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Members

 

Tony Breslin

Chair

Co-opted Governor

Chair@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

Tony has been Chair of Bushey Primary Education Federation since its formation in September 2015. Prior to this he was Chair of the Governing Body at Bushey and Oxhey, having joined that Board in 2013. He is also a Trustee of Anthem Schools Trust and was formerly Trustee of Adoption UK. Both of his sons previously attended Bushey and Oxhey Infant School and Bushey Manor Junior School. 

Tony hails from Harlesden in North West London but moved to Bushey in the early 1990s. A teacher by profession, he now works as an independent consultant in the education sphere. His report, Who Governs Our Schools? Trends, Tensions and Opportunities (RSA, 2017), has made a significant contribution to the national debate about the changing nature of school governance, while his books Lessons From Lockdown (Routledge, 2021) and Bubble Schools (forthcoming, Routledge, 2022) have been critically well-received. Tony holds a Doctorate in Education from the UCL Institute of Education and has recently been appointed as a National Leader of Governance by the Department for Education.

As Chair, Tony has a particular responsibility for ensuring that the Federation Headteacher, Mary Ann Cooper, is appropriately supported in her leadership of the Federation and our schools. As such, Tony is active across a number of the Board's sub-committees and working groups.

 

 

Mary Ann Cooper

Federation Headteacher

M.Cooper@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

Mary Ann celebrated 25 years in education last year.  She has worked in schools and school support services in both Islington and Brent and has held a variety of roles and specialisms in areas such as EAL (English as an Additional Language) and Special Needs.   She has also worked in International school settings in both the USA and in Italy.  

 

Mary Ann completed her Masters degree many years ago with a focus on Inclusion and Multi-disciplinary Working and is passionate about ensuring that there is equity of opportunity for all children. 

 

Having worked previously as Headteacher at Bushey and Oxhey Infant School, Mary Ann took up the post of Federation Headteacher, with lead responsibility across both schools in September 2019. Her role is to develop our vision and educational practices across one cohesive, federated school community.  As Head, Mary Ann is active across the Board’s three Sub-committees and various working groups.

 

Mary Ann has taught the children of a previous Prime Minister and is looking forward to the day when she has taught an existing one!

 

Stephanie Cubbin

Chair, Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee

Vice-chair

Co-opted Governor

S.Cubbin@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

Stephanie was a governor at Bushey and Oxhey Infant school between 2012 and 2015 and served as a founding member of the Federation Board between 2015 and 2018. After taking a break from governance twelve months ago, she has recently re-joined the Board, and Chairs the Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee..

Steph is an experienced Head of Art at a central London Teaching School. She is also a Specialist Leader of Education, working regularly to enhance Arts leadership in schools. In this role she has supported many Heads of Department in developing their curriculum, improving results and developing their leadership skills. As an experienced GCSE and A’ Level Moderator, she supports the Art moderation process alongside Heads of Department, developing their understanding of standardisation, and preparing for external moderation. 

She is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Art and Design and has recently completed her MA in Art and Design in Education. Steph worked with a teaching colleague to create A Window to the World, an advocacy film about the importance of rigorously taught arts subjects. The film was recently shown at Tate Modern, as part of the Art Is conference.

Stephanie has two children, one currently in Year 3 at Bushey Manor; her eldest has passed through both Federation schools and has just started his GCSEs.

 

Ian Freeman

Chair, Finance and Resources Sub-Committee

Vice-chair

Co-opted Governor

I.Freeman@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

Ian has lived locally most of his life and is passionate about the stewardship of the schools in the Federation. With Ian joining the Board of Governors and his eldest son starting at Bushey and Oxhey Infant school this year, four generations of his family who have now been involved in the two schools.

 

Professionally, Ian is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a Director of a “Big 4” accountancy firm and so brings considerable financial and analytic skills to the Board.  He Chairs the Finance and Resources Sub-committee.

 

Socially he enjoys many sports although increasingly as a spectator rather than a participant!

 

Dan Hall

Local Authority Governor

D.Hall@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

Dan was originally elected as a Parent Governor to the Bushey Primary Education Federation in September 2015 having spent the previous two years as an elected Parent Governor at Bushey and Oxhey Infant School.

