Chair of Governor
Ian has recently become chair of the Governing Body but previously held the position of chair of finance/ HR committee.
Tony is currently chair of chair of Curriculum and Standards. Tony was Chair of Bushey Primary Education Federation since its formation in September 2015 but has recently stepping down. Prior to this he was Chair of the Governing Body at Bushey and Oxhey, having joined that Board in 2013. 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.
Mary Ann Cooper
Mary Ann has worked in mainstream, special schools and school support services for thirty years, mainly in the London Boroughs of Islington and Brent, and she has held a variety of roles and specialisms in areas such as EAL (English as an Additional Language), Autism and Inclusion. She has also spent several years in International school settings in both the USA and in Italy before making her home here with us in Bushey Primary Education Federation.
Mary Ann holds a Masters degree from UCL, Institute of Education, with a focus on policy and provision for Inclusive education and multi-disciplinary working. She is passionate about ensuring that there is equity of opportunity for all children and that everyone feels welcomed and valued within the organisation and systems we develop within our Federation schools.
Mary Ann has been a staff governor in many of the previous schools she has worked in and has an interest in effective school governance, policy and practice. She is currently the proud Chair of Governors of another school in the London Borough of Brent.
Having worked previously as Headteacher at Bushey and Oxhey Infant School, Mary Ann took up the post of Executive 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 does drop into conversation every now and then that she has taught the children of a previous Prime Minister and is looking forward to the day when she can proudly boast that she has taught the current Prime Minister (who will be a former pupil from Bushey & Oxhey Infants and Bushey Manor Juniors of course)! Growing confident children filled with knowledge, wisdom and a strong moral purpose, rooted in kindess and compassion is what the wider world (and the British Political System) needs right now. She's on it!!
Finance and Resources Sub-Committee
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.
Sarah is a member of the Human Resources and the Finance and Resources Sub-committees.
Curriculum and Standards Sub-Committee
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.
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.
Finance & Resource Committee
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
Finance and Resources Sub-Committee
Crispin is a barrister and accountant. He used to be an insolvency practitioner. On leaving St Andrews University, he joined what was to become PriceWaterhouseCoopers and specialised in insolvency.
In 1999 he became the Finance Director of an internet company specialising in the music business.
After an exciting and turbulent few years he then undertook a postgraduate diploma in law and completed the professional training to become a barrister.
Since 2005 he has been in practice doing a wide range of cases and now brings his legal and financial expertise to the Governing Board of our federation schools. Crispin is also the Finance Director of the Enterprise Forum, a not-for-profit organisation promoting discussion between business leaders and government, and he supports our schools each year in an initiative linked to employablity and enterprise, the annual Careers Day.
Crispin presently has three children in our Federation schools.
Since September 2023 Crispin is the chair of the Finance and Resources sub committee.
Local Authority Governor
Finance and Resources Sub-Committee