to do everything she can to ensure that the children at the school have the best start in life and are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need by the time they leave the school.

Charlie Sutton (Equality Lead)

Charlie Sutton joined Wellington College as Housemaster of The Stanley in September 2018 from Pangbourne College where he was a Housemaster, Head of Boarding and a member of the Senior Leadership Team for 4 years. Previous to this role he was Head of Physical Education and Rugby at Pangbourne (2 years) and his remit included, academic teaching, coaching all sports with a particular focus on rugby and cricket teams and providing assistance to those wishing to pursue a career in sport. Before Pangbourne, Charlie was Director of Cricket and a PE teacher at Ryde School on the Isle of Wight (5 years). Charlie was educated at St Edward’s School Oxford and studied Sports Science at Durham University, playing both rugby and cricket for them, before embarking on his PGCE in PE at Exeter University. He has also played Minor Counties cricket for Oxfordshire and rugby for Newcastle Falcons Academy. As well as his love of all sport, Charlie has a passion for music which was honed during his six years as a Chorister at Christ Church Cathedral School. He has an appreciation for the CCF, having passed his initial RCB briefing for Sandhurst before deciding to take a different career path. Charlie also enjoys long walks, travelling, reading and socialising with friends and family. He is married to Laura (currently on maternity leave) who was Head of Psychology at Pangbourne and a former Head of Science at Ryde High School. Charlie and Laura have two sons, Freddie (2) and Rory (5 months) along with Bubba and Moo, their two cats!!

 Charlie is deeply passionate about education and trying to make a positive difference to every single student in his care. Charlie takes great pride in seeing students thrive in their respective fields and actively encourages all students to be the best versions of themselves whilst upholding the core values of; kindness, inclusivity, courage, respect, integrity and resilience. Whilst, Charlie has no prior experience of being on a governing board, he is excited about this potential new venture, especially after working with Maria Ramsay this year in developing the Wellington and Carwarden partnership. This link continues to go from strength to strength, with the development of the Frimley Park Hospital partnership being a particular highlight. There are more exciting initiatives in the pipeline for next year which will benefit both schools and their students.

Ed Venables  (Additional Income Lead)

After university, Ed worked in the City for twelve years in various equity and credit research roles before moving to a private equity hedge fund. Then, around the time of the financial crisis he decided to move his family to Crowthorne and started a completely new career as an Economics and Business teacher at Wellington College. Over the past 11 years he has been a head of department, a housemaster and now is the director of admissions and a member of the executive leadership team. Ed has a wife, three sons and a cockerpoo! Holidays are spent at their house on Anglesey in North Wales.

The best times of Ed’s career was working with Maria Ramsay to establish the link between his house and the Carwarden Sixth form. It has been a project full of joy and learning and one that has been beneficial to everyone involved. Winning a TES Independent Schools award for the link was a very special moment and seeing it continue to grow and flourish makes him incredibly happy. Since moving out of the boarding house Ed missed the Carwarden students immensely and so being involved at Governor level is so exciting.

 Becky Smith (Clerk to the Governing Body)