 

Dan is Director of Information Technology Services for the Girls’ Day School Trust, where he is responsible for delivering IT services to 17,000 students and 4,000 staff. Dan is also Chair of the Board of Trustees for the charity, Charity IT Leaders.

                          

Brought up in North London, he moved to Oxhey Village in 2003 after living in London and Liverpool. Dan is father of two children, one in Year 5 and one in Year 6 at Bushey Manor. He lives with his wife and children in Oxhey Village.

 

Dan is very keen on ‘wild’ camping and often leads groups of children in camping adventures across the UK as part of Forest School Camps and Woodcraft Folk. In this context, he especially enjoys cooking for the children and their leaders on an open fire.

 

He is a member of the Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee and the Human Resources Sub-committee.

 

David Winston

Staff Governor

d.winston@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

 

David was a solicitor in private practice (and a New York Attorney and Counsellor at Law) for 25 years before seeing the light and career changing into teaching. David has relished the challenges that this has brought and enjoyed the opportunity to have a second career, both careers having their particular rewards, albeit in different ways!

 

David joined Bushey Manor in 2020 and was then elected the staff governor in 2021. 

 

David is from Sheffield although has lived in London since the early 1990s. He has two children, both of whom are at university.

 

David enjoys most sports, in particular football (being a Sheffield Wednesday fan) and cycling, and has taken part in races both in the UK and Europe, including (as an amateur) stages of the Tour de France.

 

James Noble

Co-opted Governor

J.Noble@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

James was elected to the Board as a Parent Governor in 2016 shortly after his son, who is now in Year 4 at Bushey Manor, became a pupil at Bushey and Oxhey.


James brings considerable governance experience to the Board, having previously served as Vice-chair at a Secondary School in Portsmouth and draws on the expertise developed in that role in his work with the Federation. During his time in Portsmouth, he served on the Board’s Pay Committee, took part in Discipline Hearings and contributed to the development of community partnerships. 


James is a Police Inspector in the Metropolitan Police Service.  His passion outside of work is running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award within the Air Cadets.

 

James is a member of the Finance and Resources Sub-committee; he is also the Board’s lead on child protection and safeguarding.

 

Sarah Morgan

Co-opted Governor

S.Morgan@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

This is Sarah's fourth year as a school governor and a member of the Board. She has two children, the eldest of which attended the Federation schools and is now in the Sixth form locally; the youngest is currently in Year 6 at Bushey Manor.

Sarah would describe herself as passionate about the health and welfare of children and has a particular aim to educate children in the Federation schools about cancer prevention from an early age. Sarah works in the NHS as a Matron and has a background in cancer care. Her role is both clinical and managerial and she is able to draw on this experience to benefit the Federation in her role on the Governing Board.

Sarah is a member of the Human Resources and the Finance and Resources Sub-committees. She also volunteers in school on a weekly basis, finding this both rewarding and insightful.

 

Helen Shirley

Staff Governor

H.Shirley@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

Helen has been a member of staff at Bushey and Oxhey Infant School for over twenty years. During this time, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Early Year Foundation Stage (Reception), and across Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), having completed her Specialist Teaching Assistant course at the University of Hertfordshire. More recently, with the formation of the Federation, she has taken on the role of Pastoral Lead across both the infant and junior schools. 

 

Helen has been a staff governor for several years and is a member of the Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee. She is a qualified nurse and specialised in Oncology before leaving the profession to start her family. Helen has three children and two grandchildren. 

 

Along with a friend, Helen ran a very successful local Brownie Pack which over the years included many of the pupils from Bushey Manor. 

 

Maureen Tilbury

Co-opted Governor

M.Tilbury@busheyfederation.org.uk

 

Maureen has enjoyed a long career in education and social care which has included teachers’ initial education and continuing professional development, training in all aspects of social care and, through a period with the Probation Service, working with those undertaking Community Service. She has an MA in Educational Management from the University of Hertfordshire.

 

As a Head of School for Health and Social Care at what is now West Herts College, Maureen had responsibility, across a range of local campuses, for teaching and learning, assessment, the organisation and verification of teaching practice, and curriculum development.

