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  • Meet the Governors
    Meet the Governors

Mr Nick Vosper - Chair of Governors

Nick qualified as a microbiologist before working in a number of technical and managerial positions in the biotechnology industry. After living and working in Europe and the United States he returned to the UK as managing director of a multi-national biotech business; a position he held for 10 years before retraining as a science teacher in 2005. He worked at schools in Harwich and Clacton before joining Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form in 2009 as faculty leader in Science. He is 57 years old, lives in Cavendish and he retired at the end of August 2020 in order to spend more time on his hobbies (sailing, playing and recording music and travel) and church (he is Church Secretary at Hedingham Baptist Church). He is married to Madeline, a retired primary headteacher, and they have three boys, all of whom live and work in various parts of the country. He is enjoying being involved in the life of SVCS.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mr Paul Luxon - Vice-Chair of Governors

Paul worked in the Marketing Communications sector for over 36 years and was the Managing Director/CEO of a FTSE 100 subsidiary from 2001 to 2019. Paul brings a wealth of business and communications experience to the SVCS LGB. Paul moved to Clare with his wife Heidi in 2019 after taking early retirement, and has two grown up children (his eldest son, daughter-in-law and youngest son's partner are teachers). Paul also volunteers for Clare's CLASP charity, driving the community bus, helping out at the Senior Centre and driving for CarAid. CLASP provides support for the older and more vulnerable members of our community, with the aim of enhancing their quality of life and social interaction.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mr Mike Bursell

Mike works in IT security for a global software company. He has a degree in English Literature and Theology from Cambridge, where he also sang as a choral scholar at King's College. Mike is a priest in the Church of England and a Community First Responder for the East of England Ambulance Service. He is married and has two daughters, who both attend or attended Stour Valley Community School.

Declaration of Business Interests: Red Hat (Software) - Employee, Chelmsford Diocese - Associate Minister, East of England Ambulance Trust - Community First Responder

Ms Marie Ryan

Marie is an Assistant Headteacher at Long Melford Primary School, currently teaching year 2 children. She is also a Forest School leader and very much enjoys working outside lighting fires and making things from wood. Her son attended Stour Valley Community School. Marie studied Geography and Education at Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln (BED Hons). She supports Aston Villa football club (it has been a tricky few years!) and has two rescue cats.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mr Paul Stokes

Paul is an Assistant Headteacher at a local secondary school. His day-to-day role includes overseeing behaviour for learning, pedagogical development and staff CPD. He has a good grasp of the day-to-day running of a school and the leadership and management needed in order to achieve a quality education for all. He has lived in Clare for the last seven years and he is married to Amanda and has two sons – one in Year 8 at SVCS and one in Year 6 at Clare Primary School. Outside of school he is a keen sportsman. He runs the Clare Parkrun weekly and plays golf when possible. Most of his weekends are spent with his boys at their respective football matches.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mr Andy Jenkins

Andy is currently the Head of Science at SVCS and has been in this role for four years. Before that he was a pastoral leader for six years. He has been at Stour Valley since the school opened in 2011 and worked previously in two London schools (East and West ) and in the Welsh valleys. Prior to that he was an outdoor activity instructor and spent seven years abroad kayaking, surfing and mountaineering. Andy came into teaching after being a cleaner in a school and deciding that the teachers were ruining a subject he loved and turning what he feels is the most exciting subject into a boring and a miserable subject to learn. So he decided he could do better and changed career. Outside of school he spends his time white water kayaking, playing rugby for his local team the Redlodge and Mildenhall Eagles (I play at number four or five for those interested), and when there is no water in the rivers or the rugby season has ended he helps maintain or rebuild friends' race and track cars ahead of the new season.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Mrs Miffy Warrack

Originally from Essex, Miffy moved to Clare 17 years ago to raise three boys, two of whom have attended Stour Valley Community School. Miffy has a degree in Geography & Environmental Studies and previously had a career in marketing, specialising in marketing communications within the IT sector based in Bristol. She now combines family life with teaching the piano at Clare Community Primary School. She is involved in local community groups such as Treble C choir, Clare Walkers and she is also chair of Clare Swimming Club.

Declaration of Business Interests: Clare Community Primary School - Freelance Music Teacher

Emma Gower

Emma is a parent governor, and she has a daughter in Year 9 at Stour Valley Community School. Her daughter thoroughly enjoys her education at the school, and Emma wanted to become more involved with the school on some level so applied to become a parent governor.
She works locally for a wine merchant, and she has lived and worked in Suffolk for most of her life, so she knows the local area well. She has also previously been involved with committees and governance of a primary school.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

Saracha Barksfield

Saracha moved to Clare with her family seven years ago, although she has been visiting family in Suffolk since the 1970s. She has three children who have all attended Clare Community Primary School before attending Stour Valley. Prior to having children, Saracha studied Sculpture (HND) and she has a BA and MA in Archaeology from Southampton University. She is currently a governor at both Clare Community Primary School and Stour Valley Community School and she also manages her son’s rugby team.

Declaration of Business Interests: None

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