Meet the Governors
Steven Vaughan – Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor
Steve was first elected Chair of Governors in September 2018 having joined the governing body as a parent governor in January 2016.
His three children have all attended the school, though the elder two are now in secondary education. He lives in Ryde with his wife, children, dog & cat and works in software development for a multinational legal solutions company. Steve believes strongly in lifelong education and the importance of diversity of thought.
In his spare time Steve is a keen amateur woodworker and likes to sail and walk on the beach with his selectively deaf dog, Oscar.
Nicholas Wright – Vice-Chair and Local Authority Governor
Nick is the school’s local authority governor and has held this post for just over 4 years. In his work life he works in health and safety for the local authority. He is currently both health and safety governor and the Vice Chair.
Claire Dodd – Co-opted Governor
Claire is in her fortieth year of teaching. She began teaching in 1980 and has many qualifications in diverse aspects of education (as you can imagine in that time!) but her main ones are:
· BA (Hons) University of Kent, French and Italian
· PGCE (Modern Foreign Languages), University of London
· MA (Research degree – Teaching Foreign Languages to Children who have Special Educational Needs ) University of York
· AST (Advanced Skills Teacher)
Claire has taught children from 5 – 19, adults and has also taught in several countries as well. Her main subjects have been French, Italian, Spanish and German at various levels but she has also taught other subjects such as English, English as a foreign language, Religious Education and Geography.
She is a qualified teacher for teachers of Primary Languages and more recently has become qualified in teaching children with Special Educational Needs. Claire is also training to be The Designated Teacher for LAC (Looked After Children).
Claire loves teaching and has been teaching at Ryde Academy since 2015.
She have three grown up children and four grand-children -the latter keep her and her husband very busy! She has many interests including: playing the piano, music, knitting, cooking, reading, watching crime drama on the television, gardening, going to the theatre, swimming and travelling.
“I am very proud to be a governor at Greenmount Primary School”
Lorraine Flux – Parent Governor
Lorraine was appointed as a parent governor in 2019. She has lived in Ryde all her life and has 2 children who attend the school.
“I see my role as a school governor to be a combination of challenge and support to the leadership team of the school with the ultimate aim of driving up standards. It is important to me to create an environment whereby each child is valued and develops their own self-esteem and confidence, so that they can excel both academically and creatively.”
Catherine Powell – Co-opted Governor
Catherine is an experienced Primary School governor, who joined the governing body at Greenmount Primary School in the Autumn Term 2020. She is a qualified nurse and health visitor, who specialised in child safeguarding. She has worked in this field for local NHS Trusts and as a national policy advisor. Catherine was also a member of the academic team at the University of Southampton. Since leaving the NHS, Catherine now works part-time as a child safeguarding consultant, whilst also having time to enjoy all the opportunities that the Island has to offer. She is a keen cyclist and walker, who has recently taken up paddle-boarding. Parent to two grown up children, she is driven by a belief in every child’s right to a good education and a happy and successful childhood.
Catherine has responsibility as the Development Governor and is the governing body lead for Equality and Diversity.
Alex Sabine – Safeguarding Lead and Co-opted Governor
Alex has worked in education since 2006 with a career spanning all phases of development. His professional background includes his current role as Early Childhood Studies course leader at the University of Portsmouth and as Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network. His experience of international perspectives of early childhood education include regular visits to outdoor learning centres in Norway and as a local authority and practitioner consultant in China. Alex is also the consultant for a home-based early years setting on the Isle of Wight; a family pre-school and nursery which Alex co-managed in its transition from childminding to full ‘Childcare on Domestic Premises’ status. He has invested interest in community-centred pedagogy that benefit local children and families which have also helped to shape his doctoral research. Alex is also an External Examiner for the Pen Green Children’s Centres MA programmes (University of Hertfordshire) and for Kingston University’s FdA in Early Years collaborative programme.
Tara Stretch – Parent Governor
Tara was elected Parent Governor late 2019. She is married, lives in Binstead and she and her husband have two sons who currently attend Greenmount Primary.
Tara grew up in the States and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from James Madison University. Before children, she was a jewellery designer and artist and her work has been sold around the world. Tara recently reentered the studio and is creating again. In her free time, Tara enjoys nature, travel, the arts, a great book and her family’s pets, including a Golden Retriever named Lucy and a flock of chickens.
“I became a Parent Governor because I wanted to support Greenmount in being the best it can be, where every child and staff member is valued and pupils have the opportunity to excel academically and creatively.”