 

Across the course of her career, Maureen developed a special interest in assessment methods and undertook consultancy projects with this focus in Botswana, Kenya, India and New Zealand. Inspired by this experience, she subsequently researched and developed a number of teacher training manuals which were accredited and published.

 

As a member of the Board, Maureen draws on her extensive and wide-ranging professional experience to provide support for the good of the children, and their parents and carers, and the school community as a whole. Her experience in staff and curriculum development is invaluable to the Board and the Senior Leadership Team as both work in partnership to develop a vision of good educational practice across the Federation. 

 

To this end, Maureen is a member of the Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee and the Human Resources Sub-committee.

 

Dr Phillip Hills 

Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee

Local Authority Governor

After attending a state grammar school in Essex, Dr Philip Hills spent seven years at Cambridge University. Following a spell as a lecturer in the Cambridge Classics Faculty and a Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge, he began his school-teaching career, over twenty years ago. Dr Hills has been Principal of The Grange Academy since its launch by Future Academies in 2020. He is an experienced school leader with an analytical temperament and a proven track record of whole-school improvement. He combines a strategic approach with an ability to communicate and develop strong working relationships with colleagues and pupils. Under his leadership, Oxford High School achieved its best results for seven years in 2019 and at Hampton School, where he was Deputy Head for seven years, academic success was combined with national level achievement in football, rugby and cricket. Prior to his move to Bushey, Dr Hills was a governor of SS Philip and James Primary School in Oxford, which his own children attended

 

 

Gavin Brown 

Curriculum and Standards Sub-committee

Parent Governor

 

Gavin was elected as a Parent Governor in 2022, shortly after his son started in Reception at Bushey and Oxhey Primary School. With 20 years’ experience in sport and education, Gavin’s role will focus on reinforcing a robust physical education curriculum as well as working together with stakeholders to inspire children to develop a love of physical activity and sport.

 

After completing his degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Gavin founded sport and education specialist Primary Sporting Development (PSD). PSD is now one of the leading providers in education, apprenticeships, sports coaching and active childcare in the South East.

 

Alongside his role as Director of PSD, Gavin has held the position of Pre-Academy Lead Coach at Watford Football Club since 2017. He is also Head Coach of the Maccabi Under 18 Boy’s Football Team, a role which will see him represent Team GB at the 2022 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

Together with a group of close friends, Gavin founded the fundraising group Mary’s Boys in 2013 and has since completed a number of challenges including the London Marathon, 3 Peaks and cycling to Brussels. Their efforts have raised over £50,000 for charities including Children with Cancer, CTRT and the NICU at Watford General Hospital.

 

Alexander Richards  

 

Parent Governor 

About nine years ago Alexander moved his family to Bushey in part because of the glowing reports from his friends about their children’s positive experiences at these unique schools. With their daughter now in year three his wife and he have been delighted by the encouragement and support she has received.

 

Alexander’s respect for the teaching staff redoubled during the pandemic and associated lockdowns and he committed to finding a way to help the Federation. He was thrilled to have the opportunity to do so when elected as a parent governor.

 

Professionally Alexander is Chartered Business Security Architect. This is essentially a risk management discipline which involves designing and implementing controls to help organisations operate effectively, securely, and legally.  He has experience working in government, with charities and in the financial services sector.

 

Currently he’s employed as the Head of the Insider Risk at a global bank

About nine years ago Alexander moved his family to Bushey in part because of the glowing reports from his friends about their children’s positive experiences at these unique schools. With their daughter now in year three his wife and he have been delighted by the encouragement and support she has received.

 

Alexander’s respect for the teaching staff redoubled during the pandemic and associated lockdowns and he committed to finding a way to help the Federation. He was thrilled to have the opportunity to do so when elected as a parent governor.

 

Professionally Alexander is Chartered Business Security Architect. This is essentially a risk management discipline which involves designing and implementing controls to help organisations operate effectively, securely, and legally.  He has experience working in government, with charities and in the financial services sector.

 

Currently he’s employed as the Head of the Insider Risk at a global bank

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