Irene Kasapi Philips (Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors): I am currently working as a Health and Safety Advisor for a very large Housing Association, a position I have held for nearly seventeen years. My current duties include carrying out site inspections and audits as well as delivering Health and Safety Training and Food Hygiene Training (up to Level 3), to the 2000 staff and managers of the association and providing advice as and when necessary.
Up until last year, I was also a school Governor, a position I held for years at my son’s Primary School, in Erdington. I was Vice-Chair of the Standards Committee and Treasurer for 4 years of the school’s Parents’ Association. I feel that I have a great deal of experience, skills and knowledge that would be beneficial to Featherstone Primary.
Khizar Hyatt (Parent Governor): I qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and I am on the Board of Directors of Green Solicitors practice in Birmingham City Centre. I specialise in Criminal and Prison Law and I am also a Duty Solicitor. Even though I spend a great deal of my time representing people in court for a range of good and not so good reasons, I am a very approachable person and enjoy bringing my children to school each morning before going to work. I feel that with my skills as a solicitor, I can support the school with any legal advice should this be needed and also ensure that as a Parent Governor, the children are all getting a fair, equal, just and most importantly, value for education.
Karen Forbes (Co-opted Governor): I have a daughter at Featherstone Primary School. I became interested in the role as a Co-opted School Governor because of the school’s passions and drive for sport and in particular, ‘Sport for All’ which is a high interest as part of my professional role. I am currently employed at UK Athletics, the Governing Body for Track and Field Athletics in the United Kingdom. I have worked for UK Athletics for over 18 years and in addition, I have worked on various Major Sporting events including, World Cup Cricket, Sydney Olympics in 2000, World Indoor Athletic Championships in Birmingham, the World Half Marathon in Birmingham and I also had a role at the 2012 London Olympics.
I was the Chair Person of the Employee Consultative Forum at UK Athletics for over 3 years and thoroughly enjoyed this role which is one of the skills that I am able to offer Featherstone Primary School. Together with my love and passion for sport, I chose to be a Governor because I believe that I can bring my experience as an Event Co-ordinator, Parent and enthusiasm for ensuring that children be the 'best that they can be' in enjoying all aspects of the curriculum.
Jason Hayles (Co-opted Governor): I am a serving Police Sergeant with the West Midlands Police Force and have been a member for 20 years. My role and responsibility is within the Criminal Justice Service whereby I oversee individual’s welfare, rights and entitlements and make decisions on charging and bailing for Court purposes. This is a challenging role that I have overseen for 7 years now.
I was excited at the prospect of becoming a Governor at Featherstone School and see it as a challenge, honour and a great responsibility to work with the Head Teacher and school for the foreseeable future. My aim is to fulfil the role with honesty and integrity and to maintain a good working relationship with our partner agencies.
My experience of growing children is not an easy role and responsibility today, but one that you must embrace as they get older and wiser each day. I have grown up into a Pentecostal Christian family, with strong values and beliefs and realise how this has created a positive impact on my life to date.
Catherine Foster (Parent Governor): I wanted to become a governor at Featherstone Primary school because I am passionate about all aspects of education. I have lived in Erdington for over 12 years and have two children, one at the school. I have worked in education since 2000, working at universities in Hull, Lincoln and Birmingham.
I am currently completing my PhD (part-time) looking at the role of parents for first year undergraduate students, identifying in what way parents influence the adjustment process and their young person’s academic achievement. My work roles have involved working with parents and young adults, helping to support them and their families make decisions about university. I have also worked supporting students in their studies and also supporting students and graduates set up their own businesses. I welcome the opportunity to work with the school to ensure pupils are encouraged to fulfil their full potential and are able to study in a safe and supportive environment. I am very honoured to work with the school in this capacity and will strive to ensure we offer the best education for all our pupils and their families, to contribute to their continuing development and to help shape the future of the school.
Pam Rama (Local Authority Governor): I am currently working as an Education Recruitment Consultant for a successful recruitment consultancy based in Birmingham. I have held this role for eight years. After visiting the school, I was impressed at what Featherstone Primary School had to offer their children. The school and staff are welcoming and friendly and I especially enjoy seeing the children’s work. The Head Teacher's focus is to give every child the best start and the outdoor learning area is one of the best I have seen.
Within my current role, I have learned the importance of safeguarding children in schools, which is paramount in everything we do. My experience includes carrying out background checks on all school staff including DBS checks and references. I have taken part in compliance audits where I have achieved 100% for three consecutive years. My role also expands to budgeting, advertising, interviewing and decision making on the suitability of teachers and support staff within schools. With my skills above, I feel I can make a positive contribution to Featherstone Primary School.
Ian Scarrett (Co-opted Governor): I took early retirement in January 2017, having worked for the Central and Local Government for over 30 years. Most recently I was a manager based in the audit team of a local council. My team was responsible for almost £50 million of savings in the past two years, whilst at the same time being reduced by a third due to central government budget cuts. I had to regularly deal with enquiries from Councillors, Police and the Press whilst at the same time supporting my staff to ensure our work outcomes were managed. My children are both grown up but I wanted to give something to the community and am honoured that the board have accepted my offer to give my time and skills to Featherstone Primary. I have amassed lots of experience of managing through difficult times and expect that this will benefit the school. My overall hope is that I can assist in ensuring the school is safe and supportive and allows the pupils to 'be the best that they can be'. I have been very impressed with your children's' enthusiasm, respect and willingness to work hard to achieve their outcomes.
David Miller (Co-opted Governor): I manage an established experienced multi-disciplinary team of professionals who provide a diverse range of expertise, meeting the needs of children, young people and families. I am a qualified Social Worker with over 25 years’ experience working within the National Health Service (Mental Health & Learning disabilities Services). I was part of Birmingham Health Authority Community Resettlement, Multi-Disciplinary Team in the 90’s and moved over to Birmingham Social Services in 1996 working within Duty and Assessment (Safeguarding Teams) where I qualified as a Social Worker in 2002. I then transferred over to Care Management, being responsible for the long-term care planning needs of young people. In 2004 I made the decision to develop my own service provision with my field of expertise. Today my organisation employs over 200 local people, who provide services to the local communities and authorities. Our Ofsted ratings have been constantly performing at Good with outstanding elements and we hold enhanced accreditation in many areas. Until last year I was a member of Staffordshire Police E-TAP panel, my role within the team was to look at the performance of the police in Ethics, Transparency and Audits of the force. After serving my term I wanted to further offer my skills and experience within my community and putting my name forward to becoming a school governor seemed to be the right thing to do. I want to see all children, no matter of background, be the best that they can be and I want to support the school on their continuing journey of